Lost and Safe
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I thought I would miss some of the complete randomness of their past efforts but after a few listens I realized how much more personal this album feels in comparison to Food and Lemon. The journey they take us on here is more coherent and stable. Moments of blissful introspection (A Little Longing Goes Away) are somehow balanced with banging sample tornadoes (Mr. Maps) and joyful imagery (Venice) and The Books hold your attention with intrigue instead of by simply surprising and amazing the listener.
I admit I was worried that The Books would not be able to top The Lemon of Pink because that album is such a masterpiece. Maybe in the eyes of critics they won't ever be able to, but to me this album just solidifies The Books as amazing artists (and poets) and I have simply realized that each of their albums is just as essential as the others.
(in an effort to boost their indie rep. Pitchfork has recently missed the boat on this album, the recent Prefuse73, and Beck albums as well. lets hope someday they'll be able to return to just simply enjoying the music they rate instead of being self-conscious about what ratings they give)
Suddenly, we're onto the third album from the group and with Lost And Safe the group makes the most dramatic departures from their earlier sound, and once again they manage to do so in a way that feels logical. There are times where the release feels like a transitional effort, yet it also contains some of the best songs that they've ever done. To put my reaction in simple terms, there is no reason for me to doubt this group can keep coming up with unique sonics three albums into their career.
It's true that Lost And Safe may not be as immediately accessible as the first two releases from the group, but it's partially because the group chooses to really ease into things on the release. The opening track of "A Little Longing Goes Away" is as quiet of track as they've ever done, mixing soft pinging drones with subdued vocals by Nick Zammutto (who sings on almost every track on the release). "Be Good To Them Always" picks things up to a level that the group is known for as filtered violins see-saw back and forth while spoken-word samples mingle with sung vocals in a way that build beautifully over the course of almost five minutes.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
After the folk-glitch wonder of THE LEMON OF PINK, The Books continue to push their experimental side with LOST AND SAFE. Read morePublished on March 4, 2011 by scoundrel
I agree with OneLove; I found this album the be much weaker than the first two... It seemed to lack the surreal audio surprises found in the others.Published on August 12, 2007 by A. H. W. Sphar
Nothing to add to the favorable reviews here except that this album is more wonderful than you probably expect. Read morePublished on October 1, 2006 by Michael Steinberg
My favorite books record was Lemon of Pink even for a while after this came out. But the more I listen to it, the more beautiful and genious it gets. Read morePublished on August 19, 2006 by Tyler
While I remember listening to their previous album "Lemon of Pink" and being blown away by the sampled instrumentation and assured flow of these surreal compositions that rivaled... Read morePublished on May 12, 2006 by IRate
Very good album. If you want it, buy from their site.
$11 plus shipping for each album, compared to amazon's $16-ish price. Read more
I really enjoyed the first two books albums, I bought Thought for Food almost immediately after the Lemon of Pink because I enjoyed it so much. Read morePublished on September 18, 2005 by Michael Saltzman
My first thought to describe this album was that it was like doing mushrooms with Andre Breton and Franz Kafka on the shore of a beach somewhere in the middle of no where. Read morePublished on July 7, 2005
This is a somewhat interesting exploration of language, semantics and rhythm. It is more surreal in it's use of deconstructed conversations placed with new and different contexts. Read morePublished on May 25, 2005 by Helen Kim