by Cousteau
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Cousteau's debut full-length is almost a victory of style over substance. Unfortunately, many of the songs and arrangements fall a bit flat. The late-'60s work of Scott Walker is clearly the biggest influence of the band. While Davey Ray Moor and compatriots do get the atmosphere right, some of the songs simply flutter apart before they get going. It's not that the songs aren't good; it's more that they are a tad too obvious in their charms. "(Shades Of) Ruinous Blue," for example, displays the chamber pop joys of Walker, but the chorus comes too soon and too often to provide much of a payoff. Certain songs do take flight and provide great entertainment, in particular "The Last Good Day of the Year" and "One Good Reason." "One Good Reason" even sounds like it was crafted back in the early days of Scott Walker's career; that was probably the intention when the song's sonics were manufactured in the studio. There's really not much reason to pay attention to this album if a listener hasn't already completed their Scott Walker collection. Even then, there's a multitude of artists, including Tindersticks and the Divine Comedy who use Walker as a point of departure, rather than a blueprint. In the current world of pop
ock, it takes more than mimicry of one's peers and influences to make a compelling album. Still, this self-titled album is a promising debut from Cousteau; it suggests that the band, with better arrangements and more original songs, might be capable of scaling greater heights.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/24/2001
Label: Palm Pictures (Audio
UPC: 0660200205829
catalogNumber: 2058
Rank: 183866

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cousteau   Primary Artist
Craig Vear   Percussion,Drums
Robin Brown   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Liam McKahey   Percussion,Vocals,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Joe Peet   Bass,Violin,Viola,Background Vocals
Davey Ray Moor   Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Piano,Flugelhorn,Hammond Organ,Vocals,Background Vocals,Group Member

Technical Credits

Ian Caple   Producer
Robin Brown   Producer
Cousteau   Arranger
Liam McKahey   Logo
Davey Ray Moor   Producer,Engineer

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Cousteau 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellent orchistrations and beautifully haunting vocals. I'm a rock/metal listener, but it's great to hear pople making music like this. I'm open to recommendations if anyone knows of anything similar to Cousteau
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first heard Cousteau on the radio in Chicago. I then saw them in concert at the Double Door in Chicago. They astounded me with their honesty and pure talent. They definitely have aunique style but remind me of Burt Bacarach, Elvis Costello, and David Bowie. They are definitely the best kept secret of Rock.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I concur with the 2 reviewers before me (alas, the only ones before me). Cousteau's sound is unique and refreshing. One does think that the lyrics are sometimes immature (but, maybe I must listen more carefully). But time will ripen this ensemble to the sophisticated listener's idea of what real musicians should sound like. After listening to this CD probably 30+ still can't get enough. Songs keep playing in one's head then one can't stand it any longer and rushes to the CD player for another fix of Cousteau! Pure ECTASY!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If I could sing, this is how I would want to sound. The band's smooth sound belongs in a hip,mello jazz bar. Listening to them, It's easy to imagine that I'm with a good martini and an even better woman. This is the best cd I've heard this year, and I've heard quite a few. Listen and enjoy...
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first heard Cousteau I was blown away. The entire CD is great and would recommend it to anyone in search of ''something outside of the box.'' The Last Good Day of The Year is a sexy, sultry, and smooth song. Grab an Gin and Tonic and enjoy. Reminds me a little bit of Morphine
Guest More than 1 year ago
Last good day of the year and that last song (no.# 11) is worth buying this cd. In comparison to their Sirena cd, this one seems a little flat somehow. The Sirena cd was blow your socks off good. A little on the strange side and unique. Mesmerizing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If this was their first album,try to imagine how the rest will be.They reach perfection.True artists,unique of their kind.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't get this music out of my head and I love it! 'How will I know?', 'Wish you were her'. I love the lyrics.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ok - maybe I have to give this thing some more time but I have to say I HATED my first listen! Only one song I even remotely liked - The Last Good Day of the Year (one hit wonder comes to mind). I agree with the other dissenter among the reviewers - just bad. I'll keep listening though to see if I just missed something that all the other reviewers apparently found. If so - I'll re-post.
Guest More than 1 year ago
On first listening to this album, I was blown away with their sheer genius! Does this man sound like Scott Walker or what? Such a beautifully put together album that, like those who have written reviews before me, it has had a prime spot in my stereo. I have played it soooo many times already, and shall continue to do so for a very long time. Hats off to them, and lets hope that there is more to come......
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the type of music you will love on a sunday afternoon... Just sit and listen, music speaks for itself. This album has a personality!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is totally cheesy- it's bad, i mean he's got a decent voice, but he takes himself waaaaay too serious- it sounds like a bad englebert humperdink knock-off. he is trying to be a ''crooner'', which i was totally excited about - but it is just bad.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Haunting melodies. I could (and do) listen to this CD over and over. Last Good Day of the Year is a favorite!