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  • Audio CD (30 Sep 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cooking Vinyl
  • ASIN: B002ZS418M
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,155 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sea Change
2. Mirror
3. Rocket Song
4. Paper Heart
5. Invitation, The
6. Will Power
7. Apocolips
8. Embryos
9. Never Stops
10. Letting Down, The
11. Radio Silence
12. Outbursts

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BBC Review

This, their first studio album since 2007’s Dark on Fire, continues Turin Brakes’ folk-infused journey from the southern end of London’s Northern Line. Since their emergence via the spuriously labelled ‘new acoustic movement’, alongside Kings of Convenience, in 2001, they have been occasionally written off as insubstantial, despite their albums suggesting otherwise. Following the more band-orientated atmospheres of recent releases, Outbreaks is stripped back to the core duo of school friends Olly Knights and Gale Paridjanian.

Some bands are liberated by the closure afforded by releasing a greatest hits set, as Turin Brakes did in 2009, but on this evidence not much has changed. Outbreaks features a familiar sound – perhaps over familiar to those finding their last outing wanting. This album’s calling card, Sea Change, starts so well that the rest of the album fades in its shadow. It’s a gentle epic, building from an acoustic start, slowly introducing kick drum, vocal harmonies and strings, and with the emergence of cowbells even the kazoo must be hoping for an appearance. Unsurprisingly it is the first single. Mirror successfully continues this soulful take on acoustic traits, as does the lyrically charming Paper Heart: “And it’s you I blame / when I crash paper planes”. Will Power echoes the lilt of their 2001 hit Underdog (Save Me), with clever guitar work elevating it above the rest of the album, which lurches in a worrying manner towards nondescript filler.

It is the underwritten Embryos that fumbles the baton; it talks of “breathing underwater”, but is so dreary you wish its makers would try it. Radio Silence finally gives up its search for a tune to ‘rock out’, as is their occasional wont when playing live. That can work in the environment of a gig, but here it jars, unsettling like a brick dropped in still water. Back to basics is their aim, although fellow Londoners Hot Chip recently achieved similar simplicity, with greater success. 

There is a subtle defiance at the heart of the final highlight, the tuneful Never Stops, but listeners failing to reach the album-closing title-track are not missing out. So slight it disappears, it unfortunately underlines the overwhelming sense that less is not always more. Here, less is less. --Tom Hocknell

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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning.. 3 Mar 2010
Format:Audio CD
It's always a special occasion when Turin Brakes release any material and 'Outbursts' doesn't disappoint. From start to finish it manages to be both epic and subtle from the monumental 'Sea Change' and the vocal heroics of 'Rocket Song' to 'Paper Heart' and the moving title track 'Outbursts'.

The quality of the songwriting will come as no surprise to fans of Turin Brakes and surely cements Olly Knights and Gale Paridjanian as 2 of Britain's greatest musicians.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outbursts Review Martin JS 4 Mar 2010
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Once again Turin Brakes return with some strong songwriting and production skills proving that a major label is not always required to make good music nowadays, this album has such a great mix of songs.
It's a lyrical journey I guarantee you will need to play over and over again, this is songcraft at It's very best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars superb and compelling listening 7 Mar 2010
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I was a late convert to Turin brakes , I had heard and liked early tracks but became a confirmed fam with The Dark On Fire Album ,paradoxically that album is the most unusual of all The 'Brakes' albums being the most produced and electronic , I loved it to bit's and have since acquired the their whole collection.
Outburts is a REAL treat - strong songwriting , great tunes and above all fantastic to listen to , standout tracks for me are the single Sea Change , Radio Silence , Mirrors (which I play and play and play), Paper Heart and The Invitation.
Well done lads - a long wait for new material but well worth it , I have converted my 2 teenagers - not difficult and we will all be going to Bristol to see the band next week - rarely have I looked forward to a concert so much and Pete Lawrie who I love to bits is supporting

