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A Brief Crack Of Light [CD]

Therapy? Audio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (6 Feb 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Blast
  • ASIN: B006L61VGO
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,869 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Living In The Shadow Of The Terrible Thing 3:550.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Plague Bell 4:110.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Marlow 4:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Before You, With You, After You 3:320.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. The Buzzing 3:380.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Get Your Dead Hand Off My Shoulder 4:070.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Ghost Trio 5:200.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Why Turbulence 3:330.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Stark Raving Sane [Explicit] 2:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Ecclesiastes 5:420.99  Buy MP3 

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Seminal Irish rockers THERAPY? are set to release thunderous new album A Brief Crack Of Light on February 6th 2012. It will be preceded by the Living In The Shadow Of A Terrible Thing' single on January 23rd. Released on BLAST Records (a subsidiary of Global Music), it was recorded at Blast Studios in Newcastle with producer, Adam Sinclair and displays a stunning mix of angular rhythm, anthemic might and insidious melody. The band have also announced a mouth watering tour in April next year with Ragga metal uberlords Skindred. The Jägermeister sponsored event runs over 5 nights and tickets are a recession busting £5!!! With a career spanning more than two decades (an astonishing feat in these days of disposable, well, EVERYTHING), Therapy? have thrived, evolved and challenged in equal measure. From the chart bothering, mainstream success of the mid nineties to the musically progressive excitement of their post millennial output, Andy Cairns, Michael McKeegan and Neil Cooper STILL represent a true pioneer musical spirit. A Brief Crack Of Light is the band s thirteenth album and is as full of grit and fire as ever.


'Rammed with classic moments' 4K --Kerrang!

"Simply excellent" 9/10 --Powerplay

"This is Therapy? at their absolute best in almost every sense of the word." 8/10 --Rock Sound

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Therapy? have still got it 7 Feb 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This picks up exactly where Crooked Timber left off - and I love it already.
Amazon's excellent pre-order service meant it arrived in the post on the day of release and it didn't disappoint.
As with Crooked Timber, and Therapy? in general, the drums are prominent in the mix and the songs all have a strong sense of rhythm as their backbone.
But tracks like Get Your Dead Hand Off My Shoulder and Living In The Shadow Of The Terrible Thing are infectiously catchy, while tracks such as Ghost Trio have so much going on that you discover a new sound with each listen.
This is not ball-out metal, this is a band oozing maturity and song-writing talent, this is a band delivering a sound of their own, a band that cannot be categorised - and the album is all the better for it.
The lyrics and song titles screan "Therapy?" (Stark Raving Sane, Why Turbulence?) and some songs even have an "epic" feel.
If you have liked the band's last few albums you'll love this - if you have yet to experience Therapy? take a look at the video of Living In The Shadow Of The Terrible Thing on Youtube to get an idea of what this album is all about.
I love it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars cracking music 20 Sep 2012
By Adam30
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
as with all therapy albums your never quite sure what you are going to get, for sure therapy have a distinct sound but no record sounds the same or like any other band out there at the time. i have been a long time of therapy and always loved what they have done. although with crooked timber i found it took a few listens to get into, this album i love from the off set. check it out you won't be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stark Raving Sane 4 Mar 2012
Format:Audio CD
Album fourteen for Therapy? And it's clear that they aren't in this for the money, but in this to the end. The band's trademark sound of buzzsaw guitars, existential lyrics, and thundering claustrophobic drums and bass, are here in abundance, with no shortage of pining, desperate intensity and relentless pressure. A combination of their influences, from Fugazi and Big Black, to Dio and Iron Maiden, Therapy are a band that, from the start, are unafraid to weld melody to agony.

This is a record I could, can, and will live in. Walking the steps of Waterloo East, or the streets of my local supermarket, I often feel trapped in a world of madness, a concentration camp of the terminally selfish and shortsighted : a lyric such as "Living In the Shadow Of The Terrible Thing", which on one hand is identkit teenage angst, and on the other, captures that sense of doom which hangs over most lives. With this music, I perceive a world different from others, a world where maybe, am I the only one who can view this world for what it really is? Or am I overthinking it?

Is it a crime to think too much or too little?

Third track, "Marlow", is probably misplaced : it sounds like the kind of aggressive, uncoliled snake that should open a live set as each instrument slowly but surely grips the ear and not settled in third place in a record. As with almost every Therapy song, the music is of tension and release, of rising chords unleashed and of that adrenalin rush as everything hits, and this music is the resistance. Well. It helps me. If anything, it's the battle between the will of mankind, and the the oppression of the world we are forced to live in.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Therapy? 13 July 2014
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If you already love Therapy? then you'll know this is going to be great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Picks up where Crooked Timber left 2 Feb 2014
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This album is very similar to Crooked timber. Not in terms of sound but continues the same dark tension and social claustrophobia. If anything, I consider this album & Crooked timber as truly "intelligent" T? albums. Just like music, every song gives a strong message, usually put in satirical and even funny way.

However, A brief crack of light is even better than Crooked timber. I love every song in its own way but highlights for me include Marlow - my favourite T? instrumental. Totally out of ordinary, a breath of the fresh air and "a brief crack of light" in this maddening tunes.
Get your dead hand off my shoulder is another instant hit for me, as well as Ecclesiastes. Very experimental, very unique. I love it. A great way to end this journey.

Everything under the Sun... is absurd.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Album! 17 April 2012
Format:MP3 Download|Verified Purchase
After the fantastic 'Crooked Timber' I was worried that 'A brief crack of light' wouldn't be able to live up to my expectations. It's a colder album than Crooked Timber, and it takes the more experimental parts of that album and rolls with them, and it works really well. The first track, 'Living in the shadow of a terrible thing' is classic Therapy? Heavy riff, tight drums, loud Bass and catchy chorus, a great opener. then we have 'Plague bell' a bitter, and very angry in your face tune with dis-chordant moments, and one of my favorites. After that 'Marlow' then surprises the hell out of you, a happy sounding, bouncy tune on the surface, it's mainly an instrumental but after a few listens you start noticing all the subtle nuances, and the shifting drum beats. it's definately a darker tune that the first listen lets on. 'Before you, with you, after you' is somewhere close to 'classic' Therapy?. A fast paced opening settles down to an almost spoken word verse over a chugging riff, then a big chorus opens it up. A live favorite i'd reckon. Then we come to 'The Buzzing'. I think 'The Buzzing' fantastic. It goes from being a crazy and ranting tune, that purposely falls to pieces with Andy's vocals sounding like they're on a scratched record. A melodic centre then leads back to it being a loud and harsh, albeit with a faster harder drumbeat, then it stops with a single chord followed Neil Cooper playing a dubstep drumbeat to see the song out. Simply awesome. 'Get you dead hand off my shoulder' is a cold sounding, quite minimalist tune, harks back to 70s and 80s electro in some ways, definately an album highlight. Read more ›
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