Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Bran Van 3000|
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Sometimes Canadian pop music is virtually indistinguishable from the flavor made in the U.S., while at other times it seems like it could just as easily be the latest sound emanating from Poland's hit parade. Bran Van 3000... more »
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Sometimes Canadian pop music is virtually indistinguishable from the flavor made in the U.S., while at other times it seems like it could just as easily be the latest sound emanating from Poland's hit parade. Bran Van 3000, a Montréal-based (and largely anglophone, thank you) musical collective whose 1997 debut album Glee has already gone gold up north, fluctuates between those two sensibilities. Led by filmmaker/video director James Di Salvio, Bran Van 3000 have just the combination of innocence and contrivance, knowing indulgence and dumb charm to make the U.S. release of Glee into a very hip (relatively speaking) afterschool special. The key selling point here is light-hearted eclecticism, and there's plenty of it: Bran Van have their way with hip-hop and reggae, metal, pop, and soul, and--perhaps most self-consciously--country as well as techno (try the drum & bass/country song "Willard," or the trip hop & western "Supermodel"). While Glee nods to '80s artists as predictably disparate as Quiet Riot and The The, its most interesting reference points draw from more recent history. "Couch Surfer," an ode to being a penniless moocher, and "Drinking in L.A.," about wasting time in southern California, take us back to the glorious slackerific days of "I'm a loser baby...," complete with white rapping and a sampler/live instrument concoction. In at least one way, Glee is truly a work of prescience: It's undoubtedly the first recorded document of the inevitable Early '90s revival. --Roni Sarig
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unik | Venezuela | 01/08/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Well, I heard Drinking in LA, the single once it went out, and it was ok, not really liked it by that time, but normal. Somehow, a friend gave me the CD (Glee) to listen to it, and at firts i just tried it like two times, i`m not the kind of person who listen to everything, i really enjoy music but i do not have doors opened for everything on the market.
One day i was driving nowhere and put the cd, and somehow i felt so full of this energy, because from the firts song i heard till the most strangely made end, it was just amazing the way this group of people made possible the mix of many different styles in music, and make it sound just amazing.
Guess is one of the records you should keep and save to show to next generations and say: "Hey, this is music"."