The Olympus Sound
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The Olympus Sound

15 April 2012

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  Song Title
Answers On a Postcard
There You Are
To the Warmth of You
Fall Down
Be My Friend Awhile
Dear Belinda
15 Kilocycle Tone
I Don't Like It But I Gotta Do It
Here We Go 'Round Again
Such Beauty Thrown Away
See You Mine (Coda)
Four Days
Heal Me (bonus)
Happy Again (bonus)
Waltz With Me (bonus)

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  • Label: Lojinx
  • Copyright: (c) 2012 Lojinx
  • Total Length: 54:40
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,365 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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The Duckworth Lewis Method did much to elevate the profile of head Pug Thomas Walsh in 2009. A top 40 UK album and appearances on national TV and Radio to promote the 'best cricket album ever' helped spur our gallant boys onto a convincing Ashes win. It was also a cracking record.
Well now it's time for Walsh to step back into the spotlight with his own band Pugwash. Anyone with a fondness for melodic, crafted and smart pop/rock will know these Irish boys already. If your new to the Pugwash experience then The Olympus Sound is a wonderful introduction. It may even be the bands finest, and without doubt most coherent and accessible, long player to date.
Now down to a core four piece, with occasional help from Dave Gregory, Neil Hannon and Ben Folds, Pugwash have upped the ante with an album full to bursting with potential hits, delicate ballads and Beachboys quality harmonies.
There You Are, Fall Down and Here We Go Round Again are swaggering guitar pop gems (the latter featuring backing vocals from XTC head honcho Andy Partridge) overflowing with lovely musical flourishes and earworm melodies. First single Answers On A Postcard is a jaunty, cheeky Madness/Small Faces style foot tapper, Be My Friend Awhile the best song Jeff Lynne didn't write and gorgeous closer Four Days is the perhaps Walsh's greatest track yet.
It's hard to criticise The Olympus Sound - it's erudite, beautifully played (stand up and take a bow multi-instrumentalist Mr Tosh Flood) and the vocal arrangements are exceptional.
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5.0 out of 5 stars PUGWASH 24 April 2013
Format:Audio CD
I'm from Italy and i know and love Pugwash since the time of the first record, "Almond Tea". I think they are the best pop band in the world of last 15 years. Why are not they so popular? I think it's a matter of their image unfortunately (Thomas Walsh is not Damon Albarn for example and he's not very thin and we know how is important the image in pop music) and maybe some may consider their music too vintage.
Whatever they've done is wonderful (Duckworth Lewis Method album, too) and their last LP, "The Olympus Sound" is maybe their supreme masterpiece (but other album too).
What to say, if you like Beatles, Kinks, Beach Boys (from Pet Sounds onwards), ELO, XTC sounds and etc, well they'll be your
favourite band.
Long live to Thomas Walsh.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pugwash Olymic Sound 16 Jun 2012
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Without a doubt the best album of the year! I have it on CD and Vinyl and I have to say that the vinyl does indeed give a richer fatter sound. These tunes are beautifully crafted and the harmonies are exquisite. A return to true craftsmanship in music. Great production! Feelgood music.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps I was expecting too much 10 Oct 2013
Thomas Walsh's Duckworth Lewis collaborations with Neil Hannon are firm favourites, as much for their lavish arrangements and depth of melodic invention as for their humour and soundness on cricket.

So I was hoping for something similar here - if without the cricket - and it isn't quite there. Yes, there are melodies, but the oft-mentioned hints of ELO are more reminiscent of Jeff Lynne's Harrisonesque recent efforts - with too much acoustic guitar - than the string-soaked prime-period stuff that makes the DLM albums such a delight.

Disappointing too that this LP edition doesn't qualify for Amazon's Autorip, while the cheaper CD edition does. The LP itself, though, is excellent - heavy, flat and with zero surface noise.

Not to say there aren't enjoyable songs here, but the best new entries in my collection beg to be played over and over again, and this one just doesn't have that effect.
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Pugwash are a band out of time. The songs could be from a long lost ELO album, or even a rediscovered Beatles reunion.

I came to this via Duckworth Lewis Method (Pugwash main man is the other half of DLM to Neil Hanlon, AKA The Divine Comedy). It does not have the instant catchiness nor the obvious wit of DLM or Divine Comedy, but the tunes, the sound and the lyrics are all excellent, if at first a little samey. What is undeniable are the great pop "hooks" in the tracks, all of which stick in the mind and niggle away until you go back to them and learn them. This catchiness and superficial lightness run somewhat counter to what are, for the most part, songs of broken and betrayed love.

Having been a little underwhelmed on first listening I found myself playing it again. And again, until now it's rising up my iTunes "most Played" list. Well worth a punt if you like good old fashioned song writing and tunes.
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