The album then ranges from the visceral roar of 'Apologies to Insect Life' (a song based upon Dostevsky's book 'Notes from the Underground) to the simple beauty of 'A Wooden Horse'. In between they produce a song set of subtlety, beauty and fantastic pop hooks with some of the most idiosyncratically wonderful lyrics of recent times. Highlights include the singles 'Remember Me' and 'Carrion', the wonderfully soulful 'Something Wicked' and the extraordinary touchstone that is 'Lately' a 14 minute epic whose gradual build and quiet/loud dynamic recalls many of the finer moments of post-rock, whilst taking in lyrical references to LP Hartley, prehistoric rocks and the Kattegut.
For anyone prepared to listen to an intelligent, powerful band who bring both subtlety and raw power to their music this is a must have album.
To a casual listener the album may not present much diversity musically, however this is not at all the case: each song is packed with its own mix of highs, lows, and lyrical and musical genious.
This album has an undertow of nostalgia that will make this as treasured as any 40 year old photo of your grandparents getting married, and so rich in diversity that it makes this album unignorable to any person who considers, or wants to be considered, someone of great musical taste. The observant listener will find hidden depths to each song, and to the album as a whole, each time it's played and thus rewards repeated listening - only to be broken by tea-breaks and the occassional toilet trip. This is truely inspired work from such a young band and must not be missed.
If you're pondering on whether to buy this album or not, don't hesitate to: this will be a companion throughout your life. Buy this album to experience something very special and very beautiful - on a whole different level to what you may already be used to.
I know my words aren't as magnificant as the other reviewers' are here, but I need to tell the world about how amazing this album is and I hope you don't make the mistake of not buying this - or worse still: buying this album and not giving it the lsitening it deserves.
Thankyou for reading.
The album starts with 'Men together today', 41 seconds of Gregorian monk chant... nice start just to kinda clear ur head of any misconceptions u may have had. Then suddenly the album explodes with 'Apologies to insect life' a punk track, changing time on a couple of occasions, and just knocking u sideways with roaring guitar and drums. Right, so they've got that out of their system, whats next, 'Favours in Beetroot Fields'. The best song title from anyone ever, and a song that lasts barely over 1 minute, another little burst of rocking guitar.
Then it all changes, and you've rocked out, feeling better, you get to calm down with some beautiful music starting with 'Something Wicked' with its roaming guitar and organ, and lyrics that u cant help smiling at like 'it starts with love for foliage, and ends in camoflage'.
Then comes one of the albums more instantly loveable songs, 'Remember Me'. Starts with an infectious riff and driving bass and creates a song that Joy Division would have wrote had they been from the Lake District, and gigged wearing World War 1 uniforms and stuffed birds. It has a distinct britishness that makes you embrace it instantly.... Read more ›
They will be compared to various, and great, bands and on this evidence they show every sign of deserving it. The 13 minute epic "Lately" is an incredible mix of guitars that reminded me of "Marquee Moon". The production is entirely appropriate and, I guess, near to their live sound.
I notice on the sleeve that Dave Bascombe is involved with the band - another indication of quality.
This is quite simply the best Album I have heard since the great radiohead albums.
Which, if you haven't already guessed is The Bends & OK Computer. Read more
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