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Glad You Were Born Import

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  • Audio CD (19 Sept. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Isolation Recordings
  • ASIN: B000GJ26HK
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,608,752 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Island Monkey on 1 Aug. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Three long years have passed since the quiet release of a promising single "Girl I need you" back in June 2003, that brought Heliconia minor, yet worthy, acclaim of being a new band to look out for. To those that know them, "Glad you were born" can best be described as an anthology of greatest hits in these last three years since the release. Although this may sound initially like a downside, not reflecting the fresh contemporary feel, this album really does highlight the strength and growth of a dynamic up-and-coming band. The transition between old and new blends in perfectly to let you appreciate their development over the years.

The album kicks off with the powerful "Marina", which could quite easily have been used as a spectacular finale too. It's quite an aggressive and lyrically meaningful track with roaring distortion that pumps through like a formula 1 car.

Next up is "Felt like Iron" that begins smoothly with a mesmerizing falsetto from Neil Vestrini that blends into the huskier vocals of Mike Tickner discreetly in the background. There is very clever and good use of echoing guitar effects that have a distinct Floydian appeal to them that combine superbly with the vocals.

"I am Only" is one of the new tracks produced this year along with Pat Collier of Primal Scream and House of Love fame. A slow and moody intro bursts into an explosion of guitar and distortion and you are immediately thrown into the heart and soul of the singer's reluctant lament. Each chorus comes crashing in like waves on a relatively calm sea.

This is followed by "Witness", another new track produced by Pat Collier once again. This has a more upbeat groove that has a wonderful build up into another explosion of raw distortion and effects.
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I can't quite remember where I heard of Heliconia first. I have no idea where their message reached out to me from. However, it is no longer important. It got through to me, I heeded it, and now my slightly huge cd collection has swollen even more with the purchase of this gorgeous album. I literally swooned when I played it, and it has not left my personal playlist since arriving. It isn't likely too, either. A crime then, that this seminal London/Brighton based band remain unknown to so many.
The album is a trip into pyschespace. Unless you have ventured out on to these musical plains before, with bands like Sun Dial, Wooden Shijps, The Bevis Frond, or possibly even Pink Floyd, then you probably haven't ventured to this particular destination before. And these are plains, wider than wide, open spaces conjured up by this marvelous three piece band, that, if you allow the music to envelope you, will lift you above the normal vantage point of ground level and provide you with a glimpse over the horizon. You just need to take the occasional breath when the music allows you to.
Right from take-off with this 2006 album it is not only a journey to the far corners of listening, but also one to the inner reaches of your mind. A trip, then, you may ask? I guess so, or just an hour-long trip-out from the mundane music that normally might anchor your thoughts and feelings. Just let go and float away!
There aren't any anomalies here. Each track segues beautifully into the next, each a phase of this particular outing. From the opening swell of `Marina' to the closing beats of `Beat Down', it is a haze of gorgeous sounds that thrill, expand, delight, and finally clasp on to your feelings and your heart.
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