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The English Riviera

Metronomy Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
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Down a quiet driveway in East London is an old-fashioned studio. It's the home of analogue sound, of warm, dusty machines, where the ambitions of independent-minded artists get turned into classic recordings.

In short, it's where that magic happens.

Arguably a go to studio for rock’n’roll musicians, there is one genre that Toe Rag Studios are certainly not known ... Read more in Amazon's Metronomy Store

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  • Audio CD (11 April 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Because
  • ASIN: B004LSJC8I
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,268 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. We Broke Free 4:050.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Everything Goes My Way 3:300.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. The Look 4:370.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. She Wants 3:510.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Trouble 4:460.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The Bay 4:500.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Loving Arm 3:310.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Corinne 3:160.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Some Written 6:030.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Love Underlined 5:580.99  Buy MP3 


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BBC Review

Joseph Mount, the man behind Metronomy, hails from Totnes in Devon. You’d never have guessed it from the locationless indie-disco of his earlier music, but the third Metronomy album sees him carefully hone in on the charms of southwest England. The market town in question is reimagined as (a different/fantasy) the English Riviera, a romantic destination where magic happens – and it’s apparent from the get-go, with the sound of cawing seagulls opening the album’s first song.

With this relocation comes a new sound too, a further excursion into Mount’s fascinating brain. The restless pace of 2008’s Nights Out is tempered with frequent moments of calm, and the insistent top layer of squelchy falsetto replaced with more modest, lithe hooks. She Wants is newly sentimental, adding a personal touch to the more generalised feelings the songs had previously explored, while Everything Goes My Way has a female lead vocal and the glamour of a John Hughes film from the 1980s. The latter is deliciously summery, but one of the album’s weakest for how uncompelling its structure is.

The lowlights on The English Riviera are thankfully rare. Trouble’s tart vocals head wistfully into a swaying doo-wop beat, with typically smart lyrics such as the cute tautology of "There’s a tear in your eye / And there’s no ‘I’ in tear". And that brings it back to the familiar; Mount’s strengths as a songwriter come from his willingness to show off, however much he may be aware of this.

Love Underlined is incredible, a standout song that hypnotically rises through urgent, insistent and twisted rhythms that start out at odds with each other and eventually come together into a giant four-to-the-floor chorus. The Bay, a theme tune of sorts for the album’s setting, sees the band taking on Daft Punk for energy levels – and more than matching that winsome fervour. "This isn’t Paris, this isn’t London, this isn’t Berlin, this isn’t Hong Kong, this isn’t Tokyo," Mount sings charmingly, glamorising his hometown through summery, lightly roughed-up choruses.

If Nights Out was the soundtrack to an all-hours party that threatened to blow the speakers, The English Riviera is the music in the ears of a restless insomniac. The type of punch Metronomy now pack is differently varied, and instead of relying on catchy melodies, its excitement and originality is now more broadly sourced.


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Far Better Than A Siberian Hamster 27 July 2011
By Syriat TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Several years ago I stumbled across Midlake and their rather excellent Trials of Van Occupanther album. It contains the quite sublime single Roscoe and really is my choice when I want to just sit back and chill with some music that soothes and pleases in equal measures. The English Riviera might just supplant that CD now as it really does those two tasks and quite a few more. For an album that's named after the area of Devon where the head honcho comes from it has influences all over the globe. The laid back elegance of French music, Gainsbourg particularly, the electronics of the 80's new wave, the mid 80 Peter Gabriel sound (listen to She Wants and it could be off PG3 or 4), some have suggested the eagles are referenced here too although it doesn't quite pull me in that direction. However, what is always here is an incredibly well put together, melodic and memorable album.

To point at a single track or one or two would be missing the point here as its very consistent throughout. This is adult oriented pop music that pretty much delivers every time. The music lingers afterwards and you can feel yourself wanting to listen again. The vocal harmonies are good and the male and female counterparts are used well. If you want a good chilled pop album then you will be well pleased on hearing this.

