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  • Audio CD (1 Jan. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Chemikal Underground Records
  • ASIN: B00004S5VO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,035 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Delgados - The Great Eastern

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Despite having founded the revered Scottish indie label, Chemikal Underground, the Delgados remain its least celebrated act, overshadowed by the likes of Mogwai and Arab Strap. It therefore falls to their album The Great Eastern to change all that. Named after the renowned Glasgow landmark, now a flop-house, it's an appropriate title for a sprawling songwriting effort which elevates their expanding sound and lofty a ambitions to new heights. Taking their infatuation with the heavily orchestrated sound of Mercury Rev and Flaming Lips to its logical conclusion, they have used the Rev's Dave Fridmann to oversee production and mixing in his New York Tarbox Studios. From opener "The Past T That Suits You Best", with its stalking beats, roughed over effects, swelling brass and gliding strings its clear that the Delgados have gone for broke here. What follows only confirms it, from singer Emma Pollock's sad interpretation of an ex-girlfriend having second thoughts in "Accused Of Stealing" to the sparse country-fied tale of rejection "Make Your Move" which closes the set. --Mike Pattenden

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Feb. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Simply put, any music fan has to own this album. The twin vocalists Emma Pollock and Alun Woodward provide the perfect front for this album, yet it is the marvellous music that really makes it. Often written off as typical indie miserablists, this can't be futher from the truth. One listen to Aye Today, No Danger, and especially Accused of Stealing (which has a hook that will lodge itself in your brain for months, if not years) show that The Delgados' orchestral guitar music is unrivalled today, with Dave Fridman's production putting a shine on it that even betters his work with Mercury Rev. Yes, it's that good. Perhaps the standout track though is 13 Gliding Principles, with grinding guitars mixing with swelling strings producing a result that could come close to being the song that you will listen to over and over, giving no thought to anything else.
Any Delgados album is good, especially the newest, Hate. But in my opinion nothing beats The Great Eastern.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Nov. 2001
Format: Audio CD
This album is quite simply one of the most beautiful ever produced by Delgados, or any other band. The Great Eastern has a hidden beauty similar to that of some of the newer work of Nick Cave, yet keeping the overdrive undertones of early Delgados such as Domestiques. Its filled with the kind of music that forces you to lay down somewhere and be absorbed by it, moving itself through you almost to the point that you can feel it physically. The haunting melody of Make Your Move and the piano of No Danger will make you quiver inside while Knowing When To Run caries a warming sound fixed up with murderous lyrics.
Anyone who cannot appreciate this glorious album has a musically closed mind. Sorry, but ya just do.
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"Peloton", the Delgados' previous release, was the finest of 1998 so "The Great Eastern" contained considerable baggage. Often follow-ups disappoint. Either a band opt for a carbon copy or their new direction is less appealing. Fortunately, "The Great Eastern" retains the traits that make them endearing but these are enhanced by Dave Fridmann's panoramic production.
In a music world which echoes that of business and media in embracing all that is big, The Delgados remain refreshingly understated. Whilst their avowed intent was to create the most grandiose record ever, their lyrical introspection contradicts that aim. They capture perfectly self-doubt and self-loathing as exemplified by "American Trilogy"'s opening: "I became accustomed to a kind of social servitude and no one, I mean no one, could accept what I had become. Selfish, bitter, weak, Enough to make you sick." The tension between such sentiments and the chorus' orchestral sweep create a rare emotive depth.
Such conflict is equally effective in "Thirteen Gliding Principles" in which Emma Pollock and Alun Woodward" take alternate vocal lines and give the impression of a discussion at cross purposes, suggesting a more polite version of the aggressive interplay between Prolapse's Mick Derrick and Linda Steelyard. The swooshing of the string section adds to its impact. "Accused of Stealing", with Emma's smooth vocals and its subtle melody changes, is another highlight on a record bulging with sublime moments.
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By A Customer on 6 Nov. 2000
Format: Audio CD
Don't get the wrong idea about the title of this record - it is great; but it strikes me as a record of disillusionment. Take lines such as, "we spent our years dreaming, but our dreams were misleading, and now we're through..." and "your happy home is never found..." Yet it's as if the depression depicted isn't the kind which makes you howl with dejection, but the kind which just numbs you; incapable of happiness, but also incapable of profound sadness - stuck in limbo. There's a lot of piano (which is kind of a personal limbo for me), but mostly to good effect, and a beautiful use of strings. Sometimes the album feels a bit too dry, but fear not - its epic stature is secured by the time the last track fades out.
The Great Eastern is an intriguing blend of inventive, experimental, innovatively panned, trip-hoppy sounds and seasoned, melancholy, Seventies-era folky songwriting. My favourite is the phenomenal "No Danger," which may just be the song of the year. Then again, I tend to prefer more rocking tunes, so I'm especially a sucker for the punch delivered by "American Trilogy" and "Thirteen Gliding Principles." I don't know to what extent the band was affected by recording this in the U.S., or how much Dave Fridmann's production is responsible, but there is a certain "Apocalypse Now" sort of feeling to the whole thing, yet it's simultaneously super-modern... Just call it great.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tom Turnbull on 28 Mar. 2003
Format: Audio CD
As stated in the title, this is quite simply the best, most beautiful, engaging, enigmatic, wonderful album i have ever heard! You may think i may be going overboard, but once you have heard it i hope you will realise if anything i am understating the quality of this album, one critic was quoted as describing it as 'the most beautiful songs in the history of recorded sound', i for one find it very difficult to argue with that appraisal. The beautiful sumptious melodies, layered though simplistic approach, variation though continuity still exists, an album that has to be listened through from start to finish, and then again! The brilliant sublime '13 gliding principles', 'accused of stealing', 'witness' and culminating in the stunningly beuatiful lament of a track 'Make your move', actually every song on this wonderful album can be used as a lesson in brilliant song-making.
Buy it, you won't regret it!
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