Blonde Redhead - Misery Is A Butterfly (Cover Artwork)

Blonde Redhead

Blonde Redhead: Misery Is A ButterflyMisery Is A Butterfly (2004)
4AD Records

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Contributed by: JesseJesse
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This being their sixth album, Blonde Redhead again comes off with their ever-so-slightly evolving style. Now, they started off more as a Sonic Youth-influenced art rock group, but Misery Is A Butterfly is full of thick melody, with many different guitar and keyboard tracks being complimented by inve.
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This being their sixth album, Blonde Redhead again comes off with their ever-so-slightly evolving style. Now, they started off more as a Sonic Youth-influenced art rock group, but Misery Is A Butterfly is full of thick melody, with many different guitar and keyboard tracks being complimented by inventive drum accompaniment and a sadder, more downtrodden tone throughout the entire album. The opener "Elephant Woman" features keyboards and strings over acoustic guitar with steady auxiliary percussion filling in the spaces of Simone's drum kit, while Kazu's vocals sweetly croon "Elephant girl / It was an accident unfortunate / Angel threw me like a rubber man / Aiming for the ground / Why amuse yourself in such way / No, don't insist I'm already hurt." While they might come off as something a fifteen-year-old might write in his or her diary, the delivery is flawless and makes up for it.

The great thing about Misery Is A Butterfly is that it retains the same tone throughout the entire record in its lyrics and melodies and instrumentation. Much like Salinger's commitment to Holden Caulfield's voice in Catcher In The Rye, Blonde Redhead is committed to presenting a record as a full piece of music, whole as an album, and not just a bunch of songs strung together. That being said, Misery Is A Butterfly is a solid release deserving great praise, but the problem is that in all the melody and intricate parts, I feel myself lost sometimes. I feel like I've been swallowed whole, and it's a little overwhelming. Just as I feel like I'm lost in this new version of Blonde Redhead, "Maddening Cloud" brings me back, reminding me of the rhythms of past records that I fell in love with. And when I go back, I develop more of a fascination with tracks like "Melody" and "Doll Is Mine," on which Amadeo sings "Mine is an act of love / Mine is a wish to solve / And mine is to sink by your side / You are to be amused / And you are never to be confused / In your first love / Your first time / Why a doll so they tell me / 'Cause she is mine/ Faith and fully mine / I must say / This love hasn't changed me / 'Cause I feel fine / Faith and fully mine."

The record finishes strong with "Pink Love" and "Equus," with "Pink Love" featuring grandiosely moving keyboard lines, and "Equus" being a poppy single that seems out of place but will get your head bobbing and your fingers snapping. All in all, Blonde Redhead has proved that they can tap into whatever they want to and come out looking like geniuses.


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Anonymous (February 28, 2005)

this is an awesome record those who regard as crap should not be allowed to reveiw good music

Anonymous (February 12, 2005)

this album is great and don't even fuck with 4ad...they have had (and still do) some amazing bands.
when i think of hipsters i think more of stuff like les savy fav (who aren't bad either) than music like this.

Anonymous (February 8, 2005)

amazing record.

Inspection12e (February 8, 2005)

God my spelling sucks today. Thats what i get for being on all this damn cold medicine.

Anonymous (February 8, 2005)

4ad has some major lable backing, i just don't know from whom

Inspection12e (February 8, 2005)

i didn't think this was on a mjaor label. am i wrong?

Jesse (February 8, 2005)

I listen to good music, label be damned.

Inspection12e (February 8, 2005)

i had this cd and it was terrible so i sold it to local record store for four dollars.

Anonymous (February 8, 2005)

Sellouts. Jesse only listens to obscure major label bands. That stuff's not indie.


Jesse (February 8, 2005)

It's a good thing people are giving it a label instead of listening to it as music. When are you going to realize that regardless of how a band is categorized, what really matters is the music that's made?

Inspection12e (February 8, 2005)

i'll have to agree with this being hipster crap. in fact this is the definiton of hipster crap.

Anonymous (February 8, 2005)


lobsterboy (February 8, 2005)

great album

stevejonestherealbones (February 8, 2005)

when does oi oi oi punk ever polute the airwaves aside from maybe college radio? which means a 2 mile radius from the college

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

Anonymous (February 8, 2005)

i prefer the s/t album and La Mia Vita Violenta, but this album is pretty hot.
sincerely, funkisdead

Anonymous (February 8, 2005)

Beautiful vocals, solid bass lines, enjoyable drumming, excellent use of keyboards, creative and inspirataional...

Blonde Redhead is a great break from the more generic "Oi Oi Oi!" punk rock that so frequently pollutes the air waves.

Anonymous (February 8, 2005)

Absolute brilliance. If anyone can honestly listen to this and NOT enjoy it, they must be some sort of ignorant child-molesting retard. Period.

stevejonestherealbones (February 8, 2005)

fuck you you fuckin hippsters

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

Anonymous (February 8, 2005)

Hipster shit.

TheOneTrueBill (February 8, 2005)

I can see a nipple.

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