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Olympia

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What We Done?
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Forgive Me
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Painful Like
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Sleep
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Home
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Fire
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I Don't Care (I'm a Man)
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We Become
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Reconcile
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Annie (Oh muse, you)
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You Changed My Life
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Hurt Me Now
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 45:56

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Barry Walters

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Award-winning critic Barry Walters is a longtime contributor to Rolling Stone, Spin, the Village Voice, and many other publications. His interview with Prince a...more »

06.18.13
Austra, Olympia
2013 | Label: Domino Recording Co

Classical, goth and underground house music don’t come together often; in fact, the combination is virtually unprecedented. But here they all are, on the second album from this rapidly evolving Toronto act. What’s odder still is that the three genres actually cohere and mutually flatter one other. Fronted by classically-trained singer/keyboardist/composer Katie Stelmanis, Austra have created the rare kind of record that’s equal parts unsettling and inviting, austere and yet deeply emotional.

Lead single “Home” provides… read more »

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geisha99

Austra's strong suit is instrumental composition. I could enjoy listening to this album over and over again if it was solely instrumental. I have to say that the singer's voice really gets under my skin. The more she stretches her vocal range, the more genuine she sounds, but those moments are very rare on this album.

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starbearer

Fist I need to confront this statement of "Classical, goth and underground house music don’t come together often; in fact, the combination is virtually unprecedented." That's BS. Obviously you've never listened to the hundreds of EBM bands that did that very thing, silly. Anyway... Love this album. Reminds me of Berlin or Propaganda. Which... does it in a way that reminds me of those bands... not really copying them. I do like the engineering on feel it break album. This album has a bit more of a two dimensional soft synth sound whereas the feel it break album had a bit more warmth and depth to the mixes. I'd love to hear this album bounced to tape. I'd bet that would really kick @ss.