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Night on Earth [Import]

Rialto Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Product details

  • Audio CD (12 Mar 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Koch Records
  • ASIN: B000060P8A
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,413,603 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. London Crawling
2. Anything Could Happen
3. Anyone Out There?
4. Catherine's Wheel
5. Idiot Twin
6. Shatterproof
7. Brilliant Fake
8. Three Ring Circus
9. Drive
10. Deep Space
11. Underneath A Distant Moon
12. Someone That She Used To Know
13. Catherine's Wheel (Live Acoustic Version)

Customer Reviews

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a pleasant surprise! 8 Jun 2004
By T. SMEDLEY VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Since becoming aware of this album on this website, this has been near the top of my 'CD's to buy' list for some time. However, I had great difficulty finding this album in any record shop whatsoever, in the 2 or 3 towns/cities near where I live. Accordingly, I had to resort to buying it online (which I don't do too often, except for rarities - I like to handle the product before purchasing!). This indeed is a great crime, as it's simply superb and should be a lot more widely available.
I've been aware of Rialto since the original release of 'Monday Morning...' back in my student days, quickly becoming a fan and rate their debut album very highly indeed. I did perhaps listen to it a little too much at one time...but I still come back to it regularly. Hence the prospect of another album's worth of material was very eagerly-awaited!
Well, I was very pleasantly surprised, as it's a genuine progression from the debut and perhaps even a little better. I was fearing simply a re-hashing of that album, lacking in any new ideas, but how wrong I was. My favourite tracks are the opener 'London Crawling', 'Shatterproof' and the final two songs 'Deep Space' and 'Under A Distant Moon', which close the album very nicely.
The first two of these are up there with the afore-mentioned 'Monday Morning 5.19' and 'Summer's Over' as works of sheer genius, with the ability to make you feel yearningly sad yet strangely euphoric at the same time. The drum pattern on 'London Crawling' is particularly effective and the choruses on both are built up to wonderfully and don't disappoint.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strong and solid 26 Sep 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Rialto, without doubt one of the most underrated British bands in recent memory, return with a strong and solid second album. Fans of their debut album, 'Rialto', will undoubtedly like this one as well because the music is, generally, very similar. The only real evolving or increased maturity shown in 'Night on Earth' comes with the fact that the band have realised that a chorus doesn't always have to be repeated twice. There is however a major reason why I didn't rate this album five stars and also, similarly, why it is not as good as the first album. Basically, this offering at times seems a little forced, almost as though the band are crying out for attention rather than working to their strengths to attain it. Obvious examples of this come in the form of 'Brilliant Fake' and 'Deep Space' which both apppear to be overly commercial. There is no question that the band deserve much more recognition but these two songs, together with the lyrics in 'Anything Could Happen,' show a sense of desperation which is a little irritating. The first album was better because it was not like this and was much more natural. Still, this is a better album than most and any Pulp or Suede fan should definitely check this one out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rialto do it again 13 July 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
After the haunting melodies (Monday Morning 5:19, Untouchable...) of their magnificent debut album failing to capture the imagination of the wider public (except in Korea!), and the issues surrounding being dropped, signed, dropped and signed again, it would have been very easy for Rialto to throw in the towel.
But, they're back. With a new album which in many ways surpasses the first. Uplifting, depressing and gripping all at the same time, Louis and the boys have shown us that they still have what it takes to produce some of the best music of our time. Part of you wishes that more people would realise that they are out there and they would sell more records, but another part of you is pleased that you are party to one of the best kept secrets in British pop.
A superb album.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not similar enough 20 Feb 2007
Format:Audio CD
I love Rialto's first, self-titled album. While there are similarities between that record and this, the parts where it is not similar are not very good.

The best tracks on the album are the ones that hark back to their first release. Catherine's Wheel, Shatterproof and Drive are the songs that remind me why I liked Rialto so much in the first place. Louis Eliot's vocals are some of the most distinctive in pop music today. However the theme of the lyrics is very inconsistant.

For my taste there are too many dance style drum beats. This is a new addition to Rialto's repetoir and one that they were better off without. Most of the better guitar parts have been replaced by keyboards. Whether this is all down to a much decreased line-up or not I don't know.

The three songs mentioned earlier are good enough to warrent a purchase, but all the others are a bit hit and miss.
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By delbert
Format:Audio CD
A great introduction to a great band. Previously available imported from Asia, this gem at last gets a UK release. Having dropped a drummer and developed a more New Order sound, with keyboards enhancing the dramatic soundscapes of their previous (debut)album, Rialto have found their feet, having lost a record label. "Shatterproof" picks up where Underdogs left off, backing the side of the dreamer with impassioned vocals. "Anyone Out There?" sees paranoia overwhelm the singer in a jaunty number. "Anything Can Happen" is from the heart - this band haven't given up spreading their little piece of musical optimism. If you like the last album, you'll need this! If you like great tunes, lyrics, or the upbeat melancholy of New Order, then try this for size.
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