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  • Audio CD (26 Aug. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Les Disques du Crépuscule
  • ASIN: B00DIQWQUA
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,001 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Beasly on 26 Jun. 2013
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This is, hands down, one of my favorite albums of all time by any artist, electropop or not.

I am a big Ladytron fan, and heard just a one-minute snippet preview of the instrumental section from Submariner about 5-6 months before the release of this album. That one minute snippet gave me chills and I pre-ordered the album on Marnie's pledge music site, trusting that I would like what was eventually released. I loved it. If you are a Ladytron fan, you'll notice some differences lyrically and melodically, with less "grittiness" or distortion in the synths as "Velocifero"-era Ladytron, but it almost feels like a dreamier continuation of Ladytron's "Gravity the Seducer" album. Think "90 degrees" with multilayered melodies and soft, arpeggiated organs. But Helen Marnie's voice and vocal range is excellent on this album, making use of her trademark softness but showing her talents with melodies that are really engaging. There is a somewhat dark undertone to part of the album not unlike typical Ladytron tracks, but without Mira Aroyo and Reuben Wu, the darkness feels less aggressive, more subdued and more emotionally vulnerable, and comes out as a hint of sadness underlying some of the tracks, although one could say that the opener "The Hunter" and "Sugarland" are the closest we get to aggression on this album. All tracks stand on their own well, but there are some that stand out just a little more. "Hearts on Fire" is as close as you'll get to a summer anthem with Marnie, with the catchy chorus, but still retains a dreamy, oceanic feel. "Laura" is one of my favorites because it is so haunting. Marnie layers her voice throughout and evokes a sense of mourning in the chorus, hinting at the disappearance and possible violent death of this mystery woman.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By P. Sanders VINE VOICE on 15 July 2013
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Helen Marnie has taken Ladytron's recent hiatus as an opportunity to make her own solo album. By using a pledge site she raised the funds herself and taken total control to record the record she wanted to make. And the results are wonderful.

Co-produced with Daniel Hunt also from Ladytron, it's inevitable that people with be looking for comparisons. There are odd flashes of Ladytron in there, but ultimately Marnie brings a more human warmth to the material. It may take a few listens, but once you fall into the different emotional and musical layers in this record, you almost forget that this is an electro album. At times it's almost orchestral.

Opener "The Hunter" is perhaps the most 'tron-like, and has a menacing edge, but even then it still has a less detached air than most Ladytron songs. The opening bars of Marnie's ghostly voice echoing over a building electro-pulsing beat is breathtaking as a statement of intent. This is definitely an album to listen to properly to discover its depths (listening to the tracks on YouTube through your phone just does not do it justice).

Natural themes recur including the ocean metaphors of two of the most beautiful tracks, "We Are The Sea" and "Submariner". The first has gorgeous harmonies in a catchy chorus while the latter is an epic, beautiful track that sweeps you away, especially the instrumental second half. "Laura" is a brooding, haunting piece that grows and grows. "Violet Affair" has a great 60s girl-pop psychedelic air, and closing track "Gold" is a bittersweet sunset of memories that washes over you.

This is a striking and coherent album and I hope it elevates recognition of Marnie as a musician and songwriter in her own right and more than simply the face of a band. Majestic.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jason on 30 Nov. 2013
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I knew this was going to be good as it is Helen Marnie from Ladytron, and Ladytron are one of the most brilliant bands ever. Well, this album is also really brilliant as expected.

There was never much doubt that I would buy it, but for form's sake I thought I'd better listen to the samples first... Well, I just had to listen to the first sample of the first track and I was already hooked and couldn't resist any longer - I bought it there and then. The funny thing is, although I'd only listened to about 10 seconds of the album, it stuck in my head for the next hour. That's how catchy this album is!

Now that I have the album I can vouch that my initial favourable impressions have been more than confirmed. Ladyton fans won't be disappointed, as the genre is pretty similar - spacey and electronic and New-Wavey. To be honest this could almost be a Ladytron album (of course Helen's amazing vocals were one of the crucial ingredients of the Ladytron sound). I suppose this solo album tends to emphasize the slower paced, more melancholic side of the Ladytron repertoire. These songs are incredibly haunting and evocative.

"Sugarland" is my favourite track and one of the best songs I have ever heard, but all the tracks are really good. To be honest this is probably one of the best albums I have bought in years. Really, it is THAT good!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. V. HEAPS on 18 Sept. 2013
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If you like Laytron you'll like this, if you like Gary Numan, OMD and The Human League you'll like this, if you like synths you'll love this! There's not a single track on it I can fault and I am picky! I can't recall buying an album in the last few years where at least one track failed to hit the mark. Not so with this CD. Lovely songs, 2 of them give me goose bumps! (Not easy to achieve for this rather cynical 44 year old Goth.) Pleasantly surprised and blown over! Awesome solo project from Marnie. Thank you!
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