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The Unccompanied Voice: An a Capella Compilation

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The idea behind this compilation is fantastic; the results, as with most compilations, are spotty. The Unaccompanied Voice, as the title suggests, gathers a capella songs from artists generally residing fairly deep in the indie rock underground. The songs are generally very short and to the point, often clocking in at less than two minutes. Some contributors take the task seriously, like the lovely tracks by Mimi Parker and Alan Sparhawk of Low and the multi-tracked vocals by Pedro the Lion. Some seem to be just silly larks, like the brief, shouted contribution by the compilation's biggest name, Modest Mouse. The Unaccompanied Voice is required listening only for completists of any artist who contributes.

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