Bem-Vinda Vontade - Mice Parade
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  • Summary: Adam Pierce's fifth Mice Parade album adds a greatly increased vocal presence (by Pierce, Ikuko Harada and Mum's Kristin Anna Valtysdottir) to his tropicalia-infused post-rock.
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  1. 90
    Sparkles with glittering innovations. [#68, p.102]
  2. Mice Parade is an original, hovering over multiple traditions without disturbing any of them.
  3. Although finely tuned and well orchestrated, the album never panders by creating an artificial sense of drama or relying on familiar rock tropes.
  4. This is a standout record even by his high standards.
  5. Pierce sinks his heart into his music, and while that may not manifest in impassioned yelping or big rock riffs, the exquisiteness of his playing and songcraft make it apparent.
  6. Rather than the nostalgic, distant wistfulness of last year’s work, Bem-vinda is much more open, and while there are complex rhythms and arrangements in abundance, none of this gets in the way of some eminently hummable tunes.
  7. For the wide-awake, it's a crashing bore. [Aug 2005, p.164]

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  1. MarkD
    Jun 1, 2005
    Only on my fourth complete listen yet am already hooked. Unfortunately this is my first listen to the band but after hearing this album I am to remedy that situation at the earliest possible opportunity. If you are on the lookout for something a little different yet expressing itself eloquently then look no further. An album that oozes whether the volume dial is on a relaxed low or an energy filled cranked up setting. Expand
  2. CodyP
    Jun 13, 2005
    One of the best of the year. An enjoyable listen through and through.
  3. ScottT
    Jun 27, 2005
    It's Pierce's drumming that takes this stylistic blend into repeated listening territory. A unique indie rock album that will hopefully garner the airplay it deserves. Expand