Now is a good time to re-appreciate this album. The Mercury panel have deemed it worthy of the short-list and whilst it probably won't win it will get more airplay and that's exactly what it deserves.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Find! 29 July 2011
Format:Audio CD
Had someone described the sound of Metronomy I would probably have overlooked it as its not a genre of music I normally look for. However a brief appearance on BBC's 2011 Glastonbury coverage,combined with strong reviews had me curious. The sound is hard to descibe but I would say electronic disco combined with sounds of the 60's,70s and early electronic 80s. Right from the opening track - this album has you hooked from the word go, extremely creative, original and fresh - bringing together a collection various sounds from your lifetime and somehow pulling them all into one album. 'We broke free', 'Everything goes my way', 'The Look' and 'The Bay' being my personal highlights. This album is mind blowingly good and easily the best album Ive heard of 2011 - a future classic!
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Take a mix of Serge Gainsbourg (especially track 2 - which sounds like a direct lift from Melody Nelson), MGMT, The Bee Gees, Franz Ferdinand, Japan (there's some fretless bass in there), a little early Human League and Ultravox and some melodies from the Sarah Records back catalogue. Blend. Anglicise. Play.

I got a hold of this album based on the single 'The Look' which was being played heavily on 6 Music.

The album hasn't disappointed. Great tunes and considerable variety. Will work my way through the back catalogue based on this.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I've been looking forward to this album since Night's Out and it delivers more than I could ever have hoped. Metronomy are both wonderfully experimental while still having a finger firmly on catchy pop hooks. The album has an overall summer feel but the range of styles and sounds is amazing. They remind me of mid 80s Prince in that they can seemingly take on any genre of music, knock out a great tune, but make it still sound unmistakably like a Metronomy song and the album holds together brilliantly as a collection.

Album highlights are many, but I'd pick The Look, She Wants, The Bay, Corinne and Love Underlined as particular favourites though I don't think there's even one mediocre song on the album.

Why aren't Metronomy better known? Okay, we're only 6 months into the year but this is the best album of 2011 by a long distance. In fact I'd go as far as to say that, in my opinion, this is one of the best albums of the past 20 years. I just wish more people new about this wonderful band.
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5.0 out of 5 stars something quite different 9 April 2014
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
I bought this as an Amazon recommended, after buying Midlake. I listened to the 5 sec samples and really wasn't sure what I was buying but was impressed enough to part with the cash. I'm glad I did. It's fresh, it's different. The first time I listened to it I decided I liked each and every track. The more I listen, the more I like it. I won't try and give opinions on where the tracks take you and make comparisons to other albums. I will just finish by saying I already know this album will be one of my all time favourites. Might have to buy another copy for when this one wears out!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Catchy 31 Mar 2014
Format:MP3 Download|Verified Purchase
Not the sort of music I normall listen to, but this is tremendous. Full of catchy hooks. The Look is just tremendous. Good time music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A gem 29 Mar 2014
By AJC
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Bought the MP3 download on impulse and just feel the need to add my endorsement to the other five star reviews. Not a dud track on this album, it's quirky, accessible and really very very good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars makes you want to visit torbay.. 9 Jan 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
eclectic, individual, and some top notch musicianship, much hyped in recent times, but easy to see why. Great album this.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Sorry, not for me.
Like the star rating says 'it's okay'. Have listened to it a LOT in case I was missing something but it just doesn't do anything for me at all. Read more
Published 3 months ago by khan2000
4.0 out of 5 stars The English Riviera
My style of music so obviously I am going to say I love it, but not all as much.
Some tracks are tops others not so memorable, but excellent over all, a summer record for... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sylvia K
5.0 out of 5 stars How did I miss this?
Lovely atmospheric yet original and fresh; this is a delightful piece of work and I thoroughly recommend it. If you liked the 'Look' there is much more to enjoy here.
Published 8 months ago by Mr. J. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS WILL BE A CLASSIC
METRONOMY NAILED IT!! EVERY TRACK 10/10!! SO GOOD I BOUGHT THE VINYL TOO! CANNOT RECOMMEND IT HIGHLY ENOUGH!! BALLY MARVELOUS!!!!
Published 14 months ago by Clive
5.0 out of 5 stars Music
Thanks for this Album download and I like it and I gave 5 Stars for it to thank you again
Published 17 months ago by D. J. Castleton
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this CD
i love this band and saw them at Lattitude this summer. My son is now a huge fan of them and loves the CD too.
Published 19 months ago by myra
5.0 out of 5 stars great music
Metronomy are a great band and this is a very good album. Good and cheerful tunes that make any day a better one.
Published 19 months ago by Jo
5.0 out of 5 stars Disregard at your peril.
Caught snippets of The Bay on the radio, wasn't overly fussed at first, but thought I'd give them another look seeing as I'd recognised their music. So relieved I had. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Booksie
5.0 out of 5 stars Mature beyond their years
Saw this band on TV and became interested in their complicated rhythms but brilliantly structured songs. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Alan
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