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Mon, 25 Apr 2005

Passive Aggressive / Nicola Hitchcock
Passive Aggressive If you've spent any time wandering the iTMS, you'll agree with me that it's hard to evaluate an album from 30 second snippets of its tracks. But how hard must it be to decide which clip will best represent a song. Not everything has an immediately recognizable theme. And of course the situation becomes even more problematic as an album's tracks get longer.

Passive Aggressive is a case in point. The barely readable label on the cover announces Nicola Hitchcock as the voice of Mandalay. (Which would be useful information, assuming I had any idea who Mandalay is. Or was, in this case.) But listen to the clip of the first track, called You Will Feel Like This; it's all instrumental. Nice instrumental, but still. Ms. Hitchcock's voice shows up with three seconds to go on Moving Into a New Space and Feel.

Are they trying to torture us? Is this some "Absence makes the heart grow fonder" deal? Because from what little I've heard, it's certainly a nice voice. I guess if I want to hear more of it, I'm gonna have to buy the album.

Hey, maybe that was the idea all along...

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