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Garbus has applied the tUnE-yArDs live approach to her studio work for the first time in w h o k i l l. Her tools have not changed. Rather, she's added more buttons and joints to those already being used (one essential new joint is dexterous bass member Nate Brenner, who co-wrote a few songs.) The opportunities exploited are evident in w h o k i l l's dynamic range as it matches Garbus' creative strides.
- Language: : English
- Product Dimensions : 6.42 x 5 x 0.28 inches; 2.26 Ounces
- Manufacturer : 4AD
- Item model number : 16399472
- SPARS Code : DDD
- Date First Available : February 20, 2011
- Label : 4AD
- ASIN : B004LPNB74
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #132,695 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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This album plays fine on other turn tables. I have replaced my original turn table which struggled to play it, and it plays fine on new ones. I'm updating my review from 1 to 4 stars -- I think the problem was my hardware, not the pressing. However, I am docking one star because it is a touchier album; other albums played fine on the previous turn table, but this one struggled.
This is an amazing album. My rating has nothing to do with the music -- which is amazing -- and everything to do with the quality of the pressing I received. Unfortunately, this was one of those albums that skipped repeatedly the first time I played it. The first two songs played fine. After that, it skipped every minute or so. I made sure it was clean, but it didn't change anything. The first two songs were pretty good; the bass is expansive. The mid- and high-ranges were a little muddier than I was hoping, but I was still impressed and would have recommended it if it weren't for the skipping.
I'll reluctantly stick to other formats for now. I hope someday I can find a copy that plays well.
The beauty of this album is that it really gets better with each listen. I think this is due to the complexity of the music, and that you just can't get it all in one listen. There were 3 songs I liked on the first listen (especially Powa). Well now I like 8/10 songs and I'm not sure that Powa is still my favorite, and that's a good thing.
Musically this album is diverse. Gangsta is quite Regge, Powa has adriving rock/soul flavor, while Wooly Wolly Gong sounds like a lullably. There are so many different sounds pieced together that I really suggest listening to the Album with a solid set of headphones. It sounds so much better in my Shure 750 DJ headphones than it does over any speakers I own.
Lyrically this album is creative. I find the lyrics to be more poetic and abstract than they appear at first listen. Take the song Powa for instance: at first listen it sounds like a sexy rock ballad, but after you start to pay attention the lines blur. Is it a sexy balld, or is it about a woman who is kind of abused by her man? Or is it about a woman who is abused by her man and likes it? I've listened to the song a number of times but can't quite figure that question out. The music says "The relationship is passionate", but the lyrics say "The relationship is absuive" These contrast between what the lyrics say and how they come accross musically is dynamic and I like that.
Is the album good at face value? Yes, but it's way better after a couple listens and after you start digging through the subtle meanings and themes being explored.
I find this to be an infectious sound and it stands up to repeated listening. This is highly crafted music that deserves to be supported.