Precious

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All Music Guide - Robert L. Doerschuk
Echoes of Jeff Buckley persist, but Jimmy Gnecco also takes some big steps forward on his band's sophomore release. Few of his contemporaries sing with the unabashed emotion he brings to every track on Precious. His screeches on "Kill the Band" and falsetto howls over the gentle 6/8 sway of "Places" reflect a willingness to push to the point of hysteria, yet many of the strongest moments occur between such abreactive episodes. In his rendition of the Velvet Underground chestnut "Femme Fatale," Gnecco achieves a kind of trashy elegance, dripping over the words like silk on the shoulders of a glam poseur. And what impresses most on "Broken" isn't the demented ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Robert L. Doerschuk
Echoes of Jeff Buckley persist, but Jimmy Gnecco also takes some big steps forward on his band's sophomore release. Few of his contemporaries sing with the unabashed emotion he brings to every track on Precious. His screeches on "Kill the Band" and falsetto howls over the gentle 6/8 sway of "Places" reflect a willingness to push to the point of hysteria, yet many of the strongest moments occur between such abreactive episodes. In his rendition of the Velvet Underground chestnut "Femme Fatale," Gnecco achieves a kind of trashy elegance, dripping over the words like silk on the shoulders of a glam poseur. And what impresses most on "Broken" isn't the demented shrieking -- it's the space Gnecco traverses to get there from the whispered, introspective opening. The band's sensitivity to his vocals is uncanny, even at ear-bleed levels of intensity; there's much more immediacy to the instrumental tracks than on Distorted Lullabies, thanks in large part to producer Ethan Johns' propulsive drumming. At peak moments, these performances nearly match the standards for catharsis set by John Lennon's Janov-era exorcisms -- and the songs, though heavy with existential import, aren't bad either.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/5/2002
  • Label: Dreamworks Mod Afw
  • UPC: 600445037328
  • Catalog Number: 450373
  • Sales rank: 369,636

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Kill the Band (4:02)
  2. 2 Realize (3:37)
  3. 3 Leaves (3:44)
  4. 4 Places (4:06)
  5. 5 Outside (1:13)
  6. 6 In a Minute (2:19)
  7. 7 Femme Fatale (3:16)
  8. 8 Broken (6:55)
  9. 9 Chapter 2 (Money) (4:54)
  10. 10 If Flowers Turn (2:57)
  11. 11 Disaster in a Halo (3:32)
  12. 12 Red Colored Stars (4:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ours Primary Artist
Tony DeMarco Keyboards
Ethan Johns Drums
Dave Milone Guitar
Jimmy Gnecco Guitar, Vocals
Zoe Bonham Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Tony DeMarco Contributor
Ethan Johns Producer
Steven Rhodes Engineer
Jason Noto Art Direction
Tom Baker Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    still Ours

    Hey man, I can't resist a good falsetto. And a good howl. Jimmy Gnecco's got both and I love him for it. Our's album "Precious" sounds more mainstream than its predecessor "Distorted Lullabies", but then again, it's still Ours- beautiful and unconventional (so how "mainstream" can you get?) The best tracks are "Realize", "In A Minute" and "If Flowers Turn". Great guitar riffs, great bass lines and AWESOME drumming. I highly recommend this album and this band for those of you out there who enjoy honesty, substance and passion with your picks, pedals and drumsticks.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    lovely, lovely album

    i can't say too many good things about 'precious'. i love every single song but especially 'places', 'chapter 2' and 'broken'. jimmy gnecco's screaming in the last two songs is amazing and unreal. this album is somewhat different from 'distorted lullabies' but still has the same dark, gorgeous sound. i don't know how to classify ours' sound but i very strongly recommend both this album and 'distorted lullabies' for anyone who likes metal, alternative, goth or anyone who's looking to expand their tastes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    my favorite album ever!

