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The Golden Age

20 Feb. 2014 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 2013
  • Release Date: 20 Feb. 2014
  • Label: Universal-Island Records Ltd.
  • Copyright: (C) 2013 Green United Music, under exclusive license to Universal Music Domestic Pop, a division of Universal Music GmbH
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  • Total Length: 48:17
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  • ASIN: B00BMH08QG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 63 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,323 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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I downloaded this album after seeing several of his videos on YT. I'm so glad I did, although it is a slow burner. You get the feeling that it's art more than music to Yoann Lemoine. He rockets big band drumming throughout 'The Golden Age' but his voice is an acquired taste.

After several listens, you forget the shortcomings of the range in his vocals and are entwined in the emotional side of his vocals, his vocals seem visceral.

Standout tracks for me are 'I love you' and 'Conquest of spaces' the former a message carved from deep in one's soul and the latter a musical swirling epic.

Everytime I listen to this album it surprises and beguiles me with something new, growing with each listen. All in all, a very modern masterpiece.
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I, like other reviewers, bought this album off the back of his initial release, which included tracks such as Iron and Brooklyn. This album has some really strong tracks in the first half and really holds its own, sadly though it seems to fall off a little (at least for me) in the second half where the tone of the album changes.

I would have like to have seen some of the other tracks from the first release appear on here instead of just iron but all in all it is a good album and would be a great addition to any ones collection.
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Woodkid makes truly epic music.

Whenever I'm listening to his music, especially through headphones, I feel like I'm in a film. Not just any film, like an epic, emotionally exhilarating film that I know if I watched would stay with me forever. And I'm the lead.

I have been waiting for this album since I first heard Brooklyn and fell in love, suffice it to say, I'm still in love.
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By The Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Mar. 2013
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My first encounter with Yoann Lemoine's music came with the
release of his terrific first single (and its equally striking video)
'Iron' back in 2011. 'The Golden Age' certainly seems to have
taken an age to see the light of day, notwithstanding the release
of another (comparatively lacklustre) taster 'Run Boy Run' last year.

Mr Lemoine works hard to create a distinctive soundworld in these
fourteen tracks. Widescreen, cinematic and given to grand gestures,
the overall effect leans towards a kind of Florence-tribal-lite mix
of dense orchestrations and pagan beats. Where the project comes
apart, however, is with our host's very limited vocal abilities.
A little at a time and his voice has a certain hollow, otherworldly
appeal but after a while the monochrome vibrato and unvarying nasal
twang becomes, at least to my hairy ears, more than a little irksome.

'Iron' remains his strongest achievement but title track 'The Golden
Age' creates a palpable sense of drama (Antony Hegarty came to mind
for more than a moment) and 'I Love You' manages to lighten the mood
for a few minutes with its almost jaunty rhythm and catchy melody.

Elsewhere, sad to say, there are more than a few bloopers culminating
in the truly awful 'Stabat Mater'; an ugly and pretentious invention
full of choral bombast straight out of a high camp Hammer horror flick.

I wish I'd pitched my high hopes a little lower.

A Disappointing Debut.
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I think i bought the album on the strength of hearing 'Run Boy Run' on 6 Music; it did not disappoint. Rich and engaging it keeps you hooked and guessing from beginning to end. Syncopated rhythms dart between vast, swirling cinematic landscapes. It is an album to lift you from the gloom, spin you round and let you believe that anything and everything might just be possible...

I love an album that takes you on a journey rather than just throw random tracks at you. Calmed and soothed by 'Boat Song', 'I Love You' comes crashing back in with beating drums and tortured shouts - this is no drippy love song but a passionate plea from a breaking heart. 'The Shore' is an ironic, lilting, shoulder-shrugging, deeply moving, chest-beating cry for what might have been. And so the album continues. Listen to it and then listen again. Immerse yourself in its rich and detailed orchestration. 'Shadows' is two glorious melancholic-minutes of sweeping strings joined halfway through with spiralling pipes, grounded by dark, threatening brass. The opening drums of 'Stabat Mater' borrow from Motzart's Requiem, gloriously followed by the anthemic 'Conquest of Spaces' with yet more spiralling pipes (think dream sequence from 'Company of Wolves'), underpinned with crashing, rhythmic drums and gutsy brass. The fourteen tracks are all relatively brief, but that is one of the album's strengths - it never bores.

Woodkid's vocals are perfectly pitched and suit the mood of the album beautifully, or rather the album is beautiful product of his enigmatic vocal style. Fans of Paul Hegarty and Patrick Watson will be in familiar territory.

Give yourself time to listen from start to finish, and then to listen again.
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I don't often buy CDs, but this was an album I had to own. It is beautiful and grand and dramatic in equal measure. The vocals contrast with the climactic sense of the songs in such a way that the effect is almost ethereal. The tracks sound best when played in sequence, as this brings out some of the more delicate refrains and really allows the mood to build. I could listen to this album all day long. (It does make you feel excessively dramatic on the bus though!)
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