The Moldy Peaches
The Moldy Peaches


5.0
classic

Review

by Aura USER (1 Reviews)
January 8th, 2008 | 34 replies | 6,144 views


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: From the anti-folk scene to the big screen, The Moldy Peaches have delivered awkward lullaby's to challenge the normality of music.

3 of 4 thought this review was well written

Sometimes you come across a band or piece of artwork that is complex and puzzling, where you find it ultimately difficult to describe it and classify it. We as humans often tend to group together everything that we encounter in a sense to rationalize and organize it. But every now and then you come across some form of art that makes you want to demolish your rationality and just go with the flow of life.

When I first heard The Moldy Peaches self titled album it took me awhile to understand what the album was trying to convey, what message it was sending off. I first thought, there's no message what so ever; that this album was developed as a nihilistic joke to play upon any indie folk fans who happened to download or pick up this album. Although I was disappointed in this early misunderstanding of The Moldy Peaches, I thought the music was quaint and flavorful so I continued to listen. Songs such as "Anyone Else (But You)" and "Nothing Came Out" are so cleverly calming and relaxing you can visualize yourself looking out into the rain on a cold November morning or take a road trip across the US and having these songs play as a melodic background to your ventures. When I came across that first visualization of how these songs can relate to our lives, is when it hit me. There's no nihilistic joke being played with The Moldy Peaches, it's something a bit deeper with a real life connection. They play the pun with their music, mock themselves, mock the culture that indie artists and fans live in and genuinely make the connection of themselves to where they are and how they live. This is where I believe The Moldy Peaches are unique, as is their genre of Anti Folk, which molded, shifted and morphed throughout the years of exposure.

Fans of folk and indie will be hard pressed not enjoy the subtle and sometimes not so subtle music of The Moldy Peaches. While sometimes being so calm and passive the music can turn aggressive, but never violent, as seen in the song Downloading Porn With Davo and NYC's Like a Graveyard which bleeds influence from old school punk. Along side their anti-esoteric sensibilities, they also are politically influenced challenging the situations in life which humans have already became situated to.

This album produces nothing short of genius, the lack of complexity and simplism in the music provides genuine songwriting when compared to the lack of songwriting in many of today's technically proficient music. I gave this album a 5/5 for reasons stated above. Few groups can provide uniqueness to a genre derived on uniqueness but The Moldy Peaches have done it.


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stoopkid
January 8th 2008



326 Comments


I LOVE Anyone Else But You...I would say good review, but I don't feel I'm qualified since I've only done one myself.

plane
Staff Reviewer
January 8th 2008



6085 Comments


You write really well, but you don't describe the music past some really short descriptions and some odd claims. You have to flesh this out a lot more to warrant a classic rating.
I had this album for a while, but it's really nothing unique or puzzling at all. It's just really awful.

guitarplaya91
January 8th 2008



485 Comments


This album is no doubt going to gain popularity from the film "Juno." But this is a great first review.

stoopkid
January 8th 2008



326 Comments


No doubt. There were like four MP songs in the movie.

Akira
January 8th 2008



328 Comments


A five? Is this a joke review?

The Jungler
January 8th 2008



4827 Comments


I saw Juno,
the soundtrack was pretty ok. You make this sound kinda interesting though, so maybe I'll listen to some songs on their own. I'm not quite sure why this review has a neg, though I agree with Lewis' criticisms.
I pos'd just to balance out the effect.

stoopkid
January 8th 2008



326 Comments


Haha.
I loved the first song in the movie, the one during the title sequence. I have no idea what it is though.

The Jungler
January 8th 2008



4827 Comments


I don't remember the song too well, but I thought that whole quasi-animated title sequence was cheesy.

stoopkid
January 8th 2008



326 Comments


Well, yeah, the sequence itself was pretty lame, but the song was hilarious. Yet sweet. Something about like "If I am something you are something."...

brandtweathers
January 8th 2008



2007 Comments


Heard a bit much of this low-fi action on Juno. It was very individualistic.


Aura
January 8th 2008



2 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Maybe I misinterpreted the review rating, I put the album at a 5 "Classic" rating, which is probably intended to rate the review rather than the album.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
January 8th 2008



16081 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

No it is intended to rate the album.

brandtweathers
January 8th 2008



2007 Comments


No no... rate the album. please.

stoopkid
January 8th 2008



326 Comments


Okay, that song was "All I Want Is You" by Barry Louis Polisar. Just in case anybody cared to know.

plane
Staff Reviewer
January 8th 2008



6085 Comments


http://www.myspace.com/barrypolisar

All I Want Is You

fucking get the fuck out of the way you fucking fuckerThis Message Edited On 01.08.08

brandtweathers
January 8th 2008



2007 Comments


panic fan? but why

plane
Staff Reviewer
January 8th 2008



6085 Comments


'cause

brandtweathers
January 8th 2008



2007 Comments


just love the pop music or...?

TheGreatD17
January 8th 2008



1141 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I love the movie, I hate this. I listened to this because you gave it a 5, but they're just immature and void of talent.

brandtweathers
January 8th 2008



2007 Comments


Wow, bold words. Have you listened to Daniel Johnston?



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