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Luxury Sounds of the Losing Blueprint /  Various
  • Artist: Various Artists
  • Label: CD Baby
  • UPC: 628740647325
  • Item #: SRD064732
  • Genre: Rock
  • Release Date: 10/8/2002
  • This product is a special order
  • Rank: 1000000000
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Luxury Sounds of the Losing Blueprint / Various on CD

Described by the record label itself as 'fifteen tracks of artsy-fartsy indie-rocky goodness,' this compilation is exactly that. Rather than focus on one particular genre, Losing Blueprint has a roster that branches out and dabbles in several areas, and the best part is that the vast majority of these bands come from the northeast. Let's start with the real winners. First on that list is Vaguely Star Shaped, taking what could have been a generic 'emo' song, grabbing some guitar and vocal effects from another world altogether, tossing in some beautifully spastic drum work, and creating something quite wonderful. The Nationale Blue contributes 'Silver Alien Pyjama (Original Vyrsion),' mixing jazzy beats with Sabbath riffs and spacey effects, the two-movement version of which you can find on the band's recent A Different Kind Of Listening. The guitar work on Andrew Wagner's folky and intense 'Palmetto Acres' is worthy of mention in itself, and the sheer intensity of Centralia's eerily creeping 'Nestled In The Swiss Alps' pulls every emotion to the surface over the course of six minutes. Meanwhile, The Method And Result blend jerky beats, clever guitar tricks and lovely female vocals to make an interesting little pop song, even if it does stretch out for nearly six minutes, walking right up to the edge of wearing out it's welcome, and then knowing enough to stop. Bands like Fiesel, Calumet-Hecia and Tristan de Cuhna come crashing at you with plenty of intensity, abrasiveness and breakneck rhythms, while Words For Snow dishes out a comfortable if not trance-inducing blend of moody rock and mellow jazz in the sprawling 'My Uncle.' It is difficult to find a single song on here that is desperately begging to be skipped over, which is more than a lot of label samplers can say. With a range of musical styles that remain somewhat connected, yet diverse enough to keep things from being redundant, The Luxury Sounds Of A Losing Blueprint provides a little bit of something for everyone. ( -- New England Performer) Independent labels planning on issuing compilations, please take note: 'sounds' is plural here, indicating that Losing Blueprint Records hosts bands that don't all make the same kind of music. This might seem self-evident, but far too many indie labels fail to include the variety demonstrated on 'The Luxury Sounds of the Losing Blueprint.' Compilations have a hard time standing up to albums on the shelves at record stores. Albums have all kinds of things to offer - thematic unity, focus and a full exploration of one artist or group's ideas. One of the few advantages compilations have is variety. Obviously, if all the songs on a compilation sound the same, most listeners would probably rather have a regular album. That being said, it's depressing how many indie compilations provide listeners with bands slavishly devoted to one narrow style of music. Today it's emo-pop ala Jimmy Eat World or New Found Glory - tomorrow it could be anything, although my money is on electronic-beat indie modeled after Her Space Holiday and The Busy Signals. The Losing Blueprint Records, a young East Coast label, does a satisfactory job of avoiding this pitfall by including bands from various points of the indie map. Highlights include the innovative rhythms and softly insistent female vocals of The Method and Result, the pitch-perfect looming keyboard intro of Vaguely Star Shaped and the odd acoustics of Andrew Wagner. The best track on here is easily the horn-bristling PopCanon, whose song very cleverly references everyone from philosopher Willard Quine to rapper Will Smith. The Losing Blueprint has clearly put some thought into their label and this compilation, and it's well worth what they're asking for it. Recommended. ( - Eddie Fournier From Interstate Zine)