The Rain Is a Handsome Animal
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that, however, makes no real bearing
on my opinion about this record though...
okay, how can i really say that...? i mean...
you can't un-ring a bell, right? i can't say what
my life would be like if i'd never heard tin hat...haha!!
i can say with utmost confidence, though, that i'd surely love
the music they made on this record whether or not i had the pre-existing
bias that i mentioned here earlier. all of this is an necessarily complicated
way of saying that this record is incredible(!). it truly is. they've always had like one
vocal tune on all their records. the music always carries so well without the real need for words
or vocals, but....with their 5th record, the sad machinery of spring, they proved to everyone--
including themselves--that it was good idea for them to explore the idea of having carla
sing a bit more with the group. so they give us this collection of their settings
of some really choice selections of poems by e.e. cummings. their wooden sound.
totally informed by all things jazz, folk, post-modern chamber...blues.....
it's so smart & stylish & tasteful. both intelligent & passionate..........
i mean...it's pure wood, man. such lovely, lovely stuff. bravo, team!!
all of this is to say, pick up as many of their records as you can.
including, & especially, "the rain is a handsome animal."
1.A cloud on a Leaf
Song form with tasty, sparse arrangement., featuring soft and delicate close-miked voice, with some really nice guitar playing. It's all in a sensitive mp-mf range.
An instrumental . More tasty guitar playing with violin, accordion, and clarinet playing alternatively written out and jams over top. I loved the way these instruments are played and miked.
3. Sweet Spring
Again , I like the `no pushing' vocal in a deceptively sophisticated arrangement. This is Nora Jones/breathy Bjork does acid and runs into players that actually can play instruments.
4. If up's the word
More traditional fare- beautifully performed.
5.Open his head
Very cool, Webern spares arrangement.
Love the head!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'd read about Tin Hat in the Brain Pickings blog and wanted to hear more than just snippets of their sound. So glad I bought the CD; inspiring, evocative sounds.Published on January 7, 2014 by Judy O'Rourke
This was not purchased for me. My Grandson requested it and he loves it. He plans to purchase more in the future.Published on May 30, 2013 by Beverly J. Fonseca