Microphones, the / Glow, the
Album:Glow, the Collection:General
Artist:Microphones, the Added:Sep 2001
Label:K Records 

Recent Airplay
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Samurai Sword
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I Want Wind to Blow
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The Glow Pt. 2
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I Want Wind to Blow
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Album Review
Reviewed 2002-05-06 
THE MICROPHONES "the Glow" [K Records]

More than one person has told me this is the best album of 2001. I won't affirm or deny here, but rest assured, the Microphones have produced a beautiful and highly original experimental acoustic pop album. Just 'indie' would be a misnomer, since there are heavy garage jams & introspective instrumentals mixed in here too. Most songs are simple plain-spoken pop melodies over thick layered textures: doubled acoustic guitars, piano, horns, and other odds and ends. The Mics's sound has the same characteristic innocense shared by many K labelmates, belying the complexity and careful construction of some of the underlying textures. Their experiments are like a less austere Joan of Arc, full of warmth and a folksong quality. -nari

1. light pop song with wonderful murky harmonies, sweet dingey guits 5:30
2. bombastic opening melts into pop song with lovely mesh of synths 4:59
3. standout quirky bittersweet track with pop sensibility, rocks at the end 5:13
4. simplest folk song 4:30
5. warbly vocals & lo fi casio; sweet & lilting 1:52
6. very pretty & delicate acoustic instrumental 1:36
7. flowing fluttery guitar, moving water & resigned singing
8. quiet, eerie, & beautiful instrumental hinged on cello barks 1:46
9. noisey electronic crescendo; wraiths on tape 2:53
10. pretty strumming, even lovelier layered vocals 2:50
11. sounds like the element on the cover - cluttered background with everything and a steel drum; delicate plaintive melody sung over 1:58
12. 30s of almost nothing; then a noisey pop tango; cooly peculiar 4:58
13. gentle uncomplicated breezy pop song in 6/8; 2:40
14. pummeling rock song 1:43
15. another cute unassuming pop tune; ends earlier than1:34
16. soft beginnings then totally weird circus rock; ends before 2:19
17. lovely wintry instrumental with piano lead; ends before 1:56
18. simplest folk love song on this disc 1:55
19. pummeling noisey rock abuse; music ends at 2:37, track at 4:07
20. gently strummed, slightly melancholy pop, ends at 1:40

Track Listing
1.I Want Wind to Blow 11.The Gleam Pt. 2
2.The Glow Pt. 2 12.Map
3.The Mood 13.You'll Be in the Air
4.Headless Horseman 14.
5.My Roots Are Strong and Deep 15.I Am Bored
6.Instrumental 16.I Felt My Size
7.The Mansion 17.Instrumental
8.(Something) 18.I Felt Your Shape
9.(Something) 19.Samurai Sword
10.I'll not Contain You 20.My Warm Blood