innocence mission - classic or dud?

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quiet/beautiful folk music like spending a day in iceland or pennslyvania ... or geniune toss?

cool kid, Tuesday, 18 November 2003 09:58 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I enjoy them. befriended is wonderful. im twee.

Chris B. Sure (Chris V), Tuesday, 18 November 2003 12:26 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

All I have heard from them is Glow, which is about 60/40 hit/miss, but I will say this:

The bridge on "Bright as Yellow" is divine.

boldbury, Tuesday, 18 November 2003 21:24 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

If you're embarrassed by sincerity, sure, they'll drive you nuts.
They're my second-favorite band, behind Over the Rhine.

Phil Christman, Tuesday, 18 November 2003 22:58 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Neither, really. From the same era/geographic location, I much prefer the Ocean Blue.

Johnny Fever (johnny fever), Wednesday, 19 November 2003 00:37 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Phil, I like your taste.

Gentry Boeckel, Wednesday, 19 November 2003 05:58 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

The first self-titled album and Umbrella were pretty much 10,000 Maniacs-styled knockoffs, but have aged pretty well. Somewhere after that, they made a left turn into reverb land reminding me more of something that David Lynch would use in a movie. Recent albums are worth, just hella hard to find.

Elvis Telecom (Chris Barrus), Wednesday, 19 November 2003 07:30 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Yay! Ocean Blue.

Chris B. Sure (Chris V), Wednesday, 19 November 2003 12:32 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

They're on Badman Recordings now, I gather -- their contribution to the John Denver tribute album was all right.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Wednesday, 19 November 2003 17:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Yep they are on badman. One of my favorite labels. Anyways "When Mac Was Swimming"...gorgeous. Anyone heard Don Peris' solo stuff?

Chris B. Sure (Chris V), Friday, 21 November 2003 13:56 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

This album -- all lullabies -- has become a fixture in our house. Lovely stuff.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Saturday, 19 March 2005 03:55 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

'Glow' holds a special nostalgic place in my heart, and I still enjoy it musically. I'm not sure what sets it apart from the rest of their work, but everything else I've heard seems to wash over and disappear, no impact.

I feel the same way about Ida, actually. For about a three year period, they really had something; then they just drifted into light adult alternative with this constant string drone and "melodies" that just wash away into nothingness, with little relationship to the glob of sound underneath.

I.M. (I.M.), Saturday, 19 March 2005 05:47 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

classic, if only for the line: "Aren't you bursting with butterflies, on the fourth of September"...cuz that's me Birthday! I only listen to the Innocence Mission once a year.

biznotic, Saturday, 19 March 2005 06:12 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I have heard exactly one Innocence Mission track, entitled "Today", which mysteriously appeared on my hard drive some five years ago. Sounds kind of like a distinctly American take on the Sundays, but with mounting layers of reverby guitar, culminating in a faintly Galaxie 500-ish hazy solo which is achingly lovely. Every now and again I play this track and wonder:

Is this typical of their schtick? Where is a good place to find other IM songs of this nature?

Nag! Nag! Nag! (Nag! Nag! Nag!), Saturday, 19 March 2005 06:39 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I'm not familiar enough with them to cite names, but the female vocalist has a very distinctive delivery that could almost be annoying were it more pronounced in the mix (ala Scout Niblett etc.) I generally don't like "twee," but for the purposes of the record i cited above (I have no idea if this album is indicative of the rest of their catalog), it's a perfect fit. By comparison, Galaxie 500 might as well be Blue Cheer.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Saturday, 19 March 2005 07:14 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I'd say just try 'Glow'. I don't exactly see the Galaxie 500 comparison, but I can see the Sundays (though I like IM better than them). It's a mid-priced disc, easy to find. It's real comfort music.

I.M. (I.M.), Saturday, 19 March 2005 07:15 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

"I Remember Me" from the first album turned up on shuffle play and kinda like I said upthread, it's aged very well. What turned me onto them was seeing them on Late Night years ago and a little YouTube exploration turned up this...

Chris Barrus (Elvis Telecom), Monday, 23 February 2009 10:24 (ten years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Takes a few listens to get the lyrics to this, but it's such a great song.

Eazy, Tuesday, 9 June 2009 07:21 (nine years ago) Permalink

I think they're my favorite band.

Eazy, Tuesday, 9 June 2009 07:22 (nine years ago) Permalink

Brotherhood of Man

All day, since your haircut in the morning,
you have looked like a painting, even more than usual.
We are in the wind, planting the maples.
We meet an older man who seems to know
I miss my dad.
And he smiles through the limbs.
We talk easily with him
until the rain begins.
This is the brotherhood of man.

Waiting at the airport on my suitcase,
a girl traveling from Spain became my sudden friend,
though I did not learn her name.
And when the subway dimmed
a stranger lit my way.
This is the brotherhood of man.

I never can say what I mean
but you will understand,
coming through clouds on the way.
This is the brotherhood of man.

Eazy, Tuesday, 9 June 2009 07:24 (nine years ago) Permalink

Only heard two songs by this act but adored them both.

the pinefox, Tuesday, 9 June 2009 13:53 (nine years ago) Permalink

Two LPs on spotify - pretty much what I would have hoped. They're smashing!

the pinefox, Tuesday, 9 June 2009 14:46 (nine years ago) Permalink

they sound virtually identical to the Sundays to me.

Jesus Christ, Attorney at Law (res), Tuesday, 9 June 2009 15:42 (nine years ago) Permalink

'Glow' is a perfect album.

Le présent se dégrade, d'abord en histoire, puis en (Michael White), Tuesday, 9 June 2009 15:57 (nine years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

spending a day in pennslyvania?

the pinefox, Wednesday, 24 June 2009 09:46 (nine years ago) Permalink

this band seems very special.

the pinefox, Wednesday, 24 June 2009 09:46 (nine years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

Just discovered them via Spotify - love them.

