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Seven Dials

4 May 2014 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Release Date: 4 May 2014
  • Label: AED
  • Copyright: (c) 2014 Analogue Enhanced Digital Ltd (under exclusive license from Roddy Frame)
  • Total Length: 37:04
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  • ASIN: B00JJTPYVS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,108 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By SKC on 9 May 2014
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Let's face it, Roddy Frame is hardly prolific is he? But you have to hand it to him - his quality control is phenomenal.

I pre-ordered my copy of Seven Dials and while I was at it I booked up for Birmingham Town Hall in December, then settled back to wait.

My first impression of this album was that it had three or four great tracks and the rest somehere between good and ok. But as we all know, there's always more to a Roddy Frame album than you think - and sure enough, by the end of the second listen I had revised my opinion. Bar one slightly (to my ears) clumsy guitar break on "The Other Side", this is a great piece of work.

Roddy has really grown into his voice over the years and pitches his writing perfectly, his melodies are excellent and the lyrics are, of course, always worth listening to.

Highlights are "Postcards" - the mood is all Steely Dan...although I trust that Roddy didn't agonise for nine months over each individual note like Steely Dan would...and "Rear View Mirror" which is jazzy in a wonderful way - rather than a "Losing the will to live" kind of way.

But really - it's all effortlessly great. As always.

Roll on December!!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. J. Dunlop on 7 May 2014
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Wow, what a return and what an album. The entire album has a richness and warmth to it, with a great mix of upbeat songs and slower paced efforts. The first two tracks on the album, White Pony and Postcard are simply beautiful and get better everytime you listen to them. In particular, postcard which has such a catchy bass to it. Fourty Days of Rain is an addictive listen and the lyrics get you instantly singing along. At the moment my favourite track on the album has to be On the waves which has another very catchy bass sound to it, intermixed with Roddys immaculate guitar playing. The album has such a polished, well produced feel to it and the more you listen the greater depth of sound you hear. Cant stop playing it and personally think its the most rounded album since The North Star.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Andy Sweeney TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 May 2014
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Ex-Aztec Camera songwriter and frontman Roddy Frame's fourth solo album, “Seven Dials” is perhaps as perfect an album any long-term fan could expect from his quietly brilliant musical mind. Having just turned fifty, there is no less of a crisp melodic sheen to his voice than there was thirty years ago and the compositions, well they're the kind of wistful, descriptive, achingly gorgeous songs that Frame has produced over the years and there's a whole album jammed full of them. By the feel of this album, last year's 30th anniversary celebrations of Aztec Camera's fine début, “High Land, Hard Rain” have acted as a catalyst for an album that sounds as wonderfully fresh, optimistic and youthful as his music did three decades ago. Released on co-founder Edwyn Collins' Honest Joe's AED Records and recorded in Collins' West Heath Yard studio, co-producer and engineer Sebastian Lewsley has made these songs sound as magnificent as they deserve to sound.

Straight away after you press play, there is instant gratification with what can only be described as a classic Roddy Frame big, beautiful ballad in “White Pony”. The first time I heard it, I admit that my eyes misted over and a East Kilbride-sized lump formed in my throat; it's the beginning of something very special. “Postcard” sees Frame in cutting loose with a sunny, shimmering rock song that evokes California, both lyrically and musically, bringing to mind some of the seventies greats, such as Fleetwood Mac and, in one part, The Eagles. There's also a brief, self-effacing Spanish guitar solo aping his eighties style just before the false ending, demonstrating that his sense of humour and fun are well and truly in attendance here.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 May 2014
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"Seven Dials" marks the return of a true national treasure. Roddy Frame's past album "Surf" should pay rates in this property it spends that much time on the turnable. It is good to discover that with the the release of "Seven Dials" the great man has produced a sterling new album. Whilst its a more varied affair than the acoustic melancholy of "Surf" the consistency of Frame's songwriting rarely dips on the scales of excellence. This new record is the usual mix of cracked ballads, songs which sound ok on the first listen but by the third are your latest favourites and that expressive voice that appears to be getting better with age.

Frame previewed the album a few weeks back with the release of the jaunty "Forty Days of Rain" which repays repeated listens. However it is the slower songs here like the reflective opener "White Pony" which is packed with dangerous hints of melody which impress most. Others like "Into the Sun" conquer up languid imagery with Frame pleading the need to "Erase all trace of me until I'm just a piece of paper/I've placed my faith in something/that I cannot believe in any more.". The song "Postcard" has the words "Single" stamped all over it and is lovely piece of sublime pop music full of California imagery. Others to seek on a forensic musical search across these grooves would be the guitar ballad "English Garden". If there is a small criticism to be made on "Seven Dials" it is the fact that were this record to be a football match Frame has an excellent first half but consolidates on the second.

"Seven Dials" is a very welcome return for a singer songwriter who does not get near enough recognition for his huge palette of skills. Frame doesn't "do" bad albums and thus while this is not quite up there with the god like genius of "Surf" it is a blast of Scottish warm rays underpinned by witty one liners and aching melodies.
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