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Does You Inspire You Extra tracks

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2009 release from Chairlift, a multi-instrumental three-piece from New York, who play thoughtful dream-filled Pop music.
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  • Audio CD (April 21, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Columbia / Dmz
  • ASIN: B001UDUR9K
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #217,462 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 29, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Let me state upfront I had never heard of or listened to Chairlift, but for hearing them on internet-only WOXY (Bam! The Future of Rock and Roll), the best indie-music station in the country, bar none. I loved in particular the song I heard ("Bruises") and decided to check out the album.

"Does You Inspire You" (13 tracks, including 2 bonus tracks; 51 min.) is a very promising debut album from the Brooklyn-based trio. The album's sound is hard to describe, but brings a mix of slower and some harder rocking tunes that kind of put a spell on you. Lead singer and keyboardist Carolyn Polachek is clearly the center of attention. At times her singing reminds me of Sarah McLachlan but in far more adventurous settings. My favorite tracks include the opener "Garbage", the first single "Bruises", "Evident Utensil" (which could also be a single in my book), the biting " Make Up Your Mind" (best track on the album), and the closer "Ceiling Wax". This album was originally released in the Fall of 2008, but was recently re-released with 2 extra tracks, the excellent "Le Flying Saucer Hat" and also "Dixie Gypsy".

I had the good fortune to catch Chairlift (just off of their tour in support of Peter, Bjorn and John) not once, but twice at the Bonnaroo music festival a few weeks ago. They played smaller stages on different days, and their sets were fantastic, and rocking much harder live than what you hear on this album. This is one band I will surely be following in the years to come.
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at last, the highly anticipated and much hyped debut from brookyln trio chairlift is here. having been reviewed, blogged and talked about, everybody has attempted to compare chairlift to other artists--and they've all failed. no bands that i've heard in recent years have effectively melded such a lush blend of synthy goodness with startlingly beautiful vocals the way chairlift has. lyrics range from exceedingly clever ("planet health" is an homage to middle school health class) to warm and moving ("somewhere around here") to haunting ("ceiling wax") to completely absent ("chameleon closet").

of course, perhaps comparing chairlift to other bands is so futile because it's difficult to even compare chairlift to chairlift. no two songs on "does you inspire you" have a similar feel. slick opener "garbage" has tastes of bossa nova but then carries into a new pornographers-esque chorus before fading seamlessly into "planet health," studded with a bass riff which easily could have been sampled from a depeche mode single. here caroline's vocals reach a judy garland level of richness, merging spectacularly into patrick and aaron's tropical dreamy haze. "earwig town" is towering synth at its finest, with caroline and aaron singing a spooky precautionary duet in perfectly matched, chesty vocals.

"bruises," certain to be the dance hit of the album, is laden with addictively catchy pop riffs, but refrains from being too sweet by being smoothed over with icy synth dreams in the tradition of broadcast or john maus. "somewhere around here" is chilly and langorous, yet the vocals warm it into something eerily beautiful. "evident utensil" is brimming with 80's energy but is refreshed by absurdist vocals and heavy, toe-tapping bass.
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I'm surprised this album doesn't have slightly more reviews up for it, although I'm not too shocked that the ones that are up mostly consist of "hay guys, this CD is SO not as good as that one song I heard on the iPod commercial!". I'm sorry, but if you make your album purchasing decisions based on clips from Apple commercials then I'm not going to take anything you have to say very seriously anyway. These are the same people who probably own CD's by JET, the CAESARS and the VINES who are all regarded as horrible. Inversely I'm sure 18 years ago they would have come down on Nevermind because the rest of the album wasn't "as good" as Smells Like Teen Spirit.

Fortunately. I never actually saw the commercial and was able to approach this album with a fresh perspective. Bruises is definitely a stand out track, although so are a few others, and overall the band has a simplistic and enjoyable (if not quickly dating) sound. I would recommend this album for anyone who's a fan of Kate Bush, the Cure or "dreamy" synth pop stuff in general. I really think Chairlift are on to something solid and I'm looking forward to hearing what they cook up next.
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"Does You Inspire You" is definitely a fantastic piece of music. Dreamy sonic landscapes abound with this band. That said, it's not an album you can just pop in when you're about to take a road trip. This is for contemplative and/or going to bed situations. It has its moments of pop and drive, but it is primarily an album to relax to.
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Chairlift are far from innovative, as many tracks on this album sound akin to many others in their genre - yet when they shine they are as brilliant as the best.

'Bruises' is the best example of this, and interest in the group has been growing thanks to its inclusion in the new iPod Nano adverts. You may recognize the lyrics "I tried to do handstands for you, but everytime I fell for you." It's quirky lyrics and impassioned vocal delivery really sell the song, and it is certainly the high point of "Does You Inspire You".

If given the opportunity, I suggest obtaining a copy of their self-released "Daylight Savings" disc. It contains a demo version of 'Bruises' which I find superior to the rather over-produced version here. In many ways it's the same track, yet the bassy electronica aspect is more subdued. Honestly, however, the song is strong enough it could be performed with nothing but an acoustic guitar accompaniment and it would still be killer.

I suggest listening to the sound clips carefully before purchasing the entire album, as 'Bruises' is the strongest track by far. Indeed, the bulk of the album reminds me of the Terra Cotta soldiers of China - they're all different in some way or another, but if you've seen one you've seen them all.

The album as a whole is primarily composed of tracks that are built upon the sort of puerile pop structure that sounds suited for inclusion in the latest episode of "Gossip Girls". For instance, 'Evident Utensil' is just laughably bad. By the way, the 'most evident utensil is none other than a pencil.'

Well, not everyone can be Dylan, right?

In the end, "Does You Inspire You" is a pleasant enough record. 'Planet Health' has a nice groove to it, though it still suffers from a case of banality. But Chairlift do display some potential for future growth. Perhaps their sophomore effort will sound a bit more mature. . .
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