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by The New Born Years

A collection of songs representing many of the "things" that can be found in western city-life. Buy this album and take an audio stroll through your average, everyday city and all of its absurdity - if you dare.
Genre: Avant Garde: Experimental
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1. Germophobe John (Intro)
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2. Channel 7734
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3. Flood the Bay
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4. The Weeds
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5. Wainwright
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6. Wainwrong
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7. Just Like You (Sell Me Something)
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8. Clockwork
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9. Him (skit)
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10. The Grocer
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11. Dull Dick
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12. Don't You Too
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13. Capital Hill (Outro)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Formation of Norwegian prophets who after years of studying life and culture have emerged to share their interpretations and data. This is their debut.


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madison gulley

can't wait for more
With their unique style, the New Born Years is not just the sugar coated vanilla of the radio. I really felt the city was right there. It seemed like I was walking down the street and experiencing all the day to day things of the neighborhood.

The intro starts the album off with an unusual exclamation point.
Germaphobe John was cleverly written and kept me entertained the whole way through, a great first track.

In "Flood the Bay" the vocals are not loud enough, but a cool simple beat saves the song. It did, however, need to grab my attention more.

“Wainwright” and “Wainwrong” have an effective range of sound and the different effects cut in and out effortlessly.

I loved, loved, loved “Just like you (sell me something).” I think that it sums up city life and society's role in our choices.

The scene at the end of “Him” really encapsulated customer service. “The Grocer” has a catchy beat that picks up nicely through the middle and calms back down for a satisfying end.

“Dull Dick” felt like “Germaphobe John” part deux. It seems like “Dull Dick” could be the outcome of Germaphobe John's germaphobia.

Loved the comeback of "Flood the Bay" in "Don't you Too." That and the Germaphobe John and Dull Dick correlation really make the cd mirror and unravel itself.

I can’t wait for more from the New Born Years. As there's always room to grow, the future will be great. I hope that it will be just as effective at conveying an overall message and will be just as complex.

The-Sea-Wolf

Notable Debut
I must commend this artist for the risks that is taken on this notable debut album. The thematic elements created from the ambient noises of everyday city-life add a nice touch to the zombie-like, droning soundscapes that are created throughout the album. All the tracks on the album attempt to enduce a feeling of restlessness and hynosis onto the listener, placing them into the shoes of those trapped in the mundane purposelessness of city life. Work unto 5, eat, watch t.v, have sex, sleep, wake up repeat. The artist is very much making a mockery commentary of the times that we live in now, how routine and conformity seem to equate to comfort and happiness. and for the most part, The New Born Years succeed in obtaining their objective, especially on Wainwright, WainWrong, and Clockwork. Although at times the direction than the music seems to take may not have as clear of a piece of message to add to the cd's theme in personifying the dystopic aspects of city living (Flood the Bay for example), the album is well worth listening to. Especially at its price.

Seamus

Solid Album
I'm not exactly a music aficionado, but I'll try my best to write this review (I've never done one before). I was recommended this album by a friend, and since it was only five bucks, I picked it up. I'm a fan of The Residents, and this album certainly has a Residents vibe probably because of the synth instruments mostly. I just think I see some Residents influence; this is not to say that this sounds like or is an imitation of The Residents, it's just that it's the closest thing I can compare it to. There's clearly a lot of influence, but it also stands separate in many ways.

Overall, I quite enjoyed the album. It's obviously not commercial because it's only $5 to buy, so there doesn't appear to be any major studio overhead costs. That being said, the sound quality and the instrument levels is very well done. It is clear from listening to it that there was a lot of work and consideration put into each song, both lyrically and musically.

I particularly liked tracks 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10, and 12. The music is really interesting and catchy. I found myself humming some of the tunes over the next few days after I listened to it the first couple of times, especially "I am king of your rotten day". If you've heard the album, you know what I'm talking about. "Wainwrong" and "The Grocer" got my head nodding, and I really wanted to hear more of The Grocer.

The character Germaphobe John is a really interesting guy, and hearing his story in the song is really interesting. Dull Dick was effective in how the character's feelings seem reflected in the tempo and tone of the song, but I found the song to be a little dull. Then again, that's brilliant in a sense because what we feel about the character is conveyed by the music quite effectively.

"Channel 7734" was the song I probably liked the least. The satire of the song is very interesting, and it's scary to think of how plausible or even likely it is to hear these stories on the news, but the speech seemed sort of discordant with the music. Also, the siren in the background of much of the song became a bit tiresome, but it was very interesting how the siren matched the beat to become a part of the music.

Some of the songs are repetitive, but that is not meant as a criticism, just a comment. It is very effective and even enjoyable in many of the songs, but I found the song "The Weeds" a little to repetitive. I don't have any particular explanation for not liking "Wainwright", I just didn't enjoy it for some reason.

The songs I did enjoy, I really enjoyed. "Flood the Bay" had a really interesting mix of instruments in the mix. There was a strong use of what sounded like a person making a dog barking sound, and it's sounds really cool in the song. "Just Like You (Sell Me Something)" has a great message that is actually pretty clear from the title. I really identified with this song because I see this kind of mentality everywhere and it is upsetting. "Him" is an interesting song about religion, at least that's what I get out of it. Again, this is a song about the people around us all the time, and it's kind of scary seeing the reality of the people in the song. There's also an interesting sketch at the end of "Him" that leads into "The Grocer" which will strike a chord with anyone who has worked customer service. Clearly this artist has at least some experience in the customer service field.

As a whole, the album is an interesting venture into life in "Siddies" (Cities). When we live in cities we interact with all these people, and a lot of people are really crappy. Our society and economy thrives on the attitudes reflected in the characters and commentary in the songs. If you listen closely, you get a good sense of the city experience. All cities have a lot in common: lots of people and lots of people interacting. And ti's this interaction with all these different societally affected people that gives us the snapshot of society this album offers. The album is dead-on and clear and scary for it. That is in the opinion of this reviewer.

Overall, this is a strong first album from this artist. There isn't a lot of information about him/her/them on the MySpace page, and that's all there really is to go off of for now, but I certainly look forward to future work from this artist. The sound is unique and refreshing without sounding amateurish or contrived. At the very least, it's worth the five bucks to hear this talented first effort and support local music.

Adam Pfeffer

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The New Born Years sound similar to some of the music I\'ve made, so of course I\'m going to like them. When you talk about thinking outside the box, you have to acknowledge the existence of a box to begin with. The New Born Years are one of those artists who never cared to know if there was a box. Their creativity is not kept within any genre of music. They\'re most certainly experimental, and in admirable way. As other reviewers have pointed out, they do sound similar to The Residents. How they differ I think is in their drum tracks. The Residents tend to get a little circus-like, and The New Born Years stick to more industrial beats. With Residents-like synth parts, and old-school NIN-type beats their music is more listenable than The Residents because they keep a good stoney groove going throughout the CD. They\'ve also got a sense of humor in their music that reminds me of Negativland. I like experimental music except when it gets too pretentious, so The New Born Years score points with me for having some comic relief amidst the dark ambience. There\'s quite a few spots in their CD where their cynical jokes and unbounded creativity gets me to smile. If you like experimental music this CD is definitely worth checking out.