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This album is sonically enormous. It's like they've managed to catch the lonely grandeur of the American West in a 40 minute snap shot. With tones of Ennio Morricone-style drama, Other Lives fully fleshes out their sound with strings, horns, ghostly harmonies, and the dead-pan vocals of Jesse Tabish still haunting the soundscape, although pushed a bit further back into the mix this time around. Still devastating in its beauty and sadness, Tamer Animals manages to cut down on the dreariness with gorgeous production and absolutely stunning orchestration, making this album a journey into desolation that even those of us who *aren't* chronically depressed can enjoy.
Although it hasn't gotten much attention as of yet, I feel like this collection will be discovered eventually, but keeping a low profile certainly hasn't hurt the song writing of Other Lives. If staying under the radar helps them to continue making this level of music, then, dear reader, pretend this is a bad review! [But buy the album anyway. Juuuuust don't tell anybody.]
Haunting at times, but always beautiful, the sound manages to be intimate and huge at the same time. There are lots of influences at play here and if you're an old guy like me you'll hear Barclay James Harvest, Renaissance, and Strawbs. In other words, the album harks back to so-called progressive rock from England of the early 1970's. I have no doubt that if I was listening to my favourite FM "album station" in 1972, this album would fit right in. Actually, it wouldn't fit in at all - on the contrary, it would stand out and be the highest on their playlist, by demand!
This music is perfect for driving through the desert at sunset. Buy it. Listen. You'll understand.
I am not going to ramble on with a song by song breakdown. Here is my advice: if you like Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver, The Rosebuds, The BowerBirds, War on Drugs, or Low... you will certainly like, no, LOVE this band.
I rarely write reviews, but this album really is THAT compelling.
A strange new album I've picked up recently is from a band out of Stillwater, Ok. called Other Lives. Their songs have been featured on the t.v. shows Ugly Betty, Grey's Anatomy and toured with Radiohead earlier this year.
The roots of Other Lives lie in the instrumental band Kunek, which gained some recognition back in 2006 with their album Flight Of The Flynns. By adding vocals to their mix, they decided to rename the band with the self-titled album Other Lives in 2008.
Their newest album Tamer Animals was produced by Joey Waronker (he's played on albums with Beck, Smashing Pumpkins, Elliot Smith and R.E.M.) and it has been taking the indie world by storm this past year with rave reviews from every critic who has heard it.
Tamer Animals, a symphonic, but somehow folky and cinematic album sprawls out like a dreary yet uplifting soundscape with several layers of instrumentation that are hard to pin down on initial listens. With travel-weary vocals, haunting strings, horns and bassoon it casts a mental picture of the dusty expanses of a wind blown sky.
The sound of Other Lives is inherently nocturnal and orchestral, bringing out the melancholy and introspective side of Okie music that seems to have always been there, but rarely gets a fair shake anymore.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good sound quality on the vinyl, and their music is ethereal.Published 15 months ago by Victor M. Gimenez
Which disc I like better, both are outstanding. I highly recomend this band and suggust you own their collection of music. See them life if you have the oppertunityPublished on January 17, 2014 by Randy Davis
Melodic, thoughtful, full bodied. This is an album that should be listened to through headphones to experience the subtle undertones. Read morePublished on December 3, 2013 by KiDharma
They are amazing, what can I say? I listen to a song almost everyday, and I've had the album for a year already.Published on November 20, 2013 by Rose
Lesser known band from OK i saw open for Radiohead in Phx. Talk about being blown away with this aching drifter westernPublished on October 2, 2013 by nb