Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock
Sean's big brother pulled the sophomore hara-kiri routine on 1992's Free-for-all, sabotaging the goodwill built up by his debut hit, "No Myth," with an album of impenetrable Einsteinian pop. On Resigned, he's back to wonde... more »
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Sean's big brother pulled the sophomore hara-kiri routine on 1992's Free-for-all, sabotaging the goodwill built up by his debut hit, "No Myth," with an album of impenetrable Einsteinian pop. On Resigned, he's back to wonderfully melodic Beatles-inspired fare like "Out of My Hands" and "Me Around." "Like Egypt Was" proves he's still a brainiac, but all the melodies and arrangements here are once again ready for primetime. --Jeff Bateman
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EriKa | Iceland | 09/15/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Reflection, bitterness, and highly literate, surprising lyrics abound on this fantastic album. Like most people I was aware of "No Myth" very popular and very catchy, but I did not become an overnight Michael Penn fan. In fact I soon forgot him. He was a nameless guy for me until I saw him play with his wife, Aimee Mann, last year. I echo other reviewers'sentiments. How could I not have been a fan all along? I managed to get my hands on all of Penn's albums, but the superiority of Resigned is clear.From the cleverly written, musically accessible opener "Try" ("You take the fifth, as I give you the third degree. I don't try-- I don't wanna try you anymore.") and its lyrics which could be interpreted in several different ways... to the beautiful closing song "I Can Tell" there is not a single song on this album that is bad. I don't skip any of them. Favourites for me include "Try", "Me Around" (quite infectious, great lyrics), "Selfish", "Small Black Box" and "I Can Tell.""
Simply my favorite CD
forrestframingham | New York, NY | 02/28/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I probably own 300-400 CDs, and another 500 albums. I love so much music, but if I was asked what CD do I find most pleasing from beginning to end in my collection, this would be it. Resigned is really a near-perfect pop CD, a little something for every mood. Favorites include two of the slower tunes, "Out of my hands" and "I can tell", which closes the disk in such dramatic style. Also special is "Selfish", in which Penn comes up with one of my favorite musical lines, the self-depricating: "You might find a prince of men/ but 'til that time my name is Penn/ and I am selfish..." If you are a lover of pop music, especially pop music that is guitar driven with intelligent lyrics, this is a can't miss. Buy it."
C. James Brown | Newtown, NSW Australia | 01/08/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Michael Penn is one of the world's least appreciated artists. I constantly marvel at his lack of success, as does every person I play his CD's to, and it is with "Resigned" that I marvel most.This CD stands out from my collection as one of the most cohesive works of any artist. So often a CD has at least on turkey on it, but with "Resigned" every track is beautiful in its own right. Nor does this album suffer from sameness, blending ballads with rock tracks with ease for a varied mix which suits any listening mood."Try" is easily as catchy as his one hit "No Myth", its opening instrumentations the perfect intro to the album. "Like Egypt Was" is a rock track of startling originality, beginning in muted tones before jetting off in unpredictable directions. The standout for my tastes is "Out Of My Hands", a ballad so touching as to rival anything Sarah McLachlan or Aimee Mann can dish out."Resigned" stands as a favourite in my 100+ CD collection. Never growing old on the ear, never inappropriate for an occasion, it will accomodate all listeners.One of the best least-known jewels in music today.C. James Brown"