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Album of the Year,
This review is from: Turn On The Bright Lights (Audio CD)
This album is astounding. It's magnificent. It deserves medals. If I could have it's children I would.
I believe that this is the only album in a collection of 250 strong, which doesn't have any weak tracks. There isn't one of the 11 tracks that I would describe as merely very good. They are all fantastic. They show a musical sophistication which is extremely rare in this style of music. The rapidly developing harmonies are full of surprises, the drumming is excellent in it's subtlety, especially in 'Hands Away', the bass playing is regularly inspired and the singing is spot on.
This album needs time, however; the attraction isn't instant. I personally listened to this album a good half dozen times before I fell in love with it, so bare this in mind - give it a chance to grow.
I'm not gonna bother with comparisons as they've all been mentioned in the other reviews. It's also tricky to pick out high lights, but if pushed I'd say Obstacle 1 (tense, desperate, a stonking great chorus); PDA (see description of Obstacle 1 and add to it an absolutely gorgeous, ecstatic moment in the middle as all instruments begin to play again after all dropping out); Obstacle 2 (see Obstacle 1 and PDA (they're not samey, honest - they've just got a very distinct style)); Roland (see others); The New (calmer, slow moving, builds gradually into something magnificent); and all the other tracks too.
I'm telling you, this album is practically perfect - it's sophisticated, but still great to dance to and great to sing along to. I have listened to this album practically every day for the last four months... AND I'M STILL NOT SICK TO DEATH WITH IT, IN FACT I LOVE IT AS MUCH STILL! It's positively addictive!
Buy this album! This band deserve to be huge.