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A Brief History Of Love [CD]

The Big Pink Audio CD
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Having toyed with the idea of “making noise” together for a few years, it turned out that when close friends Milo Cordell and Robbie Furze finally did so, they had the makings of something special. Their infectious debut single, ‘Too Young To Love’ (2008), created an early hype that heralded the beginning of a whirlwind period. With two more limited singles being ... Read more in Amazon's The Big Pink Store

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  • Audio CD (14 Sep 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: 4AD
  • ASIN: B002HREBJ0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,375 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Crystal Visions 5:480.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Too Young To Love 4:090.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Dominos 3:460.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Love In Vain 4:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. At War With The Sun 4:110.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Velvet 4:120.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Golden Pendulum 4:370.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Frisk 4:420.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. A Brief History Of Love 4:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Tonight 3:350.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Countbackwards From Ten 4:080.99  Buy MP3 

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BBC Review

The Big Pink’s debut album arrives with the hefty weight of expectation. Singer Milo Cordell runs Merok Records and is the son of 60s producer Denny Cordell. His partner is Robbie Curze, a man who previously played guitar with Berlin techno-rock mentalist Alec Empire.

Fortunately, A Brief History of Love delivers. Cordell’s heritage and sharp eye (and ear) for talent, combined with Curze’s ability to terrorise with sound, has clearly imbued the London-based pair with a knack for creating music which is often extreme but rarely less than tuneful.

Current single Dominos will have listeners chanting gleefully along to its euphoric chorus – “These girls fall like dominoes” – while the accompanying fearsome, bass-heavy synth drone is positively overwhelming.

The holy trinity of Spacemen 3, My Bloody Valentine and The Jesus and Mary Chain are overt influences throughout the album, especially on debut single Too Young to Love. Screeching feedback, guitars squealing like tortured porpoises and a lyric about lost innocence: it’s an instant noise-pop classic.

There’s a drop in quality with Love in Vain, a slight diversion from the rest of the album in terms of its sedate pace and bizarrely jaunty tone. The Big Pink are at their best when trying to punch holes in the sky, not making ballads.

Second single Velvet, meanwhile, aims for the ethereal territory of Cocteau Twins crossed with the studied cool of The Velvet Underground. Music to wear sunglasses to never sounded so good.

Live collaborator Jo Apps crops up to sing on the title track, a beautiful work of passion, pain and longing which sounds like it was performed on the tear ducts of a spurned bride.

Countbackwards from Ten blends sweet vocal melodies with a guitar tone from Pixies’ Where Is My Mind? to swoonsome effect, ensuring the album ends a lot better than most relationships.

The Big Pink aimed to make an album about every facet of love, so it’s a great tribute to them that after hearing these 11 songs many will immediately want to come back for more as soon possible. After all, isn’t that how people feel when they are actually in love? --Lou Thomas

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Variations of Love 16 Sep 2009
Format:Audio CD
The Big Pink have released a number of singles this year each standing apart from the previous in style and character. The album is no different. Opener `Crystal Visions' starts off with an Edge like riff that is slowly joined by Stone Roses like echoing vocals and finally a darkly distorted chorus kicks into the fray. You just know that this album is going to be a musical adventure.

The industrial vein continues throughout the next two tracks, though there is a pop twist laced carefully throughout which prevents the whole from becoming monotonous, and `Dominos' has the added advantage of a beautiful pop vocal. `Love in Vain' then seems to swirl into view with a heartbeat like drum rhythm and chirpy synth part, and a gently sung chorus with the lyrics "If you really love him, tell me that you love him again".

The next track then carefully reintroduces some of that distortion to good effect before `Velvet' gets all electronic on you, sweeping along with strange synths, drum claps and perfectly aimed distortion. `Golden Pendulum' bubbles along very nicely and is almost anthemic at moments. `Frisk' scratches and jumps with layered vocals and decidedly intricate drumming. The title track is then atmospheric and moody, before `Tonight' bursts in like the Kasabian masterpiece that got away. The final track closes it all up in fine style with chiming guitars and beautiful backing vocals.

This album is diverse, intelligent and ultimately very rewarding as long as you are not put off by a fair spread of distortion and atmosphere.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a bit different 12 Dec 2009
Format:Audio CD
bought on the strength of the 'dominoes' single (& a listen to the snippets of the tracks on amazon)this is a great guitar driven album. Tracks 1, 3 and 6 are the standouts, and the whole album gels together. Well worth repeated listens.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Power of adverts 16 Nov 2009
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Heard the Domino track on an advert, can't remember which one, and thought it was good. Downloaded the album and that was even better.Track 2 is brilliant
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5.0 out of 5 stars A reminder of before. 14 Nov 2009
Format:Audio CD
I bought this on the much played single Dominoes.Upon first hearing I was very much struck about how musically it had a very similar sound to Echo & The Bunneymen in the early 80's.It grows in stature with every play and not something you would grow tired of.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Big Noise - Big Fun 14 Sep 2009
Format:Audio CD
Milo Cordell and Robbie Furze, together with a fine
bunch of musical associates, make a big noise on their
debut album 'A Brief History Of Love'.

