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Shuyler Jansen - Hobotron FLAC album

Shuyler Jansen - Hobotron FLAC album
Performer: Shuyler Jansen
Title: Hobotron
Released: 04 Nov 2004
Label: Black Hen Music
Country: Canada
Style: Acoustic
Catalog #: BHCD9962
Genre: Electronic / Rock / Pop / World and Folk
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 948
Formats: CD, Album
FLAC size: 2861 mb
MP3 size: 1550 mb


1Shallow Of Our Lives
2Street Heart Beat
3Hobo Billy Mo
4Shut Down
5Rising Tide (I'll Cling To Her)
6Whipping Boy
7Surgery (Incision 2)
8Hot Flash
9Write Your Will
10The Blackened Prince
11Beverly Ave
12Surgery (Incision 1)
13Good On'Em


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Like the tickle of well-meaning robot centipedes in your bed, the constant electronic bleeps and blips of Shuyler Jansen’s otherwise plugged-in country album can be distracting. Hold on, though. This is clearly the intention: to bring an extra sense of discomfort and alienation into a mournful song like "Hot Flash.” It’s an experiment I would say works about 85 percent of the time — taking a dozen well-sung hillbilly numbers and adding an almost incidental wash of sonically independent Futurama sounds, an impressionistic trick Howe Gelb is master of in his keener moments. In a sense, you’re almost listening to two albums at once, which is inherently captivating, if a little challenging for those of us with single brain stems. Mind you, the multi-track sound comes together wonderfully on a bruiser song like "Beverly Ave,” where Jansen’s junkyard growl sways in deliberate circles with a pretty harmony, dusky horns and spooky keyboards, and is then consumed by urban feedback that would be at home on a Xen Cuts collection. Jansen’s exasperated and effective "why, people?” soapbox at the end, "Shallow of Our Lives,” is understandably reminiscent of Old Reliable, the five-piece he co-fronts with other anti-Nashville plaidsters in the Canuck Prairies — but overall he’s welded something new into our flesh with a builder’s steady tempo and deliberate ideas about the relationship between nature and nurture, both in lyric and demonstrated method. My cat would have liked some chickadee samples in there, too, but you can’t have everything.
Exclaim Magazine, Fish Griwkowsky
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