British songwriting and musicianship at its absolute pinacle - this band has given me SO much entertainment over the last few years and it looks as if that will continue for years to come - I look to adding their 'covers' CD at The Gig - another new release of cover material
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3.0 out of 5 stars Back to basics for Turin Brakes 16 Mar 2010
Format:Audio CD
Turin Brakes are one of those bands that I have always quietly respected and looked forward to every new release. I have to admit that I have been slightly frustrated with their past couple of albums and although every C.D has a track or two that is beautifully crafted, nothing has matched the sheer wonder of `The optimist LP'.
`Outbursts' has had mixed reviews from the press and I can understand why. There are some tracks that leave you admiring their song writing talent (Paper heart, Sea Change & Radio Silence) and scratching your head as to why they aren't given the recognition they truly deserve. Unfortunately, other tunes completely washed over me. For most bands, this is to be expected, but for Turin Brakes, I feel slightly disappointed.
`Outbursts' is definitely a return to `better days', but I somehow feel, it could have been so much more.
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By dNm1
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Turin Brakes are relatively unknown, however they have a legion of devoted fans who might argue that they know no better musicians out there. For these fans, the release of Turin Brakes' latest album 'Outbursts,' must surely have struck a resounding acoustic chord of success. The band here are enjoying seemingly newfound freedoms without the choking hand of a corporate label. The result is that the familiar Turin Brakes creativity, poetry and lyrical honesty has never been so potent.

For those who know nothing of this band: their' song's are typically driven by powerfull, folk/rock acoustic, melancholy, self analytical, summer ballads which blissfully set the mood regardless of the day you've had or the weather outside. A long description, but they need every bit of it! I'm no musically attuned proffessional critic, but the I can honestly FEEL that the sound Turin Brakes make is good for the soul. Furthermore, there is nothing like them.

Reminising on each song:

Sea Change: A pulsating, acoustic driven political piece that moves to a dramatic ending creshendo. Engrossing.

Mirror: A great song. Talent with the guitar and vocals showcased, although it's the poetic lyrical imput that makes this a favorite.

Rocket Song: A skilled and melancholy output, that drives relentlessly forward. Brilliant. (The song is speaking of a space bound Rocket, not the garden herb -as discussed by the band at the Newcastle gig I attended!)

Paper Heart: Quiet, poetic and elegent, a slow, delicate song which acts as a temporary pace changer.

The Invitiation: Huge lyrical cinicism contrasts with an underlying sound of hope, all with minor key changes (I think!) that are frankly blissfully placed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Back to their best, if not better! 2 Mar 2010
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You can sense that their new-found freedom has given them back something very special. The meddling big label fat cats are nowhere to be seen as Turin Brakes are once again crafting beautiful, subtle and natural songs like only they can. My personal highlights are Sea Change, Mirror, Rocket Song, Paper Heart & Apocolips.
Outbursts is most like their brooding first album, The Optimist LP, and their sunny third, JackInABox but has hints of the slick pop/soft rock sheen of their other efforts.
The chances are that if you don't get them by now this won't change your mind, but, if you have ever taken a shine to them, or musical peers Elbow, Doves, I am Kloot, Gomez and the likes, I guarantee that this album won't disappoint.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Turin SUPER album
What a great album. I have got high expectations with Turin Brakes and this one doesn't disappoint. One for the collection that you can listen time and time again. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr. A C
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
excellent album . If you havn't stumbled across this band, treat yourself .Better yet, go see em and chill right out !!
Published 6 months ago by andy tyas
4.0 out of 5 stars Probably ? The most overlooked and underrated band of the last 15...
Got in to Turin Brakes years ago with Jackinabox (recommended) and then lost touch with a little research caught up and was blown away by this album. Read more
Published 6 months ago by What do I know ?
4.0 out of 5 stars Turin typified!
A really good mix of songs with ever bizarre lyrics in places which I've come to associate with Turin Brakes and Ollie's amzing voice. You need this album in your collection.
Published 10 months ago by Andrew Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Subtle, delcate.
Love the melodies and harmonies on this albulm. There are some edgy key changes that I found odd at first, but they grew on me. I am pleased this is in my music collectio. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious!
As always, Turin Brakes take us on another lush and emotive journey that hooks you in from the first few notes and doesn't let you go til they're finished. Read more
Published on 17 Nov 2010 by Bunny Zaz
5.0 out of 5 stars Return of the optimist
Great album, great to hear Turin Brakes going back to the more acoustic routes of the optimist lp
Published on 5 Nov 2010 by Turin Tom
5.0 out of 5 stars Outburts
Improving on their last releases, the songwriting duo continue with their novel approach. Breathtaking hooks, soaring harmonies and imminently accessible tunes abound. Read more
Published on 30 Sep 2010 by Mr. I. Walsh
5.0 out of 5 stars WHO NEEDS SIMON COWELL ?
As a fan of Turin Brakes since the beginning I couldn't wait to hear Outbursts to see which direction the new songs would take. Read more
Published on 14 May 2010 by Bryan R. Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars What a find
I had never heard of Turin Brakes. The Outbursts album came up in my Amazon recommendations, so I sampled a few tracks and I'm so glad that I did. Read more
Published on 9 May 2010 by Semir
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