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Nothing prepared me for this album though. It is one of the most beautiful albums I've ever heard anywhere. The first few times you hear it, its so simple, brave and stunning that you don't really know what it is you're listening to. I didn't really get a feel for how well written, catchy and cohesive each song was until the third or fourth listen.
Despite the fact that the sound of this album is one that is simply never heard anymore in pop music, it is entirely familiar, like an older family member's hand me down sweater. It reminds me of Christmas and childhood. Its really a gorgeous album and every song is incredible once you've heard it enough to enjoy the intricacies.
A girl who heard it with me said it made her want to dance. I was puzzled at first, but ever since I imagine slow dancing to this album every time I listen to it. The kind of slow dance where her eyes are moist, the stars are out, the moon is full and its your wedding.
If you want to know where to jump in with this group, this album is evidently an acceptable place, even though it's their most recent. The mood varies from warm and sunny to dimly-lit room late at night stuff. I love every track, but especially the closing song, The Walworth River. The lyrics are beautiful, but almost completely inscrutable (they do hommage Van Dyke Parks after all).
Having said all this, here's a warning: I've played it a few times for different people I care about, and so far I've gotten so-so feedback. This is a great album IMHO in a 'Pet Sounds' or 'Smile' kind of way, but maybe it's not for everyone's ear.
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This record sounds like the sonic equivalent of those first days of Spring, when the weeks of freezing rain and clouds as grey and oppressive as brutalist architecture give way to... Read morePublished on February 23, 2007 by Lypo Suck
Sure, sure, if you give even a casual listen to the most popish elements of the High Llamas better known albums, Hawaii or Gideon Gaye (as most youngish American big-city... Read morePublished on January 21, 2005 by Jon-erick
I'll admit to having been a High Llamas junkie since the late '90's. But to hear a recording this superb from a band I consider among the best of the best is like watching the... Read morePublished on September 14, 2004 by kituesday
Folks, let's face it. Sean O'Hagan is every bit the musical "genius" that, say, Brian Wilson. Read morePublished on June 15, 2004 by Anthony Kibel
This album is a strange experience. I listened to the tracks for the first time on a warn night with the last of the days light was coming in my window. Read morePublished on April 24, 2004 by simon moss
I do not know what you guys smoked, giving 5 stars to this album, but it must be strong... Honestly, this is the slowest, inspiration deprived of all High Llamas albums... Read morePublished on March 26, 2004 by Maserati86
Buying a new High Llamas release is always accepting the fact that you will be taken on a musical journey; the creative road less travelled by other artists. Read morePublished on January 1, 2004
What a disappointment. The High Llamas used to be a killer band, with fantastically-crafted pop songs. Read morePublished on December 9, 2003 by D. Rutledge
The new High Llamas record Beet Maize & Corn really is something special. I have heard earlier works by this band and was never really too blown away, but this album is... Read morePublished on November 3, 2003 by doug