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Static & Silence


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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 (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 313,273 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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Sundays ~ Static & Silence

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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 By Antony May TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 14 May 2007
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. M. Buckley on 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 By A Customer on 30 Dec 1999
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr Ticko on 19 April 2010
Format: Audio CD
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 management and scratching around for another record label. That "difficult" second album was put out when the British music scene was at one of it's lowest grungiest ebbs and just when The Sunday's third record finally hit the shops in 1997 the Britpop party was all but over - even the sublime single "Summertime" was rush released in early September(!) that year...somethings, I guess, are just not meant to be.

Despite the past problems The Sundays never sounded better than on their third album "Static and Silence". Gone was the slightly awkward bedsit charm of their debut "Reading, Writing and Arithmetic" and the stilted production/buried vocals of second album "Blind" instead we have eleven beautifully crafted folk/pop classics which simply soar out of your speakers and leave you desperate for more. Harriet Wheeler's voice is perfection, "Summertime" and "Leave This City" show a new found maturity, all the Morrissey/Cocteau influence replaced by the laidback cool of Van Morrison circa "Astral Weeks". Wheeler's lyrics also never sounded stronger, "Monochrome" is a wonderful lament to childhood innocence, nostagic and magical. "Another Flavour", possibly a comment on the band's flirtation with fame, is as barbed and world weary as it is clever.

David Gavurin's excellent songwriting never lets itself sink into self indulgence and his songs are bright and melodic. The stand out tracks "Folk Song" and "Cry" are complemented by big, lush orchestral scores which seem to elevate them to another level, as usual the band play with confidence and clarity respecting simplcity of the songs to great effect.
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