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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album, but beware if you are buying the vinyl!
Amazing album, one of the most interesting albums of the last few years in my opinion.

READ THIS IF YOU PLAN TO BUY THE VINYL COPY:
The product page states that it is the "initial pressing on coloured vinyl". However, this is NOT TRUE. It is, in fact, the plain black vinyl. So be aware of this before ordering to avoid disappointment when it arrives. I have...
Published 14 months ago by Terry

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2.0 out of 5 stars Great music, but horrible Cd mastering with unstable sound level.
The other reviews are about the music. I have nothing to add to that, the music is great.
But the sound quality of this CD... it is absolutely horrible... Every time the bassdrum sounds, all the other music is immediately much more silent. Every time a handclap sounds, all the other music becomes more silent. This makes the sound level completely unstable and will...
Published 23 months ago by Paul VG


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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, 21 Sep 2012
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Best CD I've heard in ages. Gannon's review sums it up - potential cross-over smash as it's much more accessible than a lot of this type of music.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No sex please, we're indie, 4 Sep 2012
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Skittering beats, ethereal vocals and fat, throbbing bass that threatens to knock your vintage cat's eye glasses right off the bridge of your nose. Yep, modern R&B has finally infiltrated the sensitive feminist vegan market and this time it's not about doing it all night (unless it's re-reading Dorothy Parker's "Death and Taxes") or making it with anyone (unless it's a group knitting ethical but punk rock balaclavas in support of Pussy Riot) or anything that might actually get you hot and bothered from the neck down at all. Okay, truth is, the XX kicked off this particularly sexless/bloodless genre of electronica a few years back and the aptly-named Purity Ring merely elaborate on it in a similar vein. Playful sideswipes aside, this Montreal duo do actually build upon the aforementioned XX template and, whereas their debut album often left you feeling that actually less was less and the songs might somehow manage to create an audible event horizon and disappear completely, the tracks on offer on "Shrines" throb and pulsate (albeit tastefully) and grow with each listen. The song titles themselves are predictably twee and somewhat abstract: `Belispeak', `Obedear', `Saltkin' and `Lofticries'. Arch to the point of being almost impenetrable and, for all their malapropian pretension, sounding like something belonging to the world of My Little Pony or, as you often suspect, C86 reverence. Similarly, the lyrics don't bear too much close scrutiny either. As far as debuts go, while not being the most original or innovative album this year, "Shrines" does feel like a laser-guided blast of cool air and one that doesn't overstay its welcome; brevity too often being the first victim in an age where an album is no longer bound to the confines of a physical format. You could be forgiven for thinking that this was all part of a burgeoning movement with Grimes, Chairlift, AlunaGeorge and EMA all throwing the same downbeat electronic shapes. Can we start calling it Ladytronica now please?
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sensory Toast, 10 Aug 2012
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Shrines is without a doubt is a marmite album, just a few seconds into each song will give you an immediate idea if this would sit well on your sensory toast. Purity Ring are a talented bunch without a doubt and they've channeled all their creative skills into producing a fresh, varied and promising offering. They dip weave and crawl their way through samples, clicks, beats and grooves and leave the listener feeling wonderfully refreshed after every song. There are way too many stand out moments to focus on specifics. Shrines sounds like multiple ideas, concepts and sounds thrown into a smoothie maker and thats made a surprisingly sumptuous and tantalising drink and just for once more is no longer less. Best served with headphones, this is the easiest way to submerge yourself in an ocean of sound without getting wet. Auditory fruit has never tasted this fresh.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing., 29 Jan 2013
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I don't have much time as I have to be somewhere. But this album blew my mind away. I love it, got here in just 2 days and the service was absolutly amazing <3
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, 16 Dec 2012
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This album is the closest thing to perfect I have heard in a long time. Had to buy it after catching the band live in Belfast. Great for a real chill out session.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fresh, 28 Nov 2012
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really enjoyed listening to this album it seems to fit what ever mood you're in, its chilled enough when you're tired and upbeat enough when you're wanting a little pick me up. definite buy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars incredible...., 4 Sep 2012
This review is from: Shrines (Audio CD)
this album is incredible in every way!! the sound quality is fantastic, and i would suggest to the reviewer that stated otherwise, ...go listen to it on a decent stereo system, because the recording is not to blame.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, 30 Aug 2012
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Haven't bought music on cd for a long time but this ones worth it. Great album, nice artwork. Buy it.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great music, but horrible Cd mastering with unstable sound level., 28 Aug 2012
This review is from: Shrines (Audio CD)
The other reviews are about the music. I have nothing to add to that, the music is great.
But the sound quality of this CD... it is absolutely horrible... Every time the bassdrum sounds, all the other music is immediately much more silent. Every time a handclap sounds, all the other music becomes more silent. This makes the sound level completely unstable and will give you a headache.
Another victim ot the loudness war. This is not funny anymore.
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