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Gracious Tide, Take Me Home [CD]

Lanterns On The Lake Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (19 Sep 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Bella Union
  • ASIN: B0058OAA2G
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,632 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Lungs Quicken 5:350.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. If I've Been Unkind 4:470.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Keep On Trying 5:030.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Ships In The Rain 2:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. A Kingdom 4:130.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. The Places We Call Home 6:140.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Blanket Of Leaves 3:280.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Tricks 6:350.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. You're Almost There 3:100.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. I Love You, Sleepyhead 5:410.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Not Going Back To The Harbour 1:130.99  Buy MP3 


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BBC Review

Newcastle sextet Lanterns on the Lake have been quietly honing their sweeping, cinematic songs for a few years now, emerging with a debut LP refreshingly out of step with any current musical trends. The 11 songs that comprise Gracious Tide, Take Me Home source inspiration from the likes of Sigur R�s and Low; they unfurl slowly and deliberately, awash in melancholy and of a keen, natural beauty.

Hazel Wilde and Adam Sykes handle vocal duties, the latter's deep Geordie burr complementing Wilde's feathery, plaintive tones. The two combine wonderfully on If I've Been Unkind, against a tapestry of swooning strings, guitar, glockenspiel and synth of the kind that forms the backdrop to most of the songs here. "I sailed the seas; you were never even there" they intone - a line that sums up the direct lyrical approach and preoccupation with the elements felt throughout the record.

Ships in the Rain is one of the highlights here, Wilde taking on the voice of a doomed sailor over a spectral wall of backing vocals; equally effective is ode to friendship I Love You, Sleepyhead, subtle for its first few minutes before mournful strokes of Sarah Kemp's violin haul it into a rousing finale. Opening song Lungs Quicken furnishes Lanterns' sound with skittering beats and an insistent, circular glockenspiel shape, while A Kingdom ups the tempo considerably - a sweet, graceful pop song where the violin dances nimbly around interweaving guitar lines. Not to slight the record too much - for it is genuinely gorgeous and played with admirable conviction - but a few more steps in this direction might have given it a welcome jolt, leavening the generally sorrowful tone a little.

Yet that sadness is inseparable from the band's aesthetic, and going on this and its two preceding EPs (where many of these songs originated), they're only going to get better at fashioning it into delicate yet sometimes muscular music. Gracious Tide, Take Me Home is a luminous, lilting, lovely debut album, and a perfect mood piece as the nights begin to draw in.

--James Skinner

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, Breathy and Atmospheric 19 Sep 2011
By Syriat TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Bruce Springsteen once wrote a song that was so breathily beautiful that it drew the listener in and with its acoustic guitar and atmospherics it just eased away the worries of the day. That song was Secret Garden. Imagine a whole album of that kind of intense beauty and arrangements and you are close to the wonder of Gracious Tide, Take Me Home. Acoustic guitars, beautiful arrangements and an overall feeling of joy - that's what this album delivers in spades. There are occasional electronic swashes lots of strings but remember that Bruce Springsteen track because that's the sound and feeling here.

The two vocal parts just counterpart each other well and leave you loving a different track each time you listen. The only real departure from the airy and beautiful approach is A Kingdom which sounds a little like Arcade Fire and still works. Although if you want to compare it to anyone then Sigur Ros might be a decent bet. The crackles and background noises here add to the feel of the album and the atmospherics.

Overall this is going to be album of the year contender. It grows on each listen and it has the kind of beauty and heartfelt honesty that's been lacking in some offerings this year. This deserves to be heard.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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A beautiful, cinematics breathtakingly wonderful album, everyone should have one. There is not a bad track on this album, it is marvellous.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ephemeral but lovely 25 Oct 2011
By Chris G
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Lanterns on the Lake are a musical sextet from Newcastle whose sound draws on elements of various bands and artists from the quirky folk of Tunng, the languid romanticism of Mazzy Star and the atmospheric, slowed down post-rock of Sigur Ros. The single word that springs to mind when listening to "Gracious Tide, Take Me Home" is "beautiful" ; from the precise and painstaking development of songs like the excellent opening "Lungs Quicken" to the beautifully delivered and constructed lyrics of singer Hazel Wilde (whose breathy, languid style is highly reminiscent of that of Hope Sandoval) beauty seeps from every pore of this album.

The arrangement is everything in these songs and whilst they might possibly just about stand up if strummed on an acoustic guitar because of the loveliness of Wilde's voice, the songwriting itself does not seem substantial but is wonderfully augmented by reverb-drenched piano, keyboards and guitar borrowed straight from Disintegration era Cure (especially on "If I've Been Unkind"). The combined effect of these elements is wonderful and dreamlike with an intimacy that draws the listener close and makes the album seem to stop time as it drifts by. If there is a slight (very slight) criticism of the album it could be that it suffers from the old Cocteau Twins curse of being a little too sugar-sweet : this listener at least longed for a little edge that never materialised.

Finally, it's worth noting that this is effectively a series of home recordings. The album was recorded in the homes of band members but music technology in 2011 is such that the listener would never guess that it wasn't a full studio effort.

Great stuff, highly recommended for fans of the bands mentioned above and perhaps for followers of Laura Gibson, Musee Mechanique, Cowboy Junkies and Low.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 19 Jun 2013
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Took a chance and bought this based on the recommendation, not disappointed in the least. Lovely. Will look out for more of their music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars luscious layers of melancholy and sound 4 April 2013
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I bought this on the strength of an Amazon recommendation, based on my previous buys and searches. Well, Amazon got it spot on this time. This is one of those rare discoveries that come out of nowhere and have a huge impact on your musical landscape.

Musically it is mostly laid back and ethereal, but there are also moments of wonderful intensity. The overall feeling is quite melancholic - but such a beautiful, gripping melancholy!

There are hints of post-rock (a la Sigur Ros), contemporary indie-folk and Cocteau Twins-y textures. And the fact it is on Bella Union also gives an indication of what to expect.

Basically it's lovely - buy it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks! 10 Mar 2014
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Sorry for very late feedback. This was a present to my dad - Fantastic all round :) thank you again
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this album 18 Sep 2013
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Absolutely brilliant album and really love this band. I know they have a new album out in October and I cant wait to listen to it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very low key
Not bad but a wee bit one dimensional. The songs are nice & dreamy but a bit more oomph is required
Published 13 months ago by mr kristian.m.keddie
5.0 out of 5 stars A Timeless Classic
I rarely feel compelled to write music reviews but I really want to let the world know how fantastic this album is. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mr. N. Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
Bought on a whim as it came up as a "recommended buy" when I was looking at King Creosote.

Combination of folk style and Indie (Cocteau Twins references) style,... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Bluebell
5.0 out of 5 stars Sigur Ros crossed with Prefab Sprout
I am so glad I came across this CD as it is a worthy contender for anyone's collection. There are plenty of atmospherics and deep, meaningful northern miserablism to keep most... Read more
Published on 17 July 2012 by Mr. J. Norris
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Brilliant,one of (many)of my favourite cd's of last year,looking forward to more releases from the band,hope to see them on tour sometime next year (darn sarf)near... Read more
Published on 7 Jan 2012 by sull1van
5.0 out of 5 stars set sail
drift away in refletion on the waves of sound while being gently guided back to reality by amazing words. catch them live if you can, breath-taking stuff.
Published on 8 Oct 2011 by S. Dryden
5.0 out of 5 stars wow
This is a real find if you feel bored with what you are listening to and need something to inspire you buy this album, you will not be disapointed. Read more
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