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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 2, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: THRILL JOCKEY RECORDS
  • ASIN: B0002CDZFI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,437 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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When I first heard this album 15 frigging years ago (man time goes fast) it made an immediate impression on me. Listening back to it now (2012) this album has stood the test of time and is definitely one of my favorites from this period.

To call The Sea and Cake 'indie rock' is not exactly accurate. They're not really rock at all. Though they do use electric guitars, but there is far more in common melodically with late 60s to 70s Bossa Nova and MPB than there is rock or even other 'indie rock' bands.

Vocal wise, Prekop is limited in range, but he makes it work with his relaxed breathy style. This album was the first of the band's extensive use of electronics, which lasted about 4 albums or so, but this one seems to do it the best while leaving the rawness of the band in tact. This is something they have also achieved again recently on their most recent "A Moonlight Butterfly" release.

There's a certain sad vibe (but not depressing) to The Fawn that makes it a special release. It somehow has the ability to awake a nostalgic feeling even upon first listen.

Repeated listening holds up incredibly well. Production is brilliant. Drumming is signature McEntire and some of his best work. Highly recommended.
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Surprised to see only one other review for this disc on here. I consider this and "The Biz" as kind of their 15 minutes in the sun, though that does not mean the other discs maybe any less in quality, it was just the period in which I was most amazed and impressed by their sound, there seem to me many great tracks on all their albums but the template seems to have been formed and solidified by this point into a unique kind of mix of technique and style that became all their own and set them apart from the majority of artists working in the college radio/underground scenes. The best tracks here seem to me "Sporting Life", "The Argument", "There You Are", and the closer "Do Now Fairly Well". I've really enjoyed this one over the years it really has a great feel and vibe across the board and has stood the test of time even 15 years after it was introduced to the world!
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By Robert on January 25, 2016
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Sounds great.
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I thought I would like this album based on the song samples, but I'm not loving it when I hear the whole songs. Seems like one of the singers is sometimes slightly off key.
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So, yeah, everyone agrees that the cheap domestic version of The Fawn is a classic- it's as good as their first one; it's even better than Prekop's solo album- still, unless you're one of those obsessive geeks whose sense of personal fulfillment depends on the completeness of his record collection, there's no reason to shell out the extra twenty bucks for the import version...
When I first checked out this page and read about the five bonus tracks, I was pretty excited, too- fortunately, I managed to find them all on Napster and listen to them before blindly sacrificing next week's weed fund. As it turns out, most of the "bonus" tracks are lame, gimmicky instrumentals- in fact, with one exception ("The Parlor"), they're even duller than the "tone poem" wank-haiku's at the end of the Two Gentlemen e.p.
Buy a forty sack instead. (You can afford to buy both? Go for it! Just be careful- the trust fund won't last forever...)
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