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  • Audio CD (September 2, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Yep Roc Records
  • ASIN: B001BSH152
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #259,752 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Giant Sand is a mood, says Howe Gelb. The creative force behind the extended family that has comprised Giant Sand over the years speaks of happy accidents and musical auras that arise to inspire the soundscape that is Giant Sand. The musical family tree of the Tucson, AZ group is long and illustrious, spawning bands like Calexico and The Friends of Dean Martinez. Gelb has steadily amassed a prolific catalog of Giant Sand and solo material that spans the wealth of southwestern roots and lo-fi. Giant Sand's new album ''proVISIONS'' is cinematic Americana at its most aching, an album of tremolo soaked guitars, moody piano and secrets whispered over desert winds. Recorded partly in Tucson and Denmark, this version of Giant Sand is comprised of Danish musicians and features talented friends/collaborators such as Neko Case, M. Ward and Isobell Campbell. A creeping cruise down a dark desert highway, these ''proVISIONS'' provide for the furthering ride of Giant Sand's completely unique musical legacy.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Niall on October 30, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I admit I had almost given up on Giant Sand. Everything released under that name since Chore of Enchantment had really tested my listening patience. But I thoroughly enjoyed Howe Gelb's last solo outing and I read mostly positive reviews of proVisions so I decided to come back. And I am glad I did.

This is GS's most cohesive release since Chore. Everything holds together well, the songs are all likable and Gelb seems to have actually tried to put together an album designed to not drive away casual GS fans such as myself. It's still idiosyncratic and Gelb's beatnik cowboy poetry is somewhat of an acquired taste. Still, an enjoyable release by a unique artist who deserves a much larger audience.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Greg Kinne on July 9, 2009
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After a four-year absence, Giant Sand returns with the album proVisions. On this album, Howe Gelb has enlisted some high-profile extras such as M. Ward, Isobel Campbell and Neko Case. It seems that Gelb has chosen a who's who amongst current Americana superstars to infuse this album with a little more muscle. The album starts off strongly with the first three tracks all featuring the extra help of the guest musicians. Howe Gelb even channels "Sultans of Swing" into his lively track "Without a Word." After the musical guests leave the party ends.

The album tends to become a little morose. Gelb populates the songs with an allotment of losers and lost souls who are desperately trying to cling to some sort of salvation. In most cases, Gelb illustrates these cases without interfering, and he lets them tell their tales. The album does not lose its musicianship after his guest stars leave, but some of the grimness is a little overwhelming and clichéd. It seems that Gelb works best when he has some sort of foil to play his ideas off.

The album picks up with the vaguely political song "Pitch & Sway" which features a sassy guitar riff that seems to pick the album out of its malaise. The jaunty "Muck Machine" follows in suit and brings a bizarre jazzy fever dream to the album. "Belly Full of Fire" and "Saturated Beyond Repair" reminded me of a more lysergic Lyle Lovett, with "Saturated Beyond Repair" being the better of the two songs. The album closes with a blues dirge, before Gelb offers a ray of hope with "Well Enough Alone."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By gonzobrarian on September 21, 2008
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For those unaware of Giant Sand and Howe Gelb, the Tucson-based band and its leader never look beyond the scope of their current experiment. An experiment which usually necessitates a southwestern desert haze and interstellar outlook. In his subtle singing droll of a voice, Gelb strolls along the border between wry resignation and light hearted whimsy, his band never veering from the laid-back rock and and roll it so effortlessly oozes.

Gelb is a musician who takes his time and never sticks to a formula. Other than combining a smoke-filled, saloon-sounding piano with the twang and buzz of southwestern guitar. Not to mention a little backup from friends like Neko Case, M. Ward and Marie Frank, with the resulting sound like a musical equivalent of a deep, dark drive down the highway at twilight. Standout tracks from the new release called proVISIONS include 'Increment of love', 'Stranded Pearl', 'Belly full of fire' and 'Well enough alone'.

This new album by Howe Gelb and company is, for me, the most consistent release from the Sandmen in quite some time. I daresay that I think it's slightly more cohesive than their masterpiece Chore of Enchantment. Which means that it is astonishingly brilliant.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alberto Fasoli on September 10, 2008
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The tremolo soaked essence is unbelievable but it ain't untill mid way forward in the album that GELB buddies and himself they go right into the dark veils of eccentric bizarre experimental modes!
Obviously to understand this other milestone by GIANT SAND ye'll have to look as further back as 'Swerve' and all the other albums that came soon after that one,i.e.'Belly full of fire' which is one of me faves was nonetheless than an updated version of GELB's solo version that he issued back in 2003 but there is fresh ground still no need for me to vent more advice except for do not forget to check'em over myspace or even directly at their page . That's it I'm done now!
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