Beet, Maize & Corn - High Llamas
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  • Summary: The seventh LP for the Sean O'Hagan-led indie-pop band features backing vocals from the late Mary Hansen (Stereolab) and does away with drums on all but a handful of tunes.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
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  1. 100
    Less exotic perhaps than the West Coast, Brazilian, German and Franco-Italian musical forays of the past, but even more remarkably musical, intriguingly textured and affecting. [Nov 2003, p.130]
  2. Beet, Maize & Corn is a dramatic reinvention of the High Llamas.
  3. The album never shifts into angular or faster textures but maintains its overall coasting level with clarity, precision and charm.
  4. 70
    There are interesting little moments along the way that might lead to subtle adjustments in course. [#61, p.98]
  5. You don't often come across a modern album that sounds so damn old.
  6. 60
    Inarguably easy on the ear, but short on real emotional pull. [Nov 2003, p.118]
  7. Beet, Maize and Corn is way too mellow, sounding something like immaculately crafted retro elevator music.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. stingray
    Nov 10, 2003
  2. Jon-ErickS
    Jan 25, 2005
    the album has a rich rightness to its melodies, arrangements, and instrumentation that could eventually place it in some cannon that might include cole porter and mccartney/wilson. get ready for the 2051 tribute album. Collapse
  3. FreddyFender
    Nov 26, 2003
    Fuck that GENX wanker from ROLLING STONE! Tell him to go buy "50 Cents" new album and stop spewing his un-informed bullshit on the net. This album is a masterpiece. If you don't understand, then listen to Britney Spears and go fuck yourself. Expand
  4. brentk
    Nov 27, 2003
    This is an outstanding album.Hawaii was good, but this album is poignant and superbly crafted,and with humour(Eg Calloway) Moments of pure genius abound.This guy is up in a statosphere of his own.Wilson and Baccharach had their day.Sean O'Hagan is simply miles ahead of anybody. Expand
  5. ElizabethR
    Jan 17, 2004
    Gorgeous and warm, it puts me in a happy mellow mood. Just buy it and see for yourself!
  6. EchoDenver
    Nov 10, 2003
    Fans of Low, Stereolab, Tindersticks, Beach Boys, and such will find this to be a quite enjoyable record. Fresh and familiar simultaneously . . . . . . Expand
  7. MattyM
    Apr 8, 2004
    This is way up there with their best -more compelling than Buzzlebee & a necessary accessory for budding hipsters attempting to use their record collections to get informed indie-girls into the sack. Expand