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It's Not How Far You Fall It's the Way You Land [VINYL]

Soulsavers Vinyl
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“The light grows, a white flower/ It becomes very intense, like music” – (from “The Light The Dead See” by Frank Stanford).

“There was no real script,” says the laconic Rich Machin of SOULSAVERS’ extraordinary fourth album THE LIGHT THE DEAD SEE, a set of songs of majesty and momentum. “It just rolled and rolled; it was ... Read more in Amazon's Soulsavers Store

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  • Vinyl (30 April 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: V2
  • ASIN: B000O7665C
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,230,953 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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SOULSAVERS Its Not How Far You Fall Its The Way You Land (Rare 2007 UK 10-track double LP housed in a picture sleeve with inners - a classy mix of hip hop rock country soul and gospel featuring guest appearances from Will Oldham and Doves Jimi Goodwin plus vocals on eight tracks by Mark Lanegan [Screaming Trees]. The sleeve shows only very light edgewear and is otherwise in excellent condition whilst the vinyl looks barely played - overall an excellent copy of an increasingly hard-to-find album)

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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More greatness featuring Mark Lanegan... 6 April 2007
By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME
Format:Audio CD
Soulsavers are a duo known for remixing acts like Doves who emanated from Stoke on Trent; 'it's not how far you fall, it's the way you land' is their second album and is notable as it features the great Mark Lanegan on eight of its eleven tracks. Lanegan is often cited as a tortured individual who has suffered addictions, it should be pointed out that he appeared to get over them around the time of 'Scraps at Midnight/I'll Take Care of You' and has been a workaholic since, producing his own solo work plus collaborations with The Walkabouts, Martina Topley-Bird, Isobel Campbell, Desert Sessions, Queens of the Stone Age, Mondo Generator, Twilight Singers, Masters of Reality etc - he also has another project with Twilight Singer' Greg Dulli, under the Gutter Twins moniker. So, what is effectively an unexpected solo album from Lanegan is very, very welcome.

This is not Lanegan being backed in the rock style of QOTSA or Screaming Trees, the closest work is the more electronic tracks on 'Bubblegum' or the Martina Topley-Bird collaboration (Lanegan likes the more explorative side of hip hop, like Clouddead, as well as having covered Massive Attack on the last Twilight Singers ep). Opener 'Revival' is gorgeous stuff, tapping into a 'Knockin' on Heaven's Door' vibe with some sublime organ and some soulful gospel vocals from Wendy Rose and Lena Palmer. I played this in the store and bought this album on the strength of it - it sounds to me like one of the greatest things Lanegan has co-written/sang. 'Ghosts of You and Me' displays the electronica side of Soulsavers, sounding like a sharper version of Depeche Mode's 'Ultra' musically, maybe with a hint of the electronic climes Australian act black cab are exploring at present.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Diamonds' shining there... 19 May 2007
Format:Audio CD
Well this is either all a strange coincidence or this is a bloody good album, so it's probably that last thing. I also (hangs head in shame) was not aware of Soulsavers and was pointed at this album by a friend who knew my fondness for Mr. Lanegan and if you have Dust, Scraps at Midnight & Bubblegum in your collection (and if you don't shame on you) then you need to get a copy of this as well. This is without doubt the best album I've heard in a long time, bringing together different genres of music effortlessly and so interestingly that it leaves you wanting more and finding more after each listen.

I can hear shades of NIN in some of the music but it is more complete, more rewarding than anything I ever heard from Mr. Trent. And I can hear shades and echoes of Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, which for me is no bad thing. But this is a significantly better album.

I absolutely love the drive, the bounce, the cool reflectiveness, the soulful mourning, the twists and turns this album makes. It has a rich weave, darkly textured, sometimes sparse, but never wanting. Soul, blues, hip hop beats all demand your attention but never overwhelm, instead pick you up and take you places that are really rather nice places to be. It's the perfect companion at 03:00 in the morning when there is only you and a bottle of vodka, and equally perfect the next morning whilst you are padding around the kitchen looking for something to line your innards with.

Every track brings something to delight about; musically, lyrically, the way different genres snuggle up to each other and effortlessly support and inspire.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The 'Revival' is indeed complete. 26 April 2007
Format:Audio CD
In spite of Jason again doing a better review job than I could hope to, I must add my tuppen'th. I do, however, have to start with an apology to the Soulsavers duo. I only came to know of them because someone who knows I like Mark Lanegan pointed me at this record. That person is due a large Christmas present this year, and Soulsavers first album has been ordered forthwith!

This is an awesome, beautiful, and very, VERY moving record. The whole thing could not be more appropriately titled. Lanegan's world-weary voice here sounds typically lugubrious, yet perversely happier than ever to still be alive.

If your preferred tracks on Bubblegum included Morning Glory Wine or Strange Religion; if you own any Spiritualized or Alabama 3 output; if you believe credible rock, new millennium gospel and electronic sensibilities can co-exist in one package; then buy this album.

Personal highlights? Revival is a serious candidate for Song Of The Year (so far) in up to 4 different genres. Spiritual does exactly what it says on the tin. Kingdom Of Rain has been written up elsewhere as "doing for Lanegan what 'Hurt' did for Johnny Cash". Agreed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Darkness at noon, or any other time 7 Mar 2008
By Gilles
Format:Audio CD
Occasionally the abject unfairness of life is made only too obvious. That an ex-junkie, jailbird, bailiff should have possibly the finest deep voiced gravelly croak since Tom Waits is surely a kick in the teeth for all the wholesome, skinny-jeaned wannabe rock gods out there. Not that ML would care, or even notice. The Soulsavers duo have hitched their star to Lanegan on this album and when it's good it's very very good. Revival sounds like it's been around forever, the new version of Kingdoms of Rain is equally spine-tingling but without even the hint of redemption you glimpse at the end of the album opener. In between nothing really stands out,there's some pleasant enough electronic noodling, which doesn't really prepare you for the album's finest moment which comes at its end. The cover of No Expectations adds an entirely new dimension to the Stones track. The background wash of mild electronica is overriden by a typically understated but beautiful vocal. Sit back and coast through the (very) late night blackness,
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