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on 27 February 2014
I prefer the first album but I do think this a wonderful upbeat album. Very catchy and atmospheric tunes with lyrics that compliment the mood of each song. I must add that this album is very similar to Fleetwood Macs " Tango in the night" which is not a bad thing. Alive is an absolute gem of a single and DNA is very moody and enthralling. Love the imagery of the band as it's very reminiscent of the early new romantics like the amazing Toyah and Steve Strange. Great to have bands like this around
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on 1 December 2014
Almost as good as Walking on a Dream but without such a stand-out track as the brilliant " We are the People". Whereas that album is perhaps loaded towards the first half, this is more of an even balance of good songs. Very poppy and catchy, but with a lot more going for it than most of the "pop" music of today which all sounds exactly the same! I am 62 and my tastes range from Yes to Alan Parsons to Josh Groban and I am very glad that I have discovered Empire of the Sun.
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on 12 July 2013
Great album. On the first listen you might just say "ah it's ok I guess" but after playing this all week it really is a-mazing.

I wanna keep this short and sweet so just buy the album and do what I did - make a playlist containing all of the Empire of the Sun songs and remixes, I don't think this is as good as their 1st album BUT still great songs and I have been waiting sooooo long for more of their feel good music.!
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on 28 March 2014
If you loved EotS first album you'll LOVE Ice on the Dune - it's even more amazing!! Discovered this band by accident, just before they started to become known in the UK and you began hearing their tracks used for TV adverts etc. Can't stop listening to my CD, and when I'm not playing it the songs are still going around in my head.
Hope EotS read these ratings, and don't keep their fans waiting so long for the next album! Please...
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on 29 June 2013
This album really is excellent. This lifts them onto another level and I hope it finally gets them the recognition they deserve. Yes, there are a couple of filler tracks, but the majority of the rest could easily be released as singles (makes me wonder why "Alive" was chosen as lead single as there are stronger efforts on the album). Excellent - I just hope we don't have to wait 5 years for there third album!
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on 9 July 2013
Extremely polished sound. Didnt think they could improve on the last. Dont think theres any song I don't like. Ideal album for any commute to work
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on 26 June 2013
Ice On The Dune is unashamedly a move into more commercial territory than their debut album...

...but cleverly they have ditched some of the more eccentric weirdness of their first album and have kept all of the best elements of their distinctive sound; the beautiful heavy chorused harmonies with cavernous reverb, the uplifting choruses and rhythmic pulses(and don't forget the trademark triangle on "DNA") and then built upon that with a more anthemic sound dance vibe. You could easily imagine some of these being sing along anthems at a summer concert or nightclub; you almost sense that they created the songs with that in mind to appeal to a more mainstream audience.

I can hear subtle influences here from Daft Punk, Pet Shop Boys, Chicane, Above & Beyond, David Bowie, Friendly Fires and even Ellie Goulding but there is so much creativity and uniqueness to Empire of the Sun's sound that this is immaterial. They are having fun paying homage to all of these artists, running with it and just plain having fun with it.

The commercial sound is reinforced by heavy dynamic compression for that 'radio friendly' sound, but unusually for such a heavily 'produced' album the sound quality is truly exceptional, even euphoric on a good hi-fi system.

And unusually for such a commercial album, the whole album is full of strong tracks, with standout tracks "DNA" and "I'll be around" and "Celebrate", but they are all strong and you can listen to it as an album...which will be quite a revelation to younger people who don't know what the word album means...

A joy to listen to over and over again, and that is the ultimate testiment to what Empire of the Sun have achieved here.
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on 24 June 2013
It's been a long wait, but it was worth it. When Nick Littlemore dropped out of Empire of the Sun a few years back, fans started wondering if we would ever see a second album. Rumours were circulating that he had upped sticks to London or was `missing in action'. Thankfully he resurfaced and was spotted in the studio for Pnau's fourth album, prompting punters to place their bets. The Emperor Luke Steele welcomed him back to the spaceship and Nick brought along his old pal, Peter Mayes.

With both blokes from Pnau on board, it's no surprise that this album makes a bid for the dancefloor. Anyone expecting the indie/electronic bent of the first album will be surprised - but not disappointed. This is a lesson in how to make a perfect pop album. The Presets should take note and old masters like The Pet Shop Boys would give it the thumbs up. Luke Steele has admitted that this album was a lot of hard work. So it's amazing that the results sound so effortless. The flow of the album is astonishing, especially when you consider how many studios they checked into. Once you get past the deliberately overblown intro, the album kicks into fourth gear and scarcely lets go. `DNA' is a storming summery track that harks back to the first album. For the next 40-odd minutes you get one highlight after another, with not one duff track - unless you're tempted to skip the title track or `Old Flavours' (it's a matter of taste). My personal fave `Awakening' is startlingly clever, especially when you get to the bridge - plus it boasts a killer bass keyboard. `Surround Sound' is attention-grabbing in it's quirkiness and shows off the kind of lyrics you might expect from nutty Britpop bands. In between these two points lies a bevy of gems, including the first single `Alive' and the lilting slower pace of `I'll Be Around' with it's faint echoes of Fleetwood Mac.

Don't hesitate to check out this album. It's not like the first and it won't win awards for pushing the envelope - but it's a damn fine album. If you love albums that take you on a journey before revealing hidden subtleties beneath, this is the album for you. The perfect soundtrack for driving round London, Berlin or Baltimore.
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on 15 February 2014
Loved the first album and this is more of the same. The whole family likes this - even my teenagers. Great driving music too and it's stayed in the auto changer for a while as it doesn't get stale. The group obviously enjoyed themselves when they made this and it shows throughout.
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on 18 December 2013
This is a melodic, catchy tuneful album. Overall it's better than Daft Punk's Random Access Memories but without an outstanding track like 'Get Lucky'. Empire's strength is their big choruses and catchy songs but instrumentally I could have done with something a bit more groovy.
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