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  • Audio CD (1 July 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: The Orchard
  • ASIN: B00CI93UBM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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From the moment I heard demos, I knew this was a special batch of songs, nestled in the sweet spot between wistfulness and joy, explains Thomas Bartlett, who oversaw Bell X1's sixth album alongside the National's longtime producer (Peter Katis). The challenge was in making the songs rich and robust without losing the fragility and intimacy that made them so striking in the first place. The solution was actually quite simple: Rather than rely on malevolent noise makers and malfunctioning computers like Bell X1 did on their last couple LPs, Chop Chop shaves their melancholic sound sculpted by frontman Paul Noonan, bassist Dominic Philips and multi-instrumentalist David Geraghty down to nothing but reverb-trailed riffs, wildly expressive vocals and delicately layered rhythms. That way everything at least feels effortless, whether it's the hypnotist hooks of Starlings Over Brighton Pier, the brain-burrowing torch balladry of Careful What You Wish For, or the heart-sinking apocalypse now narrative that is The End Is Nigh.

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Bell X1 are in their 14th year now as a band, and onto this sixth album, Chop Chop. This is a really good album, with some great songs. It's very simple at times, and it's an approach that really pays off.

There's a variety of different sounds on the album. A good example of this contrast is the neighbouring tracks 'Diorama', and then 'I Will Follow You'. 'Diorama' is almost a mournful ballad with it's introspectively gentle vocals and piano chords. Whereas 'I Will Follow You' is a much higher tempo guitar driven song, with a simple and very effective chorus. Also, I love the muted brass in the background of this track, it really just adds that little je ne sais quoi.

My favourite track is 'Drive-By Summer', which starts with a lovely bassline that straddles at least one octave. The melody is carried so gently by Noonan's voice, something which really makes some of these tracks so great.

In all, this is a decent album from a good band, one that I would like to see live. If you're a fan of their other albums, or any kind of alternative rock then this is a really good album. I would recommend giving it a listen.
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Ok, perhaps I'm biased as I'm a massive BellX1 fan, but this their fifth hit album (sixth produced) is brilliant, as to be expected. The lads have an eclectic sound with cool rifts and blended harmonies. BellX1 are fantastic, live. Do try to see them gig, but for now, get this album, chop chop!
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I'm not sure why this latest slice of brilliance makes me feel like a character in a Graham Greene novel but it does. I heard the lads play 'The End is Nigh' on Phantom during the week; what a record. Unlike most groups who suffer a daliance with the once mighty major labels, Bell X1 have gone from strength to strength after the nonsense fades. People who bought this have also bought Blue Lights on the Runway and Field Recordings (can't beat the ESB ad nostalgia.)
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Fast postage, great value, will use again
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HASH(0x8e1caa20) out of 5 stars This Band is Aging Beautifully 9 July 2013
By Daniel Martin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
An incredible album! If you look at my Top 11 albums of 2011, you'll see that I ranked their last album "Bloodless Coup" at number 3 on that list. "Chop Chop" tops that album in every way. In terms of number of songs, it's a very short album, with only 9, but the songs carry more weight than any of their other albums. They find themselves honing their songwriting skills here. Gone are the funky beats and the sometimes overuse of programming that could occasionally salvage a less than stellar song. The crux of most of these songs is built around a piano, allowing Paul Noonan's vocals to be front and center for the entire album. There is not one bad song on this album and it's been endlessly playing on my iPod since I got it. I'm not sure I'll listen to a better album this year. "She cries, at motorcades, she cries."

KEY TRACKS: Drive By Summer and Motorcades
HASH(0x8f1fe468) out of 5 stars Another solid album, but a marked change in tone. 15 July 2013
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Since receiving Chop Chop four days ago, I have listened to this album five times through and find myself enjoying it more every time. My first impression was that this is a very mellow collection of songs. The pensive mood is set by the opening track, Starlings Over Brighton Pier, a haunting song that some bright filmmaker is sure to use in their scene where the protagonist goes off by him/herself to ponder over his/her heartbreaking dilemma. Ironically, some of the heaviness is lifted in the second track, A Thousand Little Downers, a low-key song with a catchy chorus. The entire collection is a good balance of moody set-pieces and somewhat more upbeat songs with infectious choruses. The album ends strong with three very solid closing tracks.
Bell XI has grown artistically in this release blending their penchant for evocative lyricism with some equally expressive music. The sparse, piano-intensive production places a heavy load on Paul Noonan to carry vocally, but he proves up to the challenge. Stripping away the Techno and Pop aspects from their previous two releases has laid the soul of the band bare for all to hear and enjoy. Anyone who has had the pleasure to see Bell X1 live during their acoustic touring will instantly recognize that this is the band at their primal core.
Having said all this, I find myself wishing that they had included a couple of tracks that contained some of the Techno and Pop aesthetics of Sugar High or The Great Defector to add more variety, balance and length. While I admire and enjoy the great artistry shown in this collection, I doubt that this will become my favorite Bell X1 album. But maybe I'll change my mind after listening through a few more times.
HASH(0x918faf78) out of 5 stars Bell X1 never disappoints 11 July 2013
By mikea71 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Been a fan of Bell X1 since 'Flock' saw release in the U.S. in 2008 and they've yet to release a bad album. 'Bloodless Coup' is still my favorite of theirs and this took a second listen to get past the shock of the stripped back production, but 'Chop Chop' has plenty of charms, gorgeous melodies and Paul Noonan's wit & lyrical mastery. "Starlings Over Brighton Pier" is beauty personified and "The End Is Nigh" should have them all over AAA radio like "The Great Defector" was if commercial radio still had any brains. Noonan's lyrics are particularly brilliant on this track, who would you choose to spend the last day on earth with? It'll tug at your heart strings for sure. These guys also bring it live, thankfully they seem to never skip Michigan when they tour so I've had the pleasure of seeing them four times now. Why they are not bigger in the States is just one of many crimes in the music world. If you like intelligent, well crafted melodic pop/rock music, do not sleep on Bell X1.

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HASH(0x8e1cadbc) out of 5 stars Another Bell X1 Masterpiece... 3 Sept. 2013
By J. T. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
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Bell X1 has to be one of the finest bands around that hardly anyone in America has ever heard of. I have played this cd several times now and I cannot get enough of it. The first three songs, "Starlights Over Brighton Pier," "A Thousand Little Downers," and "Careful What You Wish For" are absolutely amazing. I cannot get enough of these songs. The other songs excluding the final song are very well written and I enjoy them also. Then, the final song "The End Is Nigh" left me wanting more. Which brings me to the only thing bad about this cd was the fact that it only has nine songs. But even with that said, anyone who knows about Bell X1 and enjoys their previous music must get this CD. Chop Chop may lack in total number of songs but is full of quality music that will keep me coming back for more.
HASH(0x8e5185ac) out of 5 stars It's good 18 July 2013
By CPage - Published on Amazon.com
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Full disclosure, I love Bell X1 and have all of their albums. The 1st 2 songs on this sound like some of their songs on previous albums (the 2nd song seems to have the exact same piano riff as a previous song), so was a little disappointed in those. But I like the other songs, so giving this 4 stars. I love that their music doesn't sound like any other artists, plus the lyrics are good and some have such a twisted slant that it sometimes makes me laugh! I'd love to be in the same room with these guys, as I bet they're a lot of fun. They say some things that all of us think and makes it so poignant (or funny). Very unique band, and I love them.
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