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Libertine
Silkworm
Libertine
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
 
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Silkworm's third full-length album finds this unique quartet further defining its sound and each of the three songwriters' voices. Bassist Tim Midgett and guitarists Joel Phelps and Andy Cohen individually and collectively...  more »

      
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All Artists: Silkworm
Title: Libertine
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Phantom Sound & Vision
Original Release Date: 1/1/2008
Re-Release Date: 8/26/1994
Album Type: Import
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Styles: Hardcore & Punk, Indie & Lo-Fi, American Alternative, New Wave & Post-Punk, Progressive, Progressive Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 744861015727, 795578940116, 795578940123

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Silkworm's third full-length album finds this unique quartet further defining its sound and each of the three songwriters' voices. Bassist Tim Midgett and guitarists Joel Phelps and Andy Cohen individually and collectively contribute some of the best material they've ever created, and once again Steve Albini captures the band with the precision and clarity that is his strongest suit as an engineer. This sound and style, while not perfectly complimentary to every group Albini records, suit Silkworm beautifully. The bass and drums are captured with an attack that is more concussive and has a presence when the guitars ease back and the vocals take the forefront. The vocals--reflecting three distinct yet similar voices--and lyrics establish the definite focal point of Libertine, spoken and sung with varying degrees of seriousness but never lacking passion, no matter how casual the delivery. The guitars then fill in the remaining space (and there is a lot) with melodic phrases that often seem bent and jagged, and occasionally sound rambling, but are always relevant to the song. There is an edgy moodiness to much of the material that gives it a somber air, but Silkworm are not angst-ridden whiners; their voice is one of self-examination rather than self-pity. Libertine continues down the same path the band blazed on In the West, but the songwriting is a notch sharper and the recording is even closer to the sound of a live concert, where the real magic happens. --Adem Tepedelen

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Don't Listen to the Onanistic A-Hole Above
07/13/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Yes yes yes _Libertine_ is a fine fine album and any number of indie rockers keepin' real may pronounce this one these Missoula boys' finest. But come on: "Do not buy any silkworm album released after this one." Give me a break pardner. Frankly Phelps's whiny voice is rather annoying, and only with _Firewater_ and _Developer_ do SKWM begin to explore, experiment and dissect the elements that make _Libertine_ a compelling listen: the rubber band bass lines, the bitchin' guitar solos and thumpin' drumbeats. Sure this is good, but SKWM's best two albums are their next two."