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Attractive Nuisance

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Ori Release 2000, from the group Scott Miller formed after disolving Game Theory.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 22, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: February 22, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Alias Records
  • ASIN: B00004KD4L
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #439,545 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By M. D. Weiskopf on May 9, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Since this looks to be the final installment of Scott Miller's three-decade love/hate affair with dazzling, micro-composed power-pop, it's hard not to discuss Attractive Nuisance without an undue amount of sentimentality. But since this is Amazon and not the Loud Family fan club, I'll try to stick to my impressions.
It strikes me that the Loud Family's sound has gradually moved away from the shiny sonic maximalism of their 1993 debut, Plants & Birds. More recent albums, while still dense and heady, sound constitutionally more raw and scrappy than other efforts. This sonic curve reminds me of Frank Black's metamorphosis from synthpop dabbler to two-track purist, but with Frank, it always seemed like the quality of his compositions decreased in direct proportion to the amount of time spent arranging and producing them. I feared the same fate for the Loud Family after the raw, boxy Days For Days, which never connected with me after two years of repeat visits, and it took me a good six months to buy Attractive Nuisance out of sheer fear of disappointment. But Scott Miller is not your everyday artist, having made a habit of following lackluster albums (Two Steps from the Middle Ages, The Tape of Only Linda) with absolutely blockbuster chunks of 200% genius (Plants and Birds, Interbabe Concern). And so it was.
Put simply, although it may lack the convoluted production gymnastics of his earlier classics, Attractive Nuisance is filled with at least ten strong, well-crafted, intelligent, and subtly rendered songs. (I would override "Backward Century" only because it gets on my nerves slightly, and "Controlled Burn" is an experiment that, personally, never coheres.
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After someone loaned me Plants and Birds and Rocks and Things, I was compelled to immediately buy it, so I picked Attractive Nuisance at the same time. What strikes me is how bands like this are continually overlooked. Attractive Nuisance may not be a classic but it's a top-notch CD and so far it's my favorite of 2000.
One thing I like more about it than Plants & Birds & Rocks & Things is the nice vocal interplay between Alison Faith Levy and Scott Miller, featured on "Years of Wrong Impressions." (She also gets a lead on "The Apprentice.") The noise work by Zappa guitarist Mike Keneally on "Nice When I Want Something" is quite cool. I also love the cover photo and story behind it.
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I wrote a harsher review below. Hate to admit that I'm wrong. But I think I was. I saw TLF live last night and I've reevaluated some of the material on the record.
I still think about half of it doesn't work, that the album's not as full of brilliance as "Days For Days" or "Interbabe Concern" had been. But the better half of it is a progression forward and a great set of material. "Soul DC" is a great moody hopeful track that ranks with their best. I now agree with what someone says below - this is a good album by a great band.
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By A Customer on April 5, 2000
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This is a really good album from a band with a great history. If you like this, try their "Interbabe Concern" - one of my favorites, it's chock full, a masterpiece. And by all means, see them live; they're one of the great acts.
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