Sunday, February 08, 2009

BRAID - Movie Music Vols. 1 & 2

The Braid catalog expanded with surprising regularity after the emo pioneers broke up in 1999. Among their posthumous efforts, Movie Music, Vol. 1 and its sequentially titled companion piece are perhaps the most collectable of these postmortem offerings. This first volume is a complete collection of songs from the group's many 7" singles. Braid was notorious for keeping much of their best material off of the full-length releases, so this collection is of no small interest. Like volume two, Movie Music, Vol. 1 is chronologically sequenced, thus allowing listeners an opportunity to chart the band's growth. Established fan favorites like "I'm Afraid of Everything" and "Now I'm Exhausted" are not only release highlights, but also career standouts. With 17 tracks of relatively consistent songwriting and performing, Movie Music, Vol. 1 is highly recommended for both new listeners and collectors looking to avoid purchasing the many singles necessary to duplicate this track list. This is one of Braid's strongest full-length discs.
-- by Jason Anderson, All Music Guide

Initially packaged together for pre-order with its singles companion piece, Movie Music, Vol. 2 -- Braid's complete collection of compilation tracks and cover recordings -- was eventually released separately from the similarly titled collection Movie Music, Vol. 1. Not nearly as consistent as its immediate predecessor, volume two features some clunky early recordings in its chronologically sequenced compilation section. These first-ever Braid recordings are muddled and amateurish, but fans might enjoy the intimacy and complete lack of pretension. Of the artists covered during the six-song end section, Billy Joel ("My Life") and the Smiths ("There Is a Light That Never Goes Out") get the most interesting treatments. The remaining numbers offer little in the way of fresh interpretation or respectful homage. While Movie Music, Vol. 2 fails to match volume one in quality, there are still plenty of nice moments that chart Braid's rise to emo prominence.
-- by Jason Anderson, All Music Guide

** year - 2000
** Label - Polyvinyl Records
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** Buy - Interpunk

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