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Through The Windowpane

Guillemots Audio CD
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Guillemots are a BRIT Award nominated indie rock band formed in November 2004 by Fyfe Dangerfield. The band consists of 4 members: Fyfe Dangerfield, MC Lord Magrão, Aristazabal Hawkes & Greig Stewart. Although formed in Birmingham and now based in London, the band's members have been compiled from England, Scotland, Brazil and Canada.

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  • Audio CD (10 July 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polydor
  • ASIN: B000GCF8SQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,601 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Little Bear
2. Made-Up Lovesong #43
3. Trains To Brazil
4. Redwings
5. Come Away With Me
6. Through The Windowpane
7. If The World Ends
8. We're Here
9. Blue Would Still Be Blue
10. Annie, Let's Not Wait
11. And If All...
12. Sao Paulo

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There's no doubting the ambitions of Through The Window Pane. Its makers, London's Guillemots might be able to trace their roots back to the indie underground – like so many, frontman Fyfe Dangerfield got his musical break when his former band recorded a John Peel session – but this is a debut that owes nothing to angry abrasiveness or wilfully leftfield tactics. Diverse, subtle, and commendably understated – see the opening "Little Bear", five minutes of near silence interrupted only by gentle strings, lounge piano, and Dangerfield’s soft, operatic vocal – this is an album seemingly diametrically opposed to the voguish all-mouth, no-trousers school of modern indie. "Made-Up Love Song 43" combines tearful, emo-tinged balladry with sped-up vinyl wobble, heavenly vocal choirs, and distant accordion, while the spacey "A Samba In The Snowy Rain" confirms Guillemots luxuriate with the sort of progressive rock nous that should see their name mentioned next to the likes of Sigur Rós or Mew. It's not all bombastic – "Blue Would Still Be Blue" is comparatively restrained, Dangerfield's impressive range hitched to spare keyboard blips. But as "Sao Paolo" builds from swinging piano ballad to horns-powered prog symphony over eleven fireworks-packed minutes, there's no denying that in the world of Guillemots, bigger is definitely better. –-Louis Pattison

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Through the Windowpane (CD Album) by Guillemots - 12 Tracks: 1. Little Bear 4:48, 2. Made Up Love Song #43 3:40, 3. Trains To Brazil 4:02, 4. Redwings 6:02, 5. Come Away With Me 3:09, 6. Through The Windowpane 3:38, 7. If The World Ends 6:19, 8. We're Here 5:14, 9. Blue Would Still Be Blue 5:14, 10. Annie, Let's Not Wait 4:43, 11. And If All... 1:18, 12. Sao Paulo 11:41

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fyugfugkkguhgkgkr87654774747 29 Jan 2008
By 77
Format:Audio CD
No, man, I shouldn't like this as much as I do. I know this. Yet, considering I've spent the last few years of my life rallying against Britain's acceptance of Hard-Fi and Razorlight as the voice of my generation, I feel Guillemots were a dim light in the bleak, pitch black vacuum of modern not-actually-indie indie rock. This band, and this album, existed on the cusp of mainstream acceptance at the time of its release, and it should have been a revolution. All the stars were alligned; it was up for a Mercury Prize (but lost out to The Arctic Monkeys, 'cause, ya know, they needed more hype...), had the backing of the Pitchforkian forces that drive the minds of so many hipsters and, hell, this band even featured on some BBC2 program that was on after Paxman had finished bemoaning the recently-added weather section of his Newsnight show. My mind is blurred, but I believe these things happened at around the same time.

Guillemots should've been the band to break the country out of its wholesale love of the bland, mundane and uninspired. "...nothing on the radio that means that much to me"; really, Johnny Borrell, you odious twatrocker? I realise you've had Kirsten Dunst, but that doesn't give you the right to pen such hypocritical nonsense. You're part of the problem, Borrell, and you're the reason why Guillemots only slightly made it. At the very least, you owe Fyfe Dangerfield a pint, at the very best, well, how good is your knowledge when it comes to seppuku?

This should've worked. The glorious "Made Up Love Song #43" runs deep with pretentionless sentiment to what every songwriter wants to experience, if only to write a song about it. "Trains to Brazil" was, in the past, the future number one single.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let it sweep you off your feet 9 Aug 2006
Format:Audio CD
There have been some really incredible albums released this year, just check the Mercury Awards list if you don't believe me, yet what is most impressive is the vast range of musical styles that have been on offer. Muse, Editors and Thom Yorke have all been favourites, as well as this wonderfull debut album from the multi-national Guillemots.

Although based in Birmingham, the band's members have been compiled from England, Scotland, Brazil and Canada. A most ecclectic mix you'll agree, and certainly a cosmopolitan blend that adds a rich variety to the songs. The thumping 'Trains To Brazil' is a personal favourite and benefits from a thunderous, driving tomm tomm rhythm and stacatto horn section that captures the capital's carnival spirit. The album's opener 'Little Bear' on the other hand recalls the sort of string arrangements and harmonic invention that made 'Day's Of Future Past' such a timeless classic, and that's what this album deserves to become; a classic.

