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The Western Lands

Gravenhurst Audio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (10 Sep 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warp
  • ASIN: B000TX6H2I
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 117,197 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars post folk perfection 22 Aug 2007
Format:Audio CD
this is the album indie kids and learned rockers have been waiting for. nick talbot blends the most incredible guitar action with the most beautiful melodies to create total post folk perfection. i adore the title track - a shadows-esque swagger through blue cowboy guitar wails, and also the track "she dances" -intense guitars and fascinating ode to sandy denny lyric. the record also features a brilliant rumbling fairport convention cover and the spooky folk track nick penned for ace german indie flick "ein freund von mir" last year called "song among the pine".

in general its the best work from gravenhurst, spanning my bloody valentine to yo la tengo vie velvet undergound, and i absolutely cannot wait to a) see the new 4 piece band on tour in coming weeks and b) see this hotly touted new warp films video for single for the ripper "hollow men" !

thank god the press are starting to give this band the credit they deserve!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pale Saints for the 21st Century 3 Jan 2008
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album on the basis of the other reviews here and in the main, I agree. Musically, this is an excellent record with clean and clear production that lets the guitar strings sound immediate and close. My only reservation is the lyrics, which occasionally sound trite or naive. For me, the most obvious comparison in terms of sound and atmosphere is the Pale Saints. 15 years ago, 4AD was churning this sort of sound out by the bucket-load. So, it's not original but it is very good.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Gravenhurst: "The Western Lands" 3 Feb 2009
By Micky67
Format:Audio CD
While being a founding member of the Victorian influenced Bronnt Industries Kapital, it would appear Nick Talbot's main project Gravenhurst is a vehicle for his most conventional songs. But the subject matter on "The Western Lands" is anything but orthodox, incorporating not so everyday issues such as romantic suicide, solace, magic and confusing people with places (whatever that may mean).

But in fairness, it is Gravenhurst's unassuming style that is most pleasing here. The music doesn't impose itself on you, instead gently burrows itself into your subconscious. Featuring an eclectic range of textures, "Song Among The Pine" is a lovely, cascading folk paean, while "She Dances" is an angular indie-rock tribute, with Thurston Moore inspired guitar experimentation, to the late Fairport Convention vocalist Sandy Denny.

At times Gravenhurst represents a similar vision to that of Creation Records' heyday, not Oasis and Britpop, but shoegaze trendsetters Ride and My Bloody Valentine. "Farewell, Farewell" especially, is literally soaking in Kevin Shields style production or `screaming fields of sonic love' as Talbot calls it.

However, it is the ethereal beauty of songs such as the album's instrumental title track, the optimistic "Saints" and the heartfelt "Hourglass" that really registers here. All three songs display a talent that, at times, is a joy to behold. Augmented by a full backing band, Talbot seems to be reveling in this setting and is clearly amongst the most gifted songwriters in the UK right now.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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On 'The Western Lands' Gravenhurst come very close to perfection.Their wondrously intricate, swirling soundscapes of 21st century folk-rock are delivered with a rare poignancy and panache that lends a warmth and dignity to this album that seems to be lacking in the much more commercially successful end of the watered down indie market.
The fact that Gravenhurst are not willing to sell their soul to shift units means it will probably be an album largely ignored by the masses.
But the fashionista's loss is your gain if you love the sound of people making music for the sheer love of making music.
'The Western Lands' moulds the folk classicism of Fairport Convention with the sweeping grandeur of My Bloody Valentine's 'Loveless', creating a distinctive and melodic contrast between the tender folk of songs like 'Song Among The Pine' and the crashing, invading guitars that inject a rush of tornado like intensity into songs like'She Dances' and the title track. They then pick up the majestic grace of Fairport's'Farewell, Farewell' and lift it skywards with soaring guitars and a yearning, heartbreaking vocal that turns the Fairport classic into a shimmering dream pop gem that vastly improves on the original in my opinion. 'The Western Lands' conjures beautifully bleak images throughout and has the feel of one of those classic albums where you hear something new every time you play it and a new track reveals itself in a way you never heard it before.
I previously mentioned My Bloody Valentine's 'Loveless' and in many ways Gravenhurst's 'The Western Lands' reminds me very much of that classic album. Not that I'm talking imitation, any influences are subtle and as other reviews have stated there are many more influences beside.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lost Souls 18 Sep 2007
Format:Audio CD
Great album. The brooding and melancholy guitars create a shadowy landscape where the likes of Nick Drake and Elliot Smith would feel right at home. Even when the juice is cranked up there is still an alienated, other-worldy feel to these `Western Lands' that Gravenhurst inhabit. A friend of mine took the trouble to read the lyrics and told me most of the songs were about serial killers. Somehow I wasn't too surprised. Listening to this album put me in mind of the fictional band `Lost Souls' from the Poppy Z Brite novel of the same name. Darkly gothic in a folk rock kind of way.
The only track I didn't completely warm to was the cover of Fairport's `Farewell, Farewell' - too grungy and the vocals get lost in the murk. If you're going to cover a Richard Thompson composition then you have try a bit harder guys. Apart from this small flaw, a helluva good listen.
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