ODE | On My Way To Learn

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On My Way To Learn

by ODE

Recorded live at Steve Albini's Electrical Audio Studio, these 12 tracks boast a startlingly powerful sound, shifting at the drop of a backbeat from a whispered seduction to a raging fury, and maintaining a delicious creepiness throughout.by:Jim Derogatis
Genre: Rock: Modern Rock
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2. Tango
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3. Only Dreams Look Clear
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4. On My Way To Learn
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5. Done With The Rain
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6. Albany Ave
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7. Coffee, Tea Or Enemy
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8. Antonia
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9. Awaken
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10. Silent Favor
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11. Three Seasons
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Please read NEW review below...

ODE
Biography

Elegance isn't normally a word associated with rock 'n' roll, but Ode's music is just that-elegant. Combining modern day rock with Latin and classical flavorings, while incorporating the four-piece's Balkan roots makes for a sound that is at once familiar yet fresh. Not afraid to wear influences such as Nick Cave, Depeche Mode and David Bowie on their sleeve, Ode is also determined to stand out from the rest.

The band's debut album, "On My Way To Learn," is unabashedly passionate. From Davor Palos' stinging velvet lead vocals and Sandra Korbar's gypsy violin to Robert Palos' haunting guitar and Damir Ara's melodic bass, the album is graced with a maturity belying the members' youthful ages. Recorded over 14 days in Chicago's famed Electrical Audio studios, "On My Way To Learn" crackles with energy and is ablaze in intensity. With this level of emotion it is easy to fall into bombast, yet Ode successfully avoids this trap. Tracks "Tango" and "Silent Favor," with their Eastern European-tinged hooks and key choruses, will stick with listeners long after the album ends.

"On My Way To Learn" merely previews what Ode is capable of in a live setting. Already garnering acclaim and a loyal following by playing in Chicago's finest local music venues, including the Elbow Room, Martyrs, Gunther Murphy's, Uncommon Ground and Coyle's Tippling House, Ode's live shows showcase Davor's unique voice and its ability to fill a room. The joy of the members onstage is palpable, which easily transfers over to the audience, creating an unforgettable event.

Together since the fall of 2001, Ode's four members have been through a roller coaster ride to arrive at this point. Brothers Robert and Davor Palos were born in Tuzla, Bosnia and experienced first hand the havoc of the Bosnian war before moving to Austria and finally the U.S. These "irregular" experiences, as Davor calls them, can be heard in Robert's brooding melodies and the desolate images found in Davor's lyrics.

In a fateful turn of events the brothers found themselves attending high school with another Bosnian native and musician, Damir Ara. Robert and Davor had already begun playing and writing together and it seemed like the natural progression to include Damir into the fold. Immediately the three established a connection that remains the core of Ode. In hopes of adding something unique to their rock sound and integrating the musical tradition of their homeland, the current incarnation of Ode enlisted the talent of Sandra Korbar and her lucid violin.

Damir compares Ode's music to a woman, one who is sweet, but at a moment's notice can turn fierce. And just like a woman, Ode can toy with your emotions and keep you coming back for more.
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Review:

WINDY CITY TIMES
Music: Springtime in Chicago
by Gregg Shapiro
2004-05-12

Ode's Balkan roots set them apart from the other artists mentioned here. Sandra Korbar's "gypsy violin," paired with Davor Palos's vocals give the songs an exotic, but approachable flavor. Highlights from the band's debut disc On My Way To Learn ( www.odeband.com ) include "Nova," "Done With The Rain," "Albany Ave.", "September," and the instrumental "Coffee, Tea or Enemy."

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Review:

BY JIM DEROGATIS POP MUSIC CRITIC
Chicago Sun Times

Ode, "On My Way to Learn" (www.odeband.com)
3.5 Stars

Singer-songwriter Davor Palos and his bandmates are mining a much darker and moodier vein of ork-pop, drawing inspiration from that master of the murder ballad, Nick Cave, and evoking the gypsy violin antics of the Dirty Three, thanks to Sandra Korbar's haunting string work. Recorded live at Steve Albini's Electrical Audio Studio, these 12 tracks boast a startlingly powerful sound, shifting at the drop of a backbeat from a whispered seduction to a raging fury, and maintaining a delicious creepiness throughout. ("I wake up every morning/Knowing my dreams/Have been warnings," Palos sings in "On My Way to Learn.")

Source: http://www.suntimes.com/output/derogatis/wkp-news-live16.html


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Brian O'Connell

One the best cds i've heard in a long time.
Great songs, all with their own unique vibe. When all the instruments come together there is a felling that is created that is not explainible with words.

Denis Habibovic

Music to my ears. Just great and even better live.
The CD is great. It has a very unique sound. The vocals are just amazing and the music is very rythmic. The lyrics are awsome. The music is great to listen to and all the instruments work so well togather to give us this great sound. If you're in the chicagoland area check them out live because they're even better. The band is great, it's one of the best CD's i've heard in a very long time. Keep up the good work guys.

Harshal Shah

Whoa!!!
Gloyven Mayven!!! I seem too have broken my Flux Capacitor while listening to such a great CD.

Eni Odobasic


Beautiful mixture of sorrow and fortune. Davor's voice awakens the process of "grasping" in a human brain; his manly tone gives strength to the pieces. Sandra implants delicacy with her strings...I am fascinated by how well all four blend together to create this unique piece of art. It happens rarely that I'm unable to isolate my favorite on an album. In this case it is just so that I really can not.

Rich Miller

If you like good music, then you should own this disc
ODE is a great band. Read all the other comments about their influences and make up your own mind. I have seen ODE live several times and they have a very good following. Davor is not even 30 and he sounds like he has lived many lives. He & Robert (his brother...and lead guitarist for ODE) are both old souls and you can tell when you listen to their music. If you live in Chicago, then I highly encourage you to go to the ODE website to find out when they will be performing. The song "September" is awesome, by the way.

Mary

Unique
I have to say that the violin is what really makes the songs on this CD so unique and enjoyable. This group has something good here...

BY JIM DEROGATIS POP MUSIC CRITIC - REPRINT

Ode, "On My Way to Learn" (www.odeband.com)
Singer-songwriter Davor Palos and his bandmates are mining a much darker and moodier vein of ork-pop, drawing inspiration from that master of the murder ballad, Nick Cave, and evoking the gypsy violin antics of the Dirty Three, thanks to Sandra Korbar's haunting string work. Recorded live at Steve Albini's Electrical Audio Studio, these 12 tracks boast a startlingly powerful sound, shifting at the drop of a backbeat from a whispered seduction to a raging fury, and maintaining a delicious creepiness throughout. ("I wake up every morning/Knowing my dreams/Have been warnings," Palos sings in "On My Way to Learn.")

Jay Panchigar

Best Music Ever!!!!!
As Comic Book Guy would say "Best CD EVER!!!"
This is one of the best bands I have ever listened to!