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Out of Tune
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
The second album from England's Mojave 3 finds the band congealing around leader Neil Halstead's vision of the sun-baked American West--an odd evolution considering the group's core emerged from Slowdive, a band more indeb... more »
The second album from England's Mojave 3 finds the band congealing around leader Neil Halstead's vision of the sun-baked American West--an odd evolution considering the group's core emerged from Slowdive, a band more indebted to the Cocteau Twins than the Meat Puppets. While Mojave 3 are still creating pop music that is both lush and dreamy, the songs on Out of Tune seem to float across the desert on a wave of broadly strummed guitars, gorgeous vocal melodies, and surging, suggestive organ parts. Underlying it all is an aching, neocountry feel that makes tunes like the opener, "Who Do You Love," seem grounded even while they hover just off the ground. --S. Duda
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Remi Olsen | Spokane, WA USA | 12/06/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I'm a big fan of Mojave 3, but found this album to be a lot worse than "Ask Me Tomorrow" and "Excuses For Travellers". Sure, some of the songs like "Some Kinda Angel" and "To Whom Should I Write" are classics, but most of the others just seem un-inspired, kinda like they just put them down in a hurry to pump the album out. Start with either "Ask Me Tomorrow" or "Excuses For Travellers" if you want to start with Mojave 3."
Folk music for disgruntled lovers...
el dangeroso | Asheville, NC | 09/12/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Make no mistake, Mojave 3's second album does not return to the beautifully noisy Slowdive sound so beloved by the shoegazing set. If anything, the albums orchestrations have swelled even more magnificently, brewing horns and farfisa on several tracks and almost totally removing Rachel Goswell's vocal input (she does not sing lead at all, after doing so on half the tracks of the previous album.) While Rachel's voice is perhaps sorely missed, "Out Of Tune" is still a majestic triumph. This is acoustic, starstruck folk music for disgruntled lovers, filled with unrealized dreams, but still ultimately hopefull. Neil Halstead has certainly been getting drunk with Nick Drake's ghost, (compare "All Your Tears" to Drake's "Hazey Jane 1,") and most likely has a copy of Dylan's "Highway 61", (listen to the album's closing track,) but Goswells' Mazzy Star-ish musings have vanished, and Mojave 3 are starting to define their own sound, having put out a gorgeous lump of sugar. Suggestion: try ending that mix tape you're making for your girlfried with the sublime "Yer Feet.""
Brit pop goes the weasel...
Greekfreak | Pusan Korea (South) | 06/24/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I don't know exactly where I stand on the whole 'shoegazer' scene (what's left of it, anyway), but there's one thing I can't deny; the influencees have definitely surpassed the influences (VU, Nick Drake, The Cure, Cocteau Twins, JAMC), and the world is much better for it."Out of tune" contains a number of tunes that should be country classics (but likely never will be; more's the pity). "Yer Feet", "Who Do You Love", and my favourite--the gospel-tinged "Caught Beneath Your Heel"--are as good as anything the band released as Slowdive, and in some ways, even better.Now this album's the goods--they've picked up a bit of confidence, and we've got a sophomore album that improves on the debut "Ask Me Tomorrow" and then some. Recorded around the same time as this album are a few live radio sessions, and they do a great cover of Dylan's "Queen Jane Approximately"."