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Monsoon Enhanced

3.7 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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This is the second album from ex-Pavement main man Spiral Stairs. A collection of melancholy and rich California singer-songwriter pop songs. With echoes of The Go-Betweens and The Clean, 60s chanteurs Rex Homan and Chet Nichols, and modern exponents Death Cab For Cutie, The Decembrists, and Wilco, Spiral's new album is instantly appealing to a broad demographic. Features appearances by Wilco and Scott McCaughey (Young Fresh Fellows, The Minus 5). Enhanced CD contains two videos.

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"[PSI] turn out mellow, shambling rock, with Stairs' dry indie-boy voice pumping out dusky melodies and pensively out-there lyrics -- Rolling Stone (2/5/04)
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 17, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Matador Records
  • ASIN: B000197G8O
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #432,339 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on March 2, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Monsoon is the best album to rise out of what was Pavement. One of those CDs that slides in the player and stays there awhile. Wilco influence is evident in the "twang" increase and a penchant to play with order and chaos. However, the album has a breeziness that was evident in early Pavement that Wilco doesn't exude. Spiral's hooks are the glue holding it together (see Caught in the Rain and Tone it Down). Highly Recommended.
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You can tell that Preston School Of Industry is really trying to be good (after all, it's made up of ex-Pavement members), but they just somehow manage not to be. The problems lie with the singer and the music itself. The music tends to be catchy yet somewhat unlikable - they won't stick in your head. The overall "sound" of the album is just not very pleasant (the production isn't that good). The musicianship is pretty solid and clean, but it still manages to push you away. You can tell, however, that they at least can create a good hook. The singer is also not very good - he could certainly use work. The lyrics tend to be extremely hard to make out and aren't really worth your time anyway (it's pretty generic and pointless). The saving grace here is that at least every song is catchy. They have some potential, but they definitely need to work on things more. This is only for indie pop fans, and they probably might not like it. Not recommended.

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the entire album is "decent"
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people, i am here to give some band algebra. since some people below seem to be sorta confused. if pavement was led zep, then steve malkmus is more grateful dead and preston school of industry is more lynard skynard. steve malkmus likes the trippy wawa noodly dynamics of a good grateful dead jam. he mixes this with pop and makes "stephen malmkmus and the jicks" albums. scott kannberg likes the rootsy bluegrass vibe like lynard skynard. but he mixes them with pop to make preston school of industry. what does it sound like? pavement. pavement, like zeppelin, covered enormous amounts of ground, blues, folk, rock, jazz, stomp, punk, metal or whatever. you get the drift. compare "fool in the rain" to "dazed and confused". well some of pavements songs were more steve M. and some were more scott K. if you liked most of pavements work, then there is a good chance that you will like half of these songs VERY much and wish they were mixed together on a disc with your favorite songs from steve malkmus' new album with the jicks. then you would almost have the new pavement album. some people just work well together, like kim deal and frank black of the pixies, it just works. well, steve and scott worked amazingly well together, and we will not have any more true pavement moments unelss they are together again. so until then, those who like pavement will REALLY like some of these songs. for those who need a fix and havent heard of it yet. get the silver jews "american water" its a necessary steve malkmus recording that rivals some of the best pavement. now you know, and knowings half the battle.
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