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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
Pylon's first album, although it doesn't contain masterworks on the level of the first single "Dub" or the later single "Crazy," is considerably more consistent than the comparatively spotty Pylon!! and Chomp. This is Pylon at their purest, mixing the spartan angularity of Gang of Four with a playfulness missing from similar U.K. bands like the Au Pairs or the early Mekons or indeed from Gang of Four themselves as well as the irresistible danceability of their Athens, GA, compatriots the B-52's. Yet Pylon never quite sounded like anyone except Pylon; their naïve instrumental style -- guitarist Randy Bewley claimed that he didn't even know the names of any notes or chords ...
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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
Pylon's first album, although it doesn't contain masterworks on the level of the first single "Dub" or the later single "Crazy," is considerably more consistent than the comparatively spotty Pylon!! and Chomp. This is Pylon at their purest, mixing the spartan angularity of Gang of Four with a playfulness missing from similar U.K. bands like the Au Pairs or the early Mekons or indeed from Gang of Four themselves as well as the irresistible danceability of their Athens, GA, compatriots the B-52's. Yet Pylon never quite sounded like anyone except Pylon; their naïve instrumental style -- guitarist Randy Bewley claimed that he didn't even know the names of any notes or chords -- and singer Vanessa Briscoe's inimitable voice moving from a flirtatious coo to a Meredith Monk shriek in the space of a line and inscrutable lyrics are so idiosyncratic that they probably couldn't sound like anyone else any more than another band could tackle a Pylon song. Remember the botch R.E.M. made of "Crazy"? Highlights here include the spirited opener "Volume," the evocative instrumental "Weather Radio" probably the prettiest song on the record, and Briscoe's impassioned "Feast on My Heart." Later pressings of this album replace the first track on side two, "Driving School," with "Recent Title." Both tracks are available on the 1989 compilation Hits. [DFA's 2007 remastered edition adds both sides of the band's first single "Cool"/"Dub", a B-side from the Cool 12" "Danger!!" and a previously unreleased demo "Functionality".]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/16/2007
  • Label: Dfa Records
  • UPC: 829732218121
  • Catalog Number: 2181

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Cool (3:21)
  2. 2 Dub (4:41)
  3. 3 Volume (4:17)
  4. 4 Feast on My Heart (3:34)
  5. 5 Precaution (2:51)
  6. 6 Weather Radio (2:14)
  7. 7 Human Body (3:07)
  8. 8 Read a Book (2:00)
  9. 9 Driving School (3:53)
  10. 10 Recent Title (2:26)
  11. 11 Gravity (2:38)
  12. 12 Danger (5:38)
  13. 13 Working Is No Problem (3:32)
  14. 14 Stop It (3:04)
  15. 15 Danger!! (5:40)
  16. 16 Functionality (4:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pylon Primary Artist
Randy Bewley Guitar, Group Member
Vanessa Briscoe Hay Vocals, Group Member
Curtis Crowe Drums, Group Member
Michael Lachowski Bass, Group Member
Technical Credits
Fred Schneider Liner Notes
Kevin Dunn Producer
Bruce Baxter Producer, Engineer
Randy Bewley Cover Art, Label Design
Vanessa Briscoe Hay Graphic Design
Hugo Burnham Liner Notes
Eric Kupper Remixing
Michael Lachowski Graphic Design, Cover Art, Label Design
Rodney Mills Mastering
Michael Stipe Liner Notes
Danny Beard Executive Producer
Jonathan Galkin Executive Producer
Chris Rasmussen Engineer
Sean Bourne Art Direction, Label Design
Watt King Cover Art
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