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Album: Pajo
# Song Title   Time
1)    Oh No No
2)    High Lonesome Moan
3)    Ten More Days
4)    Manson Twins
5)    War Is Dead
6)    Baby Please Come Home
7)    Icicles
8)    Mary of the Wild Moor
9)    Let Me Bleed
10)    France
 

Album: Pajo
# Song Title   Time
1)    Oh No No
2)    High Lonesome Moan
3)    Ten More Days
4)    Manson Twins
5)    War Is Dead
6)    Baby Please Come Home
7)    Icicles
8)    Mary of the Wild Moor
9)    Let Me Bleed
10)    France
 
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  • U.K. edition.
  • After recording under various names (including Papa M and Aerial M) Slint/Tortoise guitarist David Pajo sticks to his surname for this 2005 outing. Like the minimalist landscapes that grace the album's artwork, these lo-fi tunes are spare and darkly beautiful. Throughout the disc, the key elements are Pajo's hushed singing and acoustic-guitar strumming, with occasional electronic flourishes filling out the songs. Although some tracks (particularly the mantra-like "War Is Dead") rely on the detached post-rock air with which Pajo's often associated, the overall results are warmer and more emotionally direct than any of his earlier albums. Pajo's multi-tracked vocals occasionally cast a nod to Simon & Garfunkel and the Byrds, but the delicate, pastoral atmosphere of songs such as "High Lonesome Moan" and "Icicles" brings to mind Elliott Smith, Iron & Wine, and Sufjan Stevens. A gentle, thoughtful record, PAJO shows a sensitive and more focused side of this indie-rock mainstay.
Professional Reviews
Spin (p.103) - "[A] lovely, eerie album that plays like a digital memory of a lo-fi lullaby that's so vivid you can virtually hear the eight-track batteries working." - Grade: A-

Uncut (p.96) - 4 stars out of 5 - "An engagingly direct, deliberately pretty collection of vocal originals played on acoustic guitar and embellished with synth and neatly restrained electronic percussion..."

Magnet (p.106) - "Pajo may never reveal himself on record, but PAJO comes as close to capturing his mercurial talent and shifting identity as we're ever likely to hear."

The Wire (p.68) - "[S]ome of these songs have a stark, haunting beauty that marks them out as perfectly realised compositions in their own right, sounding familiar but strangely timeless."

Mojo (Publisher) (p.96) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[With] electrified squibs and scratches...these warm songs feel both homely and cosmic."
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