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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
I wish I had listened to this music years ago. Brilliant CD. Quite a few catchy tunes that just have you singing along.Published 13 months ago by Joe
The comparison with Lyndsey is a valid one. Both have high sounding vocals, melodic songs, and an inch of experimentation. Read morePublished on 14 Jun 2012 by TSM
Bought this on the recommendation of the reviews on this website.
Unfortunately I really didn't like it. Read more
Colin Macintyre is coming close to being a Noughties Dylan, with this his third album in three years. Read morePublished on 23 Nov 2004
Following on from 'Loss' and 'Us' was always going to be hard, and perhaps unsurprisingly 'This Is Hope' is not quite up there. Read morePublished on 5 Oct 2004
There are songs, on some albums, that once I hear them on the stereo, I rush to find my portable CD player and my headphones to listen to them, because I just feel I have to listen... Read morePublished on 28 July 2004 by untitled no. 4
This album is my album of the year. A great album yet again from the mull historical society as there is a more experimental side to this one but still great pop songs like... Read morePublished on 26 July 2004 by Mr. S. Mackie
Obviously I seem to be in the minority, but I've gotta say that I was sourly disappointed by 'This is Hope'. Read morePublished on 22 July 2004 by Mr. A. D. J. Mcculloch