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Ornaments From The Silver Arcade [CD]

Young Knives Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (4 April 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Gadzook
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,497 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  4. Human Again 3:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen10. Storm Clouds 2:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
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BBC Review

Slinky things are taking place in the seething cauldron of resentment and awkwardness in which The Young Knives mix their singular brew. Where once there was angular riffery, vitriol and barbed humour, there is now angular riffery, vitriol, barbed humour and something else. Something kinda... sexy?

Not that this is one of those tiresome indie-band-goes-electro-pop situations – this lot are far too canny for a tired and desperate move like that. But they have resurrected a fine, and criminally under-used, career trajectory from the history of rock music: they are the band that starts off weird and good and gets poppier, and better, from album to album.

Cases in point come thick and fast. Woman is a seedy affair blessed with heavenly female voices and stout, parping brass. Everything Falls Into Place, a first-listen favourite, stomps in like a cowboy in silver platform boots with a glorious opening line – "The cheque... Has bounced... Again" – before resolving into a tumbledown chorus worthy of XTC in their pomp.

We’re on relatively familiar ground with the oppressive OCD pop of first single Love My Name, but even that aims as much for the shaking ass as the engorged bile ducts. And Visions in Rags takes an infectious Vampire Weekend township beat and adds Beach Boys harmonies and a calypso chorus. It’s a hugely joyful thing.

Not that it’s all giddy fun: Storm Clouds, a scary coda to the perky Silver Tongue, revisits that elemental despair that made Current of the River such unsettling listening on the band’s last album, 2008’s Superabundance. The difference is that this time it’s not the last song on the album – the honour here goes to the strident, bullishly uplifting Glasshouse.

So, having bettered their own game, and established themselves (again) as a cut above their peers, does this mean a bright and shiny future for our tweedy heroes? They surely deserve the acclaim more than some, as they point out in Human Again – that rare thing: a Wombats-y song which does not make the listener acutely aware of the brevity of human existence – "weeds are for hoeing." Let’s hope these weeds get the hoes they deserve.

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THE YOUNG KNIVES Ornaments From The Silver Arcade (2011 UK 11-track CD album - Having made their mark with their Mercury nominated debut Voices Of Animals And Men and follow up Superabundance Young Knives were already in possession of critical and commercial success and a well deserved reputation for jaw dropping live shows. With Ornaments From The Silver Arcade recorded in LA with Nick Launay [Talking Heads Nick Cave PiL Yeah Yeah Yeahs] in LA the third studio album fromthe trio their desire to move beyond the familiar became a driving force of the writing and recording process. Gatefold card picture sleeve)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back with a big bang 9 April 2011
Format:Audio CD
Having upped the ante on superabundance, the boys have stepped up yet another gear. A fantastic pleasurable listen with surprises for anyone already familiar with their work.

Slicker, bigger and more polished this album demonstrates a maturity about the songwriting and is far more single orientated than even the previous album. The only downside is that the usual wonderful musical eccentricities and House of Lords are less present here which is a shame.

But in a shrinking record industry and a recession there is no room for frivolities and self indulgence. This album goes straight for the pop jugular with "I love My Name" which is unashamedly hook lined, but no sinker. It will bounce around your head for days. That said, the best of this album is in the 2nd half in my opinion.

"Woman" has a retro 80's-ish charm about it and is a slice of old fashioned electric-disco boogaloo with some tastfully used female backing vocals which demonstrate above all else that this is a band that is spreading its wings beyond jaunty angular punk-pop.

"Everything falls in to place" is possibly the weakest track on the album, although it has a great middle eight with some vintage synths and the now signature House of Lords monologue lifting it above the mundane.

"Human Again" is a great pop song, and deserving of top 20 status. Although some suspicious nods to the the Kinks 'well respected man' in the bridge section methinks at times.

"Running from a standing start" has a great confidence and swagger about it and again demonstrates these boys are learning their craft and applying it with a fine silver butter knife.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More poppy but still young knives brilliance 7 Dec 2013
By Travvi
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The more I listen to it the more I like. Excellent song writing, some 80's sounds in there mixed with indie rock, and a few synth sounds that hint towards the new album sick octave. It's brilliant, go get it.
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Literally I cannot express how much I love this album, I find it hard to get in to new music these days cos everything seems so... droll.. but this thing is just lushness
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not their best 15 April 2011
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The most recent effort from TYK feels a little more mature and produced compared to their earlier efforts. On the first listen it didn't particularly grab me, and it's more of a slow burner than their debut for instance. However, there are some very good songs on here - comparisons with bands like XTC are spot on I think. What I am a little sad about is that some of the quirkiness and off-kilter approach has been lost and in some parts replaced by sub-disco tunes - especially in "Woman" which I am not sure if I love or hate. I think if I had heard this album before "Voices..." and "Superabundance" I might not have been grabbed, and would have written this band off as another decent but not spectacular indie guitar band. By no means is this a poor record but in my heart of hearts I think I was hoping for more. All existing fans will enjoy it I am sure but not the best album to start with if you are new to this band.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome back, boys. 6 April 2011
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Nice to see Young Knives back after three years. First impressions, this is a very enjoyable, accessible Lp that could well be the soundtrack to my summer.
It's more loose and funky than the first two Lps, but still retains those hallmark new wave/post-punk stylings that they do so well.
It reminds me in certain places of early eighties Talking Heads, but also some later-period XTC, giving you an idea of the 'poppier' feel throughout.
There's no filler here, with several of the tracks (Everything... , Running..., Vision..., Glasshouse) being up there with their very best.
Also, for me, this is a more cohesive set of songs than Superabundance, which, while being great, sounded like they weren't sure of the musical way ahead.
As a snapshot of a band maturing as songwriters in the face of seeming indifference from the music media, this is very satisfying and gives me hope that nice guys with talent and integrity can win the day.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An album that makes me smile! 10 April 2011
Format:Audio CD
Having bought all the YK's material so far, they just keep getting better. My favourites are Glasshouse, Love My name, Human Again, Go to Ground, Running from a standing start, Silver tongue, Vision in rags, Woman.

I can't wait to see them live soon!
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