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Eisenhower

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Children of December
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Even Rats
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If One of Us Should Fall
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Airplane / Primitive
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Suffocation Keep
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First Panda in Space
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The Soft Machine
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Life in Disguise
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Mothwing Bite
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The Original Blue Air
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Paper Birds
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 11   Total Length: 52:42

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Amelia Raitt

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Amelia Raitt is a former writer for the television program Mr. Belvedere and has been writing about pop music of all colors and stripes for eMusic since 2005. S...more »

04.22.11
The Slip, Eisenhower
Label: Bar/None Records

See those track lengths? Boston's The Slip are a band that takes their time. The songs on their fifth record, Eisenhower, boast tangled instrumental passages, big blurts of sound and sweet, soaring vocals. More than just a neo-jam band, though, The Slip has keen pop instincts. "Suffocation Keep" is a moody, meditative lullaby worthy of the Pernice Brothers and "Life in Disguise" has the kind of gently swaying chorus that could function as the center… read more »

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in-effing-credible

dpurcell

WOW. One of the more powerful albums I know. Straight up real deal, folks.

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in-effing-credible

dpurcell

WOW. One of the more powerful albums I know. Straight up real deal, folks.

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Pretty Darn Cool

Rock_Head

Like a lot of people, I first heard these guys in Guitar Hero. I listened to the whole album and at first thought that they were boring, but then I realized that their soft, unconventional sound is their greatest attribute. I that you should definitely listen to all of the songs before downloading them, just to make sure that they are your style.

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It's OK... if you're a fan already

djMagicFinger

After playing "Even Rats" on Guitar Hero (many times...), I thought I had found an exciting new avenue of rock to explore. So I downloaded the album without previewing or anything. Why not, it's eMusic right? I found the album pretty boring overall and the singing comes across as whiney. I still love Even Rats, but there's nothing else on the album that's similar in style or composition. I can understand a Slip fan enjoying this - you know it's OK to listen to a friend whine about whatever, but a stranger is not as welcomed. However as a new listener to this group I was a bit disappointed. Be sure to preview some songs if considering this album. This is only my opinion, I think these guys are way cool, I just don't think this album is.

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See them live...

auranor

...they're even better in person. I went to the same high school a few years after they left. They were legendary for resisting the administration there; they once held a protest concert in the auditorium for a day until the headmaster had power to the building cut.

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Good indie rock

rowleyj

Good rock music. Nothing entirely new here, but catchy and innovative at the same time. Much like a combination between The Beatles and modern indie music.

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Slip into This!

Tridley

Wow! Great sound! It's clearly it's own invention but at moments it feels like Josh Rouse meets The Smashing Pumpkins (especially the Infinite Meloncollie recording ) not as, similar in sound, but in it's own structure, form, and purpose... This is a very pleasant find... hard to beleive this band is virtually obscure.

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Softly delicious

ChrisCanfield

Combining soft-spoken vocals with unique sounds, Eisenhower is a smooth, optimistically melancholy album. Synchopated rhythms compliment an accessibly twangy sound, which manages to remain tasty to the last drop. Not quite rock, not quite folk, not quite alternative, The Slip have create a unique sound worthy of a listen.

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Wow

jgathright

I'm old, I don't "wow" often anymore. Download it, drink one glass of good single malt, and melt into this album. Wow.

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I love this album

Jevid

I've only been an Emusic member for maybe three months, and of all the stuff I've downloaded, this is my favorite. Personally, I think the album is consistent from start to finish: I love every song, really. Paper Birds, the last song, is just as good, just as catchy as Children of December, the first song. Listen to the previews, and if you *think* you like it, buy it, you will like it. A big thumbs up from me.

They Say All Music Guide

Jam band the Slip chose their 2006 release Eisenhower to show that they’re capable of stepping outside the boundaries of hippie-hash college music, and maybe they shouldn’t have. The disc shows the band cunningly embracing alt pop conventions almost completely one moment, and becoming lost in a quagmire of their own wanderings the next. A few tracks, like “Even Rats,” leave the Slip’s roots behind altogether and embrace an indie rock sound almost completely — and with great success. A handful of others plod headlong into the group’s jamming past, like the eight-minute opus “Paper Birds,” a rambling monument of improvisation with barely a discernible refrain. Most of the songs on the album are built on a musical idea of melding these two genres. The group does not always achieve this hybridization very gracefully, as on “Suffocation Keep,” where a perfectly nice, spacy ballad gets stretched into mopey, sad-bastard music. The formula works on the majority of the songs, however, where the jamming style brings something distinctly nonlinear to the traditional pop song format, creating something delightfully unconventional and unique. The tone of these tracks avoids silliness or kitsch — even when singer Brad Barr careens into flying falsetto — but it never really feels serious or self-important, either. This brand of laid-back, often danceable rock holds steady at a level of emotion that never steps within ten feet of emo; the music’s expressiveness, though far from cold, lies in an intimate and cerebral space rather than a cathartic one. This sound shares a stage with everybody from Phoenix and Under the Influence of Giants to Coldplay and My Bloody Valentine. The Slip’s experiment in absorbing these poppy influences is basically a success, at best providing a pensive, emotive soundtrack to a quiet day and at worst, making you want to listen to Phoenix or Coldplay. – Cammila Albertson

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