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  • Audio CD (19 July 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: B Unique
  • ASIN: B0002ADX34
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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Listen  3. How 'Bout I Love You More 3:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen12. In the Next Life (A Requiem) 7:48£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Mull Historical Society's third long player, This Is Hope, is self-descriptive. Colin McIntyre once again demonstrates that he can produce some finely polished tunes. While polished, with high production values, the album appears by no means over produced or soulless. As always, the wit and cleverness of McIntyre's lyrics abound and the quirky melodies run throughout, making for an album that any band wanting to make intelligent and fun pop songs would be proud of.

The groove of "Peculiar" gets the album off to an excellent start. This archetypal pop ditty (it even has "ooh oohs") owes much of its sound to the irony of bands such as Barenaked Ladies, XTC and also Frank Zappa's Cruising with Ruben and the Jets. The near-ballad of "Death of a Scientist" descends into a semi-ELO-esque prog-rock epic but never becomes pretentious. The piano-driven "Your Love, My Gain" is a brilliantly written piece of music, the self-deprecating lyric providing the track with a Ben Folds Five feel. The orchestration and the falsetto harmonies that appear on "Len" draw influence from the classic power ballads of the 60s, something which the likes of Divine Comedy have used to great effect over the last couple of years.

This album is bursting with quality. Mull Historical Society are unafraid to use bold musical arrangements while not obscuring the pure excellence of McIntyre's melodies. The result is a very fresh, clean and honest sound. --Jamie Clark

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "droz21" on 11 July 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is hope is awesome. Definitely album of the year so far, and it would take something really magical to top it. The first track is called "Peculiar", and it's different, but superb, and a great opener, sort of a melody that you wouldn't think of, but it works.
Obviously we've all heard "How bout I love you more", the catchy first single. Then Colin takes on a very Scottish sound for the next two tracks, "Treescavengers" and "This is the hebrides", so fans of early Snow Patrol, Astrid and Reindeer Section would be happy. "Tobermory Zoo" is a belter, and he incorporated some of it (Come on and join up if you can), into the MHS song on tour last year, and it's upbeat. It sounds a bit Coralish to start off with, but wipes the floor with anything they've done.
The peice de resistance are tracks 7, 8 and 9. "Death of a Scienti$t (Vision of man over machine 2004)" is a grandiose track, an epic. The drumming is excellent, and it goes up and down a lot. Colin opens up his heart on this, and the next, "Your love, my gain". It's a slower number, but really beautiful. It's got a brilliant lyric, (Your love, your love, my gain again). Track 9 should definitely be the second single. It's Colin's most poppy song to date, and is called "Casanova (at the weekend)". It's perhaps the best pop song Mull have done, and makes you want to get up and dance.
Next come "My friend the addict", and "Len", which is one of my favourite Mull songs lyrically, superb. The last track is a fabulous and dramatic closer. "In the next life(a requiem)" is really all about hope, and brings the album together wonderfully.
You'll not be disappointed, it's fantastic.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Brian Slevin on 4 April 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is Hope carry's on from Loss and Us, and certainly keeps up Colin MacIntyre's rich vein of form.
Peculiar gets the album of to an upbeat start, and draws parallels with earlier releases such as Watching Xanadu. How Bout I Love You More, the first (and currently only) song lifted from the album, keeps up this tempo, and is a great sing-a-long moment to live concerts.
Treescavengers, slows the pace down, with it's piano driven intro slightly reminiscent of Coldplay. This is the Hebrides, obviously influenced by MacIntyres recent jaunts to America, is mainly acoustic based, but is a real highlight of this album, and really grows on you.
Tobermory Zoo is a slice of the quirky pop Mull Historical Society are so apt at producing. Again, it has hidden qualities, which really shine when played live. You can't help but sing along here. Conversely, Death of a Scientist is a slower, stop start number, and is as close to an epic as Mull Historical Society have produced thus far.
Based around a third person narrative of the death of Dr David Kelly (Uk Weapons expert, who comitted suicide during the Iraq war scandal), this is as lyrically brilliant a song as I've ever heard from Mr MacIntyre. Your Love My Gain is a lush, piano fed ballad. A real chill out song. Really pays testiment to how Colin MacIntyres song writing has matured. This is simply brilliant.
Casanova at the Weekend is next. This one has future single written all over it, My god it's good. Apparently it deals with human cloning. Really? I'd never have guessed unless I hadn't heard it from Colin himself. Turn this one up, and watch as even the most placid of listeners will begin to dance around the room and sing along. My absolute favourite from this stonking album!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Lynas VINE VOICE on 23 July 2004
Format: Audio CD
Loss, Mull Historical Society's first album, was and still is a great record - full of quirky, melodic pop and intelligent, witty lyrics. It held out a great deal of promise and made a statement - that this was what pop music was capable of if people would only have a bit of ambition for it.
Sadly, Colin Macintyre's follow-up was less but the same, never once scaling the heights of his debut and suggesting MHS would be a one-album wonder. So it was with a certain amount of trepidation that I purchased This is Hope - and I am both surprised and delighted to be able to report it is excellent, a real contender for album of the year alongside artists like The Streets - although musically a long way away.
Basically, the album is an intro and 11 perfectly crafted but quirky pop-songs. Macintyre's musical ear means instrumentation is always interesting without damaging the melodic structure and the album retains the listener's attention even when in it's (few) moments of mediocrity as a result of this. So to the songs themselves:
PECULIAR - a little gem of a pop-song that alternates between Squeeze style smoothness and XTC spike.
HOW 'BOUT I LOVE YOU MORE - the first single and ironically the weakest track on the album. OK mid-tempo pop.
TREESCAVENGERS - The first slow song and one of a handful deeply reminiscent of tracks like Barcode Bypass and Strangeways on the debut album. Complex multi-layered pop.
THIS IS THE HEBRIDES - Lyrically the most savage track on the album, this is another complex mid-tempo number.
TOBERMORY ZOO - The title sounds like it should be a kid's tv show and the song almost sounds like it could be the theme tune. Jaunty, bouncing pop just the right side of simple with a great coda. Great fun.
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