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  • Audio CD (27 Feb 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Neurot
  • ASIN: B000BEZP4G
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 625,494 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Confidence & Progress 6:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. The Unwilling12:27Album Only
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Listen  5. Evolution 7:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Moonpony 6:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Texas10:42Album Only

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Format: Audio CD
The long established DC instrumentalists' first album for the mighty Neurot label is a damn fine piece of work. What sets them apart from most post-rock acts is that they have five guitarists (one of whom is none other than Geordie Grindle of Teen Idles fame), two drummers and a bassist. Whilst it would be easy for them to just crank up the volume and blast out walls of sheer noise, Tone instead take the route of slowly building up intricate melodies, the five guitars being used to introduce subtle variations. The overall effect is a sound somewhere between Red Sparowes and Explosions in the Sky - very pleasant. As with most albums of this ilk, there are no standout tracks purely because the album holds together so well as a whole. The only minor gripe is that on closer Texas it sounds like the band are holding back slightly when the track finally hits its crescendo - not to contradict what's written above too much, but at that point it would have been appropriate for a five-way fuzz pedal assault. Overall Solidarity maintains the high standards Neurot continue to set, and will send latecomers like meself hunting for Tone's earlier works.
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Shimmering western/surfer/whatever post-rock... 5 Jun 2008
By A Pilgrim - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a band that reminds me a great deal of Explosions in the Sky, some their tracks even evoke images of a scorched Texan landscape, nevertheless, both bands still sound very different.

This is a band that, to a limited degree, follows the quiet/loud climatic formula bands like EITS or Mogwai practice, but it never sounds cliche or tired. In some ways Solidarity also reminds me of the aural landscapes that the Friends of Dean Martinez have composed, which are more interested in exploration and a western/retro atmosphere. This especially the case when Tone bring the high reverb guitar effects in force, which best heard in tracks like "Texas" and "Sketch."

Their wonderful opening track "Confidence and progress" which begins with an atonal, sinister and simply plucked guitar melody. Instead of taking five or ten minutes to build up a climax, an army of guitars and drums kick in at the one minute mark envelope, strengthen, and develop that sinister yet strangely beautiful atonal melody. At another minute and a half melody carries on, but becomes more quiet, slowly building up to another climax; kind of like valley/peak/valley/peak.

This valley/peak/valley/peak/ad infintium schema tends recur throughout the album, which is actually interesting since many post-rock bands usually adhere to one valley and one peak and thats it. Tone seems to like the process of not only building climatic scenarios, but also like to emphasize various elements of a song though the repetition and development of a melody.

Thankfully, Tone is not always that predictable, so these melodic developments can change course in direction you might not have anticipated. For example, in their song "The Unwilling," the last portion of this twelve minute whopper turns into high reverb western love fest, complete with a marching drum beat, which again, reminds me of EITS.

Their shortest song "Sketch," is belted out in way that reminds me of old school surfer rock in clipped, frenzied, and thunderous manner.

Moonpony is easily my favorite song on this album. They begin with what sounds like muted guitar strings or some type of clappity percussive device, and then go straight into a wicked sludgy high reverb melody that be awesome to listen to while surfing through barrel of some tropical ocean wave.

Whether Tone may beat old post-rock favorites like Explosions in the Sky or Mogwai is besides the point. While Tone may sound similar, they certainly have a sophisticated understanding of aesthetics (i.e. beauty); and their less than predictable western/surfer approach to a genre that is quickly becoming worn out is appreciated. These musicians deserve a healthy dose of respect, do them a favor and check out this album.
Great studying Music 17 May 2013
By Ryan Knebel - Published on Amazon.com
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No words, but very good. I like to have it on when I study. Good enough for background noise. Good enough to keep my interest when I need a break from the studying.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great album by this longtime DC act 10 Aug 2007
By Daniel Segall - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I was introduced to Tone by a friend/former coworker who is one of the guitarists. While this may make some think my review would be biased, it's actually the complete opposite. I am even more critical of the music because of this.

Tone is a unique band to say the least. They are a an all-instrumental group consisting of 2 drummers, a bassist, and 5 (!!!!) guitarists. The result is an impressive wall of sound. The depth that is provided by the layers and layers of guitars is amazing. Most of the songs start "slow", and build with a steady progression, until finally exploding. While the style of some of the tracks isn't really my thing, I thoroughly enjoy this album more so on every listen than the last.
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