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Palace [Extended Edition]

Palace [Extended Edition]

31 Jan 2011

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  • Original Release Date: 31 Jan 2011
  • Release Date: 31 Jan 2011
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Polydor Ltd.
  • Copyright: (C) 2010 Polydor Ltd. (UK)
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  • Total Length: 1:05:32
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  • ASIN: B004IF9J9Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,429 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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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 100 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 Slow Club Scott on 8 Mar 2011
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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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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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