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  • Audio CD: 760 pages (1 Feb 2010)
  • 760 pages
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B002NXX7UC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 208,205 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gannon on 5 Mar 2010
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When we were young we all had the same idea. Hugging our favourite records to our chests, we thought that being in a band would be the best. Equally, we dreamed that even better would be the chance to be in our favourite bands. The Ekström brothers at the heart The Mary Onettes made tentative steps along this very route, but instead of now standing side by side with their heroes they stuck with sounding like them.

Their home in Sweden must be like a time capsule, faded pictures of Ian Brown on the walls, aborted hairspray homages to Robert Smith fill the air. Naturally therefore, their Islands is full of anthemic indie. It swaggers, it glowers and happily it's mostly all pre-Britpop. Laden with that late 80s-early 90s echo and ripe indie jangle, Islands houses killer tracks and dreamy filler that sound nostalgic in such a way as to seem always to have been a part of that era.

The opener "Puzzles" lunges into The Cure catalogue circa "Hanging Garden" with velvety ease, "The Disappearance Of My Youth" even witnesses lyrics about "pictures of you". Just as Surfer Blood have been doing, and just like The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart succeeded with, "Dare" is full of fragile, true indie optimism laced through with Morrisey's dark pop heart. It's warm results are pleasing enough to melt the harshest Swedish winter. "Once I Was Pretty" is sadly less effective, starting like a banking commercial and finishing in wallpaperish anonymity, it reminds us exactly why early Suede harmonies are no longer hot.

When "Cry For Love" breaks from wallowing in self-pity it borrows the twinkling swelling from Joy Division's "Atmosphere", whereas "God Knows I Had Plans" is a straight musical lift from the second Stone Roses album, the echo-y vocal somewhere closer to Brett Anderson.
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An impressive sophomore album 30 Jan 2010
By K. Greenwood - Published on Amazon.com
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Islands is a fantastic follow-up to the Mary Onettes' self-titled debut. Though their first effort was outstanding and filled with solid pop songs that stood out on their own, this record is more cohesive, dense and works better as a whole album. The synth strings of the opening track, "Puzzles," are fantastically stunning, and are the perfect intro to this 80's-drenched romantic pop album. It has a moody feel, what with all the 80's synths and vocals reminiscent of Ian McCullogh and Robert Smith, but not the kind of moody that will bring the listener down. It is the perfect soundtrack to a late autumn.
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Forget the meatballs!!!!!!!!! 5 Dec 2009
By lonestar - Published on Amazon.com
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And I thought the Swedes were only famous for their meatballs! I am truly amazed at the talent in this group! A perfect sound in my ears. I have downloaded both albums and I will tell you this there is not one song on either album that lags. I no longer listen to local radio stations because, well they SUCK! They dont play this type of music. I hope you guys come to the Dallas area because I will definately come see you and I rarely go to concerts. Keep up the good work!!!!!!
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I can't get enough of this band... 31 Jan 2011
By Lizzie M. - Published on Amazon.com
The Mary Onettes have recently become one of my top favorite bands, this record being the reason why. If you like early 80's Post-Punk and "Shoegaze" music like The Cure, Joy Division, and The Chameleons, then you will absolutely fall in love with The Onettes. On both this record and their self-titled debut, they've brought back that sound in all it's dark, romantic glory.

I've been sitting here trying to pick a favorite track from the album and I'm struggling because they're all literally that good, it's definitely a 'No Filler' album that will not disappoint.
It's as if the last 25 years of pop music never happened (and that's a good thing) 11 Sep 2013
By R. P. Spretnak - Published on Amazon.com
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Great pop music is still being recorded here in the second decade of the 21st Century. But a disproportional amount of it is coming from Sweden. Sweden seems to be this magical land where the last 25 years of popular music never happened. The Swedes continue to send forth great pop bands by the longboat-ful. El Perro Del Mar. Miike Snow. ingenting. Sambassadeur. Excellent music with natural vocals (gawd I hate the computer processing used in contemporary pop music) and varying degrees of rock influence, in total defiance of the prevailing trends.

Add the Mary Onettes to this class. The other reviewers place this band on the early-to-mid 80s section of the pop music continuum. To me, the Mary Onettes' sound is anchored more in the time of Arthur Lee, or even the Phil Spector Wall of Sound. And maybe the apt comparison is that it sounds like Depeche Mode or Tears For Fears doing a re-recording of an Arthur Lee Love LP. The sound is professional and polished, but not to the point of over-production or being "too smooth." "Puzzles" is the standout track and it wears well with repeated listens. The other tracks are of similar sound, without being repetitive. This CD is well-worth repeated listens on a real stereo, just the way we listened to our music back in the day (when we would walk 10 miles to school, in the snow, year round, uphill both ways).
I love the throwback melodies 18 Dec 2014
By Jeremy4037 - Published on Amazon.com
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I just discovered this band through iheart radio and can't believe they have been around for so long. I love the throwback melodies.
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