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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Import
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Aido on 25 Jun. 2001
Format: Audio CD
why oh why were the pale saints so criminally ignored. their three superb albums followed a definite progression from the spiky melodic punk and dreamy shoegazing of 'the comforts of madness' through the developing production values of 'in ribbons' to this their hugely underrated post ian masters swansong. bands like my vitriol would simply not exist if it wasn't for the pale saints. you are constantly made to work and wait for some moments of glorious melodic pop, interspersed amongst angular minor chord work-outs. 'be my angel' is the grown-up version of their first album's thrashy 'language of flowers', meriel barham's voice weaving in and out of a furious driving wall of sound, where ian masters' fragile warble seemed always on the point of cracking. 'fine friend' and 'one blue hill' follow (and wallow) in the same mould as 'featherframe', languid guitars bursting into life and then slowing seductively. like the go-betweens trademark double ll titles, the saints always deliberately finished their albums with a lengthy self-indulgent but totally memorable opus. for the best track on slow buildings: 'suggestion', refer to the earlier works and 'sight of you' and 'a thousand stars burst open'. heartbreaking melodies and a wig-out air guitar climax that leaves you totally satisfied and ready to start it all again. pale saints were absolute class and you should give them a chance. they are still one of my all-time favourite groups.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Feb. 2001
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This is very different from the excellent 'Comforts of Madness' album but no less impressive. If your stick on some headphones and allow this music wash over you the reward is worth it. Tracks 4, 7, 8, 9 stand out as especially engaging. These songs seem me as having encapsulated the sense of patience and anticipation that accompany good foreplay (assuming I know what that is). I do recommend this album but one to luxuriate over alone with no other sensory input to distract you.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
BRILLIANT 10 Sept. 2001
By Kenna - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This album is the best offering from the now defunct Pale Saints. Sure, Meriel Barham's writing style is different than Ian Master's, but the quality of work is just as good. Barham brought new light and killer licks to what ultimately became Pale Saints swan song. And as a vocalist, she surpasses Masters by miles. 'Slow Buildings' may not be the best rock album in the world but it remains one of the finest moments in music from the 1990s. 4AD fan or not, this record will appeal to anyone looking for great brit-rock from the last decade. It's still as refreshing as ever. I cannot get bored of this album. Highlights: Under Your Nose & Fine Friend.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Elegant, Brutal, Stately, Savage, Atmospheric 19 Dec. 1999
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From the lush, reverb-laden pop-rock of "Fine Friend" to the heavy dirge/grunge-meets-Pink-Floyd sounds of "Henry" to the emotion-tweaking slow-building "Song of Solomon" and "Gesture of a Fear", this CD is much, much more than something to simply put on as background music. After a slow start ("King Fade", reminiscent of "Signs of Life" from Pink Floyd's "Momentary Lapse of Reason") the CD jumps right in, demanding the listener's attention with the upbeat "Angel (Would You Be My"). The musicians don't show off their "chops", but rather create dense, atmospheric sound textures. Meriel Barham's smooth vocals have an understated quality about them, and Colleen Browne sings nicely as backup while playing solid bass lines. She and drummer Chris Cooper form a steady rhythm section for Berham (who also plays rhythm guitar) and primary guitarist Graeme Naysmith. I don't know what happened to this band in this lineup, or why it didn't gain more worldwide attention. On record they have a mesmerizing, organic feel, as if they all got along well enough to stay together for a long while. This is a rare CD, one to which I return frequently! Very much worth buying.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Obscure Perfection 22 April 2006
By Rock Spahr - Published on
Format: Audio CD
To me this is "The Pale Saints" and the album that exposed me to this great band. Mariel Bonham has a wonderful and relaxed voice that really makes the songs shine. The guitar craft is the tightest the band has ever been and the songs contain just enough experimentation to make them interesting for many repeated listenings. Stumbling across this album was a defining moment in shaping my taste in music today and as a result it consistently is among my favorites. King Fade, Fine Friend, and Suggestion are my choice songs.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Their Beautiful, Narcotic, Magnum Opus 12 Jan. 2014
By bleak - Published on
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Many people think Slow Buildings isn't as great as their earlier works like In Ribbons and that's fine with me (more on this later). I think SB is Pale Saints best work hands down. Not only does it hang with shoegazer masterpieces like Loveless, Souvlaki, and Nowhere, it surpasses those albums in some aspects because of the fine songwriting, playing, and overall oneness (cohesion) of the whole thing. Yet, the songs vary and each one stands out on it's own. From the dirge-like Song of Solomon to the lazy, hazy, and stoned Fine Friend, it takes me on a ride that I don't want to exit at any point or to ever end. Each song seems to be a fully realized creation leaving nothing to be added or taken away. And there's eleven of them. Well, ten because King Fade is an instrumental intro.

Take, for example, Gesture of a Fear. What a great title! After the intro, just acoustic guitar and voice. More is added like cello and it builds to the point where you think it could end, but doesn't. Just then, in comes this absolutely slow and ripping slide guitar solo by Graeme Naysmith that is layer upon layer of ecstatic bliss (redundant, I know but hey, it's really good). One phrase leads magically to the next. Slow buildings. Hitting all the notes one could ask for if you're looking for the mainline to heaven, he slip-slides around into valleys and rivers, and finally hits the top of the mountain where he finds George Harrison himself sitting and smiling with approval. In fact, the song ends with a backwards tape reprise that is reminiscent of The Beatles at their psychedelic best.

And all the songs are like this. Whether it's the beautiful voice and words of Meriel Barham, the guitar playing of Graeme and Meriel, the snake-like sinuousness of Colleen Browne's bass, the syncopated preciseness of Chris Cooper's drumming, or the studio production nuances, there is always something "interesting" to listen to. The bare naked songs themselves would be great if played on a banjo and tambourine.

Now about those people who prefer the earlier stuff with Ian Masters. I don't blame you. That stuff is great and different strokes and all. But what I do take exception to are those who slag off SB, saying everything from "disappointing" to "just filler" to even "lifeless songs." Really? I would posit that they aren't even HEARING it. Probably parrots. It's over the top of their heads and way over at that. They should try back in a decade after they've acquired some ears. They're talking out of the sides of their mouths and nothing could be farther from the truth.
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
acceptable fair from a great band 27 Oct. 2003
By Joren Lindholm - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I saw Pale Saints play a concert in Florence, Italy in 1994. I had never heard of Pale Saints, but was certainly glad to be at that show. Pale Saints were SOOOO enjoyable on that night - much better than many other shows I've seen. All four members were really into the performance. They may have gone on to do other things, but they know (as well as many who saw them live) that they surely rocked. And that's that.
My favorite recording by them is the "Fine Friend" CD single. The album "Slow Buildings" is something I enjoy listening to. But after their concert, it sounds unnecessarily laiden with thick production. The songs, some of them their best, feel like their shellaced with audio 'stuff' when I hear them on this album. I get the same feeling when I listen to a This Mortal Coil record. This vice, however, is probably due to the producer, not the band.
Song highlights: "Under Your Nose", "Gesture of a Fear", "Always I" and "Fine Friend".
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