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Broadcast Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (11 Aug 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Warp
  • ASIN: B00009V8WD
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,520 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Colour Me In 2:510.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Pendulum 4:210.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Before We Begin 3:220.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Valerie 4:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Man Is Not A Bird 4:520.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Minim 3:010.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Lunch Hour Pops 3:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Black Umbrellas 1:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Ominous Cloud 3:460.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Distorsion 2:020.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. O How I Miss You 1:170.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. The Little Bell 2:480.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Winter Now 3:480.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Hawk 3:420.99  Buy MP3 

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Birmingham-based-trio Broadcast (Trish Keenan, James Cargill and Tim Felton) have carved a nice little niche with their intriguing brand of pop music. HaHa Sound is the band's second album and it steadfastly continues their mission to walk the tightrope between wilfully obscure experimental sounds and melodious, accessible pop, fusing obscure cinematic influences with the kind of sounds others would try and lose--analogue synths, grainy feedback, scratchy electronica, etc. Via these ensnaring soundscapes, the band veer mellifluously from the fairy-tale escapism of "Ominous Cloud" to rhythmically pulsing material like "Pendulum" (which sounds like Kraftwerk colliding with their fellow Teutonic innovators Can), via a host of carnivalesque atmospheres and hall-of-mirrors style contours. There's a spot of darkness and contrivance to prevent us getting too comfortable, but Broadcast still make us feel as if we're looking at our own world like aliens peering through a sonic goldfish bowl, with everything seeming familiar but surreally warped and alluringly weightless. With Keegan's glacially delivered vocals providing the pure-white icing on the crazy cake, Ha Ha Sound is a consistently beguiling album--and is certainly no laughing matter. --Paul Sullivan

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars lush glacier days 23 Dec 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Gorgeous sounds from our Birminghamese Broadcasters once again. Stunning icy vocals and beautiful lyrics such as "I will not lament with the sky; no longer feel night on the inside" make this album a mixture of poetry and melty sounds, heartbeat drums, and clinks. Broadcast have the rare ability to create unusual soundscapes of ethereal dreaminess populated by thoughtful lyrics. Highlights on HaHa Sound include "Man is not a Bird" and "Lunch Hour Pops". If you like things like Four Tet, Fridge, Mum, Stereolab or Tortoise, then you will enjoy this exquisite album. Really something special.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love that haha sound 7 Jun 2008
Format:Audio CD
I was initially wary of this band and its art school contemporaries (see Stereolab) but this really is something special. Out of the often-abrasive acoustics and kaleidoscopic aural sludge evolves melodies that are sweet and eerie in equal parts. Combining live-instrumentation with fairly glitch-free but sometimes punishing and industrial soundscapes, Broadcast's album provides an unlikely missing link between the Doris' forgotten `Did You Give the World Some Love Baby', Add N to X and the Cocteau Twins.

Opener `Colour Me In' is all distorted retro, like playing Nico-era Velvet Underground underwater on an old 78rpm turntable. `Pendulum' is an electroclash stomper sang in deadpan, faux-nave vocals, a trick winningly repeated on the rollicking, shimmering `Man is Not a Bird'. `Before we Begin' is dream pop akin to the Cocteau Twins (but sung in a real language), buoyed by massive reverb effects on the live drumming. Another highlight is `Ominous Clouds', a doo-wop melody to rival any other set over surprisingly effective metalic buzzes and hums and a shuffling rhythm. The album tails away somewhat towards the end with some slightly more meandering material, but the overall effect of the album is one of great achievement - one of the finest of 2003.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff! 5 Sep 2003
Format:Audio CD
I bought The Noise Made By People on it's release and was truly impressed. However, whereas that album evoked a more gentle 60's pop feel with folky electronica, Ha Ha Sound beats it in my opinion for sheer breadth of style. Yes, there will still be comparisons with 60's new wave cinema soundtracks, Ennio Morricone and analogue industrial sounds, but this album includes lullabies, pop melodies, avant garde electronica and sinister but enchanting pieces which will totally absorb you ('Hawk', for instance). For anyone interested in unique, modern music which is difficult to pidgeon-hole but beautiful to listen to, give this a try.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A refreshingly beautiful and dreamy sound 4.5 29 July 2011
Format:Audio CD
From a new fan of Broadcast:

