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Rainer Maria

A Better Version Of Me

Polyvinyl 39

Released on January 8, 2001


After postponing the record for three months to continue revision and then burning through nearly a month of eighteen hour days in the studio, RAINER MARIA emerge clutching the meisterwerk of the postpunk literati: A Better Version of Me. Singer Caithlin De Marrais sounds positively remade. Viscerally affecting, but not eviscerated--listen to Hell and High Water. Check the high notes on "Thought I Was." Her bass playing is adroit and smooth, and on tracks like "Atropine," triplets well up from the bottom octave. Guitarist Kyle Fischer has torn apart and tweaked out every piece of gear he owns. The guitars wail and shriek a soft complaint. They roll splendidly at your feet through tracks like "The Seven Sisters," and sing during "Save My Skin." Listen to "Ceremony"--when William Kuehn leans into the snare drum, you can hear its dimensions and picture the space he's playing in. There's a profusion of air drummers at RAINER MARIA shows. His clean, melodic certitude explains the phenomenon. With their new album, RAINER MARIA complete the dramatic arc no one had realized was forming over the course of three albums. "Couples-rock?"--Instead, the sound of solitudes circling one another, just as R. M. Rilke described

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Average Customer Rating: 4.5 with 2 reviews (See Below)
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Song Titles
# Song Name Popularity
1 Artificial Light Voted #1  33%
2 Thought I Was Voted #2  13%
3 Ceremony  5%
4 The Seven Sisters  12%
5 Save My Skin  3%
6 The Contents Of Lincoln's Pockets Voted #3  13%
7 Atropine  3%
8 Spit And Fire  12%
9 Hell And High Water  5%
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Ann from Merseyside, United Kingdom 
Aug 11 2003 Rating: 4/5 Stars

Rainer Maria are one of those bands that just can't do wrong. This CD isn't as good as some of the rest of their material but it's still a hell of alot better than the majority of other bands doing similar things. The best tracks are Atropine and Hell And High Water, the first a desperate plea for lost love with cool Wizard Of Oz linkage, and the latter a venomous stab at a ex-s' new girlfriend. When you listen to a band like this (that few people have heard of) it breaks your heart that the crap that litters a label like Drive-Thru is so popular. Buy this and appreciate music with a soul.

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Matt from Ponca City, OK 
Jun 26 2001 Rating: 5/5 Stars

beautiful word, beautiful music, great album. this is clearly an up-and-comer in the emo scene. buy this fucking record.that's about it

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