The Invisible Man

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  • Summary: Mark Eitzel's fifth solo release since the breakup of American Music Club is his first album in three years. Unlike on his previous albums, Eitzel is mostly alone here, both producing and playing most of the instruments.
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
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  1. This time out, Eitzel has built his arrangements around spare keyboard lines, atmospheric electronic samples, and percussion loops that blend with his voice and acoustic guitar to create an effect that suggest a more spare, organic version of Portishead, or a Jon Brion production that's stuck in a blue funk. But the new surroundings suit the songs quite well...
  2. A typically bruised and beautiful collection of lovelorn ballads, Raymond Carveresque character studies and darkly romantic confessionals.
  3. Again shows that Eitzel is a total gem of a singer/songwriter.
  4. Eitzel's songs, at their best, could serve as fodder for the next Sinatra, should such a crooner emerge from a dingy bar on the far side of town. As performed by Eitzel himself, his compositions resonate with a mix of existential melodrama and black humor that cuts deep to the bone.
  5. While the San Francisco-based songwriter is still crafting unmistakably Eitzel-esque gloom tunes, his latest, The Invisible Man, is his most eclectic outing to date, veering from the low-key electronica of the opening track to the understated atmospherics of "Sleep."
  6. Spin
    His finest album since American Music Club split. [June 2001, p.145]
  7. While the sound is often thick -- layers of dewy guitars, keyboards, old organs, bass, drums/beats -- it's always concerned with the "space" of the piece, such thickness often casting insular environments in which Eitzel's voice can wander lonely.

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  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
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  1. HerveB
    Sep 8, 2004
    The answer to should I love Eitzel solo more than with AMC is a big YES! An album that makes me shiver and cry (mostly with joy as surprising The answer to should I love Eitzel solo more than with AMC is a big YES! An album that makes me shiver and cry (mostly with joy as surprising it might seem) Collapse
  2. BenjaminBunny
    Apr 17, 2004
    Not really a great album, but the closest he's come since AMC's "Mercury." The electronic elements, surprisingly, bolster this.

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