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  • Audio CD (June 8, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: K. Records
  • ASIN: B000244F1E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #511,967 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Tiger Trap
2. Noise
3. Pinebox Derby
4. Teenage Caveman
5. Sleepy Head
6. You Turn Me On
7. Godsend
8. Hey Day
9. Bury The Hammer

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Craig Clarke VINE VOICE on August 17, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Unlike many bands, the more albums Beat Happening made, the better they got. This is the way it is supposed to be, but unfortunately it doesn't usually happen that way. You Turn Me On, to date the final Beat Happening album, shows a level of maturity that the average listener would have had no right to expect, based on their previous, more fun-oriented, recordings. To start with, the songwriters have all but eschewed the three-minute song, and three tracks exceed six minutes, with "Godsend" topping out at nine.

Jangly guitar starts off "Tiger Trap" with a mellowness that we've not seen before in the Happening. Calvin restrains his signature baritone's usual forcefulness but keeps the loving disposition of yore during the one-line chorus of "when I saw you." This song, along with several others on You Turn Me On, have not one but two (count 'em: two!) guitars playing in harmony. The heavier production from regular producer Steve Fisk (with Stuart Moxham of the influential Young Marble Giants) benefits the band wonderfully, also giving Heather's "Noise" vocals an ethereal quality they lacked previously.

The subject matter has not changed dramatically from Beat Happening's previous releases: there are still the love songs and the death songs, sometimes in the same song. How Calvin connects the idea of a children's DIY race ("Pinebox Derby") into the death dirge of that other "pine box" is a prime example of the creativity that comes from this band, and a major reason that they are one of my favorites. The title track combines love and death in one with its Beatles "Paul is dead"-inspired chorus (reportedly what could be heard while playing the beginning of the White Album's "Revolution #9" backwards).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Todd Smith on December 24, 2005
Format: Audio CD
God, I am a pretentious jerk I HATE the fact that I'm giving the one "other than minimally produced" Beat Happening record 5 Stars...but there it is. This record is brilliant. Though I love even the cutesiest Glasgolympia crap, this is another creature entirely: powerful, adult, redeeming. If you've tried other Beat Happening records and had difficulty tuning in, do try this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By animate ~ on August 20, 2006
Format: Audio CD
"Tiger Trap" starts out this album. Firstly, this album is a recent favorite, but I find myself finding more and more inside of it during each listen. Calvin's vocals took warming up to (the "creak of a coffin" is a good analogy as any), but tracks like "Noise" and "Sleepy Head" immediately took me in. Concerning the first track now, there's much to take in. Being nearly seven minutes, it breaks the usual twee-pop standard of short tracks populated by quick choruses. Not here, though. The lyrics stroll out and I have to say I really respect the group for putting this track first, as it's quite an appreciated listen; it sets the stage for the rest of the album and what is to be said.

"Pinebox Derby" revolves around a simple drum beat strummed chords, but behind them you can faintly hear a soaring of feedback which compliments the monotone vocals nicely. "Teenage Caveman" picks up where it leaves off (I'd bet money these are the same chords, here)--its upbeat, but sappy and gets even sadder on repeated listens. This may just be my perception talking here, but I think this is slowly becoming the least favorite track for me solely because of how depressed it makes me feel. Still, it's not without its moments. Lewis' vocal harmonies during the choruses are so uplifting as to give an entirely different attitude to the song. She's upfront for the next track, "Sleepy Head", once again with simple lyrics that are the embodiment of the indie twee spirit. ("So get up you sleepy head/ It's time to make the bed/ At least get partially dressed.") Like all of the tracks on this album, this one provides something unique and familiar at once, and it's so lovable. Not to skip over the title track, but I'd rather talk about "Godsend".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chris G. on May 1, 2007
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Ahhh...Beat Happening! Fun. Deep & Lazy(beach-like)Music.
They just kept getting better with each album they released. Although I do Love their s/t debut with the Bonus tracks - "You Turn Me On" may be my Favorite - all songs just sound warm and full of life!
All throughout Beat Happening's catalauge you notice the same subject matter, which hasn't changed much: Love and loss and Death - kind of similiar to The Vaselines. Both bands have a guy/girl duo with wonderful vocals. Although The Vaselines bring up drugs and religion a bit more. Both bands at times sound Punk to me. The Vaselines sound a bit more Poppy and grungy.

"Tiger Trap" starts off this album with a Grunge shinin'-shoegazin'- guitar sound and Calvin Johnson's mellow inviting voice, not seen as much in earlier releases.
- Although Calvin wrote "Sleepy Head" - Heather sings this song so beautifully. Definitely one of my Favorite Beat Happening songs. A simple & beautiful indie song and a trademark for the Band at least IMO after hearing all of their albums.
Another reviewer wrote the fact that "Hey Day" should close this album and I would agree. It just seems like the Perfect closer. That would be my only gripe on this otherwise perfect release.
"Godsend" and "Noise" may be my other favorite songs; both also sung by Heather who really adds beauty to Calvin's deep vocals.
"You Turn Me On" released in 1992 is Beat Happening's Final album and to me it is their Best!
This Olympia trio begun in the early '80s and released their debut in '85.
Beginning with a lo-fi minimalist sound and slightly progressed with each LP after.
-"You Turn Me On" just sounds more complete with substance and maturity. Simply Beautiful and Oh so Relaxing.
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