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The Silent Hours

Open, Sleater-Kinney Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (5 July 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polydor Group
  • ASIN: B0002DX74Q
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,616 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Close My Eyes 4:150.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Bring Me Down 4:170.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Lost 6:010.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Forgotten 4:470.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Daybreak 4:390.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Just Want To Live 5:100.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Step Into The Light 4:420.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Coming Down 4:440.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Can You Hear 5:530.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Elevation 4:140.79  Buy MP3 

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The Silent Hours, debut album from Stafford's the Open, sees the young Midlands boys adding their name to the ledger that bears the print of former Brit cosmos-wanderers from the Verve to the Teardrop Explodes, from Shack to the Blue Nile. Recorded with ex-Cocteau Twins member Simon Raymonde, it's an album with an expansive, immersive sound characterised by the interlocking psychedelic textures of keyboardist Al Dutton and guitarist Jon Winter, and completed by the winsome stargazer vocals of frontman Steven Bayley. Lyrically, tracks such as "Coming Down" offer pretty standard generic fare: "When did we start coming down?" pleads Bayley, adrift in a gentle whirlpool of balladic piano and kaleidoscopic guitar flourishes. But for an album made by a bunch of lads clearly stoned out of their gourd, The Silent Hours boasts a rather commendable focus: see "Just Want to Live", a delicate hymn to survival that builds into a mantra of spine-tingling strength, harmonies tumbling over one another in a grand wave that finally brings the song to its close--or the closing "Elevation", a sky-scraping feat of mighty Brit indie drama on a par with the Doves' "Catch the Sun". --Louis Pattison

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CD Polydor, Group, 986616-0 Jewel Case 10 Track 2004

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Open - 'Silent Hours' 22 Feb 2007
Format:Audio CD
2004 was a good year for record label Polydor. On the one hand their new signings Snow Patrol went from obscurity to multi platinum status. On the other, the debut album from The Open was released to much critical acclaim and talk of the being 'the next big thing'. It sunk without trace. Criminal, really, as 'Silent Hours' has much to offer - with its soul bearing lyrics, chorus's of epic proportions and a dense, multi layered production the album was always going to be compared to The Verve or Radiohead. The fact is though, 'Silent Hours' would be considered an extremely mature, accomplished work for any band, let alone the debut effort of five kids from Liverpool.

The influences are there for all to see, from the emotive bombast of the two aforementioned, to the wide-open romanticism of the Bunnymen or Talk Talk. First track 'Close My Eyes' may kick in with a pulsing rhythm and a Top 10 style hook but there are darker undercurrents apparent - never more so than when singer Bayley confesses 'when I close my eyes / it's darker than anything'. Don't expect this album to show its full hand on a first listen, this is one the listener has to work with. But like all great albums it's worth the effort. Repeated plays reveal fragments of melody that emerge from the mix and stick around to haunt you in your dreams.

Hopes were high for The Open, but for whatever reason (maybe Polydor decided to concentrate their efforts on promoting Snow Patrol?) it just didn't happen for them. Two years later the band had gone off on a music tangent and released their second album 'Statues'. Like it's predecessor, it disappeared as quickly as it was released.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning OPENer! 7 July 2004
Format:Audio CD
Absolutely stunning, polished, debut album! I bought this yesterday having caught one of the boys' tracks at Glastonbury and have not been able to stop listening to it since. There are so many great things about it. The lyrics are sublime. Not the most original always, but definitely honest, heartfelt and intensely moving in places.
"Coming down" is a dreamy, kaleidoscopic masterpiece. "Step into the light" has amazing breaks of beat someway in then settles into a beautiful vocal rhythm which stays in your head. "Close my eyes", "Just Want to Live" and "Bring me down" could all bring huge commercial success on the level of Snow Patrol or Keane - the latter definitely prime candidate for an accomplished anthemic single, and finally the symphonic melancholy of "Daybreak" - pure beauty.
One of its greatest features is that every song is over 4 minutes long. This is rare, especially in first albums of bands eager to impress with a quick-hitting range of different sounds, but also makes it much, much easier to get completely immersed in each track, listening to the range of pace, experimental chords, getting more from each one with every listen and frankly never wanting them to end.
My album of the year and definitely a band to watch!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated classic 2 April 2008
By Robert
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album about the same time as Embrace's 'Out Of Nothing' was the number one album of the time, thinking it would be similar. At the time, I didn't think it matched up to it and it lay dusty on my shelf for a while until I rediscovered it recently. And then I realised what I had been missing.

