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The Flat Earth

1 Mar 2003 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Mar 2003
  • Release Date: 1 Mar 2003
  • Label: EMI UK
  • Copyright: 1984 Parlophone Records Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 1984 Parlophone Records Ltd
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  • Total Length: 37:21
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  • ASIN: B001JPYQMS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,447 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 May 2001
Format: Audio CD
Without a doubt my favourite record of all time. Too many people incorrectly associate Thomas Dolby with the quirky Hyperactive and expect all his tracks to be simular. I encourage anyone who does to buy this album. Not only will it change your opinion of Thomas Dolby but it will make you the lucky owner of one of the best written and brilliantly produced albums of the eighties (if not all time). Every track is different, from the haunting Mulu to the sublime title track. Do yourself a favour a buy this album, however be warned Dolby can become addictive
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By D C ROSE on 10 Aug 2002
Format: Audio CD
I vividly remember the day I first heard 'The Flat Earth' back in 1984. I knew instantly that it was something very special indeed. It usually takes me a good few listens before I can really start to appreciate an album, and I can honestly remember after the first listen smiling to myself, and thinking 'Wow, this is amazing'. It is still the best album I have ever heard (and I'm not easily impressed). If I was stranded on a desert island with a CD player, an endless power supply and could only have one album, this would be it (no contest). If I could give it 6 stars, believe me I would. Buy it. Enough said.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By b.memery@lipa.ac.uk on 10 Mar 2000
Format: Audio CD
Seven songs that are almost perfect, superbly written and played. The Flat Earth has rock, jazz, funk, soul and computer wizardy in abundance. The opening song Dissidents is probably the weakest song here, but still tells a interesting story with a super bass line. The title song The Flat Earth is an emotional outpouring, gripping in melody and word. Screen Kiss follows, and disects Hollywood with humour and style. White City is an apt interpretation of the Orwell 1984 book, and has a great closing line dismissing flat Bedford! Mulu The Rain Forest is as intriguing as it's title, darkly foreboding, and ecological in its message. I Scare Myself, composed by Dan Hicks, is a smoky jazz piece, with a super trombone solo and sampled vocals. Hyperactive! concludes the album, and is a frantic, witty pop song, a deserved hit single. A superb album to return to again and again.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Philip J. Noonan on 6 Oct 2005
Format: Audio CD
My guess is, if youve gotten this far as to be reading a review of a Thomas Dolby CD of tracks he wrote and recorded so many years ago... then youre probably already sold on his work.
If , however, you are here as a new recruit to the ranks of Dolbyphiles having heard a couple of tracks somewhere or seen his name appended to movie sountracks or production of other artist`s cds, then I best explain what to expect.
Creating textures and volume using music and lyrics is difficult.. few people manage to convey via this medium the actual depth of their vision. Dolby does just that.
Flat Earth rolls out the opening in a deep percussive heartbeat with swirling synths in a plaintive cry. Telling his listeners "the earth can be any shape you want it" gives the listener the freedom to relax and open their mind.
Screen Kiss is a rich yet haunting track evoking the shattered dreams of star struck wannabes who head for the bright lights.(personal interpretation).
For me, the Next Track, Mulu the Rainforest, defies description... other than to say it sounds like the beating breathing heart of the Jungle.
"I scare myself" conjures an image of a smoke filled late night Jazz club with one guy at the piano, and an accompanying guitarist and trumpet player... The pianist struggling to come to terms with the depth of his dependancy on the love of his life. Awesome track!
The next Track, Hyperactive, was a UK chart hit, it is frantic and frenetic.. structured chaos with a great dance beat.
The album closes with WHite City and Dissidents.
White city has Dolby at his passionate strident best.. again, a deep bass beat and rainbow of changing synths segues the listener to the final track. Dissidents. Eastern European voiceovers and lyrics evoking the plight of political activists are melded and blended and interwoven with the now prevalent Backbeat Bass.
It will come as no surprise that I highly recommend this CD/Album to Dolby fans, old and new.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "sdunn65" on 7 Mar 2004
Format: Audio CD
With my original vinyl copy of the Golden Age of Wireless practically worn out, the release day of this album saw me charging down to the record shop with eager anticipation. As I eagerly listened to Mr Dolby's new long-player I was impressed; the thumping bass and journey down the road marked "Funk" had been added to a previously available sense of musical eccentricity.
Over time though I have grown slightly weary and a recent purchase of this album on CD and a refreshing listen has led me to confirm this conclusion. I like the tracks on this album, I like them a lot, but not all at the same time. Maybe I'm fickle but I seem to have gone through phases of liking some of the tunes but this album has never hung together for me. Don't get me wrong there is some genuine class in here, the album opener Dissidents gets you hooked but for me the next three just seem to drift by without exactly ever grabbing your attention, a bit like when you've been driving your car for a while but can't remember just what the scenery or roads were like for the last 20 minutes. Perhaps aware of this Thomas closes White City with a narrative describing Befordshire as a lousy place, very flat. The things change, Mulu the Rain Forest is so unconventional it begs to be listened to and as it drifts off into gecko chorus it is replaced by, what is for me at least, the albums highlight, I Scare Myself. Written by Dan Hicks the lazy, sauntering way this song wraps around the music loving part of your brain is almost indecent. Finally Hyperactive, the best known song on the album seems almost out of place acting as a jolt, a bit like being woken up with a bucket of water thrown over your head whilst in the middle of a pleasant dream. Do I regret buying it - no way, but is it his best work - alas not. Put your hard-earned on the Golden Age Of Wireless first.
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