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3.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional Band That Works Against Itself, June 17, 2011
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I now have listened to all three albums by this group of luminary musicians and -- at times -- songwriters. While overall the music produced by Book of Knots is far superior to the quality of most everyone else, their indulgence in sonic noise noodling and mundane monologues detracts from each album's cohesion and musicality. In fact, I might suggest that Matthias Bossi return entirely to drumming and providing back-up vocals, as the singing on these albums has always been at its best when provided by violinist/vocalist Carla Kihlstedt and a rotation of other guest female singers (Carla Bozulich; Megan Reilly; etc.). For whatever reason, the musical collaboration between husband/wife Bossi/Khilstedt worked very well within the band Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, but Kihlstedt's best music beyond that context -- 2 Foot Yard; Tin Hat Trio; and various classical collaborations -- in my opinion has always occurred without her husband. But I digress... When concentrating on music rather than providing a platform for male monologues, play-acting, or noises off, Book of Knots provides some of the best and most imaginative music available, that will stretch the boundaries of the listener's musical experience. Simply fast-forward through the pretentious and self-indulgent moments or delete these distracting intrusions. If you do, you'll easily find a 5 star album -- if short here -- hidden between the diddle-drone-and-chaff. Nonetheless, the weakest of this band's output; their self-titled 2004 album and more, 2007's Traineater, were far better, in large part because they were more cohesive and offered greater musicality.
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Initial post: Aug 7, 2012 11:15:11 AM PDT
what a thoughtful, insightful and qualified review. thanks. definitely buying this!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 7, 2012 12:42:49 PM PDT
DaccLibrary says:
Hope you enjoy it. But if possible, I would start with either their self-titled or sophomore effort...

Best!
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