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Mull Historical Society Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (3 Mar 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wea
  • ASIN: B00007MBYV
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 127,015 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Final Arrears
2. Am I Wrong
3. Oh Mother
4. Asylum
5. Live Like The Automatics
6. Donít Take Your Love Away From Me
7. Minister For Genetics And Insurance Mp
8. 5 More Minutes
9. Gravity
10. Can
11. The Supermarket Strikes Back
12. Clones
13. Her Is You
14. Us
15. Canít Do It (CD Rom Bonus Track)
16. You Asked Her To Marry You (CD Rom Bonus Track)
17. MHS Lady (CD Rom Bonus Track)
18. When Iím Awake (Cavum) (CD Rom Bonus Track)

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Mull Historical Society's second album, Us, could be seen as their Pet Sounds, especially as the resolutely sunny choruses and quirky sounds of their debut album, Loss, pegged the indie duo as the Inner Hebrides' answer to the Beach Boys. Where once bric-a-brac accompaniments lent idiosyncratic charm to their sweetly optimistic take on the trials of small-town life, here they create magical landscapes. Even without the cosseting arrangements, the cosily swaying "Oh Mother" and "Clones" would be beautifully tender. "Live like the Automatic's" would be a rousing, headlong charge and the tear-stained "Don't Take Your Love Away from Me" would no doubt still have a tragically hopeful ring. But wrapped in an unobtrusive, yet fantastically sensual blanket of Beach Boys harmonies, swirling organs, tubular bells, plaintive pianos, woozy strings and twinkling harps, the innocence of their tunes is turned from twee to beguiling. True the unrelenting cheer--peaking with a Snow White style fluttering of flutes at the end of the title track--does eventually begin to grate. Even so, with an ease of pace and heart-warming glow that's about as divorced from the grim trudge of reality as anything can be, there's nothing better to daydream to. --Dan Gennoe

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mull 10 Mar 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is a good record, mid-paced throughout and more melancholy than 'Loss', and Colin MacIntyre is a strong songwriter in a similar mould to Andy Partridge, or maybe even a Scottish Ben Folds. Best songs here are The Final Arrears, Don't Take Your Love Away From Me, and The Supermarket Strikes Back (a reply to 'Barcode Bypass' from the debut album) Comparisons with The Beach Boys are lazy, and this is no Pet Sounds, its closer in essence to the singer/songwriter world of the 70s, like a less pompous David Gray with a sense of humour.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliance 30 April 2003
Format:Audio CD
Mull Historical Society (aka Colin Mcintentyre) came on the scene in 2000 amid critical aclaim with his debut album "Loss". Now 3 years later he has a new album "Us". So how does it compare to the previous album?
You'll be happy to know there's no sophomore slump here. While Loss was an album full of potential it suffered several shortcomings. One in particular was Colin's luddite obsession with fighting everyting modern. On picking up the album Us, tracks with sames such as "Asylum", "Live like the automatics", "Minister for Genetics & Insurance MP", "The supermarket strikes back" and "Clones" may suggest to you that he has gone totally overboard with his new album. However the opposite is true. The songs on "Us" bear no reference to political climate and are in fact personal introspective songs. As he says on "Live like the automatics" - "Fighting society never did much for me".
Track by track what to expect:
1. The Final Arrears. This was the debut single from the album and bears the same style as the songs "Watching Xanadu" and "Animal Cannibus" from Loss. Nothing particularly new here, just the usual high quality instrumental arrangement and catchy tune.
2. Am I Wrong. The next single to be released from the album. Another solid song, a bit too similar to previous efforts though.
3. Oh Mother - as you can guess from the name, one of the more personal songs from the album.
4. Asylum - No reference to refugees or anything here. One of my favourite songs from the album, has a warm fuzzy feel to it. Favourite line : "so please sit on the sunny side of me".
5. Live Like the automatics - upbeat number, finishing with the repeated couplet - "we look over our shoulder and the sunlight never grows older". A song I find myself singing in the shower.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Song Sequels Are GOOD THINGS 18 Sep 2006
By Petay
Format:Audio CD
Colin McIntyre is a happy fellow. You can just tell from his face, voice and lyrics that even the saddest, most poignant moments of life fill him with a simple wonder and joy. This is audible in his music so much that it often overtakes from the melodies and actual songsmanship.

