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5.0 out of 5 stars
An Instant Classic that Rewards Time and Time Again, 3 Sept. 2011
I first became aware of Beirut through the track Postcards from Mexico and then the marvellous album 'The Flying Club Cup'. This new album is superb and has been on constant rotation on my CD player (yes, dear reader, I have not yet embraced much digital technology and it's not because I'm old!) since its release. Beirut are like no musical act at present, forging their own path through a mixture of European influences, melancholic lyrics and beautiful melodies. Stand out tracks include the title track 'The Rip Tide' and the wonderful 'Vagabond'. But like most albums of quality, new gems emerge with every listen. After several disappointing albums during 2011 from the usually dependable Iron and Wine and Okkervil River, this release is now vying for a place as my album of the year, alongside The Decemberists 'The King is Dead'.