Pounding electronica laced with ethereal vocals,
screeching feedback and dense thrashing chords but
never too far away from a refined melodic sensibility.

They have an ear for a good tune amidst the art-house-rock
furnishings. They are making pop music despite themselves.

Things get off to a good start with three fine examples of
competent noise-management. 'Crystal Visions', 'Too Young To Love'
and 'Dominos'; the latter an industrial-strength composition
with an anthemic and memorable refrain.

'Love In Vain' demonstrates a lighter touch. Drenched in reverb,
its mournful central vocal performance sits uncomfortably
well with the contrastingly mischievous synth embellishments.

'At War With The Sun' is an almost jolly affair which had me
thinking of OMD here and there. Just my age perhaps ?

'Velvet' throbs along quite merrily too. The eighties reinvented
again with a fresh face and shiny shoes.

'Golden Pendulum' is a personal favorite. The epic sound and
serpentine vocal manages to be unpredictable and strangely
familiar in the same breath. This is the band's strength throughout.

'Frisk' is a stirring rhythmic invention.
Mr Matsuura' drums (here and elsewhere) drive it
along with convincingly dramatic energy.

Title track 'A Brief History Of Love' is a curiously
moody and affecting affair decorated atmospherically with
Joanne Robertson's laconic backing vocals.

'Tonight' sounds like it was recorded in a beehive.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 22 July 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Good music, some cracking tunes. Not mainstream by any means but all the better because of it! Getting more into stuff like this as they seem to have 'real' music by real bands and not the over processed rubbish that are in the charts!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By russell clarke TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Those of us of a certain age , and it might be argued a certain aesthetic , tend to go all dewy eyed at the mention of the word(s ) shoegaze. This is mainly because it recalls a time when music, specifically guitar music ,was something to get excited about and bands like Ride , Chapterhouse , Moose and most thrillingly My Bloody Valentine released E.P,s and albums that actually took guitar music into tantalising sonic territories . Hearing a band with a smidgeon of that ability would give me palpitations in these dreary times so ready the cooling fan and the comfy chair I think I've come over all faint after hearing The Big Pink.
The album is the work of Robbie Furze and Milo Cordell, a pair of life-long friends who before forming The Big Pink in 2007 had Furze playing for digital hardcore whiz Alec Empire while Cordell, the son of a famous record producer, ran Merok Records, introducing bands like Crystal Castles and the Klaxons to the rest of us. Furze provides vocals and guitar, and Cordell - who has no musical background whatsoever - plays keyboard and synths. Various guests add extra keyboards , percussion or as is the case on the title track backing vocals The album, is entirely self-produced and was recorded in the historic Electric Ladyland studios ( formerly utilised by Hendrix, Bowie and The Clash) in New York City.
A Brief History of Love could also qualify as a concept album as each of it's eleven songs concentrates on love in all it's wonder, mystery frustration and pain. It looks like a 4AD too ,from it's arty cover and insert to the Ultra Vivid Scene fuzz and (early )AR Kane buzz of the music.
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1.0 out of 5 stars a parody
After reading the reviews of this album prior to purchase I was hugely disappointed to discover it to be a series of `songs' so bland and derivative of it's influences (a musical... Read more
Published on 8 Nov 2010 by A reader and a listener
2.0 out of 5 stars A bad love history from Big Pink
Definitely a useless album... Sound all the same, I have forgotten each song one very second after it was over.
Not nice to have, but nice to forget...
Published on 9 Oct 2010 by Giorgio Maria Visimberga
5.0 out of 5 stars great debut album
I really love that album. All in the same style as "Velvet, and dominoes". Un son électrique, industriel, garage...métallique. Just perfect.
Published on 12 Feb 2010 by M. Patrick Collin
1.0 out of 5 stars rubbish it never turned up
Rubbish, this never turned up, wrote to amazon but they never replied, complete waste of money
Published on 24 Dec 2009 by T. Limb
2.0 out of 5 stars fashionista
Achingly fashionable, both in sound and attitude.
I've struggled to spot any my bloody valentine influnece, but then again name dropping them is also achingly... Read more
Published on 6 Dec 2009 by Jjbrown
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
I guess like many, 'Dominos' is what drew me to buying this album.

It's hard to catagorise The Big Pink because they change from tune to tune. Read more
Published on 21 Oct 2009 by The usual suspect
4.0 out of 5 stars A Brief History Of Loveless (8/10)
If the Gallaghers had been equally infatuated with Chapterhouse and Slowdive, Definitely Maybe could have sounded a lot like A Brief History Of Love. Read more
Published on 2 Oct 2009 by Gannon
5.0 out of 5 stars I think I'm in love
I read somewhere that after listening to this album you can't wait to get back to it again. Just like that first girl you fell in love with. Read more
Published on 18 Sep 2009 by Starks_shirt
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