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Paper Television

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Editorial Reviews

The Blow's songs are light enough to sail easily through the air, landing simultaneously on the turntable of a London DJ, in your mom's car stereo, and in the iPod of a middle schooler in study hall. However, they're somehow heavy enough to stick around, laying in your mind long after their new album is over. No-wave and glitch-hop, club anthems, and doo-wop all party together in the architecture created by The Blow's sound.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Pile Of Gold
  2. Parentheses
  3. The Big U
  4. The Long List Of Girls
  5. Bonjour Juene Fille
  6. Babay (Eat A Critter, Feel It's Wrath)
  7. Eat Your Heart Up
  8. Pardon Me
  9. Fists Up
  10. True Affection


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 24, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: K. Records
  • ASIN: B000I2IRA0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,081 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By David Reimer on January 28, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Paper Television is good enough to make you hope that The Blow's upcoming album will be better. Unlike the hostile reviewer below, I felt that Khaela Maricich's vocals perfectly blend cool detachment with barely-supressed but genuine emotions. The musical arrangments, as well, show a hip but not hipster sensibility, and both music and vocals also reveal an underlying sense of humor that makes this a good listen. Which brings us to the lyrics...

At their best, songs like Parentheses, Babay, and True Affection provide intelligent pop pleasures and clever-w/out-cute lyrical surprises. At their worst, songs like Long List of Girls and Bonjour Jeune Fille feel like bad high school poetry.

The overall result is frustrating, because The Blow's arrangements are such that the lyrics stand front and center, so the weaker material cannot hide. Quite the opposite - it scratches through like nails on a chalkboard. The good songs are truly enjoyable though. Hopefully their upcoming album will offer greater lyrical balance to support the duo's basic musical strengths.
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I love the song true affection, and I love her voice, but the rest of the songs are just not for me. I was pretty bummed there was nothing else along the lines of true affection, it's such a unique and interesting song.
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With wonderful vocals riding in and out of the lo-fi electro loops, Maricich approaches pop in both style and content, while keeping us just off balance. The tracks, like her voice, tease by touching love and sex without following through in any predictable way. A lovely frisson.
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Because my car audio "system" was so hastily conceived and crudely implemented, changing CD's while driving is dangerous. So, having just ordered it, I listened to this CD over and over and over during a nine hour DC-to-Atlanta drive. I would always forget to change the CD when I stopped for gas, but then wouldn't care. This album is only 30 minutes, so that's like 18 times through. Proven, I'd say.
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Originally heard "True Affections" on a local radio station and became obsessed with the song. Heard "Parenthesis" on Pandora and loved that song too...so I decided to buy the CD. The rest of the songs are OKAY. Not really spectacular like "True Affections" or "Parenthesis". Overall, I'd recommend this to anyone wanting to try out new music with an open mind.
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The constant yet catchy beats arrangement is intself enough reason to give this close attention. It is worthy of a listen many times over. Summarily they are constructed songs meant to marry pop music into the another level. Sounds borrowed from the 80s, 90s, and the last ten years. This is the album that will always be in rotation. Note: Andrew Bird thinks they'll dope too.
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haven't stopped listening to this fabulous CD since i got it 2 months ago...brilliant songwriting, fast and fun beats and melodies...can't say there ain't one song on here that i think "blows"...love it!!!
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This album is a must purchase for anybody interested in hearing the future of music. Khaelas vocals can best be described as indie gospel, lyrics are sexually charged yet innocent, and Jona's beats make these songs about sexual depression and sadness into poppy masterpieces. Buy this album, or you will regret it every day of the rest of your life.
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