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4.0 out of 5 stars Instrumetal Meat and Potatoes
This album contains more groove than previous releases, a collection of harder rocking tunes with that typical 'post rock' bittersweet clean guitar noodling. It's heavier in guitar tone than The fire in our throats... and is littered with positive sounding melodies (almost theme tune and lullaby esque in particularly the title track). That's all folks.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Trimmed & Tight Pelican
"City of Echoes" is Pelican's third LP and continues the band's style of instrumental post-rock/metal. Gone are the drawn-out progressive pieces such as "March to the Sea" or "Nightendday" that took the listener on lengthened ten minute plus journeys. Instead "City of Echoes" delivers eight condensed and concise tracks, all roughly around the six-minute mark, and all...
Published on 10 Sept. 2007 by Tom Chase


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3.0 out of 5 stars Trimmed & Tight Pelican, 10 Sept. 2007
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Tom Chase (London) - See all my reviews
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"City of Echoes" is Pelican's third LP and continues the band's style of instrumental post-rock/metal. Gone are the drawn-out progressive pieces such as "March to the Sea" or "Nightendday" that took the listener on lengthened ten minute plus journeys. Instead "City of Echoes" delivers eight condensed and concise tracks, all roughly around the six-minute mark, and all keeping the themes and ideas trim and tight.

Obviously personal taste will have a major role in determining the result of this new direction. I can see it bringing in new fans due to accessibility, or perhaps reeling back old listeners who became bored with the old longer compositions. On the flipside I can also see it disappointing a portion of fans - those that liked the band's progressive approach. Initially I was quite firmly in the latter camp, irritated by my initial listens I thought Pelican had completely lost their song writing ability, as the album sounded like a confused mess of noise and heavy riffs. But it really did grow after a few more listens, and I began to pick out song structures that initially seemed scrambled.

I appreciate "City of Echoes" more by treating it as one large song, as this way I find it encompasses all of the old elements combined into a more dynamic and contrasting composotion - an aspect lacking in many of the individual compositions. This includes the rich and beautiful acoustic passages (represented by my favourite track on the album "Winds With Hands"), melancholy guitar motifs (evident throughout but most notably in the beautiful title track and "Far from Fields") and thundering riffs (something in plenty with the monstrous "Dead Between The Walls", and the fierce climax to the opener "Bliss In Concrete"). However, this seems slightly lacking as the older compositions would contrast dynamics more effectively and build up to climaxes in typical post-rock fashion, akin to Godspeed You! Black Emporer or Explosions In The Sky. With this new approach the elements are all there, but just divided and cut up into individual short songs.

This approach is certainly a risky development by the band, and is running the risk of the "hardcore" fans throwing the sold-out label at them. But, to Pelican's credit, I think they have done enough. "City of Echoes" is a detachment from the old progressive styling, and is not the ideal direction I personally want from them, but they retain enough of the old magic and formula for me to enjoy it, and give it a good rating.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Instrumetal Meat and Potatoes, 24 Jan. 2008
This review is from: City Of Echoes (Audio CD)
This album contains more groove than previous releases, a collection of harder rocking tunes with that typical 'post rock' bittersweet clean guitar noodling. It's heavier in guitar tone than The fire in our throats... and is littered with positive sounding melodies (almost theme tune and lullaby esque in particularly the title track). That's all folks.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A mediocre effort by the kings of instrumental music..., 3 Aug. 2007
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Pelican have been one of my favourite bands of the last 5 years, writing 3 of the best albums in recent memory. But this record is too upbeat, more 'friendly' and more straight-to-the-point than their previous efforts. Personally, I don't think the songs are as well structured as they are on 'The Fire In Our Throats...'. Still by any of their other bands standards, a very good album!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Growing on me....?, 29 Sept. 2007
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Although a fairly new listener to Pelican, I've caught up with the back catalogue and have to say that this is a great album. Not so drawn out as others and an obvious sense that with so many other new arrivals on the instrumental scene, Pelican were out to prove the songwriting brilliance that made them as respected in the first place. Rhythmically instrumental artists such as capricorns and zonderhoof offer a somewhat dirtier, unrefined and more interesting approach in the drumming department but its not difficult to see why Pelican are the heavyweights of this genre.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Vocalists.... schmokalists., 31 May 2007
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More of a 'optimistic' record compared to fan-favourite Austrilasia but a welcome return from the masters of the riff none-the-less. Lessons have been learned by the band from the last over-experimental, riff-lite (fire in our throats) album & the overall structure now has more of an upbeat feel to it. Songs are also trimmed to around the five minute mark which is showing a natural evolution in their style. This is still the perfect soundtrack to a British Autumn, though I personally hoped the tempo would have stayed down a few bpm's.

Fans of the early works will definately not be dissappointed but for newcomers wanting to discover their sound, I would reccomend their 4 song debut EP as a taster of intrumental blissful gloom.
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