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Beyond the Neighbourhood [CD]

Athlete Audio CD
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For almost 1,500 years, Europeans used the supposedly mythical black swan as a metaphor for something which could not exist. Imagine their surprise, then, when a late 17th Century explorer spotted one, paddling down a river in Australia. "Millions of people had looked at the world in a certain way for so long," says Athlete frontman Joel Pott "But it only took one sighting to ... Read more in Amazon's Athlete Store

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  • Audio CD (3 Sep 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B000ROAB76
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,626 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. In Between 2 States
2. Hurricane
3. Tokyo
4. Airport Disco
5. It's Not Your Fault
6. The Outsiders
7. Flying Over Bus-Stops
8. Second Hand Stores
9. In The Library
10. Best Not To Think About
11. This Is What I Sound Like

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As the title of Beyond the Neighbourhood, the third album from Athlete, might suggest, this band’s days of penning tunes about life on the litter-strewn streets of Deptford, South London are over. Rather, following their 2003 debut Vehicles and Animals, it seems Joel Pott and friends seized on the stratospheric success of Coldplay, Snow Patrol et al and embarked on a career writing songs that rejected the quirky playfulness and observational tone of their early singles for a broad, Everyman appeal. "Tokyo", "Airport Disco", and "Flying over Bus Stops" suggest the genesis of Beyond the Neighbourhood was cooked up on too little sleep in some airport lounge or other, but Athlete take care to play down specifics in favour of a yearning emotional edge and a slightly dislocated spirit bourne up on optimistic synthesisers and rousing choruses that suggest, with a dab of the brow, that nothing’s as bad as it seems. What Athlete do isn’t rocket science, really, and may disappoint some charmed by the wry charisma they displayed early on. But there’s a neat restraint here, coupled to a little smart, Brian Eno-influenced electronic trickery that makes Beyond the Neighbourhood, if not essential, then a worthy addition to the modern MOR crop. -– Louis Pattison

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One small fault away from perfection..... 13 Sep 2007
Format:Audio CD
I say one small fault but it isn't worthy of deducting any stars. This is an amazing album by a band on top of their game. Quite why there is so much indecision on this album I do not know, what I do know is that with all Athlete albums they tend to be slow burning and perseverance plays a big part in whether you actually are going to like it or not. Believe me if you give it a few listens you will be hooked. It's an immense piece of work that deserves better than some of the nasty reviews posted not only on this page, but also in the "respected" music journals.

I'm not going to take the easy route and just list the songs with a mini review beside each of them. This album isn't that simple. It's an album that needs to be played all the way through to really appreciate just what the band are trying to achieve. Do this and you will be rewarded, it's guaranteed.

In Between 2 States opens the album in relatively low key fashion, mixing experimental bits and pieces with a pleasant melody. It's a taste of what is to follow and leads nicely into Hurricane which to me stands out as the only real single on the whole album. Ash may be swaying towards single releases only, but on the evidence of this album Athlete are going the other way. This isn't the small fault by the way.

Tokyo comes and goes in a upbeat kind of way but it is then the album really takes off with the triple salvo of Airport Disco, It's Not Your Fault and The Outsiders. The Outsiders is an outstanding song, vocally perfect with a gorgeous melody, it is testimony to the final song on the album that The Outsiders only manages to be 2nd best song on the album.

Now here comes the small fault.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beyond Deptford Brit-pop 25 Oct 2007
Format:Audio CD
On first listen, Athlete's third studio album may initially appear a reasonably straight forward continuation of their previous effort, Tourist. But first impressions can often be misleading, and pleasingly, after just a few listens to Beyond The Neighbourhood that old adage proves as true here as ever. Once you've become accustomed to its sound, its structure and its nagging hooks, this is a record that reveals itself to be much more than just a regurgitation of the bands previous platinum selling success.

Although this is not by any means a full return to their belated Brit-pop roots, some of the inspired quirkiness and shape-shifting songs which were the hallmark of 2003's, Vehicles and Animals, but were notably downplayed two years later on the more commercially successful Tourist, have returned here. A fact sure to please the legions of fans won over by the individuality that dripped from the bands debut. The changing structure of many tracks is reminiscent of earlier works and will see you toe-tapping and humming along to the same tune you didn't think much of just twenty seconds earlier. The hands-in-the-air, sing-out-loud choruses of old favourites like El Salvador and Westside may not be immediately apparent, but that is not to say Beyond The Neighbourhood doesn't have it's hooks. First single Hurricane is as upbeat and defiant a track as the Deptford boys have come up with to date and both Tokyo and Second Hand Stores ought to make successful, almost anthemic singles.

