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Play For Today

Ultrasound Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (24 Sep 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fierce Panda
  • ASIN: B008O5PNWI
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,820 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  4. Nonsense 3:540.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen10. Sovereign 6:540.99  Buy MP3 

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Limited edition first pressing comes with a roll out CD wallet featuring an empty stage upon which you can stick the included transfers of the band and their equipment They said it would never happen. And by they we mean the band, their friends and anyone who had ever worked with them. But somehow, against all odds and several wads, ULTRASOUND are back. Back with a fresh attitude. Back with a new keyboard player. Back with a second album a mere 13 (that s thirteen) years after colossal debut Everything Picture rattled the gills of the album charts. You really couldn t make it up, but make up they have. This much we know: as the Twentieth Century wheezed to a close Ultrasound were in the process of spectacularly imploding. 1999 might have been the first year the known world heard of the likes of Doves, Coldplay, Elbow and Muse but for Ultrasound the race was already almost run, a journey which had seen them catapulted from the obscurity of a squat in West London to the front of the NME and a megadeal with Nude Records with scarcely a pause for breath. The fallout was, in a way, as thrilling as the rise upwards. Battered by a reality they didn t understand and bent out of shape by a music industry they no longer trusted they parted company and walked out of the party. It would be ten years before they set foot on the same stage again. But eventually, thanks to the charitable needs of a benefit gig for Tim Smith from The Cardiacs, Ultrasound did find themselves back together in a rehearsal room in 2010. Subsequent carefully chosen live shows at the Bull & Gate, Cargo and the Borderline presented a band who were (back) at ease with themselves. And creating the mammoth sounds of last year s comeback single Welfare State / Sovereign gave them a taste for the creative juices they had never lost, just gently misplaced for a decade. The excellent news is that that lost decade has not withered their appetite for gargantuan pop hooks and outlandlishly cosmic freakouts. Play For Today was recorded in SNAP studios in North London and produced by Guy Massey. It consists of ten songs sprawled across 53 minutes and ransacks their trademark widescreen heart-searching / art-thrusting box of prog tricks, veering from the rock n roll brutalism of Goodbye Baby, Amen and the sadfaced pop hookery of Deus Ex Natura to the frankly epic Between Two Rivers , replete with mournful colliery brass band. Every alternative National Anthem should have one. There s even a Bassey-esque vocal turn from bassist Vanessa on Glitter Box - a life of surprises indeed. So now they find themselves back on fierce panda, the launch pad for their debut Same Band single the first time around. Of course, it is sublimely, typically Ultrasound that it should be thirteen years which separate their albums. Never knowingly understated at the best of times it would somehow have been poor form if they had waited a prissy half decade like the Stone Roses before getting around to a follow-up. So here they are now. Entertain them. And quickly otherwise it could well be the year 2025 before we get to hear a third album...

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1. Welfare State
2. Beautiful Sadness
3. Twins
4. Nonsense
5. Between Two Rivers
6. Goodbye Baby, Amen
7. Deus Ex Natura
8. Long Way Home
9. Glitter Box
10. Sovereign

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5.0 out of 5 stars If there is any justice.. 18 Dec 2012
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In any properly run universe Ultrasound would have won shedloads of awards and would continually be on one ecstatic wold tour after another with the world music press at their feet.

Unfortunately we live in this one with 13 years ago everything picture underrated to a level that was nothing short of criminal. They split and all we were left with was one stunning album and what might have been.

But against all odds, they're back AND how! There is no doubt that Play For Today is their next album, it's very definitely Ultrasound, but this is grown up and refined. They know what they want, what they want to say and are going for it. There are no rather self indulgent 40 minute tracks, this is judged to perfection.

There are influences but they are very much themselves, the songs are personal, passionate, wrenching, funny, clever, moving, anthemic, epic. They pour everything into this album and it shows. It grows with each and every playing, you're continually hearing something new. Of course there are standouts, but there's not a duff moment to be had, and at the end, you're left wanting more, and reaching for 'play' all over again.

Play for Today is probably my album of 2012 and considering other releases this year thats one hell of a big deal. Buy it, just buy it. You'll find the same.

If there is any justice Ultrasound may yet have the future they deserve.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Waited years for this! 22 Nov 2012
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When I say I waited years for this, that's not a criticism of Amazon's delivery times - just that I longed for the band to make more music together and often wondered, while playing their first album, what might have been. So it was brilliant news when they reformed. And the promise of a long-awaited second album was the icing on the cake.

This album is a phenomenal collection of songs - starting with the epic full-length version of Welfare State. This is even better than the single version - with a second half coda of rising passion, rage and fury. In some beautiful alternative universe, Welfare State was at no.1 for six months and won a skip load of Novello awards. Other highlights include the awesome Beautiful Sadness, Nonsense, and the epic Between Two Rivers. All full of Ultrasound brilliance. And mention must go to Glitter Box - when we hear Vanessa Best's amazing voice given centre stage.

Amazing and highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome just Awesome 18 Oct 2012
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Pity I couldn't give it 6 stars. The long long long awaited follow up to Everything Picture sees Ultrasound on top form. Stand out track is Sovereign with Tiny's voice stretching from meloncholic to thunderous in the bat of an eyelid. Guitar rifts and solos aplenty this really is a truly brilliant album. Buy it now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best album of 2012 27 Dec 2012
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"Play For Today" is the great début album that "Everything Picture" ought to have been but wasn't. That late-90s record comprised about half a dozen very good tunes which needed to be excavated from what can only be described as faffing around. Their vices largely curbed, "Play For Today" is a collection of ten - well, eight - punk-edged prog rock anthems without the pretention of the previous album. Opener "Welfare State" is the only track that could have done with some decent pruning, being as it is a final piece of indie melodrama split into two by some bewilderingly pointless bleeping and whistling.

That ghost exorcised, let us move on to single "Beautiful Sadness", which has a slight feel of My Life Story about it at times, but in the end is more like what the Killers would sound like if they were still, you know... good. A penchant for hi-hat semiquavers is just about the only hint of dreadful 2010s synth-pop revival you'll get on this record. "Twins" and "Nonsense" are fine soulful space-rock, the latter with more than a hint of Byrds whimsy about it.

The fulcrum of the album, and the best song, is the extraordinary "Between Two Rivers", which seems to be a lament on the Iraq war. It begins with a mournful colliery band, which suggests that Mansun popped into the studio on the way home from the pub to see if they needed a hand. ("Between Two Rivers" is, more or less, a translation of Mesopotamia.)

The story of Ultrasound's break-up has been told before and is monumentally tedious so need not detain us here. But they are back and sound none the worse for thirteen years off. Indeed, they have improved. Grown up, even.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Epic 10 Oct 2012
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A truly fantastic return from this epic band. Double single Welfare State and Sovereign have been around for some time now and the new stuff is just more peerless indie-power-prog-anthem-pop all the way.Comparisons are redundant but early-period Magazine kept popping into mind as Play for Today cheered the dog walk. Everyone plays their socks off on this awesome outing. And if enough people buy it Tiny and Vanessa could give up their day jobs and bask in oceans of adoration on the stadium tour.
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