Self Help Serenade - Marjorie Fair
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Universal acclaim- based on 9 Ratings

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  • Summary: Rob Schnapf and Jon Brion produced the for the Los Angeles band (and by "band" we really just mean Evan Slamka).
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. The rich pop melodies and soft psychedelic touches of songs like "Empty Room" and "Waves" remind us of Coldplay and Grandaddy.
  2. An epic backdrop for that next Pacific Coast Highway road trip. [Jun 2005, p.102]
  3. 80
    Will massage the shoulders of fans of Mercury Rev, The Flaming Lips, Neil Young and Kevin Shields.
  4. Much like binging on Haagen Daas ice cream when you’re depressed, a little bit of Marjorie Faire is really rather great. Too much can only make you feel bloated and regretful.
  5. So Marjorie Fair's debut isn't an immediate five-star classic. But its backgrounds are incredibly well-crafted... and the songs' blend evening-sun comfort with a quiet forlornness that's somehow welcoming.
  6. The hazy pop backing and too-similar melodies lend a rather homogenized sound. [#10, p.112]
  7. The overall effect is one of cloying, claustrophobic one-paced idolatry that needs a bit of fresh air and a good night out.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. ValerieS
    Jan 31, 2006
    10
    There has not been good music like this in years.
  2. jasons
    Aug 18, 2005
    10
    This album was not an instant hit for me, but after 5 listens I was so in love. The album has so many undertones that it took a little while, but when I fell, I fell hard. This album is amazing! Expand
  3. MichaelM
    Dec 6, 2005
    10
    This album has everything. Perfect.
  4. lauraF
    Aug 18, 2005
    9
    Love it!
  5. jyotirmayad
    Aug 31, 2005
    9
    Very delicate melodies to eloquent lyrics. One of the 10 best of the year.
  6. Julia
    Sep 26, 2005
    8
    it was a bit plain upon first listen, but as i played it over and over agian, it became something else entirely. great melodies and very smooth vocals. Expand
  7. Matt
    Aug 15, 2005
    5
    Makes me space out, which is not good.

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