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Listening to this album is like eating chicken soup: I feel just shy of healthy and about to be healed. It's so refreshing when instrumentation can remain minimalistic to make room for melody. It is a very difficult task to master, but Mr. Houck does it effortlessly. Other musicians I've spoke to about Pride believe the songs are sometimes too simple, but paradoxically the simplicity is what grants Pride repeated listens. You don't need to unearth new elements each time because you've already found them. Reflection then seems to be the only path left and any music that makes you reflect should be praised, as nobody does this enough.
Me sitting in my cube listening to this band after a quick and cheap download from amazon is the culmination of the internet. I'm shedding tears of pure joy right now. I had never heard of this band before yesterday. And today, I'm adding Matthew Houck and his lovely troupe to my top 5 bands of the year. Its only March, too.
Aside from putting on a helluva show, the music captures the spirit of the live music. Often times when I buy the album after a great live concert, I'm disappointed by it losing the "live" feel. However, the production and sound of this album Pride is so spot on, that its been on repeat for the last 8 hours. I wish I could hear the 12 minute rendition of wolves again, but now I understand the inspiration of it in its 6 minute cd version.
To those of you who have never ventured out of your comfort zone to buy a cd you may or may not like, please take a plunge with this band. They have a lot to live up too as I'm looking to fill the void of Jason Lytle of Grandaddy refusing to put out another album. You can listen to the words or use it as background music to impress your date. Its driving music, thinking music, and listening music. This album is a success. I don't normally buy an album without more research and when I do I normally regret it. Not this time. For once, my gamble has paid off.
I wish I could be more specific about the album, but I only know that I haven't been this excited about a band in a long long time. Another review describes the simplicity of the album. I can agree. Its as if the animal collective, after a long night on LSD, decided to take special k to come down. And somewhere in that long trip down, Phosphorescent showed up.
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I love his cover of the Vampire weekend song. This is not that.Published 15 months ago by Steven Romich
Its pretty good, I liked it alright and would recommend it, although its a little bit on the boring sidePublished on September 11, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I love this music....great singer-songwriter...honest, raw lyrics that are haunting and beautiful. Highly recommend any album by this band. Beautiful music!Published on August 27, 2013 by cleo52
I play this album constantly. Bare bones, minimalist classics. Great for relaxing, contemplating, recharging. Read morePublished on August 5, 2013 by Alix
I heard the track 'Be Dark Night' on the National Geographic website where it was played with a super slow-motion film of a cheetah sprinting. I bought the album immediately. Read morePublished on March 20, 2013 by ajt