Where to start with this one. Just amazing from beginning to end. This band should be enormous which just goes to show how little justice there is in the music business. I must admit it took me a few listens for the songs to finally grab the ears and brain, but now I'm hooked. Sweeping melodies and the vocals of Nathan Nicholson are just so moving. To single him out is of course unfair since the band as a whole have created this incredible offering, but the signature sound is obviously his and this provides the guiding light of the music. This CD should be made compulsory listening and a lesson to all on how a few songs go together to make a truly excellent opus. For me there is one big problem though: How on earth are they going to top this?
Like every good band The Boxer Rebellion try new ideas with every album. Promises is no exception. They are using more synths and possibly loops from what I can tell but the end result is a very cerebrally pleasing product, bordering on pop in places but never straying too far from the building, rhythmic and haunting sonic landscapes that TBR have made their own. Check out 'Diamonds' and 'New York'.
Terrific album, my neighbours daughter is married to Piers , the drummer so added interest in the band. Bought earlier one, but heard this on flight to Phuket...and just had to get it even if I'm 58 years old. Bought the CD and got the Amazon Cloud free, so sat listening to it as I type....not a single track that I don't like. Keep turning out great albums like this
Uplifting and thought provoking in equal measure. For anyone who doesn't own a Boxer Rebellion album then this is the easiest album to get into with imediately likeable tracks such as 'Keep Moving'. For me the gem is the title track Promises, the last song on the album. Get it bought!
the boxer rebellion return with their fourth album, following exits, union and the cold still. i would say this is their most complete one yet. there isn't a bad track here, from the single "diamonds" through to the final song "promises" the boxer sound has mellowed and progressed since 2003 and i think it sounds better for it. nathan's voice sounds fantastic, especially when hitting the high notes. other tracks "fragile", "always", "low" and "new york" bring out the best of the band. they completely deserve "promises" to be a major breakthrough success for them. it's on repeat play at the moment for me!
I've read on other review sites that the pleasure of listening to this album diminishes on repeated listens. Don't believe them! Having played this latest TBR offering half a dozen times now I am lured more and more into the beautifully weaved layers of sounds and emotive vocals. This is as good as the previous 'The Cold Still' if not better and probably the bands most accessible album yet, especially for new fans. TBR have certainly honed their craft here and know how to stir a rich array of emotions. The instrumentation is second to none and singing as haunting as ever. Go buy!
I love the new music scene. There is so much talent out there for me to try and Amazon makes it possible for me to browse and buy the good stuff. This is one of those albums. As an old dude, I can't get into buying singles so I only pick great albums and this is GREAT!
I'm sure there will be far more eloquent reviews about this album than mine, but all you need to know is this record is an absolute belter.The last two albums were great, but dare I say it this is better than both and maybe sees the band at their peak.
This is their best release so far and what a work have these guys done. The Cd is just "Epic" in one word. For me, it's the best release of 2013 and few if any can match them. Thank you for such a wonderful music!!!