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  • Audio CD (23 Jan. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Beggars Banquet
  • ASIN: B000BOG2BQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 217,926 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Feb. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Music is a relationship. The best part of a relationship is when you are falling in love. So I thought whilst I am (with this artist and album) it would be the best time to offer my modest opinion.
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Beautiful trancelike intelligent. Been waiting on the wings for this release with high expectation. Expectation officially surpassed. Asomatous moods blend with high octane rhythm to take the listener beyond the stress. Beautifully crafted. Look forward to seeing a live performance.
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It is hard to believe that this album was recorded only a few years ago, given it's broody, dark production and gut wrenching tunes which hark back to the mid 90s where Sunny Day, Elliott and other contemporaries were rising so high.

It's fair to say that whilst Film School is nothing new stylistically, it beautifully carves a sound that you just haven't heard anywhere else. From the please-don't-stop strumming of Like You Know to the oh-what-is-that-reverbing-sound of Breet, the album paints you a picture which anyone with a deep heart can relate to every moment of.

It doesn't pander to hooks and certainly doesn't profess to being a simple slice of easy listening but any small amount of patience will inspire anyone to leave this album on loop for hours.

Quite simply, it's beautiful.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Jan. 2006
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The first thing that really struck me about Film School's sound was how mature and thoughtful it was. It was as if these guys really knew and felt what they were doing and was something you really wouldn't expect from a bands debut. Something you might call a breath of fresh air, in a genre seemingly dominated with jumpy singalong bands. To me the sound was atmospheric, distant, slighlty ruffled and almost haunting. A bit like what it must sound like listening to them gig through a wooden door. This is the music of a really promising band, and i'm sorry if that sounds patronising, but if The Editors or Interpol are anything to go by expect really big things from Film School. Not that they sound too much like the above bands, but don't get me started on possible influences or we'll be here all day!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Best album of 2006 (so far) 2 April 2006
By Paul Allaer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Since the release of its debut album "A Brilliant Career" in 2001, the band has been through a number of personnel changes and a new label, and after a couple of stop-gap EPs, the band has finally released its second album.

"Film School" (10 tracks, 46 min.) kicks off appropriately with a 1 minute instrumental intro of wrangled guitars, to then slide into "On & On", one of the best tracks on the album, a very atmospheric wall of sound, reminiscent of Interpol-meets-My Bloody Valentine-meets-Lovedrug. The album can be divided in 2 sections: the first 8 tracks, and the remainder two. Indeed the album slowly but surely builds up towards a climax at the end of "11:11", bringing along the way a couple of shorter, almost radio-friendly tracks such as "Harmed" and "Breet", as well as some more majestic tracks such as "Pitfalls" and "He's a DeepDeep Lake". After "11:11" ends, the band must've realized that the album couldn't possibly continue in the same vein as before, and smartly the last 15 minutes of the album are very different, yet don't sound out of place. "Sick of the Shame" and "Like You Know" are accoustic-oriented dream-like songs (somewhat reminiscent of the Brian Jonestown Massacre sound) and the perfect way to close the album.

Film School (the band) brings sophisticated yet very accessible music, and is a delight to listen to. "Film School" (the album) is for me personally the best album of 2006 so far, and I would be surprised if this did not end up in my top 3 for the year. Highly recommended!
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Film School: Film School (Beggars) 26 Jan. 2006
By Young Music Reviewer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I appreciate bands like Ima Robot, Film School and electroclash artists for trying to add a little balance into Alternative music, or at least I appreciate Film School for trying to merge the beauty of Electronica with Alternative and allow it to simmer down to the always wonderous shoegazing while bringing back the trend of the New Wave you loved in the 80's. The thing about it is it is bands like these that are adding their own style into music making it worth your minutes and expanding your genres from just on band. Have you heard Depeche Mode's albums with a wind of Boards of Canada?

Call this the album that it would have made more sense for Maximo Park to create if you will but this album is America's response to all other international bands showing us off hard. (The band is from San Francisco, I believe) And their influence for this album is a mix of Electronica and 80's music (My Bloody Valentine. New Order? Depeche Mode?) all leading them to create an album that doesn't quite call the band in question an American Radiohead per se, but with half of the music smothered in swirling guitars, accompanying keyboards, and a leaders effort to push the band forward, a band that is trying to reach heights of originality.

Film School's debut (if you aren't counting their imported EP) kicks off with am intro wielding only swirls of guitar and electronics before finally bringing you into an illuminating "On and On" that may force your urge to name this band after Interpol and Elefant and a little bit of The Bravery in there, too, but will not let you throughout this entire album. Their current single "Pitfalls" may cause them to swing on the vine of similarity since everyone is trying to bring back New Wave these days, but worse can happen for a band like this. The backward keyboard melody should more than make you tell the difference. The second actual interlude "Garrison" is where Boards of Canada's wind starts blowing through the CD, before heading back into the record that will be likely to redefine the sound of "cool". If there is ever an album to chase after and count on for the safety of New Wave and the health of Alternative, I don't see a better candidate for leg-ups than Film School's latest.

Rating: 7.5/10
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The layman's non-obscure scene terms review... 3 Mar. 2006
By Thomas B Goodloe - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I basically picked up this album because Amazon and itunes kept pushing it on me. After having listened to tons of indie lately, I can say this album is easy to listen to but not all that original. I think the best part of Film School is their guitar, which achieves this paradox of being light and nimble yet full of substance and edgy. It really proves that rock guitars can be progressive and intriguing without fancy tricks or painful distortion. The guitar work reminded me of early Cure or maybe even New Order. Also, the uncomplicated and somewhat sparse beat structure of this album helps produce music that is simple and easy on the ears, while maintaining a sense of purpose and direction.

I knocked off a star because some of the album drags and blends together. Also the vocals are the same disaffected sound I've heard in a thousand other bands. "Pitfalls" is probably the only standout single, but as a whole the album is a good listen. Again, the guitars are key with this one.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A pretty solid album 10 July 2006
By El Chuco Chuck - Published on
Format: Audio CD
If the Chameleons and My Bloody Valentine formed a supergroup, it might sound like Film School. Now that post-punk new wave is in about its fourth iteration, the current set (Editors, Interpol, the Stills, and Film School have been looking to 1979-1983 for its primary influences (Comsat Angels, the Sound, the Chameleons, Echo and the Bunnymen, Cactus World News, Easterhouse, etc.). Fans of these bands should also check out some of the originals and see how great the stuff they were doing 20-25 years ago sounds! And we "old schoolers" are happy to see new groups like Film School keeping the torch burning.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A timebomb album 6 Feb. 2007
By Shane O' Sullivan - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This album sat in my collection for almost 3 months before I sat down one day and listened to it properly. Man was I blown away, so much so that I listened to it for around 5 weeks solid. I can now look back and say that it was probably the best album I listened to in the whole of 2006. Take a listen to "Ms. Connection" (not on the album) to get a taste. It's an instant click song. Super album!
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