You see, out of all the brilliant albums I mentioned above, Muse's bombastic and thrilling 'Black Holes and Revelations'; Editor's dark and brooding 'The Back Room'; Thom Yorke's troubled and claustrophobic 'The Eraser', 'Through The Windowpane' is the only album that can possibly be described as magical. The exstatic, shimmering and at times downright chaotic orchestral arangements, Fyfe Dangerfield's swooning, soaring vocals and of course the band, keeping at all together, cannot produce an album that is anything less than magical. It is an album to get lost in, an album that will sweep you off your feet. If only you'll let it.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece 10 Jan 2007
By Ben Stephenson VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
In this current climate, there is clearly a saturation of the indie/alternative genre, all looking to release average formulaic songs, marketed to the extreme in order to secure sales. So therefore, it is always great to see bands refuse to conform, such as Guillemots have done. It is undeniably difficult to separate the very good from the average, which is why I am overjoyed to have discovered this record; light years away from many albums produced by bigger bands, namely The Killers, Razorlight etc. the list goes on.

Indeed, Fyfe Dangerfield has an excellent voice, one which is used in falsetto appropriately, and the use of echo and fading adds extra emphasis to his lyrics.

Trains to Brazil, Through the Window Pane and Sao Paulo are particular favourites of mine.

The key aspect of the album is its avant-garde approach, best displayed in the final track which is a brilliantly ''composed'' track. I say composed as classical elements are evident throughout the album, but is fully expanded on in Sao Paulo, a daring move in my opinion. It definitely pays off, as the 11 minute masterpiece will simply blow you away, as each aspect drives emotion and provokes anticipation within the listener, something I haven't witnessed in contemporary generic music.

A beautiful record, and I fully appreciate it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Go and buy this one 15 July 2006
Format:Audio CD
Once in a while something comes along that really grabs you. "Through the Windowpane" is one of those somethings. It is an extraordinarily beautiful album by a group of highly talented musicians. "Through the Windowpane" could well be THE sound of the summer of 2006. This is such an immediately uplifting work, yet at the same time it manages to be complex and challenging. Guillemots have managed to write some superb tunes which include a lot of muscial experimentation (but not too much to get in the way of what is a collection of beguiling songs). The tone of the album varies from the slow, beautiful, string-laden "Little Bear" to the up-tempo near Jazz of "Trains To Brazil". Other standouts are "Redwings" and the epic "Sao Paulo". It's quite difficult to see where all the influences came from for this work. There's a lot of jazz and big band influence in some of the tracks, whilst I can also hear a similarity to The Cure at their most "poppy". In fact its hard to pigeonhole exactly what kind of music this is but that doesn't matter, the diversity in style and the quality of the songwriting mean that this one will appeal across the board. This is an excellent album, the sound of summer and something listened to in the morning that will set you up for the day. Go and buy this one!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the all-time greatest albums
I got into this band by accident- hearing "She Needs Me" by Fyfe Dangerfield on the radio, and then getting all the Guillemots albums to date from there. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Gary Richardson
5.0 out of 5 stars I Must Be A Lover
I adore this album, it is on of my all time favourites and a Guillemots great. Of course all of their music is great but this... this is special. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Ms. Elspeth Griffin
4.0 out of 5 stars Some good, some bad
Typical Guillemots, some excellence, some mediocrity. There's some terrific tracks on here: Little Bear, Made-Up Lovesong #43, Sao Paulo. Read more
Published on 17 April 2012 by Dan
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Picks you up, builds to amazing musical peaks and then deposits you gently ready for the next track. Beatuiful, melodic, sweeping especially in the car late at night. Read more
Published on 12 Aug 2011 by the captain
5.0 out of 5 stars The Rabi Acrobat
As Little Bear kicks in you can feel the tears welling in your eyes as this simply beautiful and moving music composed and performed with your soul (and not your ears) in mind... Read more
Published on 27 Feb 2011 by The Rabi Acrobat
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, original and emotive
I first saw this group on a live music show called Later... With Jools Holland and was impressed enough with their songs and electric performance to want to buy their latest album... Read more
Published on 19 Dec 2008 by A. Sweeney
5.0 out of 5 stars Under the radar for too long.
I only discovered the Guillemots earlier this year, and had actually never heard of them previously. I now know what I was missing. Read more
Published on 12 Nov 2008 by Flickering Ember
5.0 out of 5 stars Give it time
This is a classic 'grower'. For those (like me) whose expectations were primed by the singles, it can take a bit of adjustment before the real beauty of this album starts to kick... Read more
Published on 11 July 2007 by Chuck E
5.0 out of 5 stars goes on getting better
Like all the best albums this one takes time to get to know and it has certainly grown on me over the last 3 months. Read more
Published on 21 Mar 2007 by C. Lines
2.0 out of 5 stars a bit of a letdown
I must admit,I am more than a little disappointed with this album. The first few records are fine,the opening trac,breathtaking even. Read more
Published on 10 Mar 2007 by S. WARBURTON
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