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    Quote Originally Posted by JIM View Post
    Passionless Pointless is my second favorite, after BHL. This is probably some of my favorite production for any PJH song - reverb effects on the guitar, flute synth, dissonant sounds during the chorus, and drumming during the post-chorus - amazing combination of sounds for a single track.
    Not my second favorite, but yes to everything else. The instrumentation, production, and BV's to this song are beautifully done.

    And I love the Divine avatar.

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    This thread needs this video:



    The "I Will Not" at 3:06 is one of the funniest things I've ever seen. This video captures the absolute madness of this song. I love that she just does it without any shred of self-consciousness.

    ETA: EMBEDDING DISABLED. FOLLOW THE LINK.

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    The Dalek-esque "I. WILL. NOOOOT!!" (on record and live) is one of my favourite things ever. Also, her barking is highly convincing!

    I'm also loving "Passionless, Pointless" lately, I think that one's really beautiful.

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    'April' is utter perfection. The "I dream..." outro bit is so beautiful.

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    April is one of the most depressing songs I've heard, and I hate describing music as "depressing" but the song makes me so melancholy no matter where I am. It sounds like a ghost trying to communicate with the living. Then you've got the rainy day imagery and it's like

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    I saw her twice at this tour. Some of the YouTube videos from the El Rey were shot over my shoulder.

    Watching her dance during The Crow Knows, I could almost feel my feet leave the floor.

    Anyone else sense a common theme between A Man A Woman, and say, Naked Cousin? No? Ok.

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    Oh my gah this album is so good. I don't know why I put it on, but the other day I was raking my mom's yard with my headphones on and I just needed to hear it. It's a good album for yardwork??

    The only songs that grate for me are Sixteen Fifteen Fourteen and Pig Will Not. And they are NOT bad. I just think they have more of a "live" energy, and seem put-on in their studio forms.

    The Chair and April are so awesome. The Crow Knows makes me want to buy John Parish albums. Leaving California is basically the story of when I was 19 in San Francisco -- if that song had only come out in 2004, I would have played it like a million times by now.

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    I had April stuck in my head last month (topical, eh?). Her vocals on it are stunning, especially towards the end of the song.

    I know what you mean about Sixteen Fifteen Fourteen and Pig Will Not; I enjoy them a lot, but the SXSW performances have a better energy and I prefer listening to them.

    I still adore Black Hearted Love; it just feels like an indie track straight out of the late 90s, and I love the guitar work on it. Also the video is awesome.

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    April, love that song. The part where she goes ...."I dreaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaheheheeaaaaaaheeeeheeeamed" always brings tears to my eyes.
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    I've kind of forgotten about this album, and I need to re-listen sometime soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spikey View Post
    April, love that song. The part where she goes ...."I dreaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaheheheeaaaaaaheeeeheeeamed" always brings tears to my eyes.
    Me too! On more than one occasion. It's one of those musical moments that has a sustaining impact and always seems to get me where it hurts. They closed with "April" at Irving Plaza back in 2009 and I walked out in tears, goosebumps, the whole lot. Very powerful closer.

    AWAMWB still gets heavy rotation from me. As much as I admire White Chalk, I never feel as compelled to listen to it as I do this one. LES, however, may be my most played Polly album next to TBYML.

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    Ahhh. I recall how wonderful it was when they were promoting this album. All the performances were so energetic and Polly was so loose and definitely showed her sense of humour. It really is a great album. Are the b-sides only John Parish tracks or are there some that feature Polly?
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    I'm pretty sure he said "Killdren". Stone's Avatar
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    ^ IIRC, one is instrumental and the other is Parish-only.

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    nice, reading all this made me revisit the album

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    Black Hearted Love is one of those rare tracks that I remember the exact moment I first listened to it. I was visiting a friend in Belgium, and I listened to the song on my way to his place, along a river, early in the morning, and I remember the tree I stood under as Polly sang "who would suspect me of this rapture". Insane, as that was 5 years ago! It was one of those songs I instantly loved.
    "The only time I get in that position is when I give birth." - Dorothy Zbornak

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