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In the early January of last year, Charlie Fink set to work on Noah and the Whale's third album. Holed up in a synagogue in East London, he had little to begin with — a few fragments, a sketch for a 10-minute song that resembled Street Hassle, and a set of lyrics begun on a New Year's Day train from Wales to London. But what little there was seemed to suggest the beginnings of ... Read more in Amazon's Noah and the Whale Store

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Product details

  • Audio CD (31 Aug. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Deluxe Edition
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B002CQV0R2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 171,728 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. The First Days of Spring
2. Our Window
3. I Have Nothing
4. My Broken Heart
5. Instrumental I
6. Love Of An Orchestra
7. Instrumental II
8. Stranger
9. Blue Skies
10. Slow Glass
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. The First Days Of Spring (50 minute film)

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By P. S. Abreu on 20 Sept. 2010
Format: Audio CD
This album is on my top 10 preferred albuns of all time. Simply a beautifull and inspiring work from Noah and the Whale, fantastic melodies and lyrics - I didn't know Noah and the Whale until this album and its such a feeling of discovering you don't get every day. Mostly recommended!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Izod on 23 Jan. 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I bought this on the back of the group doing a session on Stuart and Mark's evening show on R2 that I really enjoyed. I am really enjoyng this album as well. It certainly isn't going to be for everyone - I would have hated it when I was 19 - but if you have gone beyond just wanting to jump and down to records and enjoy bathing in sounds then you will probably like this. The group do seem to have absorbed a lot of influences and have certainly listened to one too many Sigur Ros albums, but that is no bad thing. The tunes are warm and cuddly and the orchestral departures really rather mature and engaging.

Genuis? No.

A very good pop record? Certainly.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Colyn on 31 Aug. 2009
Format: Audio CD
Noah and the Whale had the mammoth task with "The First Days of Spring" to better their first album. Somehow they have managed this. Each song is in keeping with the theme of the album, that of loss, hope and mistakes. The songs are all individual and retain that sound of the first album, however there is more of the deeper and slower tracks, with the lively melodies that shot them to fame last year, such as Five Years Time, are no longer as frequent. However this has added to the musical complexity of the album as present in each of the songs is a slowly changing sound, take the first single "My Door is Always Open", the opening is reminiscent of "Mary" from the first album, the same gently strummed chord and Fink's voice slow and melodic over the top. Throughout the track it switches to moments where the chords lift and there is hope until the music speeds up for the last minute, reminding us of the fun first Album.

Still present are the sounds that set Noah and The Whale Apart, the light guitars, the fiddle and the painful note in Charlie Fink's voice that make every song heart wrenchingly beautiful yet there is a depth and cohesion to the album which shows how the band has grown, losing some of the more child-like influences to create an album that is grown-up and clearly full of genuine emotion.

New, for the band, with this album come a DVD, here the stories behind the music is told between scenes switching between the different ages of one man. This is no half-hearted attempt to make a film with hand held camera's following the band, but an 8 day venture using proper filming cameras, showing wide shots and artfully designed scenes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Oakley on 4 Nov. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Better (in my opinion) than the quirky first album. There are still some great tunes but the subject matter is darker; the album feels more mature and holds together more coherently. The First Days of Spring is about the ending and aftermath of a relationship (in this case involving a certain Laura Marling). This could have produced a pretty depressing collection of songs but with a few exceptions the album is more uplifting and optimistic than you might expect. Not that some of the lyrics aren't melancholic but the songs are lifted by beautiful melodies which instill a sense of hope. Some reviews have criticised the lyrics for being rather clichéd and while a few lines, taken out of context could be seen as such, the album feels like a genuine attempt to honestly convey the experiences of the writer.

The prevailing sound is uncluttered and spacious, often little more than haunting melodies picked out on guitar, accompanied by restrained precussion and vocals, (though the middle of the album includes a diverting choral pastiche). The music is relaxing and engaging and I have enjoyed listening to it repeatedly. Highly recommended.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on 9 Jan. 2011
Format: Audio CD
I have loved Noah and The Whale ever since their amazing first album and I didn't think they could do much better. But, I bought this and as soon as I played it I thought it was absolutely amazing. I'm only 13 so I don't have much experience of love or heartbreak, but I somehow related to this album. Charlie Fink is a genius in my eyes, his lyrics work so well with the melodies and his voice is just beautiful. There are no bad tracks on this album, they all work together fantastically. Also, I can play this album over and over again and I will never get bored. The songs always have something new to offer and it is just perfect. A few favourites are Stranger, Our Window, Blue Skies and I Have Nothing. I think Stranger just has some beautiful melodies, Our Window's lyrics are amazing, Blue Skies is just perfect and I Have Nothing is so sad but yet amazing. This is one of the best albums of all time. Also, if you have a chance go and see them live, I've seen them 3 times and they have never disappointed me. I can't wait for their new album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jennief1982 on 24 Aug. 2012
Format: Audio CD
Absolutely love this album and would recommend to everyone. Simply brilliant album. Can't wait to see them live as it will be mesmerising!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By FastHand on 13 Jan. 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This album is a vast improvement on their last "Peacful the World lays me down." It's moody and very atmospheric and some of the tracks remind me a touch of Pink floyd. Some of the tracks would be well suited to Lou Reed and also Ray Davies as Charlie Finks ( whom I assume is the lead singer, album notes are apalling) voice does vary from track to track. Charlie Fink who wrote all the songs does sound like a troubled soul who has just split up from a bit of skirt, but maybe that's what he needs to write some memorable songs. The album is beautifully produced and I shall definately be playing it a few times.
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