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  • Audio CD (7 July 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Measured
  • ASIN: B00009OOPB
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,136 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Justify The Rain
2. For A Smile
3. Because You
4. There’s Nothing Wrong
5. Life In Wartime
6. Sunrise
7. Tomorrow May Never Come
8. She’s Never Around
9. Kill The Time
10. Blind
11. The Need To Fly
12. Now That You Know
13. Stupid You
14. Smile

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COSMIC ROUGH RIDERS Too Close To See Far (2003 UK 14-track CD including the single Because You great picture sleeve MRCOSMIC001)

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Too Close to See Far was written and recorded under severe pressure on two fronts. Firstly, Cosmic Rough Riders' 2000 album Enjoy the Melodic Sunshine had been universally, and deservedly, hailed as a masterpiece: an irresistible collection of guitar pop confections that was a worthy heir to a lineage that included The Byrds, Big Star and Cosmic Rough Riders' fellow Glaswegians Teenage Fanclub (there are a few moments on Too Close to See Far, notably "Blind", which TFC should regard as the sincerest form of flattery). Secondly, as if Enjoy the Melodic Sunshine wasn't a sufficiently tough act to follow, Cosmic Rough Riders had to follow it without their lead singer and principal songwriter Daniel Wylie, who'd quit the group.

Given these unpropitious circumstances, it is remarkable that the worst that can be said of Too Close to See Far is that it's not quite as good as Enjoy the Melodic Sunshine. Given that very few albums are even half as good as Enjoy the Melodic Sunshine, though, this hardly amounts to condemnation. Too Close to See Far plays to all the Cosmics' strengths: an apparently effortless knack for melody, ringing guitars and soaring vocal harmonies. "Justify the Rain" and "Life in Wartime" in particular would have earned places on Enjoy the Melodic Sunshine, and "Tomorrow May Never Come" hints at a hitherto latent, Elliott Smith-like melancholy that may yield yet further treasures. Too Close to See Far is better than it had any right to be, and is a wholly welcome return. --Andrew Mueller

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jonathon Jones on 18 Sept. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Enjoy the melodic sunshine was as fine an album as you get in this field. It had so much going for it and many angles from which to come at you. Pop, psych, ballads, interludes. That's mostly missing this time out as the band choose to focus on one segment of their former sound. Jingle jangle is good but it becomes a bit too much over a whole album. Only two songs break the mould and they are the best songs. Tomorrow may never come and Life during wartime make something of a change while all the others are interlocking. Justify the because for a smile need to surise. They never veer from the formula. There's no Gun isn't loaded or Baby you're so free and there's no humour in the words. Poitives are that some of the melodies are good, Because I and Justify the rain being the best. For a smile, blind and Need to fly are also good but there's something missing. I can't put my finger on it exacly but they need to strech out or something. Three stars in a magazine would mean good within it's genre and that's why I give it three. It will appeal to those who like the thorns recent album or a blander teenage fanclub, travis and even the proclaimers. It does sound like a different band but that's bound to happen when a prominent member like a singer leaves.
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By Bart O. Farrell on 12 July 2013
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This is so nice,touches of The Byrds,Big Star and The Beach Boys.I"m a sucker for harmony vocals,Something that one doesnt hear enough of these days.
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Daniel Wylie brought to the Cosmic Rough Riders not just strong, folky melodies, but a maverick's touch - this regularly came across in quirky lyrics and an interesting variety of arrangements, and most strongest on 'Enjoy the Melodic Sunshine.' However, though Wylie had departed by this album, it's clear to see that his partner and inheritor, Stephen Fleming, has an ear for a great tune and a honey-silk voice that is able to carry the tunes successfully. The album's production is more insipid than ETMS, with its folky, earthy production, but is still a great collection of songs, in the vein of Teenage Fanclub circa 'Grand Prix' era - perhaps even containing better production and stronger melodies. Standouts include 'Justify the Rain', 'Sunrise', and 'Life in Wartime.'

Though not as good as its predecessor, a worthy buy from a band still brimming with talent.
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Jan. 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is a disappointingly poor album from an otherwise great band with a great catalogue. From stereo widescreen to mono in one giant leap (in the wrong direction). I took my time in purchasing this release, wary of the change in line up. Daniel Wylie has gone and it seems he's taken all the danger and excitement with him. He's left behind a workman like band who do good re treads of a certain other Scotch band. I hope they can fix it or it's going to be over too soon. It's a case of what could have been and what's not going to be. Shame.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. R. Curtis on 15 Aug. 2003
Format: Audio CD
There is nothing more difficult than following up a great album.
This has been achieved with absolute resounding success.
In my opinion this record shows how Stephen Flemming must of had a difficult time being a songwriter in his own right under Daniel wylie.
I prefer his voice ,which I find more melodic .This record is an absolute gem and much more accomplished than melodic sunshine .
The only difficulty I can see is selling this beauty to a generation of Nu-metallers ,who wouldn't know a melody or well written song if it bit them in the ass!
Buy this just because it is an absolute joy.
Here's hoping the Cosmics never stop writing and releasing stuff , people like myself need this kind of music to survive!
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7 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Sept. 2003
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What is it about Scots lads in bands always wanting to sound like the byrds and the beach boys? It's fine when they add something original like teenage fanclub did but when it gets to third and fourth generation imitators, it's starting to wear a little thin. This album is like swallowing a large dose of syrup in one go washed down with ten litres of full sugar pop. You'll feel like you've heard all the songs before, that's because you have on your teenage fanclub, byrds and beach boys albums. The only song that offers some originality and some hope for the future is Life in wartime. This is painting by numbers when what you really want is an original painting. It's my first purchase by this band and my last. Scotland is in the uk guys, it's not in America. This is not America kids and this album is not a patch on Teenage Fanclub's Grand Prix.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Twangothan on 24 Aug. 2003
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I thought at first that this was a letdown after ETMS but actually it is a real grower - living in France I have no idea what is on Brit radio but "Because you" immediately lodged itself in my brain after a few listens and the rest of the album soon after. They were great at Summer Sundae in August, though the sound engineer might experiment with the audience being able to hear the vocals occasinally, especially when the harmonies are so important to the sound.
Anyway I recommend this - if you enjoyed ETMS you'll enjoy this. Daniel, my boy, I fear you have Richard Ashcroft style shock awaiting you.....sadly.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By T. Grant on 9 July 2003
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I was lucky to catch the Cosmic Rough Riders play in my home town last month so I was really looking forward to listening to the bands new album "Too Close To See Far" Its the follow up to "Enjoy the Melodic Sunshine" and I think its their best yet. Its full of great tunes, great melodies and a really happy summer feel. The perfect album to listen to in your garden on a hot summer day, or down at the beach or just driving along in your car. So far after a couple of plays "Life in Wartime" is my current favourite track but "Justify the Rain" and "Because You" are fantastic too. I highly recommend this album.
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