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Chris Knox is one of New Zealands most influential post punk musicians, and in his album "Beat" he proves his worth with 13 tracks that relate his feelings on love, loss, existentialism and other matters of life on planet earth. Now, after 8 years, Chris knox's brilliant song "It's Love" has been showcased in a popular Heinekin commercial. But that's just the tip of the ice bucket. Listen to the rest of this great album from one of alternative rock's most creative songwriters.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. It's Love
  2. The Man In The Crowd
  3. My Only Friend
  4. The Hell Of It
  5. When I Have Left This Mortal Coil
  6. Everyone's Cool
  7. The Pulse Below The Ear
  8. What Do We Do With Love?
  9. I Wanna Look Like Darcy Clay
  10. Denial Song
  11. Becoming Something Other
  12. Ghost
  13. Laughter


Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 22, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: August 22, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Thirsty Ear
  • ASIN: B00004W5L0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #351,461 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Timothy P. Young on September 26, 2001
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...who still has both ears. And his heart, obviously. This solo effort from Chris Knox of New Zealand's Tall Dwarfs is easily as good as any from his catalog, which means that it's a must buy for those who enjoy innovative music that is still deeply rooted in the folk/rock/pop gardens.
While his song structures remain fairly simple and his instrumentation sparse, Knox has branched out to include a horn section on several tracks (listen carefully for the horn section playing the melody from the Ramone's "Commando" at one point).
Musically, it ranges from elegaic,plaintative folk "When I Have Left this Mortal Coil" to frenetic pop "The Hell of It" with some fuzzy guitar work tossed in for good measure, whipped into a musical salad. Lyrically, Knox treats us to some of his best images ever, even if some are vaguely disturbing ('the afterbirth of love').
Not for everyone, but a must for those who enjoy challenging music.
If you are still waffling after reading this, just imagine what John Lennon might have sounded like if he had spent 5 or 6 years holed up in his kitchen dropping acid alone instead of baking bread for Yoko, recording alone straight to 4-track, creating a musical collage that's hooky enough to slide into your conciousness and spooky enough to engulf your dreams....
Chris Knox is THE man.
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A stunner, and after I've heard thousands of records few new finds retain the power for me to make this claim. While I've known of Knox for years, his discs on small indie labels remain elusive abroad. More reminiscent of Lennon, perhaps once-removed as in the style of Knox's near-contemporary Robyn Hitchcock, for both of these followers and expanders of both the semi-psychedelic later 60s and the singer-songwriter folk-inspired introspection of Dylan crossed with Richard Thompson, this collection carries more of a hazy vibe than his more clearly-recorded "Songs of You & Me" (also reviewed by me). I lower it from five stars because almost no album is perfect, Amazonians tend to over-praise music they like, and the lack of musical variation at times may lull the listener unintentionally.

This is not an album for background ambiance, or dinner parties, make-out sessions, slow dances, or casual listening. I could not listen often to the harrowing narrative of his father's death, the existentialist longing in a godless world, the litany of love and what we do for it, the experimental nature of track 13 that fades out and then adds after eight minutes three more uncredited songs, the somber lyrics juxtaposed with music that sounds composed on toy instruments: these are serious, well-crafted, and thoughtfully written songs. "Beat" demands attention. The music itself lacks the depth of a studio recording by a full-on band, but do not be fooled by this necessarily DIY approach--which has influenced more famous 90s U.S. alt-rock faves, by the way.

"Beat" flows smoother than "Songs," judged his best work. While it lacks the highs of that album, its consistency makes for a satisfyingly bold encounter with Knox.
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