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Ariels

16 Aug 2004 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 16 Aug 2004
  • Label: Open
  • Copyright: 2004 Open|Ministry of Sound Recordings Ltd
  • Total Length: 58:55
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  • ASIN: B002C9Y2CE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,157 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 April 2005
Format: Audio CD
Like some of the other reviewers here, I too was totally shocked to find Bent had changed their sound. It was quite unnerving at first since I was a huge fan of the previous two albums and their weird take on electronic music. BUT, after listening to the album for a few days I was completely clueless as to why I even doubted Bent in the first place; Ariels is just downright beautiful! Whilst the usual quirkiness hasn't completely been lost, Bent have concentrated more on the musical diversity and sheer audio quality on this new album. Each track has a gorgeous range of instruments and vocal talent that far supersedes the previous albums. Artificial sounding electronic basslines and synths are combined with more natural sounding acoustics that flow together so incredibly well, you're almost left overwhelmed by the sheer diveristy and richness. Unlike previous albums, the work on the vocals has been improved upon greatly with the addition of singers from groups such as Kosheen and Weekend Players. Like before the music is very dreamy and eccentric, though with Ariels, Bent have take a much more lively and 'upbeat' approach, with music that can easily be coined as ambient/ethereal electronica.
Overall, I have to say I love all 12 tracks, but my most listened to have to be, "As You Fall", "Silent Life","You Are The Oscillator" and the awe inspiring "On The Lake", an astonishingly serene ambient track that never fails to make me daydream!
This is an absolute must for any Bent fan or anyone who appreciates graceful, chilled out music.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By "grant3483" on 2 Aug 2004
Format: Audio CD
Eschewing much of the loveable wackiness of their first two LPs (bar the continuing pre-occupation with steel guitars and fluttering harps), Aerials offers 12 sublime examples of the sort of immediate chilled-out pop that characterised Bent's classic Swollen track.
By the time the rippling synths of the magical epic closer The Waters Deep kick in you'll be in heaven but there's plenty more
goodness on show with Now I Must Remember and As You Fall being equally spine-tingling. Ensuring things don't get too horizontally-inclined, there's also the chirpy bleepy disco of Exercise 4,which draws comparisons with Royksopp.
Indeed, musical references are easy to pick out. Air (Sunday Boy in particular), early St Etienne, Cocteau Twins and Zero 7 spring to mind (and anyone who likes any of those should buy this on sight) but Aerials still stands tall (sorry) in its own right as a chilled summer classic in the making.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Oct 2004
Format: Audio CD
Not knowing this album had been produced, let alone released, I happened to stumble across this accidentally and immediately bought it, being the huge Bent fan I am. With newly triggered expectation as I brought it home with me, I was expecting some more great Bent music in their usual beautiful bent way.
I was mistaken.
At first, any long-time bent fan would definately not recoginise it at all. It's not normal Bent, and that certainly wasn't pleasing initially! I was shocked by how different it sounded. The quirkiness of the previous albums that leaps out at you had disappeared and you're left with 'normal' music. It seemed that any random Joe could have made this...
Or so I thought.
Refusing to dislike it, my love of Bent forced me to give it a chance, and now I'm wondering why I ever questioned it's undoubted brilliance. It has barely left my CD player since I got it in August, so it must be two solid months of repeated play, which is the only the other album to have grabbed me so much since Chicane's wonderful 'Far From The Maddening Crowds'. 'Ariels' is fantastic. Once you get used to how different it is, you will begin to accept that this is completely different Bent work in its own right, and it's practically flawless.
The weakest two for me are 'Sunday 29th' and 'The Waters Deep', which unfortunately verge on pop. However, they do have their moments of brilliance, which makes up for it.
Aside from them it's all good. 'Comin' Back' is perhaps the most uplifting track I've heard in ages, probably since Lemon Jelly's fantastic 'Nice Weather For Ducks', which meant I felt refreshed by Bent's new work.
Other most stand-out highlights have to be 'Silent Life' (probably my favourite on the album), which is also fantastically upbeat and very catchy.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Robert Murphy on 15 Sep 2005
Format: Audio CD
I always thought Bent were a quirky band. One minute they'd conjure up brilliance but there would always be the odd annoying track which would make you hit fast forward. This is their best album yet - and it seems to improve with every listen.
Most other reviewers love 'Silent Life' and 'You are the Oscillator' which are both good. But my most listened-to tracks on it are 'I can't believe it's over' and 'Now I must remember.' I think these are two of the most beautiful sounding songs I've heard in a while.
It's so refreshing to have an unformulaic, fresh sounding album these days. The sounds on this album are touching, the vocals (especially the female ones) are spot-on. It's wonderfully produced.
Not many people seem to have heard of Bent - in a way I hope that continues because it's nice to be able to listen to really good music which is kind of a secret. But I hope Bent make a fortune from all their older music being used in adverts - they deserve every penny!
I thought Bent's first album 'Programmed to Love' was really good, 'The Everlasting blink' was OK but this is their best yet.
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