- Audio CD (June 25, 2002)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Eyeball
- ASIN: B00006EXGZ
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #260,730 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Like the Exorcist, But More Breakdancing
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PS Their new band name is Murder By Death and they have a new CD coming out within the next month on eyeball records. Buy it!
I like this album a lot. Except for the few instances where the singer sounds like he might be accidentally faking an english accent, and the hissy low-fi production value, the thing is nearly flawless. Fine music, with a spark of originality and creative energy which moves this novice band light-years ahead of most major label acts. The truly moving tracks on this album are the instrumentals. It's all about wild, near-symphonic power, starting with an sombre theme and building up slowly a wall of sound that threatens to become a great volcanic monster intent on ripping the skin from your body and devouring your circulatory system. Do not let the humorous song titles fool you: This is some deep, dark, angst-ridden material, gloriously bled forth from the culturally inept landscape of middle America.
I take back what I said before about hissy, low fi production values being a negative thing. It adds to it. It sounds as if it was recorded in an ancient wooden shack somewhere, or an old church, by virtuoso performers who decided to get together and play their hearts out in the middle of the night. You can almost hear a coyote echoing in the background, getting ready to stand up and Rock.
If you're really after a moving Little Joe Gould experience, though, see them perform live.Read more ›
Death..(hear about them later) and the band right before Thursday, This Day Forward (another good band)....
Well anyways after Black Cross I didnt know what to expect, and with a name like Murder by Death, it sounds Ear Crushing....but when they stepped on stage they took on a new light, looking in there own way like one of there fantasy knock off horror shows...with there carefully creepy music, making a wall of noise and then dropping off into one of there beautiful sweeping passages...
The Keyboard and The Celloist bring a certain something to the band basically bringing them to life, while there bass player puts his own signature touch on the songs....in the back the drummer is wailing away on his set like its the last time he is going to play...and the singer is screaming his last dying screams.....this all in one track "those who left", and its how they closed there show....
With all this which is just all visual, the cd does justice but no justice to what they are live.......if they are around your area pick up and go there, they are absolutely amazing and i would not have it any other way...they truly are the reason im a musician, when you see the celloist start crying at the end of the last song you know theres is a reason for playing....well enjoy
Like the Exorcist But More Breakdancing is not their best album, but it is an auspicious harbinger of what was to come. They have certainly found a winning formula and have developed a rather unique sound that sets them apart from their contemporaries. In that last regard, you might even think of them as the Midwest's answer to Calexico.
The entire album is quite listenable, but there are a couple of songs that really stand out. Those Who Stayed features some haunting cello work and many elements in common with modern progressive rock; Flamencos #*!#in Easy has an addictively mesmerizing and haunting quality; and Those Who Left is filled with relentless power and a touch of mystery (think Nick Cave).
Those who are already MBD fans will want to add this one to their collections. Those who are here because they are merely curious about the band can start their musical journey with the band right here. Murder By Death certainly struck a chord with me!
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Having purchased and loved every album since this before I purchased Like the Exorcist, this album really should stay in the past. Read morePublished on February 9, 2013 by Bri
This album is an enormous landscape of haunting cello, guitar, percussion and odd sounds, stretched across a compelling set of tracks that pulls you in and doesn't let you go. Read morePublished on September 11, 2010 by Stephnstuff
I'm a huge, huge fan of "Who Will Survive and What Will be Left of Them," so much that I've listened to it millions of times and have found something new and amazing to love each... Read morePublished on May 15, 2006 by PolarisDiB
"Like The Exorcist..." is a fantastic CD that blends instrumental and vocal songs and shows just what Murder By Death is like. This CD is incredible, go pick it up now.Published on March 30, 2006 by Tim Albert
Murder by Death is one of those bands that are impossible to label. You can quiz people after one of their shows, and everyone will have an opinion on what kind of band they are. Read morePublished on April 7, 2005 by Murder by Death
Like heaven flowing endlessly into my ears. This album is simply amazing. Although their is no such thing as "Little Joe Gould" as the band is now called "Murder By Death. Read morePublished on July 1, 2003