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Ii (2013)

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Format: CD
Sku: 246549779
UPC: 656605223223
UPC 14: 00656605223223
Release Date: 2/5/2013
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. From the Sun ~ Unknown Mortal Orchestra
2. Swim & Sleep (Like a Shark) ~ Unknown Mortal Orchestra
3. So Good At Being In Trouble ~ Unknown Mortal Orchestra
4. One At a Time ~ Unknown Mortal Orchestra
5. Opposite of Afternoon, The ~ Unknown Mortal Orchestra
6. No Need For a Leader ~ Unknown Mortal Orchestra
7. Monki ~ Unknown Mortal Orchestra
8. Dawn ~ Unknown Mortal Orchestra
9. Faded In the Morning ~ Unknown Mortal Orchestra
10. Secret Xtians ~ Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Ruban Nielson (guitar).
Muze PNote For his dense, mellow second album, Ruban Nielson continues to challenge himself and his audience by working within the detailed sonic framework crafted on Unknown Mortal Orchestra's 2011 debut. Like on Nielson's first outing, the songs are a hodgepodge of collaged headphone candy, revolving around his childlike vocals, wonder, and multi-layered production, but here, lighthearted pop melodies are obscured by a melancholy tone. There are hooks, but they are not quite as obvious. This can be a good thing, however. Even if II is not as sunny, fun, or simple, Nielson wears the badge of maturity well and doesn't fall prey to typical sophomore pitfalls or lose track of his original psychedelic vision. It's reassuring to find that even after signing to Jagjaguwar, the album still feels like a bedroom studio creation, because his most endearing quality is his creative craftsmanship, and it shines. Each song is carefully and imaginatively put together, with nothing excessive to tarnish the clean lines of the songwriting or arrangements. This is especially impressive considering that on this album, Unknown Mortal Orchestra use a wider spread of sounds, and additional instrumentation is added by members of the touring band. Hip-hop breakbeats acted as the backbone for nearly all of the early material, so adding live drums changes the dynamic, but never seems to complicate matters. Instead, it provides a sense of movement that allows Nielson to show off his guitar playing, which is never showy but is extremely clever; rotating from apt funk riffs, to prog scales, to fingerpicking. From the opening moments of the trippy, lo-fi intro "From the Sun" all the way to the funky-as-a-Hendrix-ballad closer "Secret Xtians," II takes risks and achieves greatness. ~ Jason Lymangrover

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 02/04/2013
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2013
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : JAG 232CD
Music Label Name Label : Jagjaguwar
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (p.67)
- 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "The Portland trio make decaying states of consciousness seem like heaven with psychedelic guitar-pop that's alluringly out of focus."

CMJ - "[S]tandout track 'So Good At Being In Trouble' starts with a deep guitar riff that oddly brings to mind the opening of 1990s R&B jam 'Too Close' before filling in the blanks between the lolling guitar lines with a repeated, quick-footed drum part."

Paste (magazine)
- "Nielson still taps into future sounds to convey his love for the past. Guitars are more prominent this time around in the form of fuzzed-out strums and more controlled, slinky patterns."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Unknown Mortal Orche
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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