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blow up hollywood

by blow up hollywood

A dark and melancholy orchestration of the subconscious.
Genre: Rock: Modern Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. holly's kite
1:39 $0.99
2. floating
2:50 $0.99
3. it's not me
7:18 $0.99
4. descend
3:18 $0.99
5. heaven or hell
3:30 $0.99
6. beyond the stars
4:19 $0.99
7. sweetest moment
5:01 $0.99
8. it's not me ( reprise )
2:33 $0.99
9. kite
5:23 $0.99
10. adrift
3:22 $0.99
11. ascension
3:08 $0.99
12. coming home
8:40 $0.99
13. legacy
8:48 $0.99
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Album Notes
we are only but mere visitors to this planet, our lives a brief moment in time. and when that moment is finished we shall return back to whence we came. life is a great story but only one act in a play of many. death leads into life again and the story to be continued.

"This music is very intriguing, as dark, brooding, and haunting as the angel of death itself."

Reviewed by Keith Hannaleck, Progressive World, July 2002

"Moody pop songs with a whaleload of sonic ideas behind them. The songs themselves have a nice flow, blending the diverse sounds into a solid unit. Some conceptual bands sound contrived. Not these folks. Not by a long shot."

Reviewed by Aiding and Abetting, July 2002

"blowuphollywood seems like an ironic moniker considering that the project comes across as a soundtrack for a film noir . . . though, ahem, certainly not a Hollywood film score. This music is somehow simultaneously as disturbing as it is beatific, conjoining dirgelike acoustic guitars, surrealistic strings and languorous vocal harmonies into tone poems which literally follow one individual's ethereal passage into afterlife. The mystery is reinforced by the artists' decision to reveal no credits, names or photos, a surprisingly egoless kowtow to the art considering the incredible professionalism of this production. Fans of Lisa Gerrard or Sigur Rós will like this."

Reviewed by Alan Fark, Minor Seventh, July 2002

"While there is a bunch of ethereal, instrumental music that seems cinematically inclined, this self-titled disc from Blow Up Hollywood takes things a step further, serving as a literal soundtrack for a film in the works. In the future, the band will score the film live as it's projected on three screens in front of audiences. Based on the music, one expects an evocative, eerie B & W kind of film, with its plotline about a boy who dies and has a trip to Heaven interrupted by detours to Purgatory and Hell."

Reviewed by, July 2002

"I am absolutely obsessed with "Blow Up Hollywood"! I don't write much anymore for the 'zine as I'm too busy with the administrative overhead, but
this one I'm doing! Really excellent disc!"

Robert R. Lewis, Editor-in-Chief of, July 2002

"blow up hollywood is a stark and thoughtfully composed meditation on death, dying, life and the afterlife, featuring plaintiff pianos, viably poignant vocals and mournful strings that quickly and consistently carve the path for clarity and introspection. It's hard to find words for a release this fresh and intelligent, so it's probably best to say that this is an absolute essential meant for those who wish to brace both beauty and sadness.

Reviewed by Hybrid Magazine, August 2002.



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Kelley, Birmingham

a cd that reaches into your soul
the integrated lyrics and music make this one of my all-time favorite cd's. blow up hollywood is one of the most unique and fresh bands to come out in a very long time. after hearing the song samples, i had to order this cd shipped to me by overnight express. yeah, it's that good.

Lilith, San Francisco

Music as the life giving flow...
Blow Up Hollywood created a terrific piece of inspiration,
which is definitely a must for everyone who seeks
the essence of life. The talented band managed to create a
musical, deeply touching rhythm with the power to speak for
itself. Whereas a lot of today's music follows the path of
commercialism, Blow Up Hollywood presents a CD
successfully deviating from mainstream ideology.
The thoughtful compilation of songs reflects a tribute
to the infinite search for the essence of life.
The listener becomes part of the journey,
inspired to question, feel, and most of all, think. Therein,
the album surely represents music... the life giving flow.


What a beautiful emotional journey!!! What a great and new experience this band and album are just great and in my top ten of all time. A bit hard to explain but imagine a mix of acoustic Pink Floyd, Porcupine Tree and Dashboard Confessional BUT a highly original album indeed. This album can not be classified and brings together atmospheric themes with a bit of progressive rock as well as a modern rock sound. How the band does this is simply mind blowing!!!
The songs are just unexplainable and the album also features several instrumentals featuring a string section and a cellist. Again, this is an emotional filled journey and beautiful album that crosses genres of music and has to be listened to or you may miss out on one of the best bands of the decade!!!

Andy Ganse, Seattle

Hey, I even liked it enough to enter its info into FreeDB...
Very nice. I guess you could call it a mellow 'mood rock' concept album. As a Pink Floyd fan I really dig it, like something maybe out of the 'Dark Side of the Moon' period. Hey, I even liked it enough to enter its info into FreeDB (the public domain net service that tells your pc-based cd player what the titles of the album & tracks are).

