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Hard Believer [Double CD]

Fink Audio CD
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Hard Believer is the new studio album by FINK: Fin Greenall on vocals/guitar, alongside bandmates Tim Thornton on drums/guitar, and Guy Whittaker on bass. It will be their first release on the R’COUP’D imprint, a label newly created by Greenall with the backing of the Ninja Tune team. Urban, bluesy, and alive, Hard Believer is inspired by life’s twists and turns, channelling ... Read more in Amazon's Fink Store

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  • Audio CD (14 July 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Ninja Tune
  • ASIN: B00J5LHKHG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,420 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Hard Believer
2. Green And The Blue
3. White Flag
4. Pilgrim
5. Two Days Later
6. Shakespeare
7. Truth Begins
8. Looking Too Closely
9. Too Late
10. Keep Falling
Disc: 2
1. Hard Believer (live Demark Street Session)
2. Green and the Blue (live Demark Street Session)
3. Pilgrim (live Demark Street Session)
4. Truth Begins (live Demark Street Session)

Product Description

Hard Believer is the eagerly-awaited new studio album from FINK: Fin Greenall (vocals/guitar), together with Tim Thornton (drums/guitar) and Guy Whittaker (bass).

Recorded in seventeen days at Hollywood's legendary Sound Factory studios with producer Billy Bush (Garbage, Beck, Foster the People), Hard Believer is shot through with rawness and controlled aggression; an album replete with calm beginnings seguing into powerfully hypnotic loops and climactic finales. It is a masterful collection of songs from an artist at the peak of his creative powers.

"We wanted to go deeper this time, and be more ambitious with the music," Fin explains, "to move the sound forward without losing touch of where we're from."

Urban, bluesy, and alive, the album presents ten brand new songs, including the mighty "Shakespeare", a tale of young love gone tragically sour as the mood darkens from acoustic to guttural rock; the spiky yet delicate "Looking Too Closely", riding an irresistible piano-and-guitar groove; "Green And The Blue", on which a vulnerable Greenall meditates on the constants in life that see you through tough times; "Two Days Later", a deeply personal lament and one of only two songs on the record that start and remain down-tempo; and the breathtaking "Pilgrim", the latest collaboration with songwriter Blair Mackichan, co-writer of "This Is The Thing" from Fink's 2007 Distance and Time, and "Honesty" from 2011's Perfect Darkness.

Since making the transition from world-class club DJ and electronic producer, to the first ever singer-songwriter signed to legendary British label Ninja Tune, Greenall has released four critically acclaimed albums, worked in the studio with the likes of John Legend, Ximena Sariñana, Amy Winehouse and Professor Green and enjoyed incredible live success with the hugely popular 18-month "Perfect Darkness" world tour which accumulated two live records: 2012's Wheels Turn Beneath My Feet, and 2013's Fink Meets the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. All this and Fink is still a name which - while evoking an impassioned response from many a fellow artist and from the avid fanbase - remains a mystery to a wider majority. This looks set to change...

The term 'Hard Believer' comes from deep-south Americana; it means somebody who is difficult to persuade, who requires proof. In truth, all anyone has to do here is listen to the powerful collection of songs on Hard Believer. The belief will surely follow.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Fink going one better...... 26 Aug 2014
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If you like Fink you'll almost certainly like this album. Eventually.

It took me 3 listens to get it. And now I do. And am I glad I persevered too because this thing is good with a capital GOOD.

There are some seriously good songs on here - 'Shakespeare' and 'Green and the Blue' for two - and, in my opinion, no bad ones. OK, maybe I don't like 'Keep Falling' quite as much as 'White Flag' but you might prefer them.

Fin said, “We wanted to go deeper this time, and be more ambitious with the music, to move the sound forward without losing touch of where we’re from.”

If you're a Fink fan, or if you've heard Perfect Darkness this is a must have. If you've never heard of Fink then I'd suggest going for 'Biscuits for Breakfast' first. It's a far more mainstream album.

This is better though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Fink they are getting better.... 2 Aug 2014
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Amazing...what can I say. The first reviewer summed it up better than I can. I'm going to Finks live Gig in London and this album has made me very happy in anticipation!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Fink out 12 Aug 2014
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I am a new convert to "Fink" and only sad to say that I missed such a great band. This not only a truly well written and performed record but the production on the album is outstanding. Hard Believer reminds me so much of early Frames records, also very enjoyable. I now have some of their other records but I do feel for me this is their best yet
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure class from Fink 18 July 2014
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This is undoubtedly Fink's best album to date. I love all the others, but this is in a different class. There is a maturity to the songwriting not seen before. the musicianship as always is superb. The difference here is in the production compared to that last album. This has a much fuller & enriched sound (layer on layer) which suits the songs beautifully. There really isnt a weak song on the album. My favourites are the single Looking to Closely and the agonisingly beautiful The Truth begins. Having said the enriched sound is great, the Denmark sessions stripped down version of this song is pure class.
Get the album, you wont be disappointed. This band really does deserve huge success and hopefull this album will take them there.
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