- Audio CD (19 Jan. 2009)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Fat Cat
- ASIN: B000N3SSS0
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,442 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Fourteen Autumns And Fifteen Winters CD
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This is an album of immense lyrics that create great huge paintings of romantic poetry all set against a vicious backdrop of overdriven guitars and feedback. The band are based in Scotland and the songs are all delivered in a thick Highlands drawl that at times spit and hurl the words at you and at other times silky smooth and warming. All the songs deal with the usual perils of life and love, the heartbreak and rejection entwined with the periods of elation and happiness that can only come with finding love. There's a hint of Morrissey and The Smiths elaborate playfulness with words, the images that are conjured up similar in vain; "Why do they come when it's always raining" from Walking For Two Hours bringing to mind dark Sundays on a small coastal town. That Summer, At Home I Had Become The Invisible Boy brings to mind dark family secrets and sounding like some Ian Banks novel: "The kids are on fire in the bedroom" twisted against the oddly haunting "I'm fourteen and you know I learnt the easy way". And She Would Darken The Memory also feels as though it's dealing with some childhood trauma, "Head up dear, the rabbit might die" followed quickly by "I'm putting up with your constant whine and I won't last too long" sounds dark and sinister, all set against the backdrop of charged guitars and crashing drums, the vocals dip into dark howls and yet hit rosy highs.Read more ›
Blending a lo-fi aesthetic with walls of shoegaze guitar and more traditional instrumentation like piano and organ, the songs here eschew conventional verse/chorus/verse structure, instead achieveing their potency through building layers of noise on repeated motifs and subtly shifting lines of melody. Frontman James Graham's defiantly Scottish vocals won't be to everyone's taste either, (although bands like Idlewild and Arab Strap have proven this need not be a barrier to an audience) but they certainly help lend the songs here some of their menace.
Now, I have no wish to stereotype the Scots as an aggressive people, but the image of Graham swaggering toward you, alternately murmuring and barking lines like 'And does your fear not grow when when you see that you're all mine...with a knife in your chest,' is impossibly intimidating. When the album closes with the woozy, narcotic hum of Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters, the effect is of the carthasis following an act of violence.
The tracks have a fragile loveliness, yet manage to build perfectly to powerful climaxes.
Other reviewers mention the unabashed Scottish accent and this completely adds to the charm.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Only just heard of twilight sad this year after seeing them at a festival. Got all of their albums after and this one in particular is stunning. Can't wait for their new onePublished 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
An excellent debut from a band that deserves more attention. Obviously Scottish in vocals and sensibilities - revelling in their depressing lyrics to create a sublime audio... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Mark Small
From honing their skills in Glasgow's less than glamourous 13th Note venue to universal blogosphere acclaim via some well-recieved SXSW performances, in just over three years. Read morePublished on 1 Feb. 2012 by Micky67
The Twilight Sad's debut may be the finest debut album by a Scottish band for many a year.
It's delicate opening is a teaser only, as when the guitars kick in, it takes... Read more
I almost bought this based on reviews, that goodness I checked them out on myspace first. It sounds like the Proclaimers with some dodgy backing band.Published on 27 Oct. 2008 by I. Gillan