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Are You Shakespearienced?

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Diane
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The Lake
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Swing
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Two Wheeler, Four Wheeler
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Spirit
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Thief
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Toolmaster Of Brainerd
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Vines
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Reception
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Total Tracks: 9   Total Length: 36:29

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Minneapolis Trippy Pop Rock

Frankenstien

A pretty album with fine harmonies. I would suggest "Two Wheeler, Four Wheeler" because it sums up the sound, "Toolmaster of Brainerd" because it is their signature classic and "Vines" because it is adventurous and features John Muson's fantastic, rich baritone.

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An Overlooke Minnesota Band

funoka

While Prince, the Replacements and Soul Asylum grabbed attention -- Trip Shakespeare, The Geardaddies, and the Honeydogs made some great music, even though their major label efforts never got much attention. This is by far one of my favorites from the one of the greatest eras and greatest towns (Minneapolis) for pop music.

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Best TS Album?

LearnedHand

It may be because this was the first TS album I heard, but I think it is marginally better than their two later discs.I saw them live in 1988, and was very impressed. Their encore was a lounge version of Toolmaster, which I wish I had a recording of. As much as I like Semisonic, I would have much rather had more TS music.

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Worthwhile purchase

Staciaann

This album is around $30 used on Amazon as it's out of print... so get it here until it comes out in hard copy. Trip Shakespeare's album "Lulu" will hopefully arrive via emusic soon. When it does - grab it. Best album they made. It's just great - esp. "Down My Block," "Bachelorette," and "Look at the Moon" - On this album "Toolmaster of Brainerd" is a must have!

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Pre-SemiSonic Delight

RobbL

Dan Wilson and John Munson from Semisonic feature prominently on brother Matt Wilson's second "Trip Shakespeare" album. Download "Toolmaster of Brainerd" and "Reception" - you'll be a convert!

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Are You Shakespearienced? could serve as the first official Trip Shakespeare album because its predecessor, Applehead Man, was a lo-fi affair without cohesion serving as more of a document of a new band learning how to play together. Here, Shakespeare has expanded into a quartet with the addition of Dan Wilson, and leader Matt Wilson has gained better control of his pen. Matt Wilson, at his most poetic, shines on “The Lake,” a song which reports the events of two lovers sharing turmoil on the shore’s edge as seen by the pike who lives in the lake. This song, along with the minimalist “Two Wheeler, Four Wheeler” and the brilliant unfolding of “Reception,” foreshadowed the willowy lyrics Wilson was to master on the following Trip Shakespeare albums, while “Toolmaster of Brainerd,” an opus about the Paul Bunyan of guitarists, represents the band’s goofy side. Dan and Matt Wilson, and bassist John Munson really worked to hone the remarkable vocal harmonies which liberally peppered their later releases to great effect, making Are You Shakespearienced? a joy to listen to, although it is probably better if regarded as a prequel to the group’s masterpieces Across the Universe and Lulu. – Gregory McIntosh

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