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In A Perfect World
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
on 17 June 2013
I've been looking forward to this album for quite a while. I first heard about Kodaline through the BBC Sound Of 2013 poll, and I've listened to the EPs that they've released, which all impressed me so I was naturally looking forward to this debut effort. Kodaline have a very Mumford and Sons feel to them, which isn't a bad thing necessarily, although they don't really add anything more to that folk-pop formula.
The album starts with 'One Day', which is a great opener, followed by their three best known tracks, which each had an EP, namely; 'All I Want', 'Love Like This', and 'High Hopes'. All three of these are great folky songs, and I could probably listen to them all day and not really tire of them. 'All I Want' is a quiet, heartfelt song, and is then followed up by there best known song, 'Love Like This', which has been getting plenty of radio attention lately.
My favourite track by Kodaline before this album was 'High Hopes'. I'm a big fan of the frontman, Steve Garrigan', vocals on this track, and the accompaniment slowly builds as the track goes on, before being reduced to just an acoustic guitar and gentle vocals.
After these opening four tracks we get into the unknown, and I'm pleased that the rest of the album carries on as the album started. 'Brand New Day' is a good track, with Garrigan singing, 'Just think of all the places we could be, I'll be waiting', and seems to be singing about being somewhere else rather than his home town. Some of the next tracks are good but not great, such as 'All Comes Down', which was just a bit too full-on for me, with a choir and Garrigan' falsetto. 'Way Back When' is a great track to finish the album with. The mandolin just seems to fit Garrigan singing about a girl from the past.
In review, Kodaline don't bring anything cutting edge with this album, but even so it's a worthy debut. It's a great album to listen to, it's wonderfully melodic and easy on the ears. My favourite track is 'High Hopes', and this is certainly an album that I'll put on in the background quite a lot. Sadly, I don't think it's quite a five star album, although it's slightly better than 4 stars, 4.5 is probably fair. Definitely worth a listen.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on 21 June 2013
I got the free artist lounge EP a few weeks ago, and anyone considering this album could always try that first, like me you'll probably buy the whole album. Of course after Glastonbury 2013, I expect Kodaline to be more widely known.
This music really suits my tastes, which I suppose are quite varied, good dog-walking music. Another reviewer compared them to Mumford & Sons, I think they are another Cold Play and a couple of years down the line could overtake them.

If you are buying the deluxe album, it is cheaper top buy the non deluxe version, and buy the extra 3 tracks separately.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on 29 June 2013
I was following the Isle of Wight Festival via its website, when Kodaline came on screen. I'd never heard of them before (although it turned out that my daughter had), but was immediately impressed, and started researching them. It was then I found out that their first album was being released the next day - a must have for me! Such a young band to have been going so long, and that's what gives them the edge. Steve Garrigan's voice can be soulful in one song, and bouncing in the next, and the whole band can REALLY sing. Their songs are remarkably well written, and their album immediately went to Number 1 in the charts, deservedly so. I look forward to hearing more of this very gifted and likeable band; yet another fine band from Ireland!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 14 September 2014
Kodaline are an Irish group and their debut album certainly sets the bar at a pretty decent height. Their sound can probably be best described as a mixture of Mumford and Sons and Coldplay, with a tendency towards both of those groups love for anthemic songs. Singer Steve Garrigan has a very similar voice to Chris Martin (actually probably a bit better) and the group deliver some great songs with a passion and energy. Definitely a group to watch and I hope that they get the exposure they deserve.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 24 June 2013
one of the best albums i have purchased for a long time.
every song is quality, i would strongly recommend it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 20 June 2013
I've been looking forward to this album for quite a while. I first heard about Kodaline through the BBC Sound Of 2013 poll, and I've listened to the EPs that they've released, which all impressed me so I was naturally looking forward to this debut effort. Kodaline have a very Mumford and Sons feel to them, which isn't a bad thing necessarily, although they don't really add anything more to that folk-pop formula.
The album starts with 'One Day', which is a great opener, followed by their three best known tracks, which each had an EP, namely; 'All I Want', 'Love Like This', and 'High Hopes'. All three of these are great folky songs, and I could probably listen to them all day and not really tire of them. 'All I Want' is a quiet, heartfelt song, and is then followed up by there best known song, 'Love Like This', which has been getting plenty of radio attention lately.
My favourite track by Kodaline before this album was 'High Hopes'. I'm a big fan of the frontman, Steve Garrigan', vocals on this track, and the accompaniment slowly builds as the track goes on, before being reduced to just an acoustic guitar and gentle vocals.
After these opening four tracks we get into the unknown, and I'm pleased that the rest of the album carries on as the album started. 'Brand New Day' is a good track, with Garrigan singing, 'Just think of all the places we could be, I'll be waiting', and seems to be singing about being somewhere else rather than his home town. Some of the next tracks are good but not great, such as 'All Comes Down', which was just a bit too full-on for me, with a choir and Garrigan' falsetto. 'Way Back When' is a great track to finish the album with. The mandolin just seems to fit Garrigan singing about a girl from the past.
In review, Kodaline don't bring anything cutting edge with this album, but even so it's a worthy debut. It's a great album to listen to, it's wonderfully melodic and easy on the ears. My favourite track is 'High Hopes', and this is certainly an album that I'll put on in the background quite a lot. Sadly, I don't think it's quite a five star album, although it's slightly better than 4 stars, 4.5 is probably fair. Definitely worth a listen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 February 2014
I came across Kodaline on European MTV in a hostel in Gdansk. When I investigated further back in the UK, the standard of tracks on this album was so high that I couldn't remember which track I'd seen on tv. So generally high in fact that I broke my normal habits and actually bought a whole CD!
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on 29 July 2013
I have been toying with the idea of buying this album for a while after loving high hopes. Although wasnt sure after hearing the sound bytes of each track. However now that i have and listened to it 3 times i absolutley love it. Some fantastic tracks on there and the whole album flows brilliantly. There are comparisons with coldplay and mumford and i see where they come from although if anything they take the good parts of both and manage to create something fairly unique. Having said that i believe high hopes is of a higher standard to the rest of the album therefore i believe there could be even better albums on the way from these guys. Hence 4stars not 5.
Overall an excellent album and will not be gathering much dust for the foreseeable future.
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on 3 October 2013
There isn't a single track on this CD that I don't like. All 11 tracks are great to listen to in the car or relaxing as I did by a pool on holiday with iPod and headphones on. The lyrics will soon be in your head and you'll find yourself singing along to the annoyance of the people sat at the traffic lights or on the sun bed next to you ......
As mentioned by other reviewers there is a mix of Coldplay v The Killers sounds but the lead singer is better than just that comparison and has a great voice in his own right with some fantastic lyrics.
I just can't stop playing it at the moment and it has to be the best CD I've purchased and listened to in 2013. Well worth the money at Amazons price
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 November 2013
This is full of catchy tunes that worm into your head and you sing them all day. Superb lyrics, songs, vocals-catchy meaningful, thought provoking. Yep I really like listening to this CD. Good work lads keep it up.
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