    anyone who has the slightest liking for extremely good music should buy this album, no questions asked. it is just as good as "distorted lullabies" if not better, and jimmy gnecco continues to prove that he is a genius in songwriting. his vocals leave me breathless! this is the kind of music that no matter what kind of mood you're in, it can make you smile, and everyone deserves to own a copy of Ours "Precious"!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    one word. amazing

    This CD is purely amazing. I don't know any other way to describe it. If you liked their first CD then you will absolutely love this one. Every song is perfect. I suggest, if you don't already own this CD, run out and buy it now.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Get this album

    "Precious" is the second release from Ours, and every bit as good as the first, if not better. It has a more raw sound than "distorted lullabies", and there are variances in the lyrics, which mean the band has the ability to grow and not get stuck in one sound, like so many other bands these days. A few of my personal favorites are "in a minute", "if flowers turn", and "disaster in a halo." They are all very melodic and intensify you as you listen. The first track, "kill the band", has a very interesting guitar interlude that sounds very similar to the one in "if flowers turn." The band is incredible and has released two incredible discs that everybody should at least listen to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Beauty In Imperfection

    Precious - Ours (Dreamworks) Since November 5, 2002, there has been somewhat of a..... controversy. With the release of Distorted Lullabies in 2000, heavy Ours fans could only wonder what else to expect out of the band, there wasn't much more they could ask for. Distorted Lullabies = Amazing lyrics, vocals not even Jeff Buckley could follow, beautiful guitar leads that would spin me into an insane jealousy, and just an overall feeling of true beauty throughout the album....bravo. Precious = ......no comment. Some people would say Distorted Lullabies may have set the bar too high for Precious, or Precious is simply a sophmore slump from New Jersey born lead singer Jimmy Gnecco, but despite these accusations, I have to say I disagree. There are many differences between the two albums, but aren't there between any two? It took practically Jimmy's whole life to make Distorted Lullabies (let's not forget what went into Sour though, ehh?), and then they come out with Precious, which was made in only a couple years. Distorted Lullabies was THE album, it could move you to tears, wonderment, a sense of entraptment at times, Jimmy could barely whisper something into your ear that would make nothing of mind to you but somehow with the way he could move you it could be understood like second nature. The album was everything, if I was still a baby I could blame my learning to walk on Ours due to having to somehow move to the stereo and turn it up. And after that, sure, the band could take another 5+ years out making another album, but I'm ready to bet anyone that the change/lack of change in them would lead them to make something completely opposite from Distorted Lullabies, but why take out five years from what you could do in almost next to nothing? Around a month or so ago I got my first listen of Precious via the bands web site. It was the bands first single *Leaves*, and my reaction wasn't exactly...... well.... you can imagine. I stayed up almost the whole night going through short burts of tears wondering what had happened. Had the public eye taken over Ours? Was Jimmy simply out of touch? Had they pulled the joke of a lifetime on fans? All night and all day I needed to know, "What had happened to my favorite band? " For awhile after that I didn't listen to Ours. The November 5th release was drawing nearer and I stayed listening to other bands (This was the period where I became an even bigger fan of Jeff Buckley, My Bloody Valentine, The Cure, B.R.M.C., A Perfect Circle, and Dave Navarro, I spent most of my time listening to Ours, and I guess I just didnt realize how many other talented people were out there), playing my guitar a lot, and writing poetry and endless what not. After about a week of this I became completely sick of having no life, so I decide to go out to a local shopping square with a friend. Before I can even catch myself doing this I'm looking everywhere for Ours merchendise, it's like a routine of mine. There are posters of new releases everywhere but I don't see Ours listed at all. I pick up the new Coldplay cd and go home feeling sort of empty, but what could I do? A few days after that I fell ill with the flu, and the release of Precious was 3 days away. I had a $20 bill in my pocket of the pants I would wear on the 5th, my plan was to go to school (without bouncing off the walls), take the bus down to the square again, pick up Precious, and listen to it on my walkman as I happily walked home. I wake up that Monday morning (with Precious due out the next day) and I can't complete a sentence without coughing, I was completely falling apart. I stay home on Monday. I stay up late on Monday counting down the hours until the stores open the next day (I even considered skipping school to get it the second the doors opened), and where am I on Tuesday? HOME. SICK. I can't go out to buy Precious without my father knowing, he's home with me. For the next week I am off sick and

