- Audio CD (21 Feb. 2011)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Extra tracks
- Label: Pias
- ASIN: B004CR5TWQ
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,614 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Crystal Sounds [Amazon Exclusive Signed Version] Extra tracks
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Four years after what they themselves describe as a difficult second album, Thirteen Senses release their new album, recorded, produced and mixed in their own London studio via their own B-Sirius label. Crystal Sounds is an expanded and remixed version of tracks the band placed on their website earlier in the year, adding unheard tracks "Send Myself To Sleep", "Concept" and "In The Crowding".
One listen to Crystal Sounds makes clear what their previous records only glimpsed. Always good with a melody and unafraid of being seen as ‘mainstream’ the new Thirteen Senses sound is more expansive, more muscular and more experimental. The lack of pressure to release also allowed the band reflective time to revisit the tracks and construct an album that flows, from the more accessible likes of "Crystal Sounds" and "Home" at its opening, to the march towards the epic gradients of "I Saw Stars Disappear" and the orchestral swirls and swoops of "Out There". With no pressures or expectations on their backs, Thirteen Senses have developed into the fully fledged epic pop band that was promised back at the beginning.
Top Customer Reviews
This album has been worth the wait and from start to finish is a real treat for the ears.
Melodic, well crafted songs with intelligent lyrics and a delicate voice make this very easy on the ears but nonetheless it is carried off with substance.
Each track is worthy of 5 stars but the way in which the album has been put together makes me wish I could award an additional one. The order of the songs has been carefully thougt about and when listening to this from start to finish I found myself applauding at the end of the album. There are some additional tracks here vs the preview album (which the band initially made avaialable to all on their website), for clarity I've marked these with a "*" below.
1. Crystal Sounds - The opening number whichs starts of with what I can only describe as a pounding of hooves, but builds quickly into a really excellent track, full of layers and depth.
2. The Loneliest Star - Some great keyboard & guitar work on this track, which builds from a slowish start into classic Thirteen Senses. Echoes of tracks from their debut album but with an edgier feel.
3. Home - The best track on the album, for me by a mile. The chorus is just beautiful, and the guitar work superb. If it doesn't make it as a single I can see this appearing in some of the American dramas/sitcoms such as House etc.
4. Imagine Life - One of the weaker tracks in my opinion, although the lyrics are interesting. Think this is a song about aliens....
5. Suddenly (*) - The first "previously unheard" track and paced slightly faster than what we are used to.Read more ›
There's a few average moments on the album, of which I "Saw Stars Disappear" is probably the most average, but if you want a melancholic thought provoking album sung by in my eyes one of the most unique and true voices in music today this fits the bill. Its clear to me that every note of every song has been crafted with great care, hence the AGE it took for the album to be released!
If you're a fan of The XX, and I hate to say it but Coldplay (13 Senses repeatedly have been branded a poor mans Coldplay, not true, not fair on their own unique style), and if you liked earlier Embrace before they became soulless chart raiders, you'll love Thirteen Senses.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just cant emphasize enough how underated , yet hardworking and honest these lads are ! ... Stayed true to their music over the years against all odds , they deserve so much more... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mr. John Edwards
If you liked early Keane you will LOVE this, Thirteen senses are even better, the bands songs are incredible, each one a work of art, please please just buy it,you won't be... Read morePublished on 23 May 2011 by simonharr