Hi, How Are You

Daniel Johnston - Hi, How Are You
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1983 Ratings: #12
September 1, 1983 / Release Date
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In a very confusing and quite literally schizophrenic "unfinished" album, Daniel Johnston bends the barrier of what I define to be music. Many of the vocals are random, pointless ramblings, and are sung in a high pitched and vulnerable sounding voice. The melodies are made with pianos, guitars, electronic production, saxophones, and so many other instruments.
I honestly can't tell if this is an intentionally avant-garde LP, or the mess made in the studio stemmed from Johnston's ... read more
I think one of the most tragic artists anyone could subject themselves to its gotta be Daniel Johnston. Daniel has always been plagued with mental illness and every album of his is pretty much the same at its core. Optimism in the loneliest of hearts. Each album is so personal to him no other piece of music sounds like it. No piece of music ever could. Partially because it's hardly music, yet theres a craft to it. Its almost always genius. You'd think Daniel would have it all with his infamous ... read more
The perfect depiction of despair and the use of music to cope with life's darkest moments.
I feel like “Hi, How Are You” is an album that you need to listen at least once in your life. Sure, it’s shoddily-recorded but it needs to be heard in order to appreciate how much of a hidden gem this is. This is probably one of the strangest albums out there with Daniel Johnston’s high pitched delivery on top of barely-there instrumentals. Kinda relaxing, really. But look a little further and there’s a lot of substance here to be gobbled up. Daniel Johnston is ... read more
I can't tell if this is garbage or genius
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#145/Pitchfork (1980s v2)

Track List

  1. Poor You
  2. Big Business Monkey
  3. Walking the Cow
  4. I Picture Myself With a Guitar
  5. Despair Came Knocking
  6. I Am a Baby (In My Universe)
  7. Nervous Love
  8. I'll Never Marry
  9. Get Yourself Together
  10. Running Water
  11. Desperate Man Blues
  12. Hey Joe
  13. She Called Pest Control
  14. Keep Punching Joe
  15. No More Pushing Joe Around
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