Trying Hartz - Danielson
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  • Summary: The two-disc collection of live shows and radio recordings covers the years of 1994 to 2004.
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  1. For the uninitiated, curious, or those simply looking for a one-stop overview, there is no better place for a comprehensive distillation of Danielson’s joyful noises. [Winter 2008]
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    Like Animal Collective, though, this is a challeging and often times terrifying music for those who don't yet speak the language. Trying Hartz, which collects tracks from each Danielson-related release up to 2004's "Brother Is To Son," works like a language lab for those who want to walk around in Smith's cities. [Holiday 2008, p.98]
  3. Despite its no-frills approach, Trying Hartz works solidly, presenting a satisfying microcosm of one of the world's most inventive and ridiculous bands.
  4. Trying Hartz works as either an excellent starting point for Danielson or the perfectly paced next step for someone getting acquainted with the work of Daniel Smith and his musical family.
  5. This collection isn't for fans, but for those who haven't dug deeper than Ships, or for those wrongly convinced Ships was a blip in an otherwise dense and unrewarding discography.
  6. The live tracks, especially those on the second disc, are the songs that will win you over if you are still listening and still on the fence.
  7. Trying Hartz perfectly encapsulates and celebrates Smith's ecstatic musical vision.

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