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4x KOUFAX '99-05 s/t +Had To Do +Social Life +Fashion
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Format: 4x CDs

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Cds play PERFECT, come in gatefold digipak & jewelcases w/all original inserts...
Visual condition of CDs' playing surfaces range from: practically FLAWLESS to minor scuffs & light scratches -again, play is not affected
Condition of CD packaging: EXCELLENT to GOOD- no marks, notches, stickers
(NOTE: 'To Do With Love' has a punched, rear insert/
The digipak for 'Social' has some minor edgewear)

"KOUFAX (s/t ep)" 1999/ 4-tracks/ DOGHOUSE Records
This four-song EP was released prior to Koufax's debut record, It Had to Do With Love. The disc starts out with the tight "A Soundwave Sound." The song is held together by the band's characteristic synthesizer-heavy sound, but the song is augmented with some emo-ish guitar octave work. The driving "Living Alone" is a quality pop/emo/synth pop number with Robert Suchan's melody blending nicely with the song. The Joe Jackson-esque "Going to Happen" and the somber "So Long to You and I" are both featured on their full-length album. Overall, this EP is a good estimation of Koufax's sound, even if it is a bit guitar-heavy compared to their debut album.
                        Title     Composer     Time
    AMG Pick     1     Listen Now!     A Soundwave Sound         2:45
        2     Listen Now!     Living Alone     Koufax     3:46
    AMG Pick     3     Listen Now!     Going to Happen     Koufax     4:19
        4     Listen Now!     So Long to You and I         5:50

"IT HAD TO DO WITH LOVE" 2000/ 10-tracks/ H&V
Practically void of guitars, this Koufax debut on the Heroes and Villains record label is curious testimony to the band's geek rock uniqueness. Koufax's retro concoctions -- featuring two keyboard players exchanging bells and whistles -- make for an interesting listen, but can sound contrived at times. Guitars and keyboards clearly represent an either/or proposition on It Had to Do With Love. This unfortunate outlook limits the record to infrequent hints at Koufax's potential. When the guitar is allowed into the synth-heavy mix, as in highlight cut "Going to Happen," the band's kitsch is diminished, and they sound like a top-notch indie unit. Koufax draws heavily from '70s synth-rock and pop-prog artists like ELO, Supertramp, and perhaps some early Genesis to piece together their keyboard excursions. Unlike Jeff Lynn, Peter Gabriel, and Rick Davies (each of whom made excellent use of any vocal space their band's layered mixes would allow,) Koufax vocalist Robert Suchan doesn't possess the range to enliven the band's near-guitarless tracks. These questionable arrangements have a stiffening affect on the material that results in a feeling of detachment. Suchan's nasal monotone is all indie rock, thereby creating a juxtaposition with his bandmate's synth-pop and prog leanings that almost works. It Had to Do With Love might sound silly, or even boring to hardcore emo or indie fans, however, listeners who treasure bolder, more eclectic recordings will enjoy this pop experiment.   
            1    Listen Now!     Out of Your Element     Koufax     4:08
      AMG Pick    2     Listen Now!     Move Out, Move On     Koufax     3:05
            3    Listen Now!     Minor Chords     Koufax     3:59
            4    Listen Now!     It Had to Do With Love     Koufax     4:37
            5    Listen Now!     Out of Your Element (Reprise)         1:59
      AMG Pick    6     Listen Now!     Going to Happen     Koufax     4:12
      AMG Pick    7     Listen Now!     Offering Advice     Koufax     4:01
            8    Listen Now!     Living Alone     Koufax     3:54
            9    Listen Now!     Work Will Never End     Koufax     4:10
            10    Listen Now!     Over It     Koufax     6:18

