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Califone / [Roots & Crowns]
Album:[Roots & Crowns] Collection:General
Artist:Califone Added:11/2006
Label:Thrill Jockey Records 

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Add Date:2007-02-18 Pull Date:2007-04-22 
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Album Review
MichaS
Reviewed 2007-02-14 
Art folk/Post-Rock. A bit difficult to define (reminds me of Devotchka), but for sure will be loved by many at KZSU: quiet sophistication with alternative touches on well-performed folk (mountain music more than delta Blues I think), spilling, in some tracks, into post-Rock. Good lead singer with a quiet gravelly vox that sounds like a combination of Kurt Cobain and John Lennon, joined at times by a nice male vox chorus. The lyrics are enigmatic, probably meaning a lot in an associative way to the one who wrote them (FCC clean). All songs are really good; I tried to mark a few slightly better.
*1. Mid-tempo post-Rock song with a Brian Eno guitar and a folksy train motif. Ends with a nice steel guitar plucking.
*2. A calm, pretty pop song, with chorus singing and great brass accompaniment. Quiet but constant throughout the sound you can hear the rattling sound of a tampered piano.
*3. A pretty folk song. Acoustic guitar and playful percussion. Culminates.
4. A slow and calm folk song with beautiful Blues inspired acoustic guitar playing and e-guitar vignettes.
*5. Mid-tempo, steady beat rolling song. Awsome e-guitars and imaginative soundscapes.
6. Nice contrast with the previous track. Quiet and acoustic, but with some delicate glitches.
7. A beautiful folk fiddle playing interlude.
8. A quiet Bob Dylan-ish song, with a beautiful twirling synth accompniment and some harmonica.
9. A slow acoustic song with nice violin playing. *10. One of the more artsy songs in this CD. Kind of a marching rhythm with a mixing of Apalachian music, Blues, sound bits, and a general electronic fuzziness. Culminates in the end to an almost epic chorus.
*11. Slow banjo plucking and Bluesy moarning acoustic guitar and singing (falcetto).
12. Mid-tempo Folk/pop song. Basic, with nice percussion. Ends with piano, industrial percussion and some fuzzy guitars. 13. A quiet Legendary-Pink-Dots-kind-of-psychadelia song with fuzzy guitars vignettes. Beautiful ending with quiet guitar plucking accompanied by metal scrapping sounds.

Track Listing
1.Pink & Sour 7.Alice Crawley
2.Spiders House 8.The Orchids
3.Sunday Noises 9.Burned By The Christians
4.The Eye You Lost In The Crusades 10.Black Metal Valentine
5.A Chinese Actor 11.Rose Petal Ear
6.Our Kitten Sees Ghosts 12.3legged Animals
 13.If You Would