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East-London five-piece Chapel Club have announced their return with the release of their second album ‘Good Together’.

This album marks a stunning new sound for the band. Chapel Club have made a bold change in both instrumentation and attitude since their 2011 debut album ‘Palace’, exchanging guitars to bring analog synths to the forefront signalling the ... Read more in Amazon's Chapel Club Store

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  • Audio CD (31 Jan. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Polydor / Interscope
  • ASIN: B004G5YXP8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,388 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)


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BBC Review

Chapel Club may have named themselves after not one but two venues of weekend worship, but, on this evidence, we'd be inclined to suspect that their god is neither a DJ nor one of a more Cliff-friendly variety. Instead, they've chosen to prostrate themselves at the temple of pretty much the entire pantheon of bleak'n'blank boys from the entirety of the age of indie, from the Bunnymen and Joy Division right through to Glasvegas and White Lies. All well and good, you might think – or, more appropriately, all sick and tainted – but what's to stop this being a parade of numbness-by-numbers?

Quite a variety of things, as it happens. First up, there hasn't been a debut album more giggishly constructed than this since Foals' Antidotes: launching with the tantalisingly fades-in-slowly organ promises of Depths, it starts laying its stall out rather tentatively via Surfacing, which, even after all this time (its initial release was as their first single back in late 2009), is still somewhat weighed down by its over-appropriation of Dream a Little Dream of Me in spite of a certain candid cuteness, before working its way to a mid-point plateau that it stomps mercurially across thereafter. Moreover, there's enough creative shading here to ensure that moribundity never sets in – vocally, Lewis Bowman has a masterful knack of being a bruiser one bar and bruised the next, while, lyrically, there's an abject refinement to his lyrics that manifests itself in titles such as White Knight Position and O Maybe I and ruminations on love and loss that tower over mere landfill cliché.

Musically, too, when they deign to stretch out and wait, to borrow a phrase from one of their most frequent touchstones, they're capable of a preciously pretty haziness that sparkles darkly and startles artfully. Fine Light is a particularly pronounced example of this, all hushed guitar cascades, fracturing-into-focus shoegazing and sighs-as-instruments drawing the listener swooningly in before abruptly changing pace for a breakneck display of soaring skew-pop. Paper Thin, their one actual musing on religion proper, reclines into a hymnal minimalism amid twangs that seem to summon up a Hawley-ian heartbreak, and last year's standout single The Shore has lost none of its pathos and potency in the meantime, its slow sculpting and funereally reverent drumming chiming against a blanket of resigned Cocteau Twins reverb and some thoroughly luminous bile to produce effortlessly epic results.

Alright, so they might be inserting themselves into a canon known for its critical consensus, but Palace is still a vital addition to the oeuvre, and richly deserving of the inevitable praise.

--Iain Moffatt

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Wildski on 12 Feb. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Given the distinctive sound of Chapel Club's "Palace" album, there will be of course the almost inevitable references to Joy Division, Echo and the Bunnymen etc. However to dismiss this band as "yet another" Joy Division copy-cat band would be a mistake. A big one. Because, whilst there are definitely hints of the aforementioned cult heroes, like Editors and Interpol before them, Chapel Club have infused this brilliant debut album with their own unique sound. From the simple but elegantly delivered drums on "Surfacing" (check that ride cymbal cutting through- lovely stuff), to the low-fi bass run on "Five Trees, to the almost-pop but not quite "Eastern Girls" to the sublime "O maybe I", this is an album that is refreshingly old-school indie, if indeed there is such a thing. In fact "O maybe I" could almost have been a Smiths number, and the singer takes great delight in delivering the lyric "I just couldn't go through that again, she said. No one asked you too, darling" in a manner that's not quite Morrissey, but then again not quite NOT Morrissey. This debut album is a real gem. After listening to the first couple of EPs I eagerly awaited the album and was not at all disappointed. OK, maybe it owes an awful lot to 70's / 80's indie music, but to my mind it's all the better for it. There is a common theme of the sea and shores running through the album, which gives the songs a kind of synergy. All in all, a well crafted, intelligent album in a world of manufactured, throw away pop. Enjoy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Oct. 2011
Format: Audio CD
It's heartening to meet these five young gentlemen's acquaintance.
Chapel Club are a London-based band who kick up a cracking good row
on their debut album 'Palaces'. There's a lot of the right kind of
energy here. The spirit of the eighties seems to fit them well.

The line-up comprises : Lewis Bowman, vocals; Michael Hibbert and
Alex Parry, guitars; Liam Arklie, bass and Rich Mitchell, drums.
They have a big fat sound which leans towards the darker side of
the road. Mr Bowman's voice is highly expressive and his lyrics are
eloquent. The overall tone of the album is serious and powerful.

Following a brief ambient introduction we are thrown full-tilt into
the very splendid 'Surfacing', a song with guts and gravitas which,
nonetheless, manages to get our toes tapping. Mr Mitchell, in particular,
makes his presence felt admirably. They seem to have borrowed a few
words from the 1930's composition 'Dream A Little Dream Of Me' for the
chorus which sits curiously well amid the compelling bluster of the whole.
The twisted guitar lines of 'Five Trees' frame an arrangement which hints at
Heroes-era Bowie. Mr Bowman's deadpan delivery makes it his own however.
Elsewhere I was particularly taken with 'The Shore' (seagulls included);
the reverb-soaked sonic landscape is full of atmospheric light and shade
and 'Blind', which sports a good tune and an especially strong refrain. For
my money, however, the nuanced Spector-ish strains of final track 'Paper
Thin' can justifiably stake a claim as being the best number in the bunch.
It brings the album to a rousing conclusion and leaves us wanting more.

I dare say the music would also stand up well to scrutiny in a live context.

Recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A.Scott on 8 Mar. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Having stumbled across the single O Maybe I a few months ago and having subsequently downloaded The Shore and All The Eastern Girls, I was expecting great things from the album itself and wasn't let down in the slightest. Chapel Club got ripped for plagarising Dream A Little Dream Of Me on the track Surfacing but like hell was it worth it because it's one beast of a track. Likewise the rest of the album gels together well, the songs having dark undertones but at the same time proving hopelessly listenable. A brillant debut by a great band from which we can all expect great things.
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By J Evans on 4 Aug. 2014
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This is a fantastic album, probably the very best of 2011 (though it only scraped the top 40) and it's unfortunate that the group disbanded after the 2013 follow-up 'Good Together'.
Vocally this sounds like Ian McCulloch (e.g. Five Trees and the sublime White Night Position which sounds like it should be on an updated Crocodiles LP and would be the BEST song on there) and Morrissey (e.g. Fine Light and Paper Thin) but with far more imaginative/distinctive music than either Echo & the Bunnymen or Morrissey have managed in the past two decades - music which matters and isn't mainly a backing for the vocals.
Anyone who likes The Editors, White Lies or Ride should also like these. Give them a go!
My highlights are Surfacing, Five Trees, White Knight Position, Blind and All the Eastern Girls. Five great songs on one album is no mean feat.
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I saw this band play live in 2011 as support for Suede at the Brixton Academy. Firstly, they reminded me a good deal of Joy Division which is the main reason I ended up buying this record.

Given a few listens you soon realise Chapel Club have their own identity and, despite the Joy Division and Wire references bestowed upon them, this band are offering something more.

You can be doing your CD collection a handy favour buy buying this album.
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