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Static & Silence

Sundays Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (23 Sep 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • ASIN: B000003TCJ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 131,444 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Summertime
2. Homeward
3. Folk Song
4. She
5. When I'm Thinking About You
6. I Can't Wait
7. Cry
8. Another Flavour
9. Leave This City
10. Your Eyes
11. So Much
12. Monochrome

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This British act, led by Harriet Wheeler, was always one of the more uplifting members of the shoe-gazer crowd, a point emphasized here by lovely lead single "Summertime" (which was released at precisely the wrong time of the year, sadly). The five-year hiatus from their last album has created a more mature, strum-along sound best heard on "Homeward," the guitar-textured "Another Flavor," and the orchestral "She." As for Wheeler, she's enchanting even when singing a track called "Monochrome." --Jeff Bateman

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'One Of The Most Beautiful Records Ever Made' 14 May 2007
By Antony May TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
After two albums of varying quality, with 'Static And Silence' The Sunday's finally got the balance between 'indie folk noodling' and 'commerciality' dead right. All of the songs on this album have a distinct personality of their own yet as a whole they fit together as part of one of the greatest albums of all time. Single 'Summertime' is just about as magnificent an upbeat yet whistful ode to the summer as has been recorded while conversely the other single 'Cry' has an overpowering sentimentality about it that just cannot fail to touch you and bring a tear to you eye. Harriet Wheeler's voice is superb throughout this album and for once (I feel her voice was rather 'lost' on their previous albums) her and David Gavurin's production really brings the beauty and variation in her voice to the forefront of the mix. Two superb, but totally different, tracks 'Homeward' and 'Folk Song' litterally drip with emotion and serve best to highlight what I mean about Harriet's vocals. 'Another Flavour' has a 'How Soon Is Now' sound to it and will appeal to those sensitive to our Mozzer's most emotional works, as will the hauntingly beautiful 'When I'm Thinking About You'. The use of orchestration really adds to the atmospheric nature of the songs too and (I feel) gives the overall sound the 'body' the duo's previous albums were lacking. If you like, whistful, intelligent, acoustic folk with a slightly commercial edge you simply must buy this album, you won't find a better one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should have this album.... 14 Jan 2004
Format:Audio CD
I have been listening to The Sundays for more years then I care to remember. I was introduced to them by a friend I used to know. Sadly I don't see them any more, but if I did, each time we met I would shake them by the hand and thank them for this gift.
It's been reffered to me as "Girls Music" and "Empty Pop", but I don't care! To build a picture of the contrast in my musical tastes I own albums from Luther Van Dross(yes, I know) to the Yeah yeah yeahs. The Sundays aren't my favorite band, but it is close.
I have all of the albums, but this one is my favourite (it flits between RW&A and this one, but only for a very short time!). There isn't a song on the album which isn't beautifully written, played and sang. Two of my favourites would be "Homeward" and "I Can't wait". The melody and lyrics seem to compliment each other in a typically english way, which would rival strawberries and cream. There is no otherway to describe it other then beautiful. It wont kick your a$$, but it will make you have that feeling of innocence, sunshine and roses.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 30 Dec 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Albums like this reaffirm my faith in pop music. When you finally think that the pathetic drivel which populates the vast majority of the charts has signaled the death of the genre, the stunning melodies of The Sundays remind you that real musical talent still exists. 'Musical' being the key word - the beautiful songs on this record are a testament to the band's skill in crafting a simple yet perfect sound. To their credit, they haven't diverted from what they do best, and this album sits comfortably with the others, matching the perfection of older songs such as 'You're not the only one I know'. Stand out track here must be 'When I'm thinking about you', whose chorus surely ranks among the best I've heard. I simply can't understand the damning reviews I've read of this album elsewhere - fans of the band will certainly not be disappointed, nor should anyone with an ear for a good sound be. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure poetry 20 Jun 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is by far the most sophisticated offering from this understated album-every-five-years band. Harriet's voice is as haunting as ever, this time enhancing richer melodies than the Sundays previous efforts. The use of guitar is particularly imaginative, combining rock, folk and indie sounds. Each song stands as on it's own rather than degenerating in to album track-ville, and each melody is beautifully wrapped with poignant, incisive lyrics. This album truly offers an aesthetic experience; it provides that curious can't-put-your-finger-on mixture of melancholy, nostalgia and optimism which only music can give. Listen in awe to Monochrome. Pure poetry.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 28 May 2010
By polo
Format:Audio CD
I was aware of this band in the late 90's, I bought their tapes and among them this one. I really liked it back then and a couple of months ago I decided to to replace my long forgotten tape for the cd. And the music, the tricky arrangements, chords progressions, harriet's voice, melodies etc, everything is just perfect for a quiet and relaxing afternoon.
If you like something that could give you some peace of mind, not boring at all that can manage to keep your attention for it's 40 something minutes...then this is your choice. Too bad they never released anything else. Even their b-sides were great.
Enjoy it!.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Time has told.. 13 Feb 2004
By J. Rowe
Format:Audio CD
Mystifyingly lacklustre reviews when it was originally released. It's one of the most richly melodic and satisfying albums you'll ever here by one of our most distinctive songwriters (David Gavurin)coupled with one of our finest female voices (Harriet Wheeler). The disappointing element of the album is how low in the mix Harriet's voice often is.Once you're 'into' the Sundays they become a lifelong joy. Their next album is highly anticipated even after all these years. This year perhaps David and Harriet?...Please!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars My fave of all three The Sundays
Lovely CD, and well worth the money, excellent value for money...now why don't The Sundays compile a CD to listen in the car or on the train to work called, The Sundays Best?
Published 4 months ago by demi60
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
superb late 90s sound. the smiths meet folk. and such a voice. start with the first album however. Reading, Writing and Arithmetic.
Published 10 months ago by Jon P
5.0 out of 5 stars just the best cd
i have had a copy of this since 2000, so got another copy to share with my new girlfriend as it is special to me.
Published 15 months ago by Mel Blackmore
4.0 out of 5 stars Takes me back
I'd forgotten about this album til a friend did a compialtion for me recently; trip down memory lane, to Uni days and youthful ways.
Published 15 months ago by plash
5.0 out of 5 stars a very beautiful album
If it is possible to make musical instruments sound cheerful, happy, and sweet, then surely this is it. Read more
Published 23 months ago by dan
5.0 out of 5 stars PLEASE GET BACK TOGETHER
I love all the albums by the Sundays

They are all time classics and I will never tire of her beautiful voice

There has never been another band like... Read more
Published on 5 Jan 2012 by woodhills wishes
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Excellent cd
brilliant songs especially ANOTHER FLAVOUR
soundtrack to newman and babbiel show , those who remember. Read more
Published on 15 Nov 2010 by suhail umar
5.0 out of 5 stars A lost classic...
You have to feel slightly sorry for the Sundays. The band's first album was released on indie label Rough Trade who subsquently went under soon after, forcing the band into self... Read more
Published on 19 April 2010 by Mr Ticko
3.0 out of 5 stars OK I SUPPOSE
Apart from the track Summertime this is a pretty ordinary CD that just plods along. Infact this is one of those album that even though I have had this album a few years now, I... Read more
Published on 1 April 2010 by Stephen
4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite as good as their first album...
Great little album this.

It's not quite as good as their first album which would be difficult to top given how different that sounded when it was released back in the... Read more
Published on 5 Aug 2009 by Douglas Rae
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