Bob Six, Monday, 1 March 2010 23:17 (nine years ago) Permalink

Yeah, they're the best.

can it compete with the wagon wheel (Eazy), Monday, 1 March 2010 23:35 (nine years ago) Permalink

Their first two major label rocking albums are fantastic as well!!

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Tuesday, 2 March 2010 00:17 (nine years ago) Permalink

Has anyone heard their record for kids?

brotherlovesdub, Tuesday, 2 March 2010 01:11 (nine years ago) Permalink

You mean "Now That The Day Is Over"? It's a good record the same as everything else they've released.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Tuesday, 2 March 2010 04:21 (nine years ago) Permalink

Always pleased to see this thread revived

Elvis Telecom, Tuesday, 2 March 2010 05:50 (nine years ago) Permalink

six months pass...

No interest in the new album? It has some nice tracks, but We Walked in Song is way superior I think.

Tim. E "LazRus" Lucas (Prose b4 Hoes...and Big Hoos), Monday, 6 September 2010 03:17 (eight years ago) Permalink

Didn't know about it. They sneak these things out into the world sometimes.

commonly referred to as Olde E ,Olde Executioner, Dat Ol' 8hundo and 8-Ba (Eazy), Monday, 6 September 2010 04:47 (eight years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

I was at a 'hipster' wedding yesterday and they had an 8 member band that played amazingly. I found it particularly interesting that at one point they played 'lakes of canada'... a strange choice for a wedding but they pulled it off and it sounded gorgeous. How come this band isn't more popular?

Moka, Sunday, 13 April 2014 16:21 (five years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

I love it that they're still making albums - new one out now:

Elvis Telecom, Monday, 19 October 2015 01:27 (three years ago) Permalink

I lost interest with the last album but will check out the new one.

I recently grabbed a cache of early demos and live tracks from the fansite. Karen's vocals are quietly powerful and the guitar work quite compelling, a great combination.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Monday, 19 October 2015 03:04 (three years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

any thoughts on the new album?
i still haven't gotten around to it yet, but they've always been one of my favorite bands, so i'm sure i'll like it plenty when i do.
which, reminds me to say, they really have stayed surprisingly consistent throughout the years.

potential trouble source (monster mash), Wednesday, 25 November 2015 19:28 (three years ago) Permalink

i mean consistent as far as quality, that is.
and, of course they have a song called "fred rogers" now. lol.

potential trouble source (monster mash), Wednesday, 25 November 2015 19:30 (three years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

Listening to one of their albums all the way through for the first time (heard some songs here and there). "Befriended" is really good so far. Does she have a Dutch accent or something?

U.S. (brownie), Saturday, 26 March 2016 23:19 (three years ago) Permalink

Pennsylvania Dutch, maybe.

Birds of My Neighborhood is my favorite.

... (Eazy), Saturday, 26 March 2016 23:31 (three years ago) Permalink

their 1986 Tending the Rose Garden EP is pretty funny — it's like Debbie Gibson meets 10,000 Maniacs with CCM lyrics, and they obviously had a huge stylistic overhaul between that and their debut album. I wonder if they ever disowned it the way Tori Amos disowned Y Kant Tori Read.

small doug yule carnival club (unregistered), Saturday, 26 March 2016 23:47 (three years ago) Permalink

lol, according to one blogger, the band 'hate [Tending the Rose Garden] so much they've tried to buy back all 1,000 copies to destroy them', but idk if there's any truth to that

I haven't heard the new album yet, but 'Tom On The Boulevard' sounds very nice. their style has changed very little since Birds of My Neighborhood, but that doesn't really bother me.

small doug yule carnival club (unregistered), Saturday, 26 March 2016 23:54 (three years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

new album out, y'all

this band is so strange and wonderful

alpine static, Thursday, 28 June 2018 00:20 (ten months ago) Permalink

Just found out! Can't wait to hear. Easily one of my favorite bands.

... (Eazy), Friday, 29 June 2018 15:20 (ten months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

I've just finished school for the summer; I'm in the yawning hollows of full-body exhaustion. The wind is up and light is falling slantwise through the crowns of oak trees. Sun on the Square couldn't be more perfect.

The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums (Chinaski), Friday, 20 July 2018 17:35 (ten months ago) Permalink

four months pass...

Elvis Telecom, Thursday, 6 December 2018 02:26 (five months ago) Permalink


Allen (etaeoe), Thursday, 6 December 2018 03:14 (five months ago) Permalink

I didn't realize they were still around. I did like Glow at the time, I'll check out the later stuff. They always struck me as earnest Catholic summer camp strummers which I guess they actually are (they gave all the proceeds of one album to charity apparently). There was certainly a time in the 90's when the taint of religiosity around any 'alternative' band was kind of a death knell (Velour 100 caught up in this as well ... plus the endless debates about whether His Name Is Alive were actually secret church goers). Seems a bit ridiculous now.

akm, Thursday, 6 December 2018 03:36 (five months ago) Permalink

That's glorious.

Have the Rams stopped screaming yet, Lloris? (Chinaski), Thursday, 6 December 2018 17:24 (five months ago) Permalink

Indeed. I saw them at TT the Bears in Cambridge, MA on the "Glow" tour and they were as good as you'd expect, very humble. I jumped off the train a decade ago - the "Street Map" EP was the last thing of theirs I really loved - but I'm really glad they're still going.

I still adore the first two indie-rock albums before they went the folky route. Great example of where the underground was before Nirvana came and changed everything.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Thursday, 6 December 2018 18:50 (five months ago) Permalink

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