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Keep Your Eyes Ahead

The Helio Sequence Audio CD
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Negotiations, the fifth full-length album written, recorded, and produced by The Helio Sequence, would sound different had it not been for a flood. In 2009, while touring in support of Keep Your Eyes Ahead, singer-guitarist Brandon Summers got an unexpected phone call in the middle of the night. Back home in Portland, OR, the band’s studio/practice space was under nearly a foot of water. ... Read more in Amazon's The Helio Sequence Store

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  • Audio CD (31 Aug 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • ASIN: B00109TG8C
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 200,063 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Lately
2. Can't Say No
3. The Captive Mind
4. You Can Come To Me
5. Shed Your Love
6. Keep Your Eyes Ahead
7. Back To This
8. Hallelujah
9. Broken Afternoon
10. No Regrets

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Helio Who?????? 9 April 2008
By Steve
Format:Audio CD
This was my question when I first heard this record. A band with a chequered but as yet mostly undiscovered past. The band have been in existence since 1999, however a forced 4 year lay off scuppered the band when singer Brandon Summers damaged his vocal chords. Since 2004 he has relearnt to sing, and the band have written and recorded this magnificent album.

Sound wise it's clear from the off that the band have a big sound despite many of the tracks being based around a solo acoustic guitar. Additionally odd synth/keyboard sounds make their presence known on various tracks, adding to their reverby wall of sound. Beginning with the majestic Lately, the band show a clear knack for writing a great melody. There's plenty of variety too, as slower, tender moments like Shed Your Love and Broken Afternoon mingle with big pop songs such as the title track.

And just when you thought you had the band pinned, the last track No Regrets just throws everything out of context. It is very roughly recorded and played. You'll either love it or hate it, but the quality of the album before it will be enough to dispel even those who aren't so fond of it.

Already a clear contender for one of the best albums of 2008.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 25 Feb 2009
Format:Audio CD
I came across this band after hearing 'Hallelujah' on Soma FM's Indie Pop Rocks (an excellent internet station which I'd highly recommend for discovering unknown bands) and was increasingly captivated by their brand of catchy, polished and orginal 'happy indie'. 'Back to Me' is my favourite, but given the quality of the album, hardly a standout.

While the style is fairly consistently steady, uplifting indie, there is plenty of diversity in the tracks, from the ambigious, "I'm not in love" style lyrics of the opener, "Lately", ("Lately, I don't think of you at all. Or wonder what you're up to, or how you're getting on. I never think of calling you or how things could have been." - superb), to the anthemic "Keep Your Eyes Ahead", the softer "Shed Your Love" and "Broken Afternoon" and the unexpected country riff of "No Regrets" to close, this is an album with plenty of depth. Highly recommended for music fans who like their indie positive and original.
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4.0 out of 5 stars holiday music 3 Sep 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I got this album for my husbands birthday, opened on holiday so lovely to listen to while traveling around in the hire car. We heard this band live as a support to Keane and I thought would bring back happy memories and it did !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Something different 9 Aug 2010
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Saw this american duo supporting at a Keane concert 06/10. Indie style music very easy to listen to and sing along too. They were excellent live and this CD captures that concert. Can't compare them with anything else I've heard before so have a listen you might be impressed as me and my partner were
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Album Yet 31 Jan 2008
By Kid A - Published on
Indie rock fans will be missing out if they think they're too cool for The Helio Sequence's latest "Keep Your Eyes Ahead." And Helio Sequence fan boys (or girls) may be dissapointed if they expect another My Bloody Valentine and Beatles sound mix (search Young Effectuals if you miss Kevin Shields). The fact is that this Portland, OR duo is going to keep putting out original music, and the more they innovate, the better they get. I haven't heard an album that blends the elements of electronic so well with organic six string strumming. "Shed Your Love" on this album exemplifies this perfectly. The most catchy tracks on this album would have to be "Can't Say No" and "Keep Your Eyes" ahead. There's a degree of enlightened honesty to the lyrics of "Can't Say No" that begs people to start paying attention to the world around them. Are you indoctrinated by your country? Are you an indie rocker that's a slave to what's hip? The Helio Sequence asks you to think in the abstract and evaluate yourself. If you're daring enough to take this trip and love good music, buy this album. You won't regret it.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful, innovative, upbeat 6 Feb 2008
By A. Fabbri - Published on
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Wow I am really liking this new Helio Sequence album. They have kept it fresh by innovating some new sounds (unlike some bands that apply their formula and repeat).

