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In Glorious Times Import

4.3 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 1, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B000PMGSLS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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I recently saw SGM perform these collection of freakishly exhilarating pieces of music. This is a band that is not only musically talented, but also conveys a convincing, creative, and pervasive persona. Carla Kihlstedt, Dan Rathbun, Nils Frykdahl, Matthias Bossi, and Michael Mellender all marched to their stage through the audience, playing a cheery yet equally eerie ballad on trumpets and other hand held instruments. All of them are dressed in homemade cloths, covered in white makeup, and with the exception of Carla, have various sections of their head shaved, braided, and growing long.

Many of the instruments are homemade, which are comprised of various pieces of metal, wood, and perhaps a trash can. I believe there is glockenspiel as well. There are your standard guitars, a violin, a bass; and then oddities, like the slide-piano log, pedal-action wiggler, and other strange and primitive instruments.

Their lyrics on this album, like their others, tend to be abstract and many of the members will deliver very odd and perhaps even disturbing non-sequiter soliloquies as their other instruments lay silent. The lyrical content often explores the dark and complex corners of the human psyche, or the "things that we bury," in the words of Carla.

Unlike their previous album, "In Glorious Times" seems employ, but not depend upon, heavy and distorted guitar riffs more often; which, obviously lends to a "metal" sound. But the textures, timbres, and dynamics of the multiple instruments and vocals they employ add a considerable layer of complexity, darkness, and beauty to this album.

The structure, melody, and meter of the songs within this album are far too complicated for me to understand let alone enumerate.
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Yes! I had to listen through a couple of times to be sure, but this is another great and satisfying album, from this at times stunningly powerful, at times intricately delicate, always emotionally moving, weird, unpredictable, theatrical, overall delicious Bay Area weirdo supergroup.

They're on their 3rd exploding drummer, and 2nd percussionist; but these 2 stickmen are good (and even contribute some songwriting), the rest of the jolly crew is intact, and the music is spot on as usual.

If Marilyn Manson, Peter Gabriel, Dagmar & Art Bears (but Carla's electric SGM violin kicks Fred Frith's violin's butt) & King Crimson got squished together in a train wreck, like the old ads for peanut butter & chocolate cups, they might make it onto a little corner, of the inside cover, of a Sleepytime Gorilla Museum album.

oh and speaking of the cover, at last we get more information, this time, than on the first 2 studio albums, on the source of the bizarre, unsettling SGM artwork and strange ideas..... that was Nils' dad, right? I guess it's a family affair.... makes it more real.

And of course if you haven't already picked up their first 2 studio albums "Grand Opening & Closing" and "Of Natural History", be sure to do so too. I'm still not sure what I think of their live album; need to listen to it some more.

And then you'll want to explore the whole extended musical family (that's why I call SGM a "supergroup") -- look up Idiot Flesh, Charming Hostess (check out their version of the Resident's "Working Down Below"), Faun Fables, Carla Kilstedht's solo albums, Moe! and all his collaborators in the Moe!kestra, etc.
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I really can't describe this group because they are so unique. Dark, intense and with great musicianship. Great bottom/bass. Female operatto & male gravel voice, sometimes individual, sometimes mixed. Ventures into as quiet as night or as heavy as King Crimson if they were actually heavy. Songs can be fairly long but always interesting and with different peaks and valleys.

Highly recommended.
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You need a lot of patience to absorb this disc. On first listen, I thought it was decent and weird, but the musicianship compelled me to keep listening, and after repeated spins, it's still very weird but much better than decent. The music is avant-garde rock - brutal, dissonant, scary, but in a good way. Even the doodle artwork is creepy. I like their instrumentation, for example, on "Helpless Corpses Enactment" the pounding guitar riff is echoed by violin and it does not sound like an ordinary death metal tune, even with the vocal growls. I also hear subtle influences of bands such as Primus, Pain of Salvation (especially during the falsetto vocal parts), and my current favorite tune on the album, "Formicary", sounds like a reggae outtake from a King Crimson album. "In Glorious Times" demands attention and is not an easy listen but it definitely is the most unusual disc I've heard this year.
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This album spans more genres than any I've ever heard, and does so fluidly and naturally. The progressive moments never get corny, the metal moments are intense, and there are plenty of melodic moments that give this record some beauty. This album flows from start to finish very well. I never felt like skipping or cutting off any track. Definitely well worth buying.
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