Reviewed by: Kate Leahy
From firstname.lastname@example.org Tue Aug 10 15:07:05 1999
Subject: Thornhill Musings . . .
From: Kate Leahy
Date: Tue, 10 Aug 1999 19:07:05 GMT
I just couldn't bite my tongue anymore :).
Well, they've done it. 'Thornhill' has replaced
'Wood' as my favorite Früvous album. The guys have
truly outdone themselves, in my opinion. A cohesive,
beatifully written, well-produced, masterfully
arranged thing, it is.
Half As Much:
Great opener; energetic and very similar to the live
version. The vocal mix here is superb; it's quite the
ensemble song, and the mix is generous to each voice.
Slightly up-tempo, which really brings out the beat
and the overall feel. Nice piano - it helped a lot
live and I think the recorded version benefits from it
too. The liner notes make special mention of the
piano's restorer; it's sound is gorgeous. Reminiscent
of much of 'Wood' orchestrationally.
You Can't Be Too Careful:
I enjoy this live, and I enjoy it recorded. On my way
back to the office from Tower today, they played this
on 'XPN. Dave's vocal is *fabulous* and the drums
come out a bit in the mix, which is nice. I really
like the drum parts in this.
I Will Hold On:
Two words - backing vocals. Not full-on, but a nice
medium. Jian's vocal is passionate and clear. Very,
Another Dave triumph :). Percussively, shades of Mike
hitting the stool with the hammer in "Bittersweet."
Unfortunately, no banjo . . . but is that stand-up
bass I hear Murr playing?
When She Talks:
Once again, I stand in defense of this one. I quote
Dave: "This is a sweet, sweet song . . ."  A bit
of distortion on Jian's vocal creates an ethereal mood
and a bit of detachment . . . like he's singing it in
his head. The mini-solo on electric is an interesting
Took me back to Video Bargainville. Mike's vocal is
pristine and perfect. Not much to say about this one
- it's fantastic.
I love this live, and I love it recorded as well. Not
much difference from the live version; Murray's vocal
is slow and easy and passionate at the same time - it
suits the song well.
While I like this one, I think it kind of drags a
little. It's almost seven minutes long (not to
suggest that we Americans have short attention spans
:) and Jian's vocal is kind of thin and sometimes
difficult to hear clearly. The choruses are high
points . . . I dunno. Maybe after I spend more time
with it. I'm not surprised they don't do it live
The big surprise of the album, and what a lovely
surprise it is. Dave shines. Groovy and mellow with
harmonies that fill a room . . . Awesome :).
If Only You Knew:
I have a special place in my heart for this one. It's
such a lovely song and backed with such heartfelt
emotion . . . the hand claps are a great addition :).
My Poor Generation:
Good way to end an album like this. More of the
"Bittersweet" percussion. Another kick-ass
performance out of Dave. He rocks my world.
On a side note, has anyone been watching the sales
ranking on Amazon? 'Thornhill' jumped from 351 to 284
in a couple of hours.
Big things, my friends . . .
 David Matheson, The Trocadero, Philadelphia, PA,
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