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Which is THE essential record to buy?
I'm partial to 'Ocean Songs' but I havn't heard everything. That said of the 3 records or so i have heard, the quality doesn't really drop.
They are pretty great live too. Ocean Songs and Cinder are on Spotify if you have that...
and Horse Stories. but everything is brilliant actually
i'd go for 'she has no strings apollo' first off.
Cinder's great, but it's different to the rest of their stuff: the tunes are all quite short, and some of them have got vocals (e.g. the divine Great Waves with Cat Power).
Actually though, that might qualify it better for being a good introductory album.
And initially I enjoyed it but couldn't get properly into it until I saw them live - I'd urge you to see them if you ever get the chance, they're pretty incredible.
My favourite overall is Horse Stories, which I would probably suggest is a good one to start with. The quality's pretty consistent so you can't really go wrong though.
in that every part of it recalls the sea in various moods and guises.
'She has no strings' isn't as coherent but the flipside to that is there's more variety there.
Both are pretty essential.