One thing remains constant; the beats are wicked--I love the drummer's style and chops. (I also like the way he moves his head live--reminds me of Animal--but that's another story.)

The album starts out meloncholy and melodic with Lately--which slowly builds up towards the end. Next, Can't Say No is up beat and catchy. The rythym of the drums matched by some tight lyrics--this one could be a hit. The Captive Mind is the next track--still has a driving beat but is more introspective. You Can Come To Me starts out with some signature beeps and bleeps and blends in some slick acoustic guitar with less dominating beats.

Shed Your Love is acoustic, soft, devoid of drums. A lullaby.

Keep Your Eyes Ahead brings back the upbeat drums but adds a really beautiful guitar feel which reminds me of--I don't know--The Chameleons UK, the Cure, Joy Division, Pink Floyd and a dash of Coldplay. I have no idea really.

I could continue yapping about each tracks--but the point is that this is a very solid album--possibly their best work yet.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Their best so far 27 Feb 2008
By J. Rossi - Published on
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From start to finish, this is Helio Sequence's best album. Young Effectuals is a close second, but it's too hit and miss when compared with this album, which only gets better and better both song-by-song and listen-by-listen.

The band delves into many different styles (electronic tinged pop, acoustic melancholy, shoegaze, shambling country blues) while always retaining its signature sound. The highlights are Lately, The Captive Mind, You Can Come to Me, Keep Your Eyes Ahead and Hallelujah on the upbeat pop side of things and Shed Your Love, Back To This, Broken Afternoon and No Regrets on the softer, more melancholic side of things.

Back to This hearkens to Young Effectuals with subtle and heartbreaking effects that drift underneath the main melodic parts. Shed Your Love goes without drums, but it doesn't need them. The barely-audible sonic flourishes might even make the song.

In addition to the music, the lyrics are outstanding (On a subway train before the dawn/the ride was short but my thoughts were long from Shed Your Love, or, Sometimes you feel so lonely haunted and stark/waving in the wind like a flag that's torn apart from Broken Afternoon).

Simply put, the Helio Sequence has crafted another perfect album, musically, lyrically, emotionally and thematically. All the critics that peed their pants after Love and Distance are going to have to get on Ritalin to settle their minds after this one.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Evolution 2 Feb 2008
By Kellan P. Stover - Published on
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I am one of those Helio Sequence fans that gained interest after hearing their third album, Love and Distance. It was their first Sub Pop album, and for that reason, the most accessible. I was aware that each successive album was a considerable change, but the leap from Love and Distance to Keep Your Eyes Ahead is rather large. I think Electronica is a staple of the band, and it seems as though it's been toned down a bit. There are still the blips and boops that one would expect ("You Can Come To Me"). At times, they sound downright Dylan-esque ("Shed Your Love", "Broken Afternoon"). It's a no-filler album that is perfectly paced, although a tad short.

Elitist fans who think a band shouldn't "fix what ain't broke" might shy away or hold back praise. But a band is allowed to change, and I feel as though they have found a more mature sound.

I love it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a way to start off 2008! 1 Feb 2008
By My Harmonica Song - Published on
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I had been anticipating the release of this album. I discovered the guys a while back and was anxious to see what else the guys could put together, because their previous music blew me away. But this album DELIVERS. Seems the guys sound is a bit different than previous albums - the songs seems a little bit more into the folk category- but the electronic sound is still there and Summers voice still sounds incredible despite losing his voice for nearly 2 months. I say if you're a fan of the guys, you'll love the growth. This is such an awesome band that stays true to themselves despite an ever-increasing-commercialized industry. Buy it!!!
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