Don't be put off by the rather gloomy opening half-minute to 'Close My Eyes' - it breaks into a faster-paced song with a great chorus and brilliant guitar work throughout. One criticism is that the middle quieter part repeats just when you think the song is going to get going and this reoccurs in some of the other songs ('Forgotten', 'Daybreak', 'Step Into The Light'). 'Bring Me Down' continues the faster pace with a similar sound but then 'Lost' reveals their grander style and is an awesome slow waltz, the guitars in part reminiscent of Radiohead in the Bends/OK Computer days but actually a more subtle and gentle song. The production is sublime and again the blend of guitar sounds gives this such a rich and intricate sound. 'Forgotten' possibly tries a bit too hard to be eclectic within itself with changes of pace which interrupt it too much and 'Daybreak' is probably one of the weaker tracks simply because it doesn't quite have the lush texture of the other tracks. 'Just Want To Live' is just spine-tingling and here the Cocteau Twins comparisons come in as it is another 3/4 time with layered guitars but the vocals differentiate it and make it its own song. 'Step Into The Light' is similar to 'Forgotten' in style but is overall a little slower but the pace changes work better in this track and it shows just how well different guitar sounds work through it. 'Coming Down', as others have mentioned, does sound rather like Elbow, although the vocals are more accessible.
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Close My Eyes starts with a naked piano choprds before dropping int an urgent guitar riff which leads to big singalong chorus. Bring Me Down bounces along brilliantly, punctuated with some nice short stops. Forgotten feels like its being played in a giant cavern and there's some lush chords that bring the song to a stop in its middle before picking up again. Just Want To Live is the kind of soaring, epic Indie that we love with an excellent vocal performance by Steven Bayley as is Coming Down, similar and every bit as good. Elevation, the superb closing track is the best U2 track they never made.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Can You Hear?
I bought this album when it was originally released, although it was definitely overshadowed by Franz Ferdinand, Keane, The Scissor Sisters and The Killers who also were starting... Read more
Published on 4 Jan 2009 by Flickering Ember
4.0 out of 5 stars An album that grows and grows on you
This album on my first listen only appealed to me due to one song Bring me down, but gradually as I listened to it, mainly while working it grew on me so much. Read more
Published on 26 July 2005 by "tradematt"
4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive
I bought this album on the basis of a couple of a good reviews, but only played it once without properly listening to it. Read more
Published on 17 Dec 2004 by dan the man
5.0 out of 5 stars pleasantly noisy!!!!
To cut the story short, all I'd like to say is that this album is great and that I could swear that somebody from My Vitriol was involved in it but it's not the case, anyway, if... Read more
Published on 16 Sep 2004 by C
3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly over keen to be epic but still a compelling album
An album striving so self consciously to be epic as The Silent Hours risks inserting its clod hopping feet in it's mouth and choking on it's own platitudes. Read more
Published on 20 Aug 2004 by russell clarke
4.0 out of 5 stars Very promising, but theres room for improvement
i'm going to keep this simple, and review each song.
track 1 is a fantastic opener, upbeat, great guitars an keyboards, and gets very addictive! Read more
Published on 10 Aug 2004 by Mr. Andrew J. Mayne
5.0 out of 5 stars Never to be "forgotten"
What can I say about this album? Soaring, majestic, epic, grand, heartfelt, dramatic, and otherworldly. I could go on and on. Read more
Published on 28 July 2004 by S. Reid
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Album of 2004
What a year 2004 has already been, and as I write, we're only just half way through it. However, we've already seen epic releases from Keane, the Delays, Franz Ferdinand and The... Read more
Published on 10 July 2004 by Paul
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