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Before the Calm


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  • Audio CD (27 Sep 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B0000258O1
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,500 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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One of the most anticipated and capable British debuts of 1999 arrived via Wigan, Lancashire in the form of this late night, blissed-out music with an edge. Witness are built around the delightfully understated droning psychedelic slide guitar of Ray Chan and the simmering laments delivered in the stoner, near-falsetto vocals of Gerard Starkie. Refuting the chorus-verse-chorus structure, Witness songs spiral and sprawl, yet rarely meander off course. Ultimately, Before The Calm pulls between being a rustic Verve, a more guitar-based Spiritualized and a lighter--yet still superbly atmospheric--British take on Lambchop and the quieter side of Son Volt. Subsequent live performances suggest that they've gone onto a higher and even more consistent level, but this still is a strong foundation from which to build. --Tim Perry

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Jun 2004
Format: Audio CD
Glad to see some great reviews of a little-known classic. To me, this is one of the all time great heartbreak albums. From the slow, utterly heart-felt and minimalist 'Second Life' on through the whole record grabs your attention like a gentle voice after a shouting match. Gerard Starkie's voice can convey more emotional depth and soulful beauty than any string section and the album plays to its strengths in terms of that simplicity. Quite simply a stunning album and, as a previous reviewer has said, one that will always find its way back to my stereo. Brilliant stuff.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By funkycow on 20 Dec 2000
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Reaches the same emotional lows as Coldplay's effort, but has fantastic spiteful guitars during its angrier moments that make it much more affecting. One of very few albums I've listened to continuously since I bought it...A must buy...
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Like many I was lured to buy this by the music press's lazy Verve and REM comparissons... I didnt bargain for one of the most stark, minimal but painfully beautiful collections of songs Ive ever heard. It takes time for these slices of pure, honest beauty to sink into your soul, but when they do the power is often unbearable. its not depressing though, many tracks utilise feedback expertly to raise the spirits, while the fact that bands are still capable of magnificence in the face of Britney/Robbie/Westlife is uplifting in itself.
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Witness really have made a truly stunning debut here. Gerard starkies' soaring vocals come straight from the heart and soul. Backed up by the wealth of musical talent given by the other band members, Witness provide an uplifting, yet sombre feel that touches you in a subtle way. Perseverence will make you realise what a gem of an album you have bought and will treasure for years to come. Witness are chalk and cheese rolled into one. Powerful yet delicate, soaring yet still firmly on the ground. One to watch.
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By A Customer on 2 July 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is truly a powerful album, and one that is definitely necessary listening. The raw emotion which comes out in songs such as 'Cause and Effect' and 'My own old song'is compelling and Witness deserve much more recognition that they are getting, and this is a tragic shame. This is not a depressing album, it is merely a thrilling collection of dark reflectve pieces of music that everyone should hear. This album may not be the easiest to listen to, but stick with it and it is truly rewarding.
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Its difficult to find words to do this fantastic debut justice. On the surface, the music appears to be dark and moody, even miserable. However, some of the songs can only be described as classics and as a result can easily lift your spirits. The record is definitely a 'grower' but on the first listen you just know that this is going to be an album to treasure.
If I wasn't such an old miser, then I would give this five stars.
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