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Album Review

After releasing the impressive and promising Skeleton in summer of 2008, the L.A. band Abe Vigoda doesn't change much on the stopgap Reviver EP they released in early 2009. They still hit a sweet spot between the noise pop, experimental rock, and tropical-inspired indie rock that Animal Collective once called home. They still manage to barely corral their wildness and make inspired and exciting songs instead of unleashing an out of control hot mess. If anything, the four original songs on the record are a touch more accessible and melodic than anything from the album, with the insistent "House" and tumbling "The Reaper" having actual hooks that will stick after only one listen. The originals are so strong that the dirge-like cover of Stevie Nicks "'Wild Heart" seems unnecessary, and maybe even a little ill-advised. It sounds like a stunt cover that they could pull out at a live show, not something they needed to devote six precious minutes of airtime to. Still, if you were captured by Skeleton and found its synthesis of styles and sounds thrilling, you'll definitely want to get a hold of Reviver, too. It's just as good.

Customer Reviews


the description above of the album basically just says "it's kinda weird like those animal collective guys, but if you want to torture your ears go ahead." .... i hate animal collective.


This is a studio recording, not a live performance. Abe Vigoda is not good live, not that Vampire Weekend is either (quite frankly they're awful). If you like Abe Vigoda you'll like this album.


This album is so bad I don't even have words to explain it, and I would give it 0 stars if I could. I was at a Vampire Weekend concert recently and Abe Vigoda opened for them and while they were preforming I was more entertained by counting how many staples held the tarp to the botttom of the stage than I was the singers voice. I thought maybe the sound wasn't coming good through the speakers but then once Vampire Weekend preformed I realized how horrible Abe Vigoda was. There was more clapping when they left the stage than there was during their preformance because the audience couldn't wait for it to end. My recomendation is to not buy the album unless you want to listen to some pretty horrible music.


Genre: Alternative

Not to be confused with the actor of the same name (most notably from The Godfather and Late Night with Conan O'Brien), Los Angeles' Abe Vigoda represent an exciting crop of young and arty punk bands emerging from local all-ages venue the Smell that also includes bands like Mika Miko, Silver Daggers, the Mae Shi, and No Age. The band -- consisting of Juan Velazquez (guitar/vocals), Michael Vidal (guitar/vocals), David Reichardt (bass), and Reggie Guerrero (drums) -- formed in Chino in 2003 after...
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