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Places Like This

Architecture in Helsinki Audio CD
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Architecture in Helsinki have certainly come a long way since the late nineties, when Bird was a gangly kid in a New South Wales country town messing around with his buddies Jamie Mildren and Sam Perry. They moved to Melbourne and soon found likeminded musical souls in Kellie Sutherland and Gus Franklin. The five of them have continued on the Architecture in Helsinki rollercoaster to this ... Read more in Amazon's Architecture in Helsinki Store

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  • Audio CD (13 Aug 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Tailem Road
  • ASIN: B000SB4TBW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 152,692 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Red Turned White 2:460.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Heart It Races 3:150.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Hold Music 3:530.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Feather In A Baseball Cap 2:270.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Underwater 3:300.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Like It Or Not 3:020.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Debbie 2:530.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Lazy (Lazy) 2:550.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Nothing's Wrong 3:230.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Same Old Innocence 3:300.89  Buy MP3 


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BBC Review

First things first: Architecture in Helsinki are not architects and they're not from Helsinki. Hell, they're not even Finnish. But they do sound rather like you imagine summer on Bondi Beach might sound: sun-scorched and slightly drunken with just a hint of sea salt and barbecues in the air.

Places Like These is the third full-length outing for a six-piece outfit that began its life in Melbourne. Recorded at relative speed in New York, where writer/vocalist Cameron Bird now lives, it is completely - and deliriously - at odds with 2005's In Case We Die. Imagine you've dropped your iPod from a great height but it still works, only nothing on it now sounds quite like you remember. Somehow, it actually sounds better!

Immediately apparent is the sheer, undiluted joy in and of the music-making: a hectic, often hilarious helter-skelter that screws itself up into an impeccably crafted collision of instantly catchy sounds that prove to be more contagious than even an escaped foot and mouth vaccine.

This is as effervescent and intoxicating as pop music gets. Sounding disconcertingly like Toto Coelo covering The Art of Noise, 'Heart It Races' offers a neon-bright, billboard-high clue to the lunatic idiosyncrasy about to spill out from every available digital nook and cranny. 'Hold Music' is The B52s spruced up and reinvigorated, all loopy guitars, cowbell percussion and a ridiculously catchy 'give it to me baby, give it to me' lyric lacing everything together.

'Feather In A Baseball Cap' offers a grown-up version of The Scissor Sisters, 'Underwater' a liquescent take on Black Grape and 'Debbie' is a simply glorious falsetto-filled, brass-backed heady hymnal to sinning.

In all, Architecture in Helsinki build beautifully infectious songs that induce a spring in the step and place a genuine smile on the lips. Clever, pop literate and not a little sophisticated, they remind you that music can be fun and all the better for it. Go on, treat yourself this summer! --Michael Quinn

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4.0 out of 5 stars Heart it races 29 Aug 2007
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Warning: Architecture in Helsinki are no longer twee. Whether this upsets you will depend on whether you like twee pop or not.

Admittedly, there are some twee moments in "Places Like This," and the whole album is colourful, sunny and catchy. But the Aussie band is rocking a more funky, rock'n'roll sound in their third album -- while it's not as winning or cohesive as their previous work, it is still entertainingly crazy and colourful electro-island-funk-rock.

It opens with what sounds like firecrackers exploding (or a keyboard dying a violent death), and segues quickly into a funky-electronic rocker ("So imagine the change/we spoke, it filled the air/so with the north-reflected southern light..."). But things really get going in the colourful calypso-pop of "Heart It Races," with its nonsensical lyrics about knotted laces and winter tans.

The songs that follow are a bit less funky -- electro/horn/dancepop, rollicking guitar melodies, strange ambient raps, and a bubbling song called "Underwater." Things get a little unhinged by the plodding, thumping "Lazy (Lazy)," but the band pulls things back together with sunny island pop of "Nothing's Wrong" and colourful rock of "The Same Old Innocence."

