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Softly, Softly

The Hosts Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (10 Feb 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fierce Panda
  • ASIN: B00H7NN1MC
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,384 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen10. Go Away 3:59£0.99  Buy MP3 

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The Hosts are from Sheffield and consist of Tom Hogg (vocals, guitar), Jim Fisher (keyboards), Jamie Shipley (guitar), David Glover (bass) and Adam Crofts (drums). In their world no chorus can be big enough. No sentiment can be bittersweet enough. No emotion can be a deep enough shade of blue. All of which befits a band whose wall-of-soundscape has been known to take in Buddy Holly, Phil Spector, The Velvet Underground, The Beach Boys and Jonathan Fire*Eater. Tellingly, Softly, Softly is released on the week of Valentines Day, for as the band themselves say: With its euphoric highs and sentimental lows Softly, Softly paints a picture of modern romance in vivid Technocolour. It is a journey that mirrors the bands own highs and lows and one which finds them waiting, now ready to catch their monkey. Earlier in 2013 the quintet tickled the underbelly of the mainstream beast with ''September Song'' (a selfie release) and ''Give Your Love To Her'' (on Label Fandango), two raffish slabs of retro alt.pop which represented the missing link between Roy Orbison and Richard Hawley and which waltzed all over BBC 6 Music and Radio 2. Verily, these people know their green onions. The Hosts make quite the perfect live guests, too: they've toured with Paul Weller, The Walkmen and Cold War Kids, and played their broken hearts out with Richard Hawley and Cherry Ghost.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless 8 May 2014
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I stumbled across The Hosts as I do many new bands these days - via BBC 6Music's King of Indie Steve Lamacq - and in doing so I found one of the most immediate and uplifting albums I'd heard in a long time. The beauty of The Hosts is that they could have made this record at any point since about 1958 and in any of the intervening decades it would have affected people and left a smile on their faces. The genius here is that they have essentially eliminated the risk of it ever sounding dated by making it retro from the get-go. Wide horizons hark back to Buddy Holly and drive in cinemas, doo-wop and the Everly Brothers, yet at the same time it sounds remarkably current and points to where bland modern pop is seriously lacking.

That the band have been produced by fellow Sheffield son Richard Hawley and that they cover Roy Orbison's 'In Dreams' on the record are quite telling... If you can imagine the Big O himself covering 'Tonight the Streets Are Ours' you've an idea of how this joyous album pans out.

If there's any justice the Hosts will join the roster of great Sheffield bands that already boasts Pulp, Arctic Monkeys and the Human League amongst its ranks. And Softly, Softly will become as timeless a classic as its influences have.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Grand Indie Band 24 Feb 2014
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Saw The Hosts support the Crookes in Sheffield a few months ago and have been hooked ever since.
This album combines elements from many other Indie styles such as Spector, The Crookes and the Arctic Monkeys. They use a great dreary bandstand-like melody but folk-y vocals.

I was pleasantly surprised that they had released this album, give Your Love To Her, September Song and Wake Up are teh highlights of the album, but the other tacks are pretty good too.

it's not a groundbreaking album, but they're a fantastic up-and-coming band that I'm pretty sure have got a lot more to give.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great! 8 May 2014
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This is going to be seen as a classic album. It holds together, there doesn't feel any filler tracks, it is what I've been looking and waiting for for quite a while. Hope to see them live if they are even a quarter as good as this it will be great. Thanks The Hosts!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The One 2 Mar 2014
By Sarah
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This album is made up of superbly crafted songs with memorable melodies and moving lyrics. I would recommend Softly Softly to anyone who appreciates excellent music!
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