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  • Audio CD (14 Jun. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Memphis Industries
  • ASIN: B00025C376
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 207,292 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Soundings, the third album from Andy Dragazis's Blue States project sees the now London-based three piece shift direction again, albeit ever so slightly. Still lushly orchestrated and arranged with bags of cinematic charm, Blue States sound more like a band than ever before. Guitar and vocalist Chris Carr sings on most of the 10 songs with a gentle voice that every so often breaks into Morrissey-esque musings and never more so than on the melancholy album closer, "Sad Song". This extremely British vocal combined with steady, crisp drums, acoustic guitar and a wall of strings, organs and electric guitar is reminiscent in grandeur to Spiritualised.

The funkiest number is the opener "Across the Wire" where a straightforward, upbeat trip-hop groove is underpinned by imposing strings that add a certain gravity while maintaining the accessibility of the tune. Instrumentals "One Night on Tulane" and "Output" are more likely what fans of Nothing Changes will be waiting for--eerie soundscapes with a retro-futurist twist; the former full of grandeur and hairs on the back of your neck moments and the latter a kooky cyber-kitsch ditty.

The Soundings won't please everyone for it's not so out there or up there like the last two albums but if you're not hooked on first listen, it may well be worth giving it a few more goes. --David Trueman

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Oct. 2004
Format: Audio CD
I was fortunate to see Blue States at a London show recently. I thought they'd disappeared off the scope and always wondered what became of them since I loved Nothing changes Under the Sun.
My how they've changed! They're an indie band these days. But the strange thing is that they don't sound like Chill Out also rans changing direction out of desperation (which maybe they are!) but in fact they sound like a world class indie band at the peak of their powers (like it's that easy!) The beautiful arrangements that made NCUTS such a success are still there but with addition of co-writer Chris Carr what we have are real songs with real depth.
The lush orchestrastion that threatened to suffocte many of the tracks on second album Man Mounatain is used far more cleverly with the majority of the album made up of dark guitar and synth led arrangements with vocals on 7 of 10 tracks that recall the best parts about the 80s. (glorious yet sensitive). Chris Carr's voice I would best descirbe as a cross between Ian Curtis and Julian Cope. It's wonderfully British with an almost provocative tone coupled a with a wonderfully fractured lyriscism. Since Dragazis excels at painting beautiful soundscapes the pairing works brilliantly.
There are still instrumentals on the Soundings but they are cleverly blended into the vocal tracks which results in a real album experience as opposed to a collection of songs (something the current crop of supposed best British bands should take note of!) Best example of this is One Night on Tulane into The Last Blast where an almost Japanese Whispers era Cure sounding instrumental lures in a beautifully picked acoustic ballad that builds to a rousing chorus outro with layer after layer of vocal harmonies recalling Loaded era Velvet Underground.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By dimitriis on 19 July 2004
Format: Audio CD
Blue States is synonymous with cinematic sounds, blissful orchestrations and captivating arrangements! Andreas Dragazis' first album (at the time he was on his own) was a groundbreaking release in the downtempo genre and stands high up with Bonobo's sublime "Animal Magic". On "Man Mountain", Blue States changed direction by incorporating female vocals to their songs, something that is predominant in "The Soundings" albeit with pop-like male vocals. Some fans (including me) were sceptical towards that shift, because we were expecting a downtempo album that would be serene and eerie, ideal for chilling regardless of temporal or spatial requirements. Still, in my opinion, "Man Mountain" was a great release that was indeed partly deviating from the known Blue States sound, maintaining however, that ethereal and cinematic brilliance!
In "The Soundings", Blue States sound more like a band rather than an Electronica act. Nonetheless, the compositions are praiseworthy and the new singer has been well absorbed in the group. His contribution plays a pivotal role in the feelings that the listener develops throughout this album, which are rather esoteric and emotional. Standout vocal track has to be "The last blast" and instrumental favourite is the melancholic "Output".
"The Soundings" is definitely targeted to a wider audience and I think it will be appreciated by many. And Blue States thoroughly deserve this appreciation, because I strongly believe that they have surpassed more well-known bands like Zero 7 and Air (at least with respect to their latest efforts).
As a fan of Quantic, Fila Brazillia, Cinematic Orchestra, Tommy Guerrero, Kruder & Dorfmeister and the rest of the artists in my Listmania lists, I doubt that "The Soundings" will stay in my cd player for a long time, simply because I prefer instrumental, slightly more cerebral music. Buy it and make your own judgements! 3.5 stars
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Jun. 2004
Format: Audio CD
I was a little concerned when I first saw the album cover as it doesn't contain any blue like the last two albums. Goes to show you can't judge a CD by its cover. On this record Blue States have reinvented their sound stripping away the strings, making it more electronic sounding than Man Mountain. However its still unmistakably Blue States - the three instrumental tracks could've been lifted straight from Nothing Changes. New vocalist Chris Carr adds a touch of melodrama to proceedings with his yearning 80s sounding vocals. In my opinion its their best effort yet.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Edouard Bouffenie on 7 July 2004
Format: Audio CD
The Blue States have definitely produced a gem of an album in the Soundings as they moved slightly to a different soundscape than their previous work.
The big plus is the addition of the singer/ soungwriter which gives a pop-rock dimension to their complex haunting musical soundscape; producing great melodies.
The opening of "Under a grey sky", which is a fantastic track although there isn't a single bad track on the album; this has to the standing out one, not my personal favorite which will have to be "the last blast"; but everytime any of my friends who overheard "under a grey sky" in the background have consistently told me it was a great song before asking me who it was.
Have owned this album for about a month, I have got my hands on quite a few other albums since but the sounding is definitely becoming one of the house's favorite - well for the "Chill-Out" times anyway;
The soundings is an impressive Indie Pop-Rock debut from electronica experts.. and they still are brilliant in producing electronic beats and phrases the two purely instrumental tracks are definitely proving it.
Worth every penny; Get it, you will love it; i have yet to find someone who told me that this album was average.
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