Electronic experimentation around an indie framework has always been Athlete's bag and this album is certainly no different.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant album even from the first listen 26 Sep 2007
Format:Audio CD
I own both of Athlete's previous two albums and can safely say this one is their best so far.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars In between two states 26 Sep 2007
Format:Audio CD
The album kicks off (or should I say floats off) with a beautiful instrumental piece, called In Between Two States. This album manages to mix the experimental parts of the first album and on tracks such as Its not your fault and Flying Over Bus Stops the emotion of the second. Definitely feel this is their best album so far, with some great singles such as Hurricane and surely Tokyo which has a great upbeat swagger to it. If the last album was more introspective and melancholy in places, this album is a lot more upbeat and I smile when I hear it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great album 23 Sep 2007
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I have the last 2 Athlete albums and really like them and am pleased to say that this one is instantly likable and on first listen every track has really appealed to me. Great songs, nice production - the band continues to move forward. Recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Greater than the sum of its parts 4 Sep 2007
Format:Audio CD
Let's start this by getting one thing out of the way- yes, Athlete's debut album 'Vehicals & Animals' sounds like it was done by an almost entirely different band. It was full of quirky pop songs that, back in 2003 when it was released, sounded so amazingly fresh that it deserved to much better (both critically and comercially) than it actually did. Since its release Athlete appear to have changed tact a little bit. "Tourist" was way more mainstream and whilst not a fresh sounding, it was still a good album. It was just different to "Vehicles & Animals".

"Beyond the Neighbourhood" borrows more heavily from "Tourist" than their debut record. However, unlike some of the other reviews here suggest this doesn't mean that 'Beyond the Neighbourhood' is a bad album. In fact, far from it. It's a record that on first listen sounds a bit slight. However, the more you give it a go the more it starts to hang together well. Somehow Athlete pull it off, somewhat against the odds. Take for instance the song The Outsiders. Its chorus is "I'm away with the faries now". Written down on paper it sounds a terrible lyric. However, when sung by Joel Pott it has a strangely captivating quality. You will find yourself singing along with it after a few listens completely forgetting how bad the lyric actually is because somehow it really does work.

The rest of the album is good for similar reasons. "Best Not to Think About it" is a touching take on 9/11. Of course it's no great musical statement that will have you thinking "wow" (none of this record is) but again something about its simplicity works. Too often these days we will only praise records that are big artistic statements- Arcade Fire's "Neon Bible" springs to mind from this year.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing album
Fantastic album. I recently listened to the first album again and then had to go and buy this. Recommended to anyone. :)
Published 2 months ago by G. Elcomb
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this
Great album with added stuff in that you get a DVD of gigs and the booket to pour over. Love this band
Published 3 months ago by Andrew M. Davies
4.0 out of 5 stars Beyond others
Athlete never disappoint - as with all their other CDs, I play it over and over again then put it away for a few weeks before going back to it again
Published 10 months ago by D. Harding
4.0 out of 5 stars BTN
Full of the typical athlete rifts and tunes that we all love, 40 minutes well spent every time it's played!
Published on 26 Oct 2011 by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond the Neighbourhood
As with all Athlete albums, this is definitely a good purchase! I am so glad I 'found' this band, their music is versatile, using many different styles, so you rarely have the... Read more
Published on 5 April 2010 by Ms. K. James
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Athlete Cd
This was a great buy..

Great band and a great CD.

Regards, Miguel K.
Published on 13 Dec 2008 by M. R. Jesus
4.0 out of 5 stars Oh, Beautiful World
Listen to this album many times over. It's got all the truly Athlete moments scattered on its disperate tracks, and several surprises in-between. Read more
Published on 17 Jun 2008 by Dog Drove North
5.0 out of 5 stars Better Than People Think!!
It is probaly their best all round album! starts off with a great intro "In Between 2 States" then into the first single "Hurricane" which everyone knows is amazing "Tokyo" is... Read more
Published on 29 Dec 2007 by George Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievably good
I loved Athlete's first album, was lukewarm about the second, but think this one is a little beauty! I just can't stop listening to it. Read more
Published on 3 Oct 2007 by Kidney-Lou
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