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    OURS, FOREVER AND ALWAYS PRECIOUS

    Ours, the best band to ever come around in this field of emotional alternative rock music. Their interesting and wondrous lyrics and beautiful and unique music will leave you wondering about their curious yet always precious words they sing and their astonishing music they play. With the release of their new album they have proven that their ability to make amazing music will never die. This ablum is great and whoever longs for real music should check it out at once.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Simply, Positively Precious

    Ours razes their sound, lightens up on their lyrics, yet stays true to their style on their sophomore release, "Precious." Vocalist/Guitarist Jimmy Gnecco's wildly emotional vocal range is a mainstay, while the band has honed it's sound, offering simpler arrangements with very catchy riffs and melodies. The band seems to poke fun at nay-sayers in "Kill the Band". "Chapter 2" and "Broken" are staples. "Leaves", the first single, delivers a serious 'state of the world' address in an uplifting tone. "Places" is a beautiful, floaty waltz that culminates in a fetching vocal scale. "Realize" and "In a Minute" rock with lip pursing, chin raising punk. Their cover of Velvet Underground's "Femme Fatal" should leave Lou Reed blushing while "If Flowers Turn" hearkens to early 90's Cure. Overall, this is a great CD that keeps it simple, yet offers enough flavours to be interesting and captivating.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A vital addition to any CD collection

    With the raging passions of a genuine poet, complimented by an unyielding soulful melody, The Ours could capture the hearts of any music lover. Roaring on to the mainstream scene in 2000, with their strangely beautiful album Distorted Lullabies, they truly established themselves as a notable rock act. It is now 2 years later and they have done it again! With the long awaited release of their new album, Precious, Ours fans new and old will undoubtedly be overcome by the brilliance of their latest creations. Vocalist, Jimmy Gnecco bursts with a spiritual intensity seen in few modern front men, adding further vigour to their already remarkable songs. Their first single, Leaves has ruptured music stations all over North America, leaving many listeners entranced and wanting more. Fulfillment and total bliss can only be found in the purchase and incessant listening to this spectacular record.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dynomite

    Ours has done it once again for my listening pleasures. I fell in love with the sounds of ours after their first album distorted lullabies, and they definatly did not let me down with precious. This cd has a great range of their abilities and had not left my cd player since it's release date, well except when I take it from my car to my house that is...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A truly beautiful work of pure art

    Ours' Precious has all of the good things we liked from their debut album, Distorted Lullabies, with an added spice. In an interview with Jimmy Gnecco, I read that he wanted the album to convey the word "Precious." Listening to it, one can tell he achieved this. Gnecco's amazing range spans across the entire album from his powerful falsetto in "Places" to his emotion-filled scream in "Leaves." Precious is sure to impress those who are loyal patriots of Ours as well those who are just discovering their flare.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Breath of fresh air

    For anyone looking for a refreshing change from the interchangeable music you hear on the radio and see on tv, this is the album for you. A worthy successor to the album Distorted Lullabies, Precious is an amazing blend of rock and roll with a spiritual sort of vocals (not to be confused with gospel). At first listen, Jimmy Gnecco's vocals might be easily confused with Jeff Buckley but that is not to say that he does not stand on his own as a singer and songwriter. With the stellar vocals backed by equally satisfying and moving musicians, Ours definitely deserves a place in the rock and roll royal family. Stand out tracks are Kill The Band, Realize and the lead off single, Leaves. If you skip over this band now, you will be kicking yourself a few years down the road when they take off.

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