Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Moray Eels Eat the Space Needle
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
How's this for irony? Low-fi indie rock, inspired by punk's do-it-yourself aesthetic, takes postrock conceptualism to a level of joyless meandering that hearkens back to the darkest days of '70s art rock, the very music pu... more »
How's this for irony? Low-fi indie rock, inspired by punk's do-it-yourself aesthetic, takes postrock conceptualism to a level of joyless meandering that hearkens back to the darkest days of '70s art rock, the very music punk sought to destroy. Welcome to Space Needle. On their 1995 debut, Voyager, the Long Island-based duo came out of nowhere and created a surprisingly, if not completely, successful four-track recording that put a dream-pop face on percolating analog synths and guitar noise. With their new The Moray Eels Eat the Space Needle, the newly expanded three-piece gets a chance to stretch out in a professional studio, and it quickly becomes apparent how limited and uninteresting Space Needle really are. Before you even hear the music, it's clear The Moray Eels treads on dangerous territory. The cover art rehashes the dreamscapes of early Yes albums, an ominous foreshadowing of the music to come. Perhaps the only thing worse than Yes's prog rock noodling is Space Needle's noodling without the musical chops to back it up. Minutes go by on the album where we hear nothing but rudimentary guitar picking repeated over atmospherics, without building or developing at all ("Bladewash" is almost 12 minutes of tedium). The Moray Eels is best when it aims lowest: "Love Left Us Strangers" is a '70s-style organ ballad that's catchy and soulful in a suburban, hokey way. "Never Lonely Again" is pleasingly melodic as well, somewhere between Bread and the Velvet Underground. The addition of electric violin adds new colors to two of the tracks, but it's never anything that the Dirty Three haven't done better. --Roni Sarig
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Tim Clark | New England | 06/13/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I purchased this record a few years ago when it first came out. It still boggles my mind. It is such an abstract rock album, but incredibly powerful. It escapes genre definition, with many songs focusing on carefully layered guitar textures and tones. Flowers for Algernon is an exceptionally beatiful tune, gradually building to beautiful heights. The album is also graced with two Anti-Pop tunes, "Never Lonely Alone" and "Love Left us Strangers", very pop-style tunes but executed in such a raw way that it becomes an antithesis to the glossy strategic pop tunes that dominate the radio. This leaves us to simply focus on the melody and composition...There is not a bad moment on this album. This is one of the best albums you've probably never heard."
Roni Sarig: Seriously?
Ferris Wheel Junkie | 11/19/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"First of all, I want to express a frustration that I have. If you write official reviews for and are employed by amazon.com, you should probably put at least some effort into your review. There is no song called "Never Lonely Again" on this album. There is, however, a song called "Never Lonely Alone." Is it that hard to look at the tracklist while you're writing, especially if you're being paid for your writing? The title of the song repeats over and over in the song, and it has a much different meaning than the incorrect title that Sarig pulls out of nowhere, which leads me to believe that Sarig didn't really even listen to the album all that carefully.
I think this is a great, underrated album, and I hope more people give it a chance."
Squirrel | Philly | 11/12/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This monumental record is one that has remained one of my all-time favorites over the years. It has a mysterious (but not creepy) quality that still rocks. The instrumentation and melodies are beautiful and even catchy. Check out "Never Lonely Alone.""