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on 16 September 2009
The Big Pink have released a number of singles this year each standing apart from the previous in style and character. The album is no different. Opener `Crystal Visions' starts off with an Edge like riff that is slowly joined by Stone Roses like echoing vocals and finally a darkly distorted chorus kicks into the fray. You just know that this album is going to be a musical adventure.

The industrial vein continues throughout the next two tracks, though there is a pop twist laced carefully throughout which prevents the whole from becoming monotonous, and `Dominos' has the added advantage of a beautiful pop vocal. `Love in Vain' then seems to swirl into view with a heartbeat like drum rhythm and chirpy synth part, and a gently sung chorus with the lyrics "If you really love him, tell me that you love him again".

The next track then carefully reintroduces some of that distortion to good effect before `Velvet' gets all electronic on you, sweeping along with strange synths, drum claps and perfectly aimed distortion. `Golden Pendulum' bubbles along very nicely and is almost anthemic at moments. `Frisk' scratches and jumps with layered vocals and decidedly intricate drumming. The title track is then atmospheric and moody, before `Tonight' bursts in like the Kasabian masterpiece that got away. The final track closes it all up in fine style with chiming guitars and beautiful backing vocals.

This album is diverse, intelligent and ultimately very rewarding as long as you are not put off by a fair spread of distortion and atmosphere.
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on 14 November 2009
I bought this on the much played single Dominoes.Upon first hearing I was very much struck about how musically it had a very similar sound to Echo & The Bunneymen in the early 80's.It grows in stature with every play and not something you would grow tired of.
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on 12 December 2009
bought on the strength of the 'dominoes' single (& a listen to the snippets of the tracks on amazon)this is a great guitar driven album. Tracks 1, 3 and 6 are the standouts, and the whole album gels together. Well worth repeated listens.
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TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 14 September 2009
Milo Cordell and Robbie Furze, together with a fine
bunch of musical associates, make a big noise on their
debut album 'A Brief History Of Love'.

Pounding electronica laced with ethereal vocals,
screeching feedback and dense thrashing chords but
never too far away from a refined melodic sensibility.

They have an ear for a good tune amidst the art-house-rock
furnishings. They are making pop music despite themselves.

Things get off to a good start with three fine examples of
competent noise-management. 'Crystal Visions', 'Too Young To Love'
and 'Dominos'; the latter an industrial-strength composition
with an anthemic and memorable refrain.

'Love In Vain' demonstrates a lighter touch. Drenched in reverb,
its mournful central vocal performance sits uncomfortably
well with the contrastingly mischievous synth embellishments.

'At War With The Sun' is an almost jolly affair which had me
thinking of OMD here and there. Just my age perhaps ?

'Velvet' throbs along quite merrily too. The eighties reinvented
again with a fresh face and shiny shoes.

'Golden Pendulum' is a personal favorite. The epic sound and
serpentine vocal manages to be unpredictable and strangely
familiar in the same breath. This is the band's strength throughout.

'Frisk' is a stirring rhythmic invention.
Mr Matsuura' drums (here and elsewhere) drive it
along with convincingly dramatic energy.

Title track 'A Brief History Of Love' is a curiously
moody and affecting affair decorated atmospherically with
Joanne Robertson's laconic backing vocals.

'Tonight' sounds like it was recorded in a beehive.
The loopy tune is nothing short of delightful and was
clearly constructed with drinking and dancing in mind.

Final track 'Countbackwards From Ten' brings this
fine album to a powerful and satisfying conclusion.

An impressive first outing in every way.

