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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 (42 customer reviews)
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GUILLEMOTS Through The Windowpane (2006 UK 12-track Special Edition CD album featuring their eagerly anticipated follow-up to 2005s From The Cliffs including the singles Trains To Brazils Made Up Love Song #43 Were Here & Annie Lets Not Wait stickered case & foldout picture sleeve)

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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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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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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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By Andy Sweeney TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Dec. 2008
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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 and have enjoyed listening to it thoroughly ever since. This is a very sonically beautiful - yet quirky - album and reminds me of Mercury Rev and Flaming Lips, but not quite as alternative-sounding as those bands. It holds your interest well and is the work of people who are creating a work of art, not just a hit record. It introduces itself gently, Little Bear being silence softly punctuated with piano, understated strings and a near-operatic vocal, followed by the unpredictable and inventive Made-Up Lovesong #43. The upbeat Trains To Brazil comes next, a riotous jaunt complete with saxophones and a saw-like synth to further enchant your tapping toes.

London's Guillemots are a group who understand the importance of dynamics in music well and are a breath of fresh air in the soulless pop, mindless R & B and spiky-guitarred indie quagmire of the 2006 album charts. The beauty and swelling persuasion of Redwings, complete with muted horns, glockenspiel, strings and the mix of male & female lead vocals performed passionately make for a glorious, emotional listening experience. Come Away With Me is a sprawling electronic dreamy soundscape of a track which melts into the title track, Through The Windowpane, an organ-driven song with a moderately fast tempo and interesting use of instrumentation, both traditional and electronic, utilising some very interesting chords and mid-song key changes, reminding me slightly of the type of song Manchester's Doves excel at.
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