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Iceland

All About Eve Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (2 Dec 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Voiceprint
  • ASIN: B00007ESBV
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 287,623 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Last Christmas
2. Walking In The Air
3. December Revisited
4. Melting
5. Cold
6. A Winter's Tale
7. December, Amnesia Mix

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A CD recorded especially for Winter.Contains covers of 'Last Christmas' by Wham, 'Walking In The Air' Aled Jones, ' A Winter's Tale' by Queen alongside new track 'Melting', new instrumental track 'Cold' and two new versions of one-time single 'December'

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"The Snowman" theme becomes atmospheric electronica. Softly distorted vocals, slightly twisted feel, & more than a hint of David Lynch. -- Sorted (online magazine) www.sortedmagazine.com

'Melting',is the jewel of the album giving the greatest scope to Julianne's vocals, here particularly sweet and intimate. -- Fluxeuropa (online magazine) www.fluxeuropa.com

A great band can reinvent themselves while retaining their core. I’m happy it’s AAE that’s been able to do it. -- www.starvox.net (online magazine)

Regan’s cut-glass tones recall Cardigans’ Nina Persson. Wistful, astral torch songs make ‘Iceland’ as impressive as it was unexpected. -- www.logo-magazine.com (online magazine)

‘Melting’ is winsome, in a stress-free sleepy manner, an Ally McBeal episod-end, people walk forlornly home, the emphasis on alone... -- www.mickmercer.com (online magazine)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Winterland 16 July 2003
By Chris
Format:Audio CD
After having been working on new material for some eighteen months now, All About Eve surprise us by issuing “Iceland”, a seasonal concept CD of new songs, covers and remixes, intended as a soundtrack to all that is wintery. This should actually come as no surprise, as many of their past themes drew on some form of seasonal context. Julianne’s lyrics have often used summer, winter or autumn as a dramatic backdrop in one form or another. Sometimes she’ll centre on the transitional nature of these seasons, or the emotional impact upon those sensitive enough to be affected by their surroundings and season. It is, therefore, perhaps inevitable that All About Eve dedicate an entire album to a particular season, one that brings out the hibernating mammal in us all.
Not only have they used songs with purposely frost-bitten themes, they have availed their production with a deliberate, wintery sheen. “Iceland” reminds us what we love and loathe about winter, and yet offers us a choice: to throw on our coat, go outside and experience all that the album so convincingly describes; or turn indoors and hibernate, using the soundtrack as evidence we’re better off inside our English homes. Whichever route we choose, the band doesn’t judge us. “Iceland” cleverly avoids dictating how we are supposed to feel about winter, but like a snowfall itself, merely offers us the blank canvas on which we can reflect and imagine. The bleak, glassy landscape inside our mind becomes our own.
For most of “Iceland”, Julianne’s vocals are processed as though sung through a mixing desk about to buckle beneath the weight of a glacier.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love It/Hate It? A Brave Departure... 21 April 2003
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Is this really All About Eve? Much as I kind of like it, it could be brand suicide as far as the regular AAE audience are concerned. Then again I thought that of their other upheavels, circa 'Touched By Jesus' and 'Ultraviolet'. I still bought them, and grew to like them.
Eschewing the familiar folk rock, guitar led approach, we are presented with effects laden electronica with distorted vocals, crunching drum machine, echoes etc. A mixture of covers - Last Christmas, Walking In the Air, A Winter's Tale (George Michael, Queen etc.). Either this is all deliberate to support the winter themes, or else Julianne and co lost their principal guitar virtuoso at a critical point, said 'Oh well...' and the result is putting out the goods they had, experimental or otherwise.
For me, the album works on its own level. Forget its AAE, and your expectations for a minute, and give it a few listens. A gamble, to be sure, but these ones have always been idiosyncratic to a fault. Its one of the qualities I like about them, but I'm just wondering where to next?
