Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|June of 44|
Four Great Points
Genres: Alternative Rock, Special Interest, Pop, Rock
Poetic doesn't just describe the lyrics of June of 44 or their phrasings, but also the beautiful noise that they repeatedly make with each successive CD. Four Great Points might be the band's most accessible recording to d... more »
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Poetic doesn't just describe the lyrics of June of 44 or their phrasings, but also the beautiful noise that they repeatedly make with each successive CD. Four Great Points might be the band's most accessible recording to date, but shows the band has lost none of its adventurous nature. Building upon the jangly, disjointed equations of math rock, June of 44 have infused tracks like "Doomsday" and "Lifted Bells" with a more fluid rhythmic quality. "Of Information & Disbelief" is closer to the band's original dynamics, with its bursts of noise tamed by an atmospheric violin. While intimidating at first listen, June of 44's brilliance is in their ability to raise the listener to their level, sacrificing none of their integrity, or intent, in the process. --Steve Gdula
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John Carswell | Franklin, TN | 01/31/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"It began convincingly enough. Slow, kinda watery guitars, abstract lyrics, and a pretty violin melody to shake things up a bit. I really liked "Information & Belief". It was just different enough, and almost seemed like a new direction for the band.
"Dexterity of Luck" was different. It was repetitive, and while it rocked enough, it left a little something to be desired. So I realized at this point that this wasn't going to be the same ol' June of '44.
"Cut Your Face" is angular enough, but everytime Jeff screams "CUT YOUR FAYEECE!" it kinda makes me cringe. Anyway, it reminds me of Led Zepplin and is pretty much straightforward guitar rock.
"Doomsday" is a really neat drum and bass work, with guitar harmonics hanging high above the groundwork the rhythm lays.
"Does Your Heart Beat Slower" is mid-tempo rocker, and fits in nicely between "Doomsday" and "Lifted Bells".
And now..."Lifted Bells". This is perhaps the strangest and most atypical tune ever recorded by JO44. Bass, drums, and all sorts of what I can only call percussion and synth work. It sounds like this was more a studio work than anything else. Near the end, it totally dissolves into noise and arises again all distorted like. It's actually pretty cool...and really anamolous.
And just so you know, no matter what the critics have said, the last two songs on the album are my favorites. "Shadow Pugilist" is a subtle and beautiful narrative. There;s is something very sleep-eyed about it. "Air #17" is a mysterious, slightly funky number that almost makes me feel like a detective. Oh yeah, and the line "black hole in the midwest" rules."
John Carswell | 10/12/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Four Great Points" starts out quite unlike I expected a June of '44 album to be."Of Information and Belief" is a poetic, beautiful song that has moments of chaos stuck in between. Overall, we can expect more and more good things from a band who made an album and a song like this."
Original and beautiful.
Brent Gaines | Westport, CT | 11/28/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I heard of June of 44 about a month ago, and I've just gotten around to burning "Four Great Points."This CD endlessly grows on you. "Of Information And Belief" is an amazingly beautiful and surreal song with a very melodic chorus coalescing between the guitar and the bass. "The Dexterity Of Luck" and "Cut Your Face" kinda trick you into thinking mellow, but have slap in the face changes throughout them. Throughout the album, the songs flow through each other one very well. One incredible thing about this band is that the base of their songs are very repetitive, yet they are creative enough to subtly change the mood of the song gradually.The entire band is incredibly original, as is this CD. Great stuff for people who appreciate music. I look forward to getting more music from June of 44."