"SOCIAL LIFE" 2002/ 11-tracks/ VAGRANT
On their second full-length release, Koufax, slimmed down to a four-piece, swaggers with a sense of fashion and hipness bestowed by their knowing nods to the music that has so obviously informed their sound. The revamped lineup results in a more measured piece of work. Hints of new wave synth pop collide with the piano underpinnings of Warren Zevon and Randy Newman and merge with the college rock stylings of Guided by Voices and Pavement. With a full-on rock approach that leaves the band with at least one elegant foot in the Strokes/Vines/Hives camp of new rock for the 2000s generation, Social Life is steeped in the specific rock-speak of "us and them." Possessed with a distinctive -- love it or hate it -- voice, Robert Suchan's inflections enhance the emotions of being slightly uncomfortable with the world at large. Places are name-checked with gleeful abandon, words lounge over melody lines with no effort to force them into the standard patterns, all the while skirting the dangerous area where lyrical self-consciousness descends into novelty. Social Life rewards repeated listening, as the band clearly has evolved from the 2000 It Had to Do With Love release, and not just with the more predominant use of guitars here. The title track is positively a singalong, and "Saturdays Alone" is catchy and memorable. The overall effect is like a less-histrionic XTC emerging from a garage with an upbeat Ben Folds Five. Social Life is a distinguished piece of rock archeology with enough passion to suggest that Koufax may have a part to play in the unfolding tapestry of distinctive voices in the rock world. At the very least, the album is a timely reminder of the fact that the inventor of their preferred synthesizer, Moog, has a name rhyming with vogue.
            1     Listen Now!     Let Us Know         3:20
      AMG Pick     2     Listen Now!     Break It Off         3:20
            3     Listen Now!     Social Life         3:20
            4     Listen Now!     Saturdays Alone         3:24
            5     Listen Now!     Come Back to Life         3:01
      AMG Pick     6     Listen Now!     So Put On         3:04
            7     Listen Now!     Brightside         3:22
      AMG Pick     8     Listen Now!     Younger Body         2:47
            9     Listen Now!     Simply Passing Time         2:39
            10     Listen Now!     Adultery         3:13
            11     Listen Now!     So Long to Good Times         4:44

Koufax pack quite a punch and swagger on their indie-tastic long-player Hard Times Are in Fashion. Searching for musical touchstones might lead one to reference Brainiac without that band's manic energy, a mixed dose of Thom Yorke's modern whine and Rufus Wainwright's gargled glee, and an almost unsettling resemblance to the Walkmen. The racket these five lads muster really does make them a dead ringer for the Walkmen, as fuzzy guitars, piano highlights, cymbal-heavy drums, and frontman Robert Suchan's crooning wail all act as perfect mimics to the Walkmen's pounding and frazzled oeuvre. It's important to ignore the way some critics have emphasized Koufax as a piano band. While Jared Rosenberg's piano is omnipresent, it isn't abused in Ben Folds Five fashion or used as an overly sappy device à la Keane or Coldplay. Instead, it's merely another instrument, sometimes battling Suchan and Ben Force's guitars point for point, other times blending deftly into the background. The album is infused with subtle political and social commentary, relating mostly to the war in Iraq, the Bush presidency, and foreigners' apparent increasing disgust with The American Way. But Koufax don't pound a listener over the head with their politics. Indeed, the two most political songs ("Blind Faith" and "Colour Us Canadian") are nuanced mood pieces, the former a tender ballad and the second a bouncy, only-slightly angry lament. "Colour Us Canadian" is particularly compelling, with Suchan describing the bandmembers' need to pretend they are Canadian as they travel the world to avoid the castigation that Americans sometimes face. If one were to call any strikes against Hard Times Are in Fashion, they would most certainly relate to how similar Koufax sounds to the Walkmen. Again, it's a truly uncanny resemblance that can't be overemphasized throughout the entire album, and thus it's a mixed blessing. It's quite strange that other critics quoted in the album's press release have compared Koufax to Van Dyke Parks, the Cure, the Smiths, Elvis Costello, Hall & Oates (a major stretch), ELO, and Squeeze. Fans of any of those bands will be disappointed if they're recommended Koufax as a descendant. Early Radiohead or Pavement with a piano, perhaps. A less electro Girls Against Boys with more pop and a tamer swagger, maybe. But those who have played their Walkmen albums to death and are looking for a similar fix should leap without haste upon this album.  
      AMG Pick     1     Listen Now!     Why Bother at All     Suchan     3:11
            2     Listen Now!     Back and Forth     Suchan     3:37
            3     Listen Now!     Isabelle     Suchan     3:57
            4     Listen Now!     Blind Faith     Suchan     3:35
            5     Listen Now!     Get Us Sober     Suchan     3:56
      AMG Pick     6     Listen Now!     Five Years of Madness     Suchan     3:15
            7     Listen Now!     Trouble Will Find You     Suchan     3:21
            8     Listen Now!     Stephen James     Suchan     3:15
      AMG Pick     9     Listen Now!     A Sad Man's Face     Suchan     4:06
            10     Listen Now!     Her Laughter     Suchan     4:15
            11     Listen Now!     Colour Us Canadian     Suchan     3:29

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