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Matilda

Stateless Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (21 Feb 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Ninja Tune
  • ASIN: B004BVSRAE
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,856 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Curtain Call
2. Ariel
3. Miles to Go
4. Visions
5. Assassinations
6. Red Sea
7. I'm On Fire
8. Ballad of NGB
9. Song for the Outsider
10. Junior
11. I Shall Not Complain
12. Blue Fire

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BBC Review

Leeds-formed outfit Stateless have taken significant stylistic strides into new territories on this, their second long-player following 2007’s well-received self-titled disc for then-label !K7. While elements of electronica have always been present, said debut also saw the band attract comparisons to Coldplay and Doves – acts whose flirtations with synths are typically secondary to their preference for guitar anthems. But Matilda’s a different beast entirely, something that becomes obvious from its first few seconds.

Curtain Call opens with almost a minute of drone and chatter, like the inner-workings of a Tron machine trying to come online to conquer the real world. Then a morose, Morricone guitar rings out, before fading away beneath a synthetic pulse and Chris James’ lead vocal: "Won’t you come sit here by the fire with me? / Tell me your stories, the places you’ve been." It’s a warmly organic beginning – one smashed apart come the three-minute mark when low-end elements charge the composition. It’s electrifying stuff, and across six minutes the track flits between poles of bass-heavy crackle and Muse-like grandiose-pop.

But it doesn’t set a tone that’s wholly maintained – and that’s both the beauty and the irritation of Matilda. It’s an album that tries to do too much in too little time, splitting itself into two halves of static’n’bass and strings’n’sighs, the midpoint dividing line a gentle instrumental called (appropriately) Red Sea, which loops itself beautifully like a lost passage from the Riceboy Sleeps LP. At its very best this is an album that utterly envelops. The Shara Worden-aided I’m on Fire is a mesmerising duet, dizzy with desire and alcohol and featuring lyrics that would melt the coldest heart: "The rest of the world could disappear / And I wouldn’t care." Visions and Ariel paint Darkstar-style post-dubstep motifs across powerful RnB vocals, which would sound (even more) amazing with someone like John Legend fronting them (just imagine: great, isn’t it?); and Junior melds melancholic soul with understated strings to great effect.

Song for the Outsider doesn’t solder its strings – provided throughout by the Balanescu Quartet – to the electronic elements in place, and as such sounds rather half-finished compared to better examples of sonic stitching around it. It, along with the fairly generic (and poor-of-lyric) Assassinations, represents a moment when Stateless’ ambition isn’t matched by their ability. But with so much good here, it’s foolish to dwell upon a few relative missteps.

--Mike Diver

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5.0 out of 5 stars Stateless - Matilda 26 Feb 2011
Format:Audio CD
This album builds a new platform for this band. There is a lot more electronic glitch and some very heavy beats on what are quite conventional classic song writing techniques. There is an odd combination of instruments and genres that underpins each track. Some people might find this difficult to get first time around. Stick with it it gets much better with additional listening. An excellent second album -possible closer to a third album rather than a second. This is a really exciting piece of work,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Music for your album collection! 19 Sep 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Can't really fault Stateless. The band seems to have every track with every mood in mind. I find myself pressing the repeat button at times, some of the time being individual songs. Very good music to listen to when sitting down at the end of the day!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Different Kind Of Music 7 Sep 2013
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I heard the track 'Song For The Outsider' on a TV advert so I fund out more and downloaded the Mp3's.

I don't know what 'Genre' of music it come under but it's different from other stuff that I like.

It's definitely worth a listen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 2 May 2011
Format:Audio CD
No fillers in this one! Was really impressed. Listened to 'ariel' a few months ago and absolutely loved it. The album definitely reflects this, a lovely combination of alternative sounds with good beats and nice vocals. Would highly recommend.
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  3 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD 16 Mar 2013
By Chris - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I'm a big Radiohead fan, I also dive into other genres like Reggae, Jazz, anything I can find that is unique and involves real musical talent. If it isn't being shoved down my throat on the radio I'll try it. I actually heard one of these guys tracks playing the game Sleeping Dogs and that song was "Miles to Go" I loved it and immediately looked this band up and went to the store to pick up what they had available. They are a very unique sounding band with sounds that can take you on a ride similar to Radiohead or Muse, although slightly lower key more emotional than Muse. I would really recommend picking this CD up if you like Radiohead, Muse, and the likes, I have really enjoyed this music and have showed it to others who enjoy it as well now :)
5.0 out of 5 stars A new wave of trip-hop 14 April 2012
By A. MCCALL - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If you're into bands like massive attack, tricky, and other trip-hop artists and bands like coldplay (the vocals are kind of similar), you should definitely dig these guys. Both of their albums are really good. This one isn't quite as instantly accessible, but is definitely very good, actually I think I may prefer it over their self titled debut.

I first heard prism #1 and bloodstream, probably like most people who have hear these guys. To me their sound is actually pretty mainstream, but I guess they're just edgy enough to be on ninja tune and still underground. Ninja tune is a great label btw, lots of good artists on there.

They're sound is a little dark/emo at times, which may be a bit of a turnoff for some, but I think the quality variety and originality of the music makes it very easy to overlook.

To me this album is more varied than their self-titled debut, but also more uniformly good. I think that I like every track on this album, where the first was really more about the hits for me (exit, prism #1, bloodstream, and the track with Lateef).

If you're on the edge on whether the rest of the album will be good, just get it, you should be happy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another solid effort, wished they would've experimented more 2 Mar 2011
By Hammer-Y - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I wish they had gone the way of more tweaked out rhythms and a bit more wailing in the singing, a bit more experimentation to the blips and bleeps would've been nice. But I guess they're sort of popular now, since their music got used in another stupid, childish vampire thing. Shame, that. But a solid CD, nonetheless, perhaps needed a couple more tweaky uptempo tunes to make it really memorable, it didn't need to be so melodramatic in parts, it just needed to get more freaky instead.
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