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4.0 out of 5 stars AAE are back (temporily) 28 Dec 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Although AAE are "apparently no more (again), this (and Cinemascope) provides a glimpse into what may have been. Soft tempo, stripped down covers, with Iceland you can almost imagine the snow falling outside it's soooo very atmospheric. If you are looking for the AAE from period '87-'89 then don't buy this, they have moved on. This is AAE (21st Century) - classier, and with positive results from their experimintation in the studio. The vocals do still echo the past (particlary the ballads). Julianne has a fantastic voice, and whatever direction AAE / or she now takes, Iceland quite possibly is the bridge linking (The Phased period) through spilt in the 90's to the future. I for one can't wait.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime atmospherics 16 May 2003
Format:Audio CD
The oft-underestimated Eves return to the studio (after many years in the wilderness) with a winter-themed mini-album. Iceland is effectively part of the All About Eve reconstrunction / reinvention project, and was created without a full band in attendance. Nevertheless, it is full of startlingly atmospheric music, with Julianne's exquisite vocals atop a shimmering, icy backdrop of noise. Worth the price of admission just for the revelation that behind Wham's cheesy 'Last Christmas' there was, in fact, a brilliant pop song struggling to escape.
This release is a new chapter in the history of a band who have never really been content to stand still. They made a big impact in the 80s with their own brand of folk-tinged guitar goth-pop, notably the acoustic ballad Martha's Harbour. Martha retired to the country long ago, but Julianne is still in fine voice and the Eves are bravely forging ahead with a new, relevant sound that is just as beautiful if more mature.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Development and Growth 21 May 2003
Format:Audio CD
After gathering a hardcore of supporters since their reforming a couple of years ago All About Eve have shown that they are not just rehashing their hits of yesteryear by producing this hauntingly beautiful album.
At first glance it seems a pity that many of the songs appear to be either covers or re-hashes of old songs but that would be to dismiss it unfairly as the material is unlike any overs I have ever heard - the lyrics of Last Christmas being given a poignancy that only later George Michael work has brought back to the surface while The Snowman is so reworked it is only towards the end that the listener can relate the song to the original. Iceland signals a more mature reflective All About Eve and the growth of a band that have seen both sides of the music industry.
With an 80s resurgence in full swing there is every reason to believe that All About Eve would do better than ever were they to get mainstream exposure but personally I hope that the band continue to explore and are not criticised by fans stuck in the late 80s.
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Published 14 months ago by colin berwick
3.0 out of 5 stars This is why Mums don't go to Iceland
All About Eve could have made the greatest Christmas album ever but unfortunately this isn't it
Take away the voice of Julianne Regan and it could be anybody let loose in a... Read more
Published on 14 Jun 2011 by Richard
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrendous
Vapid and vacuous. This is a Christmas album?
The entire album went past without me doing anything except get annoyed.
Avoid like the plague.
Published on 25 Sep 2007 by David West
1.0 out of 5 stars New direction gone wrong
This album has to be the worst thing I have ever listened to by All About Eve.
Gone are the melodic tunes of old and passionate vocals of Julianne , instead we have electronic... Read more
Published on 6 Jun 2003 by "philbxt"
4.0 out of 5 stars All About Eve come into the cold
With their first non-live album featuring new material since the underrated Ultraviolet All About Eve show they haven’t lost their ability to shock and surprise. Read more
Published on 16 May 2003 by Robert
4.0 out of 5 stars Melting The Ice
Leave your preconceptions at the door and expect the unexpected because Iceland is a long way from Martha's Harbour. Read more
Published on 16 May 2003 by David Waterworth
4.0 out of 5 stars All About Eve - Iceland
I think it's great. Sure it's a change of direction but that can only be a good thing after being away for 10 years or more. It's bang up to date. Read more
Published on 15 May 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars Iceland, Budgen, Poundstretcher
Madonna constantly reinvents herself, Blur reinvent themselves. An important part of being current is the ability to move with the times, and evolve. Read more
Published on 15 May 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars A wintery escape from the norm' with AAE
This is by no means 'Scarlet' or 'Marthas' harbour', and to be fair that is quite a good thing! This is an atmospheric disc meant to encapsulate the good things about winter. Read more
Published on 15 May 2003 by Arthur Gill
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