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  • Summary: The experimental collage artists combine samples, vocals (courtesy of Anne Doerner) and acoustic instrumentation on this second release.
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  1. The rare sort of album that convinces you original music still exists. [Jan 2004, p.110]
  2. Yes, it sounds quite a bit like The Books' debut, but it also sounds like nobody else. The Books remain more or less a genre of one.
  3. While The Lemon of Pink might not sport individual tracks as strong as [Thought For Food's] "Enjoy Your Worries, You May Never Have Them Again" or "All Bad Ends All," it's nonetheless a stronger effort overall, revealing a band growing in confidence with the application of its ideas.
  4. Some of the exposed-seam splicing sounds sloppy and/or twee, but the guys in The Books wield a solid musical hand over melodic figures that hint at swooning grandeur without falling prey to florid temptation.
  5. It isn't often that one finds an American artist with such a mastery of collage technique and a desire to incorporate traditional folk instruments and melodies.
  6. Perhaps the best thing about The Lemon of Pink is that it possesses a cohesion that its predecessor, even at its frequent best, still somehow lacked.
  7. Some of the shorter tracks feel like distractions, but when the fragile mixture of field recordings, samples from radio broadcasts and twanging folk instruments comes into focus, the results are quietly fascinating. [Dec 2003, p.120]

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  1. RayC
    Sep 16, 2004
    10
    Oh god this is so much better than Thought for Food. And Thought for Food was good. But this is uh more good. Do not use all caps guys
  2. MR
    Jan 5, 2004
    10
    This is what music enthusiasts live for. Forward-thinking, adventurous, modest, beautiful, accessible music. The sounds and samples are This is what music enthusiasts live for. Forward-thinking, adventurous, modest, beautiful, accessible music. The sounds and samples are assembled so cleverly, it can only be compared to the work of Matmos. The inclusion of folk instruments and vocals takes it a step beyond. (Interestingly, it seems Matmos had the same idea with "the Civil War", perhaps following the Books' lead?). This album makes you feel like something important is happening. Expand
  3. heatherp
    Mar 15, 2004
    10
    listen to the cd to understand the rate.
  4. lukec
    Sep 24, 2004
    10
    startlingly ugly for about a minute, then a new world of beauty
  5. nick
    Dec 14, 2005
    10
    Best record released post 2000. Yeah, I think this is better than any record released this decade and the decade is only half over. I Best record released post 2000. Yeah, I think this is better than any record released this decade and the decade is only half over. I don't see someone easily contending with this unless The Books do it again. Expand
  6. FrankW
    Aug 4, 2006
    10
    Nick's got it dead on. This is wonderful, important music, and easily the best of the decade. It's warming, comforting, relaxing, Nick's got it dead on. This is wonderful, important music, and easily the best of the decade. It's warming, comforting, relaxing, and energizing. If I'm in a bad mood, this album gets rid of it. If I'm in a good mood, this album enhances it. Trying to describe what makes this music as good as it is is futile - it is an album that simply HAS to be heard. Expand
  7. BenjaminBunny
    Apr 16, 2004
    9
    And I thought Matmos were brilliant, but after listening to The Books I know what Matmos lacks...HEART. The Books manage to be innovative AND And I thought Matmos were brilliant, but after listening to The Books I know what Matmos lacks...HEART. The Books manage to be innovative AND touching. Top 10/2003. Expand

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