Highly Recommended.
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on 16 November 2009
Heard the Domino track on an advert, can't remember which one, and thought it was good. Downloaded the album and that was even better.Track 2 is brilliant
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on 22 July 2013
Good music, some cracking tunes. Not mainstream by any means but all the better because of it! Getting more into stuff like this as they seem to have 'real' music by real bands and not the over processed rubbish that are in the charts!
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VINE VOICEon 30 September 2009
Those of us of a certain age , and it might be argued a certain aesthetic , tend to go all dewy eyed at the mention of the word(s ) shoegaze. This is mainly because it recalls a time when music, specifically guitar music ,was something to get excited about and bands like Ride , Chapterhouse , Moose and most thrillingly My Bloody Valentine released E.P,s and albums that actually took guitar music into tantalising sonic territories . Hearing a band with a smidgeon of that ability would give me palpitations in these dreary times so ready the cooling fan and the comfy chair I think I've come over all faint after hearing The Big Pink.
The album is the work of Robbie Furze and Milo Cordell, a pair of life-long friends who before forming The Big Pink in 2007 had Furze playing for digital hardcore whiz Alec Empire while Cordell, the son of a famous record producer, ran Merok Records, introducing bands like Crystal Castles and the Klaxons to the rest of us. Furze provides vocals and guitar, and Cordell - who has no musical background whatsoever - plays keyboard and synths. Various guests add extra keyboards , percussion or as is the case on the title track backing vocals The album, is entirely self-produced and was recorded in the historic Electric Ladyland studios ( formerly utilised by Hendrix, Bowie and The Clash) in New York City.
A Brief History of Love could also qualify as a concept album as each of it's eleven songs concentrates on love in all it's wonder, mystery frustration and pain. It looks like a 4AD too ,from it's arty cover and insert to the Ultra Vivid Scene fuzz and (early )AR Kane buzz of the music. Fusing the shimmering guitars with diverse electronic textures and depths the music on this album has real sonorous clout and there is just enough variety in the song writing for it to work as a complete album with gradated tones and shifts of mood and timbre. It goes from the fuzzy pop monster "Dominos" to the true shoe gaze glory of the iridescent "Crystal Visions " .From the resonant drone and sludge rock crawl of "Count Backwards From Ten " to the syncopated beats and whirling scuzz of "Too Young To Love " and then onto the echoing ballad strains of "Love In Vain ".
Even if the sporadic track like the awkwardly arranged "Tonight " which sounds like a MOR ballad given the dissonant treatment doesn't quite work you only have to hear a song as wonderful as "Velvet" -with it's yearning vocal overlaid with shower of sparks chords, juddering bass line and calamitous harmonies - to realise The Big Pink are capable of special things.
Along with a Place To Bury Strangers The Big Pink are a band to be excited about , a band who are making guitar music something to get energized about again. They could even achieve something radical .This album hasn't done that but when you hear the starburst thrumming of "Golden Pendulum " you realise that just about anything is possible .The Big Pink are what the Hadron Collider would sound like if it formed a band. It,s great stuff and I,ve been tickled pink ever since first inserting it in my CD player.
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on 2 October 2009
If the Gallaghers had been equally infatuated with Chapterhouse and Slowdive, Definitely Maybe could have sounded a lot like A Brief History Of Love. With the swagger of Richard Ashcroft, the baggy quality of the Stone Roses, walls of feedback and My Bloody Valentine drone, The Big Pink's debut expertly showcases their reverence for their immediate, and at times obvious, influences. Yet, these influences are bit part players on A Brief History Of Love. The power The Big Pink hold is not in their record collections, rather in their synergism. The Big Pink are not a scrapbook of their heroes. Raven-like, they lift intelligently, creating a sound of their own.

B-side to the first single, `Crystal Visions' starts proceedings in Glasvegas country, hovering Robbie Furze's echo-y vocal over pronounced kick drums, distortion and chugging, slow-burn guitars. Its A-side, `Too Young To Love' pummels like XTMNTR-era Primal Scream joining forces with the Chemical Brothers' `Noel' period. The baggy machismo of `Dominoes' ticks the box marked `commercial crossover', borrowing from the same 80s, indie checklist as Red Light Company. The Verve's urban egotism is instantly brought to mind on the swaying `Love In Vain'.

This is an album that demands playing loud and benefits from it, its individual elements best gelling at volume. Exhibit A is `At War With The Sun', which lifts the same drifting drone as The Horrors' `Three Decades' and combines A Place To Bury Strangers-like pedal FX, reverb and devastating key changes. That epic-sized, shoegaze drone is later reprised on `Golden Pendulum', which along with its appealing and clacking beats, is mostly wasted on an otherwise aimless track. The quiet-loud stylings of second single `Velvet' are particularly effective, so much so as to garner a late mention in the influential Pitchfork's 500 best tracks of the decade.

Despite lacking the requisite consistency to be hailed a classic, (see the clumsy Kasabian-isms of `Tonight') A Brief History Of Love suffers from anything but brevity, sure to cast a lengthy shadow across the scene for some while to come, no doubt igniting many a love affair all the while beneath its uplifting gloom.
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VINE VOICEon 21 October 2009
I guess like many, 'Dominos' is what drew me to buying this album.

It's hard to catagorise The Big Pink because they change from tune to tune. Sometimes it's synthetic and then they draft in some proper guitar and drums. Kind of a new generation of New Order maybe???
Of course, as expected, none of the tracks are as attractive to the new listener as Dominos but this should distract you from buying. There's some great powerful tunes, Too Young to love, for instance - big and boomy, check out the preview on Amazon. In fact, it's ideal for Coldplay to come on stage to at Wembley 09.
Some of the later tracks do sound a bit too simular but overall, if you like Dominos, it's very likely that you're going to like the album. Well worth it!
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on 25 March 2016
brought it for one track, well worth it though.arrived quickly. thankyou.
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