The track names imply a parallel between the journey that one might follow after death thru purgatory, judgement, and acceptance into heaven, and the journey the loved ones left behind might follow thru denial, grieving, and acceptance of their loss. Perhaps the dying party follows their own path from denial to acceptance as well. Either way, that path is beautifully evident in the music. An interesting twist I discovered by accident was listening to the album with the repeat-album function turned on. The first song starts with sound effects of a fainting heartbeat, a hospital intercom paging a doctor, and some baby crying in the background, suggestive of the last sounds one might hear before death. But after the album's emotional journey, and the repeat to the beginning again, then in hearing the sound effects this time the baby's crying immediately stands out and brings rebirth or reincarnation to mind. Like I say, very nice.


an intelligent and intriguing work of art
If ever there was a project shrouded in mystery, this is it. With no credits whatsoever in their CD inserts, Blow Up Hollywood gives the impression that the music it puts forth is created by some larger, egoless entity rather than by a group of talented musicians. Cellos, violins, guitars, keyboards, bass, drums, and a wide area of sonic ideas set their debut self-titled release apart from the rest of the formulaic acts we hear everyday. Hailed as an intelligent and intriguing work by many critics, Blow Up Hollywood artfully takes the listener on a thickly textured journey to the other side of human existence, death.

Lew Fisher

Outstanding, one of the most original albums of 2002!
Somewhere between acoustic based progressive rock and creative
singer/songwriter material lies the music of Blow Up Hollywood. Their debut
album, which offers no insight into the music or the band members is a stark
look at life, death and what lies beyond and between. Their music is
textured with strings and samples throughout the album, but it has a very
"organic" feel to it. To say that poignant lyrics and emotive instrumentals
are the highlight of this album would only serve the music as a whole a
grave injustice. This is an album of cohesion, precision execution and
thought provoking messages- both lyrically and musically.

The instrumentation on the album is acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano, synth, bass, drums, cello, violin, viola and trumpet. The lack of member credits indicate the album and the band are about the sum of Blow Up Hollywood, not the individuals themselves.

Blow Up Hollywood will appeal to fans of Godspeed You Black Emperor! and
Sigur Ros solely for the "Sonic" production of the album. There are times
when the album reminds me of the acoustic based Pink Floyd songs, depth and
atmospherics are abundant on this album. This is not to say it's been done
before, as it is indeed a refreshingly original piece of work.

In this age of polished productions, MTV glitter and mass marketing campaigns and tours, it's great to see a band of such talent re kindle a lost art form, which is the act of listening.

Sit back and take the trip with Blow Up Hollywood, you may not want to come back.

Thanks for your time,

Lew Fisher

Brent Roberts

Cocteau twins meet David Sylvian on a RGD (REALLY GOOD DAY).
These folks - whoever they are - make music for me. I have long been a fan of this genreless genre called art. So few recordings come along that actually fill it that every time I discover a new member I am an instant convert. This is smart timeless and beautiful and will fill my ears for some time to come. (Brent -


"Holly's Kite"
I love the entire album, but I MUST comment on that first track. (Unfortunately cannot be reviewed here on CD Baby.) First of all, it really is a MUST with headphones. Do the headphones test, then without headphones and you will understand what I mean. Reminiscent of what birth must sound like to an infant.

That is only the FIRST track, which is quite symbolic of the "birth" of this band. First track of first album. Keep listening to the rest of the the album and subsequent albums over the past decade and you're bound to fall in love with the music! Something to be said about a collective of musicians who manage to stay a band for that many years.


BLOWN away by BLOW Up Hollywood!
So "Holly's Kite" must be a conceptual reference to "HOLLYwood"? I noticed someone else made reference to "birth" in a review of that track. Never thought of it that way, but makes sense. I also love how this "Kite" idea re-emerges later in the album.

I especially love the tracks "Ascension" and "Descend".

ASCENSION: Delicate strings intro with subtle, almost subliminal a cappella like (Gregorian) chant out of a large cathedral as the bowing of the cello grows more intense, ends with a brief natural harmonic

DESCEND: Surround sound dogs, twangy fiddle comes in strong, a modern sound, modern style of fiddle combined with drumming, clever passionate use of bow along with nice use of harmonics on the violin (wear headphones to catch subtle details)

I normally SKIP tracks on albums. This is truly a work of art and well put together. The ordering of tracks, sounds/lyrics, conceptual themes, even titles of tracks.


A Beautiful Work of Art
This album is absolutely amazing – a beautiful work of art. Blow Up Hollywood has a unique sound that is as haunting and melancholy, as it is uplifting and inspirational. I don’t usually take the time to review the albums that I purchase, but this one deserves to be in everyone’s collection. I just can’t get enough of it. Trust me – it’s fantastic! You won’t be disappointed.
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