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  • Audio CD (May 29, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Expunged
  • ASIN: B0028X6L2S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,438 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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One of the foundations of sound mixing is that you can emphasize one sound by de-emphasizing others. Portland, Oregon's Blind Pilot is a good example of how this principle works on a band level. Israel Nebeker and Ryan Dobrowski started out as a duo whose songs, built mainly on guitar and drums, emphasized lyrics and vocal melodies by stripping away all the other distractions. Their first full-length CD adds a second string player and a bassist, but even as they absorb touches of vibraphone, violin and horns, the arrangements retain the fragile sparseness that serves to spotlight Nebeker's melodious voice.

Likening Nebeker to the Shins' James Mercer acknowledges the high edge in each singer's voice, but only skims the surface of their styles. Mercer is, at heart, a rock vocalist, while Nebeker sings with more carefully constructed style, doubling his vocals, singing harmonies, and caressing his lyrics with thoughtfully stretched words and sounds. Backed by low-key mostly acoustic backings, Nebeker sheds the theatrics required of a rock vocalist, settles into the coffeehouse volume of a folk singer, and draws listeners into his lyrics with agonizingly beautiful melodies.

Nebeker's songs are crafted around ear-catching phrases, but even as you sing along, the verses remain enigmatic. But instead of remaining impenetrable assemblages of poetics, Blind Pilot communicates their songs' emotions through Nebeker's vocal tone and the band's subtle instrumental support. The lyrical imagery may remain abstract, but the feelings of loneliness, remorse, fallibility, and mortality, the longing to reach out and the reality of sharply pulling back, all resonate deeply. 4-1/2 stars, if allowed fractional ratings. [©2009 hyperbolium dot com]
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"Three Rounds and a Sound" is surely the best album I've heard this year -- indeed, possibly the best album I've come across since my dearly beloved Rheostatics broke up. It's fabulously beautiful, deep and sad and lovely, and catchy all at the same time. The melancholy tone of youth at the moment when youth begins to fade. Songs that sound as if they have been patiently waiting for a millenium or more for someone to finally come along and give birth to them. "Oviedo," in particular, could save the life of a desperate man if played at just the right moment. What can I say to capture how good this disc is? If it were a girl I'd leave my wife for her. There. Enough said.
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Was browsing through the SXSW lineup looking for bands to check out - the write-up for Blind Pilot caught my attention - first with them being compared to Iron & Wine as well as The Shins and then the story of their clever "Blind" and "Pilot" cycle trip. Apart from this CD as well as their live performance being outstanding, you're also taken in by how earnest and understated their performance is. I'd also say their music reminds me a bit of Calexico - especially in their ability to judiciously meld together a neat collection of instruments to create a delicate, beautiful sound.
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By pj on August 10, 2015
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I love this CD. My husband loves this CD. My son loves this CD. I am just disappointed that I didn't' buy it sooner. I haven't taken it out of the player since I got it! Love it from beginning to end. Love the music and the lyrics - such a great find!
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This album is a masterpiece. I heard about these guys from a friend of mine and they happened to be playing in my town about a week later. I picked up tickets and have been hooked ever since. This album is better than their sophomore effort, start here.
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A friend turned me on to Blind Pilot after playing a few of their songs on her ukulele, and I immediately went home and looked them up. This album is wonderful - highly, highly recommend to anyone who is a fan of indie folk, meaningful lyrics, great sound, and just good times and music in general.
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Usually when I check out iTunes's song of the week, one song selected by the service each week to offer free of charge, I am not impressed enough to even bother downloading it, despite its attractive price. The term mediocre comes to mind. This is why I was very pleasantly surprised when I took a chance on the free song that iTunes offered the week of August 8.
The song was "Go On, Say It," by the folk duo Blind Pilot off their first full-length album, 3 Rounds and a Sound. I was so impressed, in fact, that I downloaded the song and then purchased the rest of the album. And then I proceeded to listen to it all the way through over and over for about a week straight. It is a wonderfully melodic musical journey that elicits visions of the Shins's first two records.
Two college buddies from Portland, Oregon, guitarist and vocalist Israel Nebeker and drummer Ryan Dobrowski, make up Blind Pilot. Last year the duo began a tour of the West Coast in which they rode bicycles the entire way. After several successful shows, the band returned to Portland to finish 3 Rounds and a Sound. On August 16 they began another West Coast bike tour in support of the album. According to their Web site, the tour will last until October 13 and feature stops in Washington, Oregon, and California.
The undeniably unusual, not to mention environmentally friendly, decision to tour on bicycles makes Blind Pilot hard not to root for, but it is the band's simple and heartfelt songs that make the duo hard not to fall in love with. The first line of the album, "The thrill here is quicker than you think," says it all. The easy melody of Nebeker's acoustic guitar and the backdrop of Dobrowski's drums are perfect accents to Nebeker's voice, which is strong, yet understated.
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