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Wanderlust

Sophie Ellis Bextor Audio CD
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Sophie Ellis-Bextor is back with album number four, after baby number two, looking and sounding better than ever; but as she once warned us – it’s a Mixed Up World, and juggling young children, with a recording career, international tours, running club nights with husband Richard and her ongoing commitment as the face of cosmetics brand Rimmel, is not without it’s ... Read more in Amazon's Sophie Ellis Bextor Store

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  • Audio CD (20 Jan 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EBGB's
  • ASIN: B00FSFZ7G4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 288 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen11. When the Storm Has Blown Over 3:310.79  Buy MP3 


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In January 2014 Sophie will release her fifth album, Wanderlust, a record co-written and produced by acclaimed singer-songwriter Ed Harcourt and recorded in just two weeks with a tightly-knit group of musician friends. The record sees the 34-year-old Sophie blossoming into an accomplished singer-songwriter, with its 11 powerfully understated songs showcasing a newfound maturity, warmth and songcraft. Wanderlust will be preceded by the single release of one of its standout tracks, Young Blood, a life-affirming, piano-driven testament to true love. That song, which comes accompanied by another of Muller's trademark videos, marks the beginning of a glorious new chapter in her career.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A lovely change of pace 23 Jan 2014
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This album has really brightened a dark January. It's a simply lovely, slightly melancholy change of pace for the fabulous SEB. Her voice has never sounded as fabulous as it does on this collection of stripped-back tracks. Her song-writing collaboration with Ed Harcourt has paid creative dividends, every song here is a memorable keeper. I won't mind if Sophie returns to more dance-oriented pop for her next album, but this is certainly a lovely change of pace in the meantime. Heartily recommended for fans and newcomers alike. I don't often buy CDs these day, opting more often for the convenience of downloading, but I'm very happy to add this one to my collection. I hope it's a huge success for Sophie!
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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! 19 Mar 2014
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I heard "Young Blood" on Radio 2 and thought it was superb so had to buy this album...it is superb. There are so many great songs on this......I have played it so many times. I was never tempted to buy any of her other albums but so glad I got this one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars unusual 3 Feb 2014
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Did not know this singer until I heard her on breakfast TV. Found her style quite unusual and calming - and this does mean repetitive. Her range is varied and enchanting. I listened to her when I am working on the computer and her voice brings warmth into the room.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Short of Perfect 12 Mar 2014
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I was introduced to Sophie during Strictly Come Dancing as I expect a lot of her younger listeners did. She seemed like a lovely person thus I googled her and discovered a new world of streamlined yet artful pop. Wanderlust, however, moves completely away from the whole dance diva routine and into a lot deeper, traditional sound.

The opener, Birth of An Empire is grand, boisterous and plays to Sophie's strengths. The use of Russian sounding strings along with Sophie's delicate, ornate vocals is really something to behold. It is followed up by the equally as strong Until The Stars Collide which features my favourite, a harpsichord! This song is quite deep and sad and Sophie really sells her sadness with her vocals.

Runaway Dreamer, The Deer & The Wolf and Young Blood tone things down a bit but doesn't tone the quality down one bit. Young Blood, being the first single really deserved more airtime than it was given and in my opinion was capable of being a major hit. Lets hope that Runaway Dreamer has better success in the charts!

The album then brakes into the dreamlike Interlude which feels like it may have been ripped from Alice in Wonderland. The production of the vocals on this track is slightly iffy but the clever sampling still pulls it through.

The second half of the album is a lot darker and involves a lot of ghost stories. 13 Little Dolls has an eerie atmosphere, Love Is A Camera tells the tale of a witch and Cry To the Beat of The Band is a lot more loud and foreboding - perhaps a slight Tom Waits influence shining through.

The closing track When The Storm Has Blown Over is a nice contrast to the sweeping arrangements of the tracks before it and ties a neat ribbon on a beautiful album. I urge anyone to try this album - this is one of the best I have heard in ages.

10/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sophie Delivers On Her Promise 17 Feb 2014
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Immediate strains of Eastern European strings introduce opening track “Birth Of An Empire.” With Cello and violin provided by sisters Amy and Gita Langley (who’s contributions appear throughout many of the tracks) fans of classic orchestral rock like Led Zepplin’s “Kashmir” will find these cultural influences familiar. Over Harcourt’s piano structures, Sophie voice has never sounded better as she presents the imagery of national pride and its ever changing landscape. Every empire is initially begun through the birth of a single child. The legacy continues to grow as each successive generation strives to make their mark. The songs chorus vocals are full and majestic without sounding artificial. An impressive instrumental break commences as the string section, deep tom toms and familiar bass patterns come together, providing a timely bridge. Background vocals are actually placed in front of the lines “break through the web that I have spun” and “it doesn’t matter where you are when I am gone.” These vocals become even more creative on the songs outro where military style snare drumming leads into the more fluid chorus. “The pull of where you’re from is far too strong” becomes the central takeaway message.

“Until The Stars Collide” delivers on the promised live-in-the-studio feel from the advance video blogs taken during these recording sessions and shared with her fans over the past year. This is particularly noticeable in the straight forward drumming, driving harpsichord and start-stop tandem bass guitar /drum accents. “Fiction is all I’m holding on to” completes an overall literary metaphor of books used to describe an important relationship. While a clever musical reference is made to Sophie’s earlier works as the song pivots on chorus ending words “moving on.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cd 22 Jan 2014
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I bought the special booklet version, the photos and the packaging are very beautiful.
The songs are good, not the usual dance/electro feel, but great pop music for grown ups. Her voice is very distinctive and it shines on balads like Young Blood and Runaway Daydreamer.
The opening track, Birth of a Nation, is an epic, eastern feel powerhouse, love it.
This is a new direction for Sophie, and it truly deserves praise.
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