Having said that, there is no lack of either - Us is a great follow up to the virtually perfect Loss. The joyful, brash opener of Am I wrong vies with Annimal Cannabus in its sheer punch-the-air urgency; Asylum is a lyrical love song with a peculiar take on insanity; 5 More Minutes, on the other hand is matched only by the Manic's Ocean Spray as desperately sad parent-loss songs. The high point, however, is the sequel to Loss's Barcode Bypass, The Supermarket Strikes Back. It is knowingly a sequel (hence the Star Wars-esque title) with its sampled vocals at the start and its same lyrical bent, and yet where Barcode... was sad and lazy, Supermarket... is fast, bouncy and poignant, as the Supermarket owner realises that he, too, must "pick up your gloves and walk your dogs", now that the unfortunate shopkeeper is dead and gone.

A poignant minor classic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great songs, great tunes, great album 25 Mar 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Well after seeing Mull Historical Society in a local music store it inspired me to purchase this album. It is a great album in my opinion though I do not own Loss and will deffinately be buying it soon. Songs worth a look on the album are: The Final Arrears, Am I Wrong, Asylum, Dont Take Your Love Away From Me and also 5 More Minutes. This is a GREAT album and well worth the money.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This sucks...or does it...? 13 April 2003
Format:Audio CD
When I first put this into my player, I turned it off after the third listen, and then dug out my NME and looked at it suspiciously. I know they're prone to hyping every band that can put two chords together, put surely, I thought, they've gone too far this time. "Planet surfing melodies?" I whispered in disbelief. "Out of this galaxy?" This has got to be THE most annoying, overrated album, with possible exception to Highly Evolved, ever made!
About ten listens later, I'm more than ready to eat my words. Am I Wrong? Yes. MHS have a great album here; it just gets better with every listen. With each play you hear a bit more of the breath-taking depth of this album, and you learn to love it that bit more. Be warned, however; Us is a monumental grower. Do not expect to hear Colin Macintyre's brilliance on the first listen. In fact, you will most probably cringe at his slightly nasal vocals, and ask yourself how any band can expect to get off the ground with a voice as grating as that leading it. However, the small-island-man's vocal chords are just another example of the extraordinary grower quality of the album; keep listening and it begins to blend perfectly with his band's take on lush psychedelia.
Problems? Us is perhaps a bit too long. If Macintyre had cut out some of the slightly average songs, like "Clones" and "Five More Minutes", it would have made for a far more snappy and trimmed offering. MHS also have a tendency to be heavy-handed with their quirkiness on a couple of the tracks. I wouldn't call this showiness; it seems Macintyre is over-eager to prove something. The title track would be a beautiful Aqualung-esque moment, but is distracted by the unneccessary plonky beginning and the weird shouted ending.
All in all, a rousing, earnest and often heart-wrenching album. Don't make the mistake I did; listen to it a couple of times before making your mind up.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Us is Lossier than Loss but it's quietly excellent
Oh, Colin MacIntyre. What are we going to do with you? You resolutely make the most awkward, tuneful, delicious, uncomfortable music I have heard in long time and I hope you never... Read more
Published 5 months ago by D. Mancino
4.0 out of 5 stars Tops.
Brilliant artist. It has taken me all these years to appreciate this guy. And what a singer/songwriter. Wish I had listened years ago.
Published 9 months ago by Joe
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
This is such a disappointment after the brilliant debut 'Loss'. I bought this album on the strength of the previous one, and wish I hadn't. Read more
Published on 30 Jan 2004 by Neil Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars This album is great
Once again Colin and his mates have produced a work of brilliance. It has all of the crazy melody made with wierd, whiring synth effects but now combined with a slightly darker,... Read more
Published on 27 Oct 2003 by "ollmaster"
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Bought this on the strength of one song which appeared on a compliation CD I picked up, and didn't regret it at all. Amazing album, a joy to listen to.
Published on 7 Sep 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointing...
this album was recommended to me by someone after i told them i had recently discovered 'Tahiti 80' and loved them for their lazy, comfortable, 'beach boys-esqe' sound, but had a... Read more
Published on 3 Jun 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars Reasonable second effort from the Society.
In comparison with Radiohead, The White Stripes, The Strokes and Blur, the anticipation of Mull Historical Society’s second album, “Us”, was rather muted. Read more
Published on 14 May 2003 by Trent Steel
1.0 out of 5 stars Plain, dull, drab
Sorry, but they are the first three words that come to mind after enduring Us. After reading the reviews and promise of unrelenting cheer, feel good and charm I was quite excited... Read more
Published on 11 April 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars buy it!
this kind of music really deserves more of a general hearing - ignore the off-putting bamd name + track titles - this is one of the great indie records! Read more
Published on 22 Mar 2003
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