I can only assume that the new more electro-rocky sound is what prompted two members of the band to depart last year. While the first two albums Architecture in Helsinki made were just fun, frolicksome sunny pop, "Places Like This" explores a whole different kind of music than before -- sunny indie-rockers are woven in as well. It has some slack moments, but the overall confection is more fun than not.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Heart it races 15 Aug 2007
By E. A Solinas - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Warning: Architecture in Helsinki are no longer twee. Whether this upsets you will depend on whether you like twee pop or not.

Admittedly, there are some twee moments in "Places Like This," and the whole album is colourful, sunny and catchy. But the Aussie band is rocking a more funky, rock'n'roll sound in their third album -- while it's not as winning or cohesive as their previous work, it is still entertainingly crazy and colourful electro-island-funk-rock.

It opens with what sounds like firecrackers exploding (or a keyboard dying a violent death), and segues quickly into a funky-electronic rocker ("So imagine the change/we spoke, it filled the air/so with the north-reflected southern light..."). But things really get going in the colourful calypso-pop of "Heart It Races," with its nonsensical lyrics about knotted laces and winter tans.

The songs that follow are a bit less funky -- electro/horn/dancepop, rollicking guitar melodies, strange ambient raps, and a bubbling song called "Underwater." Things get a little unhinged by the plodding, thumping "Lazy (Lazy)," but the band pulls things back together with sunny island pop of "Nothing's Wrong" and colourful rock of "The Same Old Innocence."

I can only assume that the new more electro-rocky sound is what prompted two members of the band to depart last year. While the first two albums Architecture in Helsinki made were just fun, frolicksome sunny pop, "Places Like This" explores a whole different kind of music than before -- sunny indie-rockers are woven in as well. It has some slack moments, but the overall confection is more fun than not.

It relies pretty heavily on some solid drums, colourful analog beats and glockenspiel, which can ring out in retro splendour, ripples, bubbles, dancey beats, or even blossom into a haze of psychedelic charm. There are also undercurrents of graceful guitar, and choruses of all sorts of brass just under the surface -- not to mention those great calypso drums in the second song.

I don't entirely understand what these guys are singing -- just as well, since most of what they sing is kinda nonsensical ("It's wicked where you tread/Shot an arrow in your head/Since the apple wasn't there"). But the vocals never get boring -- falsetto wails, deep croons, melodramatic pronouncements, and indie-girl/boy duets.

"Places Like This" has some bruised spots, where new explorations didn't really pay off. But the overall album is a fun, rollicking vacation in the sun -- very charming, and very different.
5.0 out of 5 stars Still listen to it today 2 April 2014
By Raymond Lancione - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I've had this album forever, but I still listen to it. I love Architecture in Helsinki . I'll listen to almost anything they throw at me. I have to admit, at first a lot of these songs didn't really capture me, but I've listened to them further and I really like them now. I would have to say that it's not everyone's cup of tea.
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this 30 Oct 2013
By Andrea - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you like music that is a little weird and electronic (though far from EDM or dubstep), this is for you. I can listen to Do the Whirlwind on repeat for hours, but the rest of the album is awesome too.
2.0 out of 5 stars all-over-the-place(s like this) Erratic is the word 12 Jan 2013
By Justin Pruitt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I had heard of this band before but never took too much interest... I recently bought a CD lot on Ebay and this CD was on there... The potential is there, but I was very put off buy the blatant mess these guys are making... changing things up every 20 seconds, using all kinds of instruments (ALL OF THEM)! changing melodies, vocals, everything! The songs aren't memorable at all and end up being much more annoying than pleasurable. I came on here to see how liked this album was by their fans and apparently most people agree that this album is erratic when compared to the bands previous releases. So I will definitely give them a chance and check out those albums because, as I said, the potential is very evident!
4.0 out of 5 stars Architecture in Helsinki 13 Jan 2009
By David A. Hose - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I saw this band perform on IFC after the Henry Rollins Show a few weeks ago and I really liked their unique sound. Honestly, I bought this album because it was the cheapest of the bunch and I had only heard 2 songs so I didn't know what to expect. I was actually pretty impressed. The band is like the B-52's meet They Might Be Giants, it's good fun music. I recommend this band to anyone who likes light-hearted indie rock
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