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In Case We Die [Extra tracks]

Architecture in Helsinki Audio CD
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Architecture in Helsinki have certainly come a long way since the late nineties, when Bird was a gangly kid in a New South Wales country town messing around with his buddies Jamie Mildren and Sam Perry. They moved to Melbourne and soon found likeminded musical souls in Kellie Sutherland and Gus Franklin. The five of them have continued on the Architecture in Helsinki rollercoaster to this ... Read more in Amazon's Architecture in Helsinki Store

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  • Audio CD (12 Sep 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Moshi Moshi
  • ASIN: B000B5QDC8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 97,159 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Nevereverdid
2. Ití5
3. Tiny Paintings
4. Wishbone
5. Maybe You Could Owe Me
6. Do The Whirlwind
7. In Case We Die
8. The Cemetery
9. Frenchy, Iím Faking
10. Need To Shout
11. Rendezvous Ė Potrero Hill
12. Whatís In Store
13. Bats And Rats And Murderers

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Architecture In Helsinki - In Case We Die - cod:6866

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hel's Bells 13 Feb 2006
Format:Audio CD
There's something undeniably childlike about In Case We Die, the second album from Architecture In Helsinki. Yet, for every propulsive drum beat or gleeful handclap, there's a sad segue or moment of tender guitar playing.
Few bands are able to straddle this line between childhood and adulthood, and to do it, the Melbourne eight-piece take a dizzying detour through genres that even Arcade Fire would struggle to keep up with. On the opener, Neverevereverdid, the listener is sped through opera, classical and jazz before the track collapses in a prog rock meltdown. And all in three minutes, thirty-three seconds. Later, there's the twee mathematics of It's 5 and the cute dance pop of Do The Whirlwind.
And yet, from the album's first sounds - funeral bells ringing - to it's last, the theme of mortality is everywhere (ghosts, cemeteries and reincarnation all feature heavily). The feeling is that we should sing, dance and celebrate now, because it might be the last chance we have.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nevereverdid! 31 Dec 2005
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Smash together the Fiery Furnaces and the Arcade Fire, with a dash of the Polyphonic Spree's tweeness. That pretty much describes the sound of Architecture in Helsinki's second album, "In Case We Die." Well, fortunately these guys don't suffer from the sophomore slump.

This octet hails from Melbourne, but they sound a lot like the Furnaces, with their adventurous everything-but-the-kitchen-sink pop, handclaps and unpretentious bits and bobs. It's obvious from the start that this is no typical catchy pop album -- "Nevereverdid" is a bouncy maelstrom of twee guitar, desperate vocals and a shouted chorus.

"It'5" continues that trend, but then things switch gears into gently cluttered ballads -- expect piano, drums and accordion -- and unabashedly weird pop tunes with tambourines, synth, horns and rippling piano. There's even an Indian-flavoured ska/dance tune. All bets are off. All rules are broken here, and the results are never predictable.

Perhaps Architecture In Helsinki is often compared to the Fiery Furnaces because neither band fits easily into one category. "In Case We Die" is a head-scratcher -- it's too grounded to be twee, too bizarre to be pop, too soft to be rock, too straightforward to be psychedelica. And despite odd bits of new wave, there's no retro sound either.

Whatever it is, it's apparently dedicated to being fun and whimsical. Their pop music would be fun just because of its catchiness, but this band throws in every little pop flourish imaginable, and apparently every instrument they could get their hands on. One would expect a disaster, but somehow they manage to link all those sounds together.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Musical Tapas 14 Nov 2005
By D. Carter VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Transcending most of their influences, the new Architecture in Helsinki album is melting pot of ideas, most of which work. There are nods to the Flaming Lips, Belle & Sebastian, Beck, Olivia Tremor Control and most of all The Unicorns, but this isn't to say the album isn't innovative and interesting in it's own right. Songs regularly contain 2 or 3 different chorus's (and about 5 different vocal melodies) and switch between male and female vocals (with plenty of breezy ahhs and oohs to underpin them). There's also a plethora of instruments being played (somewhere in the region of 40) and more ideas than most bands can manage in a career. In fact it's only failing is it's occassional lapse into tweeness (acceptable in my view due to the utter gusto displayed by all involved).
It's exciting and fun and well worth a listen. Musical tapas.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nevereverdid 27 Sep 2005
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Smash together the Fiery Furnaces and the Arcade Fire, with a dash of the Polyphonic Spree's tweeness. That pretty much describes the sound of Architecture in Helsinki's second album, "In Case We Die." Well, fortunately these guys don't suffer from the sophomore slump.

This octet hails from Melbourne, but they sound a lot like the Furnaces, with their adventurous everything-but-the-kitchen-sink pop, handclaps and unpretentious bits and bobs. It's obvious from the start that this is no typical catchy pop album -- "Nevereverdid" is a bouncy maelstrom of twee guitar, desperate vocals and a shouted chorus.

"It'5" continues that trend, but then things switch gears into gently cluttered ballads -- expect piano, drums and accordion -- and unabashedly weird pop tunes with tambourines, synth, horns and rippling piano. There's even an Indian-flavoured ska/dance tune. All bets are off. All rules are broken here, and the results are never predictable.

Perhaps Architecture In Helsinki is often compared to the Fiery Furnaces because neither band fits easily into one category. "In Case We Die" is a head-scratcher -- it's too grounded to be twee, too bizarre to be pop, too soft to be rock, too straightforward to be psychedelica. And despite odd bits of new wave, there's no retro sound either.

Whatever it is, it's apparently dedicated to being fun and whimsical. Their pop music would be fun just because of its catchiness, but this band throws in every little pop flourish imaginable, and apparently every instrument they could get their hands on. One would expect a disaster, but somehow they manage to link all those sounds together.

A few songs initially seem over-the-top in their bubblegumness, but they manage to veer off into playfulness instead.
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