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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alpha's brilliant debut album., 17 Feb 2003
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Jason Parkes "We're all Frankies'" (Worcester, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Come from Heaven (Audio CD)
Alpha popped up just as the 'trip hop'-bubble burst: vanished did bands like Sneaker Pimps & make a very similar album to their first did Portishead. No one bought the Nicolette album. .Massive Attack would move to creepier climes with 98's Mezzanine, while Tricky lost the plot. As with Billy Mackenzie's Beyond the Sun (also 1997), this was a much overlooked album- fitting somewhere between Air's initial releases & The Blue Nile's Hats. Come from Heaven is an album that just flows, a luxurious mesh of electronica, ambient & soundtracks- it's one of those night-time/blue sunday afternoon albums like Heaven or Las Vegas, Hats, Laughing Stock or Brilliant Trees. Sad that people opted to buy pastiche rock like Spiritualized & Verve & coffeetable muzak like Goldfrapp & Morcheeba instead. People...
The various vocalists that pop up from time to time are fantastic, Wendy Stubbs being somewhere between Bjork & Nicolette, while Martin Barnard sounds not unlike Marc Almond or the guy that sung on Orbital's The Box (4). Imagine a more soulful Thom Yorke, even... Delaney is probably my favourite song here- singer Helen White sounding a little like Harriet Wheeler from The Sundays- this track as others samples from other works: thus material by Michael Legrand, Burt Bacharach, Francis Lai, Ronnie Carrol, Ron Moody, Bobbie Gentry & Herb Alpert are refashioned into new 21st Century styled songs...
Come from Heaven is a great album, probably the missing link between Massive Attack's Protection & Massive Attack's Mezzanine; nice to see guest appearances from Donald Skinner (Julian Cope), Alex Lee (Strangelove, Blue Aeroplanes) & Angelo Bruschini (Blue Aeroplanes, Mezzanine)also! Come from Heaven ranks among the best British albums of the late 90s/early 00's & along with such joys as Oedipus Schmoedipus, the 98 album by Scala & My Computer's Vulnerabilia proof that good music is far from Travis & Coldplay, Norah Jones, etc....
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A most sublime and beautiful collection of songs., 3 April 2001
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This review is from: Come from Heaven (Audio CD)
Listening to this album reminded you of that semi dream/semi awake state you sometimes find yourself in on some lost late summer afternoon, when half memories flick through your mind and you reach such a relaxed state that you almost forget where you are. The quality of the melody, the soundscapes, the vocals - indeed the songwriting itself - is consistently high throughout and you're left, after that final gorgeous tune at the end, wondering why this isn't part of everyone's collection. Even now, after a couple of years, it confuses me how something like this can go almost unnoticed. The three vocalists complement eachother perfectly though nothing endures better than Wendy Stubbs' purely sublime performance on 'Somewhere Not Here'. I felt a chill running up my spine when I first heard it - and it still gets me, each time I play it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some things are meant to be, 29 Nov 2000
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This review is from: Come from Heaven (Audio CD)
I cannot believe that a band like Alpha are still such a well kept secret. Come From Heaven is quite possibly the best album I have heard in the past 2 or 3 years. I mellow mix of samples, strings, and some amazing vocals, all contribute to a relaxed yet emotional epic. If you want a beautifully chilled out evening of hope, then buy this instantly. The sales figures speak for themselves...I await their next album with baited breath!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 1 Mar 2006
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B. Downing "bun010169" (London) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Come from Heaven (Audio CD)
However hard I look I have not found anything quite as good as this album and that includes Alphas other two releases.
You have to be the kind of person who likes to sit back and really, really listen to music to get everything from this but if you put the effort in it really will pay dividends, I promise. There are more than one or two gems to be found.
Best described as beautiful and strange but a wonderful collection of moody electronica.
‘With’ is just about the most wonderful, heart felt piece of music I have ever heard.
In my humble opinion, there are many who try and fail to create what this album does unfortunately, that includes Alpha’s follow up’s to this fantastic album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shine, 11 Mar 2003
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This review is from: Come from Heaven (Audio CD)
When true beauty comes in form of sound you just have to surrender yourself to it. To claim that this is my favourite abum of all times is a small explanation for where it really goes. As far as music goes, "Come from Heaven" and the equally excellent "The Impossible Thrill" are the living proof that Corin Dingley and Andy Jenks are trully blessed (and their incredible singers and collaborators too) in creating wonderful music that stays with you. I must've offered these CDs to most of my friends. Hear it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stands the test of time, 28 Nov 2006
This review is from: Come from Heaven (Audio CD)
I bought this album back in '99 when it came out, at a time when i was into a lot of that massive-attacky-portisheady-bristol sound. The comparisons are there, but this album is a lot more unique original and timeless than its contemporaries.

I put it on again last week and (i know its a cliche, but) it has'nt left my cd player since. It still sounds as well written, lush, atmospheric, and brilliantly produced as when i first played it. Every track is superbly layered, has great string arrangements, and im still finding weird snippets of 1940's films (and the like) that i hadnt even noticed before. -- Magic, while a lot of other stuff from that time just sounds clunky worn and tired....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful sublime music, 1 July 2006
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This review is from: Come from Heaven (Audio CD)
I first heard this album on the listening post at Virgin Megastore in San Francisco in 1999 and I have played it almost every day since. This is an album to listen to while laying back and closing your eyes and just get lost in the wonderful layers of music this album produces. Similair to the Cocteau twins but with vocals you can understand. This was released on Massive Attacks "Melancolic" label and has some of the trademark Massive Attack trip hop elements but I think this is far superior to anything that Massive have released. IGNORE THIS ALBUM AT YOUR PERIL
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nicely composed, 20 Jun 2014
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This review is from: Come from Heaven (Audio CD)
As far as I understand this work is beautiful. I' ve been gratefully surprised and touched by this rather melancholic music.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bliss, 30 Jan 2001
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This review is from: Come from Heaven (Audio CD)
Bought this album when released a few years back.
I was just searching for any new releases and thought I'd echo the words of the existing review.
When I bought and heard Alpha, I thought they would become a challenge for the likes of Morcheba, Massive Attack and all the other Bristol-TripHopesque contenders.
The album is built around a collection of moody themes that re-occur throughout. The vocals have a stylish lazy tint and the whole sound is surrounded with warmth and depth.
A summer-cool-drink-in-hand chill album, good even for an easy drive.
If you don't own it and/or you have any stress in your life then buy it.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars On Massive Attacks own label, 31 Jan 2012
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Dan (Scotland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Come from Heaven (Audio CD)
Very good underappreciated laid back music with male and female lead and instrumental.Not so heavy as Massive Attack 3rd album onward.Really reminds me of two Massive Attack tracks from that third album (the last track on each side),one instrumental version and one other with Horace Andy on Vocal.The songs are exchange and (exchange).It feels like Alpha have taken this song as a starting point and then expanded upon it with consistently carefully crafted harmony with thoughtful lyrics and tricky slow rhythms with well chosen string arrangements that can really move and then given it a soundtrack to an unknown film feel.
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