- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,680 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Through The Windowpane
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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 Dangerfields 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
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 morePublished on 17 Mar. 2013 by Gary Richardson
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 morePublished on 11 Dec. 2012 by Ms. Elspeth Rose
Typical Guillemots, some excellence, some mediocrity. There's some terrific tracks on here: Little Bear, Made-Up Lovesong #43, Sao Paulo. Read morePublished on 17 April 2012 by Dan
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 morePublished on 12 Aug. 2011 by the captain
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 morePublished on 27 Feb. 2011 by The Rabi Acrobat
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 morePublished on 11 July 2007 by Chuck E
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 morePublished on 21 Mar. 2007 by C. Lines
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 morePublished on 10 Mar. 2007 by S. WARBURTON
I missed out on the Guillemots' beginnings back in 2005, having only discovered them around September 2006. I'm glad I did. The album has no 'filler' tracks. Read morePublished on 21 Feb. 2007 by C. Haynes