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These New Puritans Vinyl
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  • Vinyl (18 Jan 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Angular Recording Corporation
  • ASIN: B002ZTIIZS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 347,191 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Time Xone
2. We Want War
3. Three Thousand
4. Hologram
5. Attack Music
6. Firepower
7. Orion
8. Canticle
9. Drum Courts Where Corals Lie
10. White Chords
11. 5

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Work Of Considerable Ambition & Originality 30 Jan 2010
By pjr VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
These New Puritans first arrived with some very low-fi strange stop/start almost shouty indie around 3 or 4 years ago. There was something interesting about them then and their first album was interesting but never likely to change the world. It was the kind of album which could lead them to something of a musical cul-de-sac. So I didn't expect much from sophomore effort "Hidden". There is still a similar approach to the vocals here and some of the writing mirrors the first album, the familiar should check out "Attack Music" and "Fire-Power" to see this, but that's really where the similarities end.

The band admit they were inspired by Benjamin Britten's "Peter Grimes" and the music of Steve Reich and the result isn't so much a transformation, it's an absolute revolution. Sonically ambitious this blends almost everything from drumming remenicesnt of Japanese Kodo, ornate brass and string arrangements, a children's choir, hints at classical minimalism, occasionl nods to something close to industrial bands such as Test Department it fuses indie, electronics, and a whole lot more. Challenging and brilliant lead single "We Want War" sums it up beautifully darkly crahsing unrelentingly through its seven minutes. It will undoubtedly alienate a number of fans of the first album yet those who like the ambitions of Owen Pallett's Heartland will probably understand this album immediately. There is also a sense of dread and numerous allusions to war throughout the album add to the dark sense of foreboding here.

Like it or not These New Puritans have produced a compelling and distinctive second album with many highlights.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Tom
Format:Audio CD
After witnessing this band at Offset Festival 2010 I bought this album and it really is an incredibly ambitious album that took just a couple of listens to wamr to and a couple more to become obsessed with. From the opener Time Xone which has a victorian warm feel to it, i remember a similar opening track on Badly Drawn Boys The Hour of Bewilderbeast and after witnessing live what can only be described as DIY deep electronic with wind and brass instruments and choirs I wasn't really sure what to expect. The album then moves into more electronic and works fantastically with the singers unusual un-tampered with normal vocals, and i mean normal in the nicest way, he sounds so genuine and believable in a way i have only heard from bright eyes, graham coxon and others i love so much. The music has a klaxons Myths Of The Near Futureand M.I.A Kalatype feel to it, some radiohead in the music too, not copied by any stretch of the imagination but in the way it sounds like it has been created and done without unnecessary over complicating. 'We Want War' is one of my highlights and 'Three Thousand' is my current favourite, it could have featured in a futuristic version of 'Nightmare Before Christmas' not sure why i think that, but it does sound incredible. 'Hologram' has this great almost radiohead like piano playing, sounds nothing like Pyramid Song but makes me think of that a bit. 'Attack Music' is another highlight, incredible, deep electronic with shouty lyrics that makes me want to listen to MIA's albums again,. probably also in it's political sounding, the childrens choir in the choruses have that 'Another Brick in The Wall' Pink Floyd vibe, which i love on this. 'Fire Power' makes me think of M.i.A's BirdFlu with it's drums and shouty vocals. There really is not a not amazing song on this album. Read more ›
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ominous and Rewarding Insanity 18 Jan 2010
Format:Audio CD
These New Puritans have done something amazing. Whilst everyone is raving about Vampire Weekend and Delphic at the start of the year they have crept in and produced something totally and utterly original that is stunning in every way. Their debut had moments of brilliance but at times seemed to lack a bit of focus for me. This though is a different beast.

Opener `Time Xone' acts like an overture before `We Want War' breaks down all your expectations and reshapes them into a dark and malicious beast. It is a devastatingly confident start for a very young group of musicians. `Three Thousand' then continues the ominous drone of the previous track with some similarly creepy keyboard work balancing vocals which are more chant than song. The atmosphere is there maintained and emphasised brilliantly on this concise track. `Hologram' then acts as a counterpoint to the apocalyptic feel of the opening few tracks. It appears more upbeat and positive but underneath there is a strange sense of confinement like this is the sound of those hoping in vain for a better tomorrow. This idea is then exaggerated by the return to a more menacing sound in `Attack Music'.

`Fire-Power' follows with like a distorted and strangely desperate fight between two panicked enemies who do not quite know why they are fighting. It therefore has a strange and unnerving atmosphere. This is followed by the more definite direction of `Orion'. Here drum lines are initially punctuated and then surrounded by initially truncated and then swelling choral parts and synths. `Canticle' then offers another moment of relative peace and clarity from the brooding menace of the rest of the album.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant album
Hidden is my favourite album of 2010. It is quite unlike anything I have ever heard before and the whole thing is intelligent and exciting.
Published 13 months ago by Auto
5.0 out of 5 stars WE WANT WAR
I came to Hidden late, I have to admit. Though I'd vaguely heard of These New Puritans previously, my first exposure to them was seeing them perform live back in 2010 - I actually... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Rooksby
5.0 out of 5 stars Bleak and intricate puzzle
This ambitious merging of frenzied tribal African rhythms and rituals, syncopated 'dub' beats, neoclassical elements, chamber music, heavy-metal riffs and church-operatic choirs,... Read more
Published on 5 July 2011 by Daniel Margrain
5.0 out of 5 stars This album could change your life!
Sometimes an album comes along that is totally at odds with everything you are listening to or have ever heard. Think Unknown Pleasures or Trout Mask Replica. Read more
Published on 5 April 2011 by A. C. Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars ...Here we go up into the stars.
Cue Puritans main man Jack Barnett's all natural murmur being fazed to give way to some epic and grandiose choral melodies that reach celestial levels in pitch. Read more
Published on 5 Feb 2011 by C. J. Wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars Bit of a gem
A highly ambitious project from TNP that they almost pull off perfectly. Percussion-heavy arrangements create a driving, powerful sound throughout. Read more
Published on 23 Jan 2011 by capnpookie
4.0 out of 5 stars Great to Good
I admit it...got it on stregth of no 1 position in NME's albums of the year - always dangerous - and knew little of TNP before. So coming at this fresh but with expectation. Read more
Published on 7 Jan 2011 by LRN
3.0 out of 5 stars Bands we have forgotten in our rush to praise the new order
There are bucket loads of ideas here, at times their ambition does over leap their ability to pull them off. Read more
Published on 27 Dec 2010 by Mr. S. N. Lumb
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible 2nd Album, so many influences and so many great surprises
After witnessing this band at Offset Festival 2010 I bought this album and it really is an incredibly ambitious album that took just a couple of listens to wamr to and a couple... Read more
Published on 24 Dec 2010 by Tom
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Hidden is a great album, one of the best of the year 2010, all the songs are very good and original! Last year i was surprised with XX and this year with These New Puritans! Read more
Published on 9 Nov 2010 by Sara Sousa Silva
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