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Tamer Animals

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Other Lives are back with a new album, Tamer Animals, the follow-up to their critically acclaimed self titled debut. Other Lives are: Jesse Tabish (lead vocals, piano, guitar), Josh Onstott (bass, organ, backing vocals), Jonathon Mooney (piano, violin, guitar), Jenny Hsu (cello, piano, backing vocals) and Colby Owens (drums). Features 11 tracks recorded in Stillwater, OK and mixed by Beck drummer, Joey Waronker. "For 12," the album's first single was picked by Thom Yorke for his playlist on Radiohead.com.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Dark Horse
  2. As I Lay My Head Down
  3. For 12
  4. Tamer Animals
  5. Folk Songs
  6. Weather
  7. Old Statues
  8. Woodwind
  9. Desert
  10. Landforms
  11. Head East


Product Details

  • Vinyl (May 23, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: TBD Records
  • ASIN: B004UHF66C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,919,202 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Having savored their first, self-titled album for some time now, I knew Other Lives was a band to pay attention to. The first LP plumbed the depths of mellow, orchestrated melancholy in a perfect rainy-day-on-the-desolate-plains kind of way. But little did I know where they'd go next...

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.]
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This is an outstanding album without a weak track. I consider myself lucky to have found it - and now you should, too.

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!
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Other Lives have created a sound scape that is pure bliss. Tamer Animals is a wondrous record that is perfect for headphone escape, yet sounds amazing no matter where you're listening to it. Each song shows careful craftsmanship, and that is truly something to appreciate in this era. This album is just the tipping point for them....
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This album is so well mastered and mixed, it may replace Radiohead's OK Computer as my new reference CD for evaluating speakers and stereo systems. The sound they've crafted is incredible in its' richness. If you can't hear the intricacies of the harp in the right channel on "As I Lay My Head Down," you may want to invest in better speakers.

This music is perfect for driving through the desert at sunset. Buy it. Listen. You'll understand.
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I fell in love with Other Lives instantly when I first heard their self-titled album. This new record does not disappoint. Though at the first listen, I was a bit unsure about the change in style, it did not take long at all to acclimatize to it. Every little detail of this album is perfectly placed. These guys should really get more recognition than they do. They are extremely talented.
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In as few words as possible: This album blindsided me; This album floored me. This is a sophomore release from an Oklahoma band that wasn't even a blip on my radar. I could not stop the smile that crept across my face upon my first listen. Its complex, brooding, and lush, yet, there are unexpected sounds and textures laid over a familiar folk sensibility that keeps everything tight and grounded.

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.
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(Recommended if you like: Sigur Ros, Bon Iver, The Moody Blues)
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.
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