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Vivarium

4.8 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Audio CD (29 Jun. 2015)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Red Bull Records
  • ASIN: B002JAPF0Y
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,999 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Lightspeed
  2. Old Grey Face (And The Way Of The Magenta)
  3. You're Turning Into John Wayne (Album Version)
  4. Caribbean War Syndrome
  5. What Is Light? Where Is Laughter?
  6. Human After All
  7. Audience And Audio
  8. Better Weather

Product Description

Twin Atlantic are one of the most exciting rock bands to come out of Scotland in many years. Hailing from Glasgow, they signed to Red Bull Records worldwide after releasing a single on King Tut’s own label, and later an EP themselves. Having reached the level in Glasgow where without a record deal they could sell out the 900 capacity QMU they signed a worldwide record deal and began recording their debut mini album in Los Angeles. Produced by John Travis (Kid Rock, Static X) Vivarium showcases the more rock-orientated side of the bands music.

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Format: Audio CD
I purchased this mini-album off the strength of the excellent "Lightspeed" single, and was not disappointed. This CD is packed full of great songs with nice hooks and melodies, with "John Wayne" being a particular highlight. The vocals are also excellent, and Sam McTrusty's Scottish accent enhances the impact of each track tremendously.

I know that being Scottish, Twin Atlantic are inevitably (and perhaps lazily) going to be compared to their fellow countrymen Biffy Clyro. But if you are a fan of the latter then you will no doubt like this band - think of something that sounds like a cross between new/old Biffy Clyro but also brings something new to the table.

Additionally, the album sleeve has a nice "pop-out" effect which although obviously doesn't add or take anything away from the music, provides a nice touch and reflects the amount of effort and thought that has gone into this EP.

Although some tracks are better than others, this is an excellent debut and shows a great sign of things to come by Twin Atlanic. I am very much looking forward to their next release!
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Vivarium might be a mini-album but when the songs are this fun, length doesn't matter. Energetic and passionate Sam's vocals set the tone for the whole album. Songs are all catchy and memorable but remain distinct and unique. This is by far my favourite Twin Atlantic album.
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By Sarah on 15 Jan. 2013
Format: Audio CD
heard them on radio1 and fell in love - this album didn't disappoint (: my favourite track is john wayne
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By The Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Oct. 2009
Format: Audio CD
Mini-album or not this cracking release punches well
beyond its weight. 'Vivarium' has more than enough good
energy to keep us warm during the dark months ahead.

This Glasgow four-piece have a secure future guaranteed.

Sam McTrusty (Vocals/guitar) is a terrific front man; the
strong vernacular accent enhancing his feisty performances.

Barry McKenna (guitar/backing vocals) and Ross McNae
(bass/backing vocals & piano) provide solid support throughout.

'Lightspeed' is a blistering opening anthem, driven
powerfully along by Craig Kneale's rock-solid drums.
It's a cracking and uplifting ensemble piece.

This is one tight little unit. The sound raw, electric
but always tightly controlled. Producer John Travis
understands exactly what's needed and captures
the band's vivacious essence perfectly.

'Old Grey Face (And The Way Of The Magenta)' is a stunning
piece of staccato mayhem. A prizefighting performance so good
it made me laugh out loud with joy ! It really is a corker!

All eight tracks are wild and wise and totally convincing.

The pitter-patter opening of final number 'Better Weather'
heralds a really beautiful composition. Sensitive, reflective
and indicative of Twin Atlantic's ability to lay back into
a good tune as well deliver constructive pandemonium.

Roll-on the next installment!

Highly Recommended.
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Great Album

The first signed album I think its great, being more in the heavier rocky stuff this is great!
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Although this takes a few listens the debut album from Twin Atlantic is certainly a sign of things to come!!
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Love this album and the band. Came on time, completely exceeded my expectations!!
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This is as cheery a piece of Scottish noise as I've heard, oh, since Biffy Clyro's first. In fact that's going to be something they'll be beaten with because the accents, the pace changes and the aggressive guitars and drums are highly reminiscent. I denied this at first, probably because I first heard them in session on Vic Galloway and it was less obvious but it's definitely true. However they sound fresher and more tuneful than BC's last couple of albums with good songs and a light touch the older band have forgotten. John Wayne's a great track and even if the lyrics are a wee bit pompous you don't have to read the sleeve notes. The fold up sleeve's a bit precious too (and tore when I took off my security sticker - be careful.) All in all though, it' makes a lovely racket.
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