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Product details

  • 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)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Crystal Sounds
  2. The Loneliest Star
  3. Home
  4. Imagine Life
  5. Suddenly
  6. Animals
  7. After The Retreat
  8. I Saw Stars Disappear
  9. Answer
  10. Out There
  11. Send Myself To Sleep
  12. Concept
  13. In The Crowding
  14. The Loneliest Star (Acoustic Version) [Exclusive to Amazon]
  15. Home (Acoustic Version) [Exclusive to Amazon]
  16. After The Retreat (Acoustic Version) [Exclusive to Amazon]

Product Description

Includes exclusive slipcase with limited copies signed by the band.
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.

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Well, it's been a while getting to a release of the third album from this amazing and very underrated band.

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.
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This album will be another underexposed and underrated gem from the Cornish boys. Like Contact and The Invitation before that, the album is a bit of a slow burner. On my first listen I thought the album was good, but not great, but now it has been on repeat on a playlist with about 4 other albums in my mp3 for the past few weeks I'm totally hooked, and believe this really is their best album yet. If you are smart enough to pay the extra few pounds for the Amazon exclusive signed version you will get the treat of the 3 acoustic versions of The Loneliest Star, Home, and After The Retreat, all of which sound great in full band version, but the acoustic versions are just chillingly beautiful. I'm trying to single one out as the best of the 3 but I just cant.

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.
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This third album seems like it's been a long time coming. Their second album, 'Contact' arrived with little fanfare in 2007 and was relatively poorly received, although I must say that I thought it was exceptionally good. This however is a whole lot better. Some achingly beautiful songs meet some glorious arrangements and the whole thing just feels right. I think I can safely predict that this album won't do very well either, as it is just too good for public consumption. It'll sell to the diehard fans and will, after a short while, find its way into the CD bargain bins nationwide. (I really do hope I'm wrong about my prediction). Rather sad actually, as this is a quite brilliant effort. If Coldplay had released this, it would shift by the lorry load. The music industry really has got quite a lot to answer for. Incidentally if you purchase the disc through Amazon, this particular version features 3 acoustic bonus tracks which round off the album sublimely.
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I'd never heard of this band and bought this and their other 2 albums on the recommendation of a friend, oh boy am I glad I did. The music, lyrics and voices of the artists are just heavenly. The soulful sounds put me in the mind of Keane, infact had I heard it without knowing I would've thought it was a new Keane album. Have a listen for yourself you will love them.
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