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Volcano, I'm Still Excited!!

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Overture
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2nd Gun
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Trunk Of My Car
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Joe Jaxon
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In Green
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Fisticuffs
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Echo Park
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New Brad
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Mostly On An Island
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Around The Dream
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Goodbye, Casio
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By No Means
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Firebombing London
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Shouting Across The Water
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Byron's 24th Christmas
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Two Exclamation Points
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 16   Total Length: 39:57

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Much better than the official review...

deebeefreedom

While I can understand why some might think the "fluffier" songs on the album are unnecessary, I have to say that this is an album I keep coming back to. There are some really excellent tracks, and even the ones which don't stick out on first listen are certainly growers. I know that short instrumentals aren't quite what you want to use your downloads on, but I think it works really well as a complete album. As for the comparison to Spoon, again I can hear it, but these guys are a lot more consistently interesting - "Trunk of My Car" is a good example, although you might not get the full effect from 30 seconds. I'd say that Volcano... do more with the structure of the songs than Spoon, where a lot of the interesting stuff is more a production thing. There's also a superb track about stalking - "New Brad", I think. Definitely worth trying a few samples, but I don't think you'll regret getting the whole lot (except maybe "Overture", whose 19 seconds aren't really worth a download!)

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Volcano, I’m Still Excited’s self-titled debut album is a hooky, quirky ’80s-inspired joyride that is light, frothy fun but leaves you with a slightly empty feeling. About half of the songs rush past and leave little impression, being silly filler like “By No Means” or instrumental fluff like “Firebombing London.” It is sort of a bad sign that a band’s debut is plagued by filler. Perhaps they should have cut down on the interludes and instrumentals and stuck to the songs, because the songs that do stick are pretty good: a combination of Spoon’s tough angularity, Ben Folds’ wordplay, and a cleaned-up version of Elephant 6′s sonic adventurism. The sound is built around organ, primitive synths, guitar, and very simple drums. Throw singer Mark Duplass’ plaintive vocals on top of lots of chord changes and energetic performances and you have something. Tracks like “Shouting Across the Water” and the pounding “In Green” are memorable and fun, the kind of songs that have you already looking forward to the band’s next release and make this the kind of record you might just need in your collection (especially if you are finding the wait between Spoon albums to be interminable). Just be ready to program it before you play it and hope the next record is more streamlined. – Tim Sendra

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