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3.57 | 17 ratings | 3 reviews | 35% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2005

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Advent (1:31)
2. It Gone (3:19)
3. Ours, Engendered (3:07)
4. Harness Well-Wishers (7:12)
5. A Man to Hide (9:04)
6. Sinecure (0:52)
7. High Enthusiast (4:17)
8. Depending View (3:24)
9. Swarm of Hope (10:21)
10. Earned Over (4:47)
11. Unpleasantries (0:37)
12. Furtherance (1:10)
13. Everyone Is Suspended (4:46)
14. All We Ever Wish (8:06)
15. Whim (1:41)

Line-up / Musicians

- David Bodie / drums, trinkets
- Eric Fitzgerald / guitar, vocals
- Jesse Krakow / bass, vocals
- Chuck Stern / keyboard, vocals, guitar, machine parts, hair dryer

Guests musicians:
- Tim Byrnes / trumpet
- Julee Cruise / vocals
- Maryanna Hansen / vocals

Releases information

Tzadik, CD#8013

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TIME OF ORCHIDS Sarcast While ratings distribution

(17 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(35%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(24%)
Good, but non-essential (29%)
Collectors/fans only (6%)
Poor. Only for completionists (6%)

TIME OF ORCHIDS Sarcast While reviews

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Review by chamberry
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3 stars Kayo Dot's little brother!

Time Of Orchids is one of my latest discoveries and while I wasn't blown away when I listened to them at first, it has certainly grown on me over time. Their music isn't something new on these grounds. It sounds like a combination of Thinking Plague's atmosphere, Kayo Dot's spastic / soft moments with Mew-like vocals and pop touches. If you're a fan of any of the mentioned band then you're in for a treat.

Like I said earlier, Time Of Orchids is like Kayo Dot's little brother. They aren't as abstract or as dynamic as Kayo Dot and many of the harsh and aggressive qualities that can be found on Kayo Dot are replaced here with more accessible and melodic pop moments (pop in the "easy to listen to" sense of the word). Heck! I wouldn't even mind calling this Avant-Pop!

The vocals on this album is one of the main attractions on their music. There are two vocalists in the band and two guest female vocalists are also present in the album. One of the vocalists sound very similar to Mew's high-pitched singer and the other sounds like Toby Driver when he's screaming, but most of the time they work together along with the female vocalists making this the "sweetest" part of their music. The music on this album, while being avant-garde it doesn't sound forced and it isn't too "out there" for others to enjoy. It's one of the lightest avant-prog bands I've come across with. There are many changes in themes in their music and they are quite dynamic within the parameters of their sound. There's a distinct post-rock feel to their music thanks to the guitars, but they aren't as simple and the band is very creative crafting the appropriate melodies with them (the same thing can be said about the vocal melodies).

If you like the idea of an Avant-Pop band then Time Of Orchids will be a great band to check out. Fans of Thinking Plague and (specially) kayo Dot will enjoy this band as well. Time Of Orchids, while being daedalian in nature, they have a great sense of melody that can be accessible for people that aren't really fan of this kind of music.

Almost 4 stars out of 5

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3 stars Plants that Grow In Your Pants (Until they Drop) I bet you didn't even know that Madonna's gonna be singing drums on our next album, did you? (Chuck Stern) This is one of those releases that delights and horrifies your reviewer in equal measure. At their worst Time of Orchids sound like emo ... (read more)

Report this review (#479147) | Posted by ExittheLemming | Saturday, July 9, 2011 | Review Permanlink

5 stars This album to me is where the group really hit their stride. For this release the band took both the angular and melodic aspects of their sound and created a true, and incredibly underrated, masterpiece of truly progressive rock. Time of Orchids can be likened to other American avant- garde roc ... (read more)

Report this review (#239119) | Posted by brainerd | Sunday, September 13, 2009 | Review Permanlink

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