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  • Audio CD (6 Feb. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polydor Group
  • ASIN: B000CR8RAQ
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 256,698 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Forever (Album Version) 7:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. We Can Never Say Goodbye (Album Version) 3:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Moment In Time (Album Version) 4:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Lovers In The Rain (Album Version) 5:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Statues (Album Version) 4:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. My House (Album Version) 4:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. She's Mystery (Album Version) 6:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Seasons Of The Change (Album Version) 3:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
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THE OPEN Statues (2006 UK 10-track CD album - the follow-up to their critically acclaimed 2004 debut The Silent Hours and was produced in the South of France by Rob Kerwin [U2 The Magic Numbers] and is reminiscent of artists as diverse as Doves Radiohead and Miles Davis this is an epic ambitious album that is unlike anything else youll hear)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Sean F. Connolly on 25 Nov. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Far different from the epic guitar anthems surrounding debut The Silent Hours, with Statues The Open had progressed and experimented exceptionally. Much to the surprise of the fans of course, some of whom couldn't accept the new direction in sound The Open had taken. A shame really because, what seemingly starts as a contrived mish-mash mess of an album slowly reveals itself to be an adept and skilled multi-musical take on the same subject (the break-up of lead singer Steven Bayleys relationship with his long term girlfriend). An album so diverse the liverpudlians seem to have mastered a clutch of music genres. What the listener is offered here ranges from jazz (Forever), metal (My House), psychedelic pop (She's Mystery), standard indie (We Can Never Say Goodbye) to a strange electronic/ambient/jazz hybrid (Moment In Time) which works amazingly well. Of course an album which features so many different sounds and textures isn't going to be as accessible and immediate as the (ever so slightly superior) Silent Hours, herein the reason for much negativity (some displayed on these very pages). But my advice to you is to give it some time, a good few listens in its entireity. Before you know it the hauntingly moody atmospherics of Forever and the crazed pop/metal schizophrenia of Fallen Tree will start to work there way into your cranium, making you feel you've been blessed for hearing such brilliantly crafted music. This is from personal experience, I remember hating the album upon first listen, cursing The Open for dropping the beloved widescreen anthems they displayed so masterfully once before. Now look at me, I'm praising it, all because I endured with it and gave it the necessary time to blossom.Read more ›
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "simoneverett2000" on 8 Feb. 2006
Format: Audio CD
The Open launched into the music scene in 2004 with debut "The Silent
Hours". With immaculate reviews but little media exposure, the band built a
loyal live following and were often compared to Doves, The Cocteaus and U2.
Words like epic and ambitious often graced their reviews. Troublesome
vocabulary really, because their big, epic music just got even bigger with
the release of "Statues". Now they are more developed encompassing even more
genres including jazz (Forever, Two Lovers), leanings to Massive Attack
(Moment In Time), Cure-esque Art rock (My House), the collosal string-led of
the Bunnymen (Alone), Jeff Buckley (Statues) along with a further developed,
familiar brand of stadium filling epic soundacapes that made their debut
such an artistic trumph (Seasons of the Change, We Can Never Say Goodbye).
Of course, The Open only have leanings and influences. Their impressiveness
comes with their lack of complacency and willingness to experiment.
One thing that threads the album bringing the musical diversity into order
is a European feel (the LP was recorded in France)Such a comment without any
descriptive explaination may sound odd, but in places it sounds like it
could be a European film soundtrack - when you hear it you'll see what I
mean). The vocals also provide a coherence through an honesty and integrety
that only comes along very very rarely. These are the lyrical truisms of universal matters.
If Silent Hours was a great debut, "Statues" is their first classic. If the
Top 10 evades them right now, this will certainly be a 'cult-grower' that is
acknowledged and heralded in later years.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By tom on 8 Feb. 2006
Format: Audio CD
The Open's debut album 'The Silent Hours' was one of those albums that came out of nowhere a couple of years ago and blew me away. I read a couple of things about them and decided to take a chance. The album hasn't left my stereo since. The only problem for me was that the band didn't get the recognition they desrved either from the public or the industry.
It is with situation that the 2nd album arrives - no hype, no build up, no front page magazine covers declaring them to be saviours of the world etc. I found out very quickly at HMV that the album would be out on 6th Feb so penciled in that date.
What can I say? Like 'TSH' 'Statues' has ambition to burn. I've listened to the album 5 times now and already had 6 favourite tracks. The Open don't follow a generic middle of the road route with their songs, rather they create their own soundscapes that don't instantly jump out at you with commercial intent. Perhaps that's why the public haven't taken to them. Who knows.
Anyway this album is shaping up to be a corker. It's different from 'TSH' but only in the sense that 'OK Computer' was different from 'The Bends' - it expands upon their sound with new layers and dimensions.
Never is this more present than on the gorgeous opener where a jazz style trumpet plays over simmering guitars and Steven Bayley's delicate vocals whilst the drums build and build. It's nearly 7 minutes long but so beautiful you don't notice it. It's only when The Open play it straight and simple they faulter, but it's a small quibble.
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