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The English Riviera

11 April 2011 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 8 April 2011
  • Release Date: 8 April 2011
  • Label: Because Music
  • Copyright: 2010 Because Music
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  • Total Length: 45:04
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  • ASIN: B004U3RGVE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,685 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Syriat TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 July 2011
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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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Degnan on 14 April 2011
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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 By Grantona on 29 July 2011
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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T. C. Davies on 13 Jun. 2011
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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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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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By Grumpy old man on 31 Mar. 2014
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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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By AJC on 29 Mar. 2014
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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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eclectic, individual, and some top notch musicianship, much hyped in recent times, but easy to see why. Great album this.
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