This album has definitely grown on me on second playing - just listening to track 4 `Valerie' as we sit here - wow... it's almost too much ecstasy to endure... reminds me of a tune... with the `lyric' pa-ra-pa-pampam' - help me - I'm adrift! I'm well away to this tune, I can tell you! Beautiful! Colour Me In and The little Bell are the other highlights of the album for me - both added straight to my favourites! Well, on a few listens (and I'm sure it'll deserve more) there isn't a single dud track here, with beautiful female vocals, drifting dreamy sounds, tempo changes, lovely lyrics, sunny electro-psyche-tinted sound-collages.

My only minute gripe is that (and I say this having now heard the other Broadcast albums) there isn't the sheer mountain of creative variety as found on their collaborative `Investigate Witch Cults of the Radio Age' album, but, like I say, that's only a minor thing, and only because I like the weirder, less conventional pop-song orientated stuff that grows in the music world. This is well worth a buy, for all the reasons I and the other reviewers here can think of!

Sounds like Soundcarriers, HNIA, Mum or Stereolab, for comparison. Cocteau Twins? Maybe, but without that bands own signature `language', and somehow, this seems more `earthy'.
I hope this was helpful to you :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Consistently high quality 8 May 2011
By Jason
Format:Audio CD
Broadcast have a very distinct sound. It is electronic and vaguely 60s-ish. One inspiration is 1960s American psychedelic music (think Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit"). Another is the haunting film soundtracks of that era (think "The Ipcress File" or "Get Carter"). Added to this interesting mix there is one crucial, magic ingredient. That is the beautifully pure voice of Trish Keenan, Broadcast's vocalist.

Broadcast connoisseurs detect various differences between their five albums, though frankly their sound didn't change all that much. Which is just as well, as it is impossible to improve on perfection. "Ha-Ha Sound", their third album, maintained the consistently high quality. It is a bit more jaunty and upbeat than the two previous albums, at times sounding a bit like "The Magic Roundabout". But this is still slow and soothing chill-out music. These songs are like beautiful lullabyes.

Tragically Trish Keenan died suddenly in January, after contracting swine flu while on a tour of Australia. The world has lost an incredible musical talent. I would not be surprised if, 10 or 20 years from now, Broadcast will be venerated as one of the great, groundbreaking acts of the early 21st Century. They certainly were.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Space pop at its best 27 Nov 2003
By B. Lasnier VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
If a second album is often deemed as difficult, with Broadcast, it started right from their first. Three years in the making, following problems with producers, The Noise Made By People finally came out in 2000, almost four years after the band released their first single.
Formed in 1995 in Birmingham by Trisha Keenan, James Cargill, Tim Felton and Roj Stevens, Broadcast rapidly got associated with Stereolab and Pram, mostly due to their use of analogue synthesisers and their take on experimental pop. The band’s first single, Accidentals, was released a couple of years later on Wurlitzer Jukebox, with the subsequent two, Living Room and The Book Lovers, being released that same year on Duophonic Super 45s. Signed by Warp shortly after, the three EPs were collected on Work & Non-Work. On The Noise Made By People, Broadcast seemed to leave behind the unsettling atmospheres of their previous EPs to focus on tight, well written pop songs, albeit their influences, firmly set in the psychedelic area of early electronic experimentation – they name the Velvet Underground and the unique album by The United States Of America as main influences – still showed much leftfield attitude. Songs such as Unchanging Window, Come On Let’s Go or Look Outside especially demonstrated a great maturity in term of finely balancing uncompromising sonic treatment and beautiful melodies. More consistent than Work & Non-Work, this first proper album, and the live performances that followed, established the band as one of the most interesting British acts around.
Mostly recorded at Cargill’s house towards the end of last year, Haha Sound arrives hot on the heels of Pendulum, first EP in two and a half years, and a string of live dates in the USA and Europe.
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