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The Fidelity Wars

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Disc 1 of 2
01
The Hymn For The Cigarettes
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May God Protect Your Home
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The Hymn For The Alcohol
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I Took Her Love For Granted
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Every Little Gesture
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The Weight Of The Stars
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I Stole A Bride
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We Were Meant To Be
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Fat Kelly's Teeth
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Don't Flake Out On Me
4:54
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I Love Only You
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Grandmother Dies (B-Side)
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Lisa And Me (B-Side)
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A Belly Full Of Babies (B-Side)
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Mary Lee (Hefner Heart EP)
3:03
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The Hymn For The Things We Didn't Do (Hefner Heart EP)
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Karen (Hefner Heart EP)
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The Heart Of Portland (Hefner Heart EP)
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The Hymn For Thomas Courtney Warner (Hefner Heart EP)
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Disc 2 of 2
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The Hymn For The Alcohol (7" Version)
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My Art College Days Are Over (B-Side)
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Don't Flake Out On Me (4-Track)
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I Stole A Bride (4-Track)
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May God Protect Your Home (4-Track)
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A Belly Full Of Babies (4-Track)
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The Hymn For Thomas (4-Track)
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Blind Girl With Halo (4-Track)
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Harlot's Teeth (4-Track)
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I Took Her Love For Granted (4-Track)
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Karen (4-Track)
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The Hymn For Cigarettes (Rehearsal)
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We Were Meant To Be (Rehearsal)
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You Need A Mess Of Help To Stand Alone (Rehearsal)
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I Took Her Love For Granted (Rehearsal)
3:00
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I Love Only You (Rehearsal)
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Kate Cleaver's House (Rehearsal)
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Twisting Mary's Arm (Rehearsal)
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The Weight Of The Stars (Rehearsal)
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The Girl From The Coast (Rehearsal)
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The Librarian (Rehearsal)
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 40   Total Length: 156:52

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Enduring

ayupmeduck

Some great tracks, but my iPod tells me that "I Love Only You" is by far our favourite as one of the most played tracks ever in our house - a simple guitar progression with a fantastic vocal melody that builds up to a crescendo. The "samples" and "scratching" should sound dated by now but they are done so perfectly that it still sounds new.

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Still Perfect

phonicphile

This is one of the most amazing albums I've ever owned. It's just so charming, I still love it after 10 years, every track (1-11) is worth downloading, but 'I Love Only You' especially hits all the right notes.

They Say All Music Guide

What becomes of the brokenhearted? If you’re Darren Hayman, you channel your pain and suffering into a remarkable pop record. Hefner’s The Fidelity Wars is a classic breakup album, an unsettlingly acute musical diary born of sleepless, nicotine-stained nights, and best appreciated under similar circumstances. These tersely melodic confessionals chart romantic disintegration in unflinching detail, endlessly replaying each and every lie and betrayal. Although the scenarios change from song to song — “The Weight of the Stars” depicts a one-night stand, “Fat Kelly’s Teeth” explores infidelity, and so on — the endings don’t, as time after time Hayman is left to sift through the rubble, invariably swallowed alive by his own doubts, fears, and weaknesses. The bitter irony of The Fidelity Wars is that the honesty, vulnerability, and neurotic self-obsession which make Hefner’s music so moving are the same qualities which doom each of Hayman’s relationships to failure almost before they begin. – Jason Ankeny

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