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Album Review

In Dead Meadow's universe, the wah-wah pedal is just as important as the guitar itself, and both are clearly more important than any sort of vocals. In fact, at first listen, singer/guitarist Jason Simon's barely audible whine puts the band's eponymous debut in some jeopardy before it has a chance to get underway. Coupled with the all-too-sluggish haze through which early tracks "Sleepy Silver Door" and "Indian Bones" slowly drift into focus, it may scare off many listeners before they can discover the secret of Dead Meadow's true appeal. First hinted at by the sweet, acoustic simplicity of "At the Edge of the Wood" (where the singer redeems himself with a gentle, much more effective Neil Young-like delivery), this subsequently takes shape via Simon's inspired guitar work. Displaying a subtle but nevertheless formidable control of tone and feedback, the guitarist creates a hypnotic wash of sound akin to a softcore Hendrix. Having figured out this small mystery, open-minded stoner rock enthusiasts can then appreciate the laid-back perfection of the album's stellar second half. The beautifully chiming notes of "Dragonfly" and the stunning, eyes-closed, head-swaying vertigo induced by "Greensky Greenlake" merely set the stage for the disc's central tour de force, the sublime, lazy epic "Beyond the Fields We Know." Over its nine-minute swirl, the song's swimming waves of lysergic grooves qualify it as the direct offspring of Led Zeppelin's "No Quarter." As "Rocky Mountain High" (not the John Denver hippie-lite standard) draws the record to a close with one of its heaviest, darkest moments, one gets the feeling that Dead Meadow's vision isn't yet fully realized — but there's plenty here to suggest that the final destination is within sight. [This edition features bonus CD-ROM material.]

Customer Reviews

dead meadow

very simplicit. very mellow. very, very much stoner music. it takes a certain mode, mood, or state of mind to enjoy this album. i cant just play it anytime of the day, but when the time is right, its right. my favorite song by far is "Beyond the Fields We Know". there is definatley something special in that track, kind of hard to place, but the opening is one of the most beautiful, sad riffs ive heard. i guess my main complaint is the voice. too damn something. anyway, this music is good. buy beyond the fields we know and see what you think.

Psychedelic Soup

This is Dead Meadows debut album. Their sound is just insane...the guitar work is slow and sluggish at most points (in a good kind of way), the bass is smooth and funky, and the drum work sets the tone just right. The lyrics are great...the vocals took some getting used to; but they are not bad at all. If your into any kind of psychedelic rock, you will enjoy this album. There are many instrumental sections of the album in between the vocals that really make it worth the money. Some highlights of the album...Beyond the Fields We Know, Sleepy Silver Door are my favorites. If you like this album, their new album (Old Growth) is in my opinion their best work yet, so maybe check that one out first before buying this one...just a suggestion. The vocalist seems to have found his voice in the newer album.

Great debut

There is not a weak spot on this album. Elastic blues riffs and hypnotic repetition couple with fantastic lyrics (as in castles rising out of sand and buffalo running through the door of the sun and druids in faraway places) to create a great debut.

Sleepy Silver Door is the band's signature song to this day. Indian Bones is worth it for the psychedelic guitar breakdown in the middle (and the way it rejoins the song). Lady has probably the best two-note solo in the history of music. Beyond the Fields We Know has a killer riff that is worth the wait through the No Quarter-esque detour in the middle. Rocky Mountain High puts John Denver to shame. Ignore the bonus track as it was not originally part of the album and is only included on the re-issue.

If you plunk down your hard-earned money for this fuzzed-out gem, you will not be disappointed.


Formed: 1998 in Washington, D.C.

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Dead Meadow's unique marriage of Sabbath riffs, dreamy layers of guitar-fuzz bliss, and singer Jason Simon's high-pitched melodic croon have won over psychedelic pop/rock and stoner rock fans alike. Although the band's members met while attending all-ages shows in and around Washington, D.C.'s punk/indie scene, the trio draws more of its sound from such classic rock legends as Pink Floyd and Black Sabbath. The trio formed in the fall of 1998 out of the ashes of local indie rock bands the Impossible...
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