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  • Audio CD (1 April 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Full Time Hobby
  • ASIN: B00B2QILWA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,080 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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".... The Leisure Society sounds like it slots into the post-Mumford flood of quasi-folkies; the brass arrangements by Mumford and Sons' own Nick Etwell on a few songs don't hurt that association. But closer inspection reveals something closer in spirit to a hybrid of Belle and Sebastian and The Decemberists: witty, occasionally self-lacerating lyrics set to clever melodies and lavish chamber-pop arrangements with occasional Brit-folk and country tinges. Recorded at Ray Davies' Konk Studios -- and The Kinks circa Muswell Hillbillies are another good touchstone..." Critical Mob ****

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Nick Hemming has crafted another set of beautifully melodic, intriguingly lyrical songs. Lovingly produced by Christian Hardy at friend of the band Ray Davies' Konk Studio.

The instrumental flourishes and arrangements created by the band are wonderful and surprising, as we expect from a Leisure Society album. The lovely flute on the beautiful "Sober Scent of Paper", the horns and retro synth sound on first single "Fight for Everyone", the spooky 50s sci-fi opening to "Tearing the Arches Down", harmonica or is it harmonium on "Another Sunday Psalm", the opening catchy vocal "doo doos" and closing jazzy finish to the standout "All I have Seen".

This sounds like a band enjoying themselves, confident in the joy of making music and in their ability to do so, long may they continue.

I cannot wait to hear these tracks live. The snow is melting and the sound of summer is here!
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I thoroughly enjoyed The Leisure Society's debut "The Sleeper", but the follow-up "Into The Murky Water" didn't quite hit the same heights, so this third album is a very welcome release indeed, as it is excellent. It's one of those albums that keeps the listener's interest throughout, doesn't contain any filler and has more than a handful of stand-out tracks that keep you coming back to the album again and again. It is actually quite difficult to categorise the type of music that The Leisure Society produce. I would hesitate to call it "pop" of any description because it's the type of music that, whilst it could easily make the playlist of a station like Radio 2, simply wouldn't trouble the singles chart. You couldn't call it "easy listening" either (although it is certainly very gentle on the ear) because it is miles away from the likes of Michael Buble (thankfully!). They remind me of Belle and Sebastian without the lofty tweeness, or, perhaps, The Beautiful South without the pithy lyrics. Some songs are reminiscent of Noah and the Whale's later material ("Fight For Everyone", for example), only much better, but their eclectic nature in terms of instrumentation and arrangements are one of their strengths and the fact that it is so difficult to categorise the music can only be a good thing.

Although this is an excellent album overall, my favourite tracks on "Alone Aboard The Ark" are plentiful.
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First released in 2013 this is the third album from The Leisure Society. Their first two albums (Sleeper and Into The Murky Water) were remarkable albums, crafted multi-layered tracks which seemed to use everything from tubas to the kitchen sink to get the right sound. They lodged in my mind and in my CD player. I am delighted to report that their third release is just as good.

The album has a gentler more reflective tone to it, but with the same production values. This ensures every track has just what is needed to make the maximum impact, and also means that you never know what is coming. One minute there is a gospel styling, the next a mariachi feel. The band are seemingly the master of all musical forms, and are so uninhibited in their use of anything and everything that they defy categorisation.

The end result is, importantly, an exciting and listenable album that grabs the attention of the listener and never lets go. It could have been a huge mess, but the band make it work. And seemingly effortlessly!

Also of note is the packaging. The band have released all their albums in superb packaging with real attention to detail on the art work. As a connoisseur of old vinyls, as much for the artwork as for the sound quality, I really appreciate this. The CD comes in a hardcover booklet, with 9 pages of lyrics, credits and art. Attention to detail on presentation as well as to the actual music, it makes all the difference to me!

5 stars for another high quality release from the Leisure Society
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On this, their third album, the Leisure Society explore a more diverse range of influences whilst never straying from the hooks and melodies that have become their calling card. The pastoral pop and folk-with-a-tune of their earlier albums is still here (and good thing too), but Alone Aboard the Arc also gives us a taste of soul with "All I Have Seen", whilst "Tearing the Arches Down" could have been spawned by the pen and plectrum of Carl Barat. The clever and intriguing lyrics that are so characteristic of the Leisure Society are in plentiful supply as always, and the end result of all of the above is an album that more than matches their back catalogue.

I recently went to see the Leisure Society supporting Beth Orton. No disrespect to a talented lady, but boy, did someone get that billing the wrong way round! This band are surely one big break / TV appearance / play list inclusion, away from being household names. Until that day I'll continue to be grateful that I'm one of the select (but growing) band who know of and cherish their work. Hear this album and spread the word!
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