- Audio CD (September 17, 1991)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Wea Corp
- ASIN: B00000DTJ0
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,958,969 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Jane from Occupied Europe
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I'd consider this an essential early post-punk album. If you're in the mood for music that has brains, humor, inventiveness, fearlessness, and isn't afraid to be noisy or messy even as it flaunts its casually brilliant hooks, here's your album.
But "Jane from Occupied Europe" is a truly great album, and now I plan to buy "A Trip From Marineville" because I like Swell Maps so much now. Parts of this album actually closely resemble no wave and krautrock, but it all feels much more melodic. Deep below all the feedback and hissing toy symphonies lie some truly excellent and abstract melodies. The energy level remains consistently high and the album is patchy in the best sense - although the songs are not of a consistent style, it all feels like a unified whole, in the same way Captain Beefheart's "Trout Mask Replica" does.
I'm so glad this was reissued because had it not been available, I probably would not have spent my time and money tracking it down. And I would have missed out on such an excellent album.
Oh, the album, the album is great, split between pseudo-omnious instrumentals and psychotic garage-punk with drills, church organs, and snotty wombles singing.
one or two wasted thirty second tracks, but everything here is inspirational. I suggest you dress like a buddhist monk, wear goggles, drive a hillman imp, and listen to this.
big, big influence on super furry animals, sonic youth, radiohead, any prog-punk band, they totally ripped this sister off, maan, the chord-changes, textures, only this is abrasive. yeah! abrasive! unlike stupid metal pop bands like slipknot, who are in no way abrasive! you have no taste or worthy cerebral contribution to make until you buy this!. everything. yeah. stop mithering and buy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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The Swell Maps is a great Alternative sound, they seemed to bring noise rock into the music scene before their time. Read morePublished on May 7, 2008 by Justin Morrow
Great record this is. Along with a Trip to Marienville, the Swell Maps did two intense and visceral works of art, noisy and experimental back in 79-81 in a way only the genious... Read morePublished on September 1, 2006 by Nuno Leal Da Silva
i cant imagine anyone hearing this without feeling changed somehow. very imaginative and very original. some of the coolest music ever made.Published on December 23, 2003