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Double Ivor Novello nominees The Leisure Society are to release a brand new album, Alone Aboard The Ark, on April 1st through Full Time Hobby.

Fittingly, Alone Aboard The Ark sees the band expanding their arcadian, Baroque pop sound with a more diverse array of sounds and inventive orchestration. Following a summer of rehearsals beside the River Ouse in Befordshire, The Leisure Society ... Read more in Amazon's The Leisure Society Store

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  • Audio CD (1 April 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Full Time Hobby
  • ASIN: B00B2QILWA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,901 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Another Sunday Psalm
2. A Softer Voice Takes Longer Hearing
3. Fight For Everyone
4. Tearing The Arches Down
5. The Sober Scent Of Paper
6. All I Have Seen
7. Everyone Understands
8. Life Is A Cabriolet
9. One Man And His Fug
10. Forever Shall We Wait
11. We Go Together
12. The Last In A Long Line

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".... The Leisure Society sounds like it slots into the post-Mumford flood of quasi-folkies; the brass arrangements by Mumford and Sons' own Nick Etwell on a few songs don't hurt that association. But closer inspection reveals something closer in spirit to a hybrid of Belle and Sebastian and The Decemberists: witty, occasionally self-lacerating lyrics set to clever melodies and lavish chamber-pop arrangements with occasional Brit-folk and country tinges. Recorded at Ray Davies' Konk Studios -- and The Kinks circa Muswell Hillbillies are another good touchstone..." Critical Mob ****

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Mel on 1 April 2013
Format: Audio CD
Nick Hemming has crafted another set of beautifully melodic, intriguingly lyrical songs. Lovingly produced by Christian Hardy at friend of the band Ray Davies' Konk Studio.

The instrumental flourishes and arrangements created by the band are wonderful and surprising, as we expect from a Leisure Society album. The lovely flute on the beautiful "Sober Scent of Paper", the horns and retro synth sound on first single "Fight for Everyone", the spooky 50s sci-fi opening to "Tearing the Arches Down", harmonica or is it harmonium on "Another Sunday Psalm", the opening catchy vocal "doo doos" and closing jazzy finish to the standout "All I have Seen".

This sounds like a band enjoying themselves, confident in the joy of making music and in their ability to do so, long may they continue.

I cannot wait to hear these tracks live. The snow is melting and the sound of summer is here!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sir Michael Bruce on 19 April 2013
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On this, their third album, the Leisure Society explore a more diverse range of influences whilst never straying from the hooks and melodies that have become their calling card. The pastoral pop and folk-with-a-tune of their earlier albums is still here (and good thing too), but Alone Aboard the Arc also gives us a taste of soul with "All I Have Seen", whilst "Tearing the Arches Down" could have been spawned by the pen and plectrum of Carl Barat. The clever and intriguing lyrics that are so characteristic of the Leisure Society are in plentiful supply as always, and the end result of all of the above is an album that more than matches their back catalogue.

I recently went to see the Leisure Society supporting Beth Orton. No disrespect to a talented lady, but boy, did someone get that billing the wrong way round! This band are surely one big break / TV appearance / play list inclusion, away from being household names. Until that day I'll continue to be grateful that I'm one of the select (but growing) band who know of and cherish their work. Hear this album and spread the word!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andy Sweeney TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Nov 2013
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I thoroughly enjoyed The Leisure Society's debut "The Sleeper", but the follow-up "Into The Murky Water" didn't quite hit the same heights, so this third album is a very welcome release indeed, as it is excellent. It's one of those albums that keeps the listener's interest throughout, doesn't contain any filler and has more than a handful of stand-out tracks that keep you coming back to the album again and again. It is actually quite difficult to categorise the type of music that The Leisure Society produce. I would hesitate to call it "pop" of any description because it's the type of music that, whilst it could easily make the playlist of a station like Radio 2, simply wouldn't trouble the singles chart. You couldn't call it "easy listening" either (although it is certainly very gentle on the ear) because it is miles away from the likes of Michael Buble (thankfully!). They remind me of Belle and Sebastian without the lofty tweeness, or, perhaps, The Beautiful South without the pithy lyrics. Some songs are reminiscent of Noah and the Whale's later material ("Fight For Everyone", for example), only much better, but their eclectic nature in terms of instrumentation and arrangements are one of their strengths and the fact that it is so difficult to categorise the music can only be a good thing.

Although this is an excellent album overall, my favourite tracks on "Alone Aboard The Ark" are plentiful.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Musogeek on 1 April 2013
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Fast becoming a national treasure to those in the know, The Leisure Society deliver once more. If you haven't yet discovered the band and are partial to beautiful, bittersweet songsmithery then do you ears a favour and buy this immediately. Yes they are that good and you will not be sorry :-)
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Superb, a delight from start to finish.The songs work their way into your consciousness and remain there.The lyrics are wry and ironic and refreshingly British.Many will find echoes of the halcyon days of Island records intheir work the constant ability to confound expectations their work ranks with the best of Arcade Fire,Decemberists,early Fairport et al.This may prove to be their most accessible,but every album is a joy in its own right,so get them all.
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By Luddite Griff on 14 July 2014
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Excellent service. Brilliant album.
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Good album from a thoroughly unpretentious band. The songs throughout are well structured and occasionally memorable. This album sounds as though it could have been made at any point in the last 30 years. So, unfashionable but still worth of listen and worthy of respect.
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Bought this for my parents; very lovely sounding tracks. First time I've heard of this band and I really like their music. Very chilled out.
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