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Replica Sun Machine

Shortwave Set Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (12 May 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wall of Sound
  • ASIN: B0013V3426
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 118,420 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Harmonia 2:540.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Glitches N Bugs 3:280.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Replica 4:450.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. House Of Lies 3:290.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Now Till '69 4:280.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Distant Daze 2:030.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. No Social 2:530.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Yesterdays To Come 3:500.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. I Know 4:150.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Sun Machine 4:050.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. The Downer Song 3:040.79  Buy MP3 

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The Shortwave Set return with their much anticipated 2nd LP `Replica Sun Machine'. Produced by Danger Mouse (Gnarls Barkley, Gorillaz) - a like minded devotee of obscure psychedelia, the album radiates charm, imagination, and scintillating melodies.

BBC Review

Hands up who thought that The Shortwave Set's debut, The Debt Collection, was one of the most underrated gems of 2005? Its mixture of vaguely naive delivery, instantly hummable tunes and idiosyncratic electronica seemed to set critics and radio schedulers' ears alight while leaving the public strangely unmoved. Now the trio - two thirds British and one third Swedish - have moved label and got some heavy friends involved and this time around they may have the backing to finally strike gold.

Now that James Brown has departed this world, Brian 'Danger Mouse' Burton is racking up the 'hardest working man in show business' miles. This year alone has seen him helm great works by The Raconteurs, Gnarls Barkely and The Black Keys. But he's gone on record as saying that he regards this band as his faves. Add to this the viola of John Cale and the string arrangements of Van Dyke parks and on paper you'd expect fireworks.

This is all well and good, but the results may leave hardened fans a little disappointed. This isn't to say that Replica Sun Machine won't lodge in your head and warm your heart. It's wonderfully chock-full of sweet tunes and pretty arrangements, but in terms of developement little sets this apart from its predecessor. Yes, the overall production is cleaner, cleverer and fuller of little quirks, but after three years you may be forgiven for expecting something a little more jaw-dropping than this.

But really, this may be a little harsh. The first single, No Social, has a wonderful loungey, loping undertow. Replica has the mark of Cale's drones all over it. It melds the Velvets and Sweden's other greatest export du jour, The Knife, quite wonderfully. Really anyone coming fresh to this band would find oodles to love here. From the string grandeur of Yesterdays To Come to the Air-like twinkles of Sun Machine. The trick of mirroring male/female vocals in octaves on most tracks does get a mite overplayed, but it also compensates for any lack of distinctiveness in either department.

As a consolidation of the strengths of The Debt Collection Replica...works admirably. It can be recommended as a solid gold accompaniment to long summer evenings to come. For the hard core fans, a little more patience may be required. --Chris Jones

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't be too hasty... 14 May 2008
Format:Audio CD
After their magnificent and defining first album I have waited for this second release with excitement and trepidation in equal measure.
The Shortwave Set have definately moved on musically and production-wise but have certainly not sacrificed their unique sound which still lives at the heart of each and every track.
I was initially wrong-footed by Replica Sun Machine. I'ts slightly less "hurdy-gurdy" than "The Debt Collection" and has a distinct flavour of psychedelia about it. As I listen to it I keep visualising outdoor festivals, flowery dresses and relaxing on scorching hot sunny days while watching the clouds drift by. At times I'm very much reminded of the "The Mamas and the Papas"
Please don't judge this album too hastily, especially if you're a big fan of their first release, Replica Sun Machine is a definite step away from their previous sound. It may take a little time to get used to this new fuller sound but if you give it the time to mature you'll see it compliments the songs without becoming overbearing.

Each track delights equally and I'm only too happy to leave the whole album on repeat without getting tired of even one second of it. The more you listen the more beautiful it becomes and it's 100% destined to be the soundtrack to my summer .....plus I just discovered in July they're going to be performing in a cow-shed less than 1/4 mile from my front door
Life just keeps on getting better.

May I be so bold as to say "well done" and a big "thank you" to all involved ?
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I came to this with fresh ears, not having discovered their obviously well loved debut, which I am now buying on the strength of my huge enthusiasm for this sophomore effort. SS are off-kilter and gorgeous - it took me three or four listens for the music to begin to develop in my ears, but now it's taken hold of my head and my heart and won't let go. When I select this on my MP3 player, it lifts my whole day. No, it doesn't have the garage ethic of their debut (which is sounding very different but also excellent) but it's streets ahead of anything else coming out of the current UK indie scene. Overproduced? Hmm. Anyone listened to the recent crop of stuff coming out of the other producer-du-jour, Jacknife Lee. This is more about depth and development. Highlights include "Now Til 69" and... oh, dammit, the other 9 nine songs too.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A disappointment 18 May 2008
By Jack
Format:Audio CD
Apparently this album was finished by the band over a year ago, and then Danger Mouse contacted them to offer further production and...this is the result: Overproduced. WAY overproduced. There are some nice songs here, but the band is still essentially a fairly wonky outfit, and their often inane lyrics and flat vocals are unflatteringly highlighted by the crushingly dense production. None of the songs are allowed to breathe, and celebratory jams like Now til '69 simply don't work because it all sounds so calculated (and the joyous chorus of "it will never be quite the same again, no way!" is laughably flat, as if all the energy was drained from them at the exact moment the listener was supposed to feel exalted). The songs are mixed - similar to their previous album - but everything seems to be in the same key, so one flows into another with little variation. Based on this evidence I'd say The Shortwave Set have already made their musical statement, so you'd be better off with The Debt Collection.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Danger Doom 28 May 2008
Format:Audio CD
I was so looking forward to this album after their captivating debut, and the feature in a recent edition of The Guardian review. Sadly I have to admit that it's a major let down. I was so excited to hear about the inclusion of John Cale , Van Dyke Parks and Danger Mouse in to the production melting pot, but what happened. The first album was so inventive, relying heavily on its charity shop vinyl samples yes,but for me thats what made its so charming.Danger Mouse is quickly becoming the producer of choice for many bands across the whole spectrum, and to be honest, I think his sound is becoming a little dull. His work with Gorillaz and The Good the Bad and the Queen was exceptional(not to mention the Grey Album, DM and Jemini, etc.)But the Shortwave Set should have stuck to what they do best. I can understand that it must have been an amazing prospect to work with such a dazzling cast of artists but sometimes its the songs that count...A producer does not make a good album.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Need a Direction 19 May 2008
Format:Audio CD
Not quite sure what to make of this. I saw this band supporting Goldfrapp and they have a detached quality about them - but a sort of studied detachment, rather like posing in an affected manner. I was generally unimpressed but kept watching since there was a germ of something there - the different instruments, some of the samples etc. They ruined it for me with a heavy-metal workout at the end - pathetic actually, it was as though that's what they really got off on, but had to do trendy sampling things to get noticed.

So here's the second album. Actually I quite like the first one and thought this would really hit me (Dangermose connection, "names" playing a part and so on). No such luck. It remains "of interest". I really think they need to concentrate on something they really believe in - and do it well. This retro style material is so very very much better done by The Real Tuesday Weld, I suggest they use their musical talents and find something fresh - if they have the creativity to do that. They really must decide if they are a novelty item, a wimpy pop band, or whatever. Oh, I can't be bothered with them anymore. Sorry. The end.
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