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Black Forest (Tra La La)

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Coal/ivory
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I Wasn't Worried
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Marvelous Design
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Goldenface, Morninglight
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The Crook of My Good Arm
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Kettle Drum (I Left a Note)
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Shadows/Doorways
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Our History
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Wedding Guest
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We Will Meet
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There Is a Place?
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She's All Mine, I Think
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 43:20

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Charming

pookystew

This album is a a charming old Victorian valentine. 3

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Surprisingly Satisfying

bblack

This was a last minute eMu acquisition for me and it's a keeper. Good melodic hooks and simple, clean arrangements make for a satisfying listen. You really feel like you are getting a private performance in your living room. The vox are on the "mopey" side and the strings add to the delicate feel, but there is still a sense of momentum and conviction in the songs. I agree with others' comparison to Beirut, but without the "Old Europe" vibe (album title notwithstanding).

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Chamber folk featuring classically driven strings

GoFlames

This Baroque chamber folk pop group are heavily influenced by the great Andrew Bird however they are stylistically more singular and purely acoustic with nil Bird-esque looping. Strings are the dominating element and the general theme of the album is quite subtle, however there are some drum driven poppier, hook-filled songs that compliment the softer tracks. Great vocals with occassional female harmonies. Its a bit of a grower and will please string enthused fans.

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Pounced on this one

FourthRow

I had no idea this had come out, but their eponymous debut has been in constant rotation though my CD player for quite some time. After a couple of listens, I like the same things about this one - solid melodies with an interesting rythm section providing counterpoint, a Cure-LoveCats vibe to the vocals and instrumentation (plus plenty o' strings,) and a feeling like I couldn't hear these same songs from any other band. Nicely done.

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Highly Recommended

drose

This is one of the most under appreciated albums of 2008. The band's sound/overall musical vision is very singular, so the usual "kind of like artist X, mixed with a little of artist Y" sort of trope doesn't work too well, but think Beirut (in terms of evoking a lost time and place that never actually was, as well as the elegantly histrionic quality of the lead singer's vocals); Andrew Bird (in terms of the lead singer's vocal tone and mannerisms, as well as the band's use of strings, which play primary roles in its songs, not just providing background filler); Calexico and Devotchka (in terms of the adventurous, dramatic arcs of the songs). I can also hear--although I can't quite put my finger on what exactly it is--some overall similarities to the Dodos (more their first album than their second). If you want to try just one or two songs, I would recommend 'Marvelous Design' and 'There is a Place?'.