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Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum

Tally Hall

2005

Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum
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Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum is the debut studio album by American rock band Tally Hall, originally released on November 12, 2005. Their previous recordings were all independently produced and distributed demos. All of the tracks on the album are finished versions of their demo tracks, with the exception of "Haiku," which is a completely new song. The album gets its name from a museum of mechanized curiosities that is located in Farmington Hills, Michigan. The album's cover art is also based on a number of machines located within the museum. The album was officially re-released on September 12, 2006, under the Quack! Media label. This re-release coincided with additional publicity on MTV, national distribution in all major retail stores, and various other TV appearances including The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. The music video for "Good Day" was first shown at Tally Hall's two Ann Arbor concerts on September 23, 2006.

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3.12

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68

Genres

  • Rock

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Sun Jan 21 2024
5

Surprisingly perfect eclectic 2000s rock. An excellent addition.

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Sat Jan 13 2024
5

I submitted this, so of course I think it's a 5 star worthy album. But, really, it's a 5 star worthy album. Tally Hall creates interesting melodies and lyrics that range from thought provoking to goofy. They're the greatest and most popular band that never were. I saw them in a high school gymnasium early in their career and thought "these guys are going to be huge!". Then they ALMOST WERE. They signed a major record deal. They were touring on Good Morning America and shit. They had a song featured on The OC right when the OC was absolutely the biggest thing on TV. They had a hit youtube show back before Youtube shows were really a thing. And then they imploded an they all went their separate ways. Ross went back to school. Rob created one of the biggest internet memes ever with "Actual Cannibal Shia Lebouf". They doing music for children's television now. I still think back to this album and what could have been. I think Gen Z has sort of discovered them and now they're a popular Tik Tok thing? Good for them!

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Sat Jan 13 2024
5

As interesting as the location of the album’s namesake, Marvin’s is one of my all-time favorites.

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Tue Mar 26 2024
5

Wow! I live in Ann Arbor, have been to Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum many times, had heard of the band Tally Hall, but never really listened to them and didn't know this album existed. What a revelation to not only find an album that hits so close to home, but to top it off it's really, really good. Excellent, up-beat energy. 5 stars!

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Sun Jan 21 2024
3

I had no expectations of this. I've never heard of this band, and in my research, they are a college band from Ann Arbor, MI. Quirky and well produced. The lead singer made that Shia LeBeouf cannibal video from 10+ years ago. Nothing super memorable but it was enjoyable. Little to no re-listenability for me though. Still, enjoyable listen. 3.5/5, but rounding down to 3 because I rated many better albums than this as 4/5.

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Sun Jan 21 2024
3

Pre-Tumblr internet forums absolutely popped off for this shit. They could barely handle this much condensed musical theater kid energy. Honestly, I had all but written off this album as "not my thing" while listening to it until Ruler of Everything; wasn't expecting a song that good to punch me in the face right near the end, but it was enough to earn it 3 stars.

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Mon Feb 26 2024
4

7/10. I went back on forth on whether I found this irritating or charming. I did laugh a bit at the "end rhymes are not my fort" line. Don't know that I needed a bonus track that, by the sound of it, features about 10 Muppet chickens but no one is making me listen to the bonus tracks I can stop whenever I want

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Sat Mar 23 2024
4

Whacky and silly from time to time. But very fun album

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Mon Jan 22 2024
3

Sorta would rather listen to the "Simlish" version of the full album. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5r5r8yii6Rg

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Mon Jan 22 2024
3

Like an American version of XTC or Squeeze.

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Fri Jan 26 2024
3

An invitation into the museyroom has certain inevitable weight. Tally Hall branded maximalism has its charms in assault, not walking sounds or soft-spoken explanations. Though the album lacks a particular narrative thread, it avoids going off the rails in lingering; Excess in style is rather appealing.

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Thu Feb 01 2024
3

Quand même pas de sens c'est un bon album. J'ai aimé et jamais je serais tomber sur ce.type de musique par moi même. 3.5

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Fri Feb 02 2024
3

A little too high of a quirk factor for me, about consistent for a band with two ukulele credits. I'm also not convinced many of the lyrics meant much of anything, though I'm willing to entertain I'm too dumb or too lazy to figure them out. I can't fully trash it given the high technical acumen on display and I didn't hate it or anything.

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Wed Feb 21 2024
3

Good sound but not my personal taste

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Mon Feb 26 2024
3

I don’t really have a problem with Tally Hall, but while listening to this album I couldn’t help but think that they’re kinda AJR-adjacent, which tainted the whole experience for me. AJR sucks. 5/10

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Tue Feb 27 2024
3

Never heard of this band before. Decent record, but nothing for me to get too excited about.

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Tue Feb 27 2024
3

I thought this was pretty cool actually. Nice songs and a good vibe. What else do you need?

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Thu Feb 22 2024
2

I really appreciate how these User Albums expose us to a really diverse range of music that I would never otherwise listen to, sometimes they click but sometimes they don't. Unfortunately this one fell with a thud.

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Fri Mar 15 2024
2

Oh god no how annoying. 2/5.

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Thu Mar 28 2024
2

I was not aware of the band. Did not click on me, but thanks for suggesting

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Sun May 12 2024
4

Songs from this album have been popping up in playlists based on songs I like in Spotify recently, so nice to get the album here.

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Thu Apr 04 2024
3

A friend introduced me to this band in high school so I knew a few of the tracks here, but I had mostly forgotten the odd little niche this band has embraced with open arms. What you get out of this album depends on your affinity for tongue-in-cheek quirkiness – to me, this LP really toes the line between wit and embarrassing goofiness at times, but overall things work for a majority of the runtime. There are some fun instrumentals to be had, and love them or hate them, there are some clever lyrics here that fit the alt-rock vibe perfectly. While I don’t know if I would return to this as a full album, there are definitely some fun, creative tracks here I added to my library and I had a good amount of fun during my listen.

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