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  • Audio CD (November 15, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B005B642PW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #976,523 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By KraizeeKatt on March 6, 2011
Format: MP3 Music
Back in October when I eagerly purchased two singles from this upcoming album, I was instantly hooked. I thought surely based on those two songs the rest of the album has to be good. I was not wrong. I've listened to it pretty much non stop since I bought it, and personally, I think it is even better than their last one. Listening to the music brings to mind lazy, spring or summer days, driving with the top down, or relaxing with a good book. This is just the type of lo-fi, jangle rock music I have loved since I discovered the Feelies years ago. The wonderful song featuring Wild Nothing (another excellent band, whose album is also a must-have) is just the icing on this most delicious cake. It brings to mind the best stuff from another favorite of mine, The Ocean Blue. What a pleasure, indeed. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Petro on October 1, 2012
Format: MP3 Music
Beach Fossils
What a Pleasure EP
Brooklyn, New York

Engineered, Recorded, Mixed, and Produced at home by Dustin Payseur // Mastered at Bonati Mastering by Josh Bonati

It's called recession music, where a single individual does everything--from writing to recording (inexpensively)--and Beach Fossils fit the bill. Originally the solo effort of Dustin Payseur, who's driving summery guitar mazework receives like a relic of the `50s. With the help of John Pena, the duo authored the Self-Titled debut, the soundtrack to the summer of 2010. What a Pleasure features what makes the debut great, but is matured and seeks reservation as it moves through insipid guitar hooks and reclined harmonies, baked in reverb.

If the debut is the soundtrack to hitting the surf, What a Pleasure is for the bon fire, where unwinding begins and even dancing seems too exerting. "Calyer" and "What a Pleasure" are definite bliss: slow-going and heavy with listenability, the songs waver between undistorted electric guitar noodling and Payseur's rebelliously conversational vocals. "I wanna hear bad times / I wanna share bad times" ("Calyer") drones Payseur with punk-like affectation.

The EP glides along seamlessly, think Miles Davis' Kind of Blue--where cool is defined--and pace isn't pressured and a solo can sneak by unassumingly. Typically, a bass-drum-guitar arrangement results in a band wringing old tricks with new melodies, but technical competency allows Beach Fossils to stay on the cutting edge. Technique and skilled musicianship lead to longevity. And although fast-paced beach music is the norm (Surfer Blood and Wavves) the gleeful unobtrusiveness of What a Pleasure makes it inspired, buoyant and original. (Captured Tracks)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Petro on October 1, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Beach Fossils
What a Pleasure EP
Brooklyn, New York

Engineered, Recorded, Mixed, and Produced at home by Dustin Payseur // Mastered at Bonati Mastering by Josh Bonati

It's called recession music, where a single individual does everything--from writing to recording (inexpensively)--and Beach Fossils fit the bill. Originally the solo effort of Dustin Payseur, who's driving summery guitar mazework receives like a relic of the `50s. With the help of John Pena, the duo authored the Self-Titled debut, the soundtrack to the summer of 2010. What a Pleasure features what makes the debut great, but is matured and seeks reservation as it moves through insipid guitar hooks and reclined harmonies, baked in reverb.

If the debut is the soundtrack to hitting the surf, What a Pleasure is for the bon fire, where unwinding begins and even dancing seems too exerting. "Calyer" and "What a Pleasure" are definite bliss: slow-going and heavy with listenability, the songs waver between undistorted electric guitar noodling and Payseur's rebelliously conversational vocals. "I wanna hear bad times / I wanna share bad times" ("Calyer") drones Payseur with punk-like affectation.

The EP glides along seamlessly, think Miles Davis' Kind of Blue--where cool is defined--and pace isn't pressured and a solo can sneak by unassumingly. Typically, a bass-drum-guitar arrangement results in a band wringing old tricks with new melodies, but technical competency allows Beach Fossils to stay on the cutting edge. Technique and skilled musicianship lead to longevity. And although fast-paced beach music is the norm (Surfer Blood and Wavves) the gleeful unobtrusiveness of What a Pleasure makes it inspired, buoyant and original. (Captured Tracks)
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By Thomas Corona on January 30, 2014
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
I was excited to add this vinyl to my collection and it arrived promptly. However, after listening to it I noticed songs skipped a lot. I requested a replacement and received one within a couple days. I was very impressed by their swift response to my replacement request. I am thoroughly enjoying the album so I am now a happy consumer ^_^

UPDATE: The replacement vinyl album turned out to be defective as well. Such a shame.
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