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  • Audio CD (24 Aug. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Too Pure
  • ASIN: B00000JPDI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 331,748 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Bows ~ Blush

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Format: Audio CD
I feel it to be absurd that this album has been as neglected as it has. It is up to the quality of Tricky's "Maxinquaye" in my view. It has similar use of "trip-hop" techniques and rhythms, but is much more than just trip-hop. The evocative melancholy of the strings, reminiscent of '60s Scott Walker, is superbly used in conjunction with ethereal female vocals, shimmering repetitive rhythms and recurring motifs. Luminous, beautiful and a damn-near perfect piece of music. It is pointless to single out specific tracks, as it works perfectly as a continuous, perfectly sequenced piece of music.
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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 Mar. 2006
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Somehow the sound of Bows' "Blush" is too earthy to be properly classified as dreampop. The stormy percussion and jazzy horns of the opening track set off the tone for a strange trip-hop experience -- mysterious and seductive, with the sense that you should wake up from this dream soon.
It starts off quietly with the gently peculiar "Big Wings," followed by the muted concert hubbub of "Troy Polenta's Big Break" and the lurching, aching title track. Subdued female vocals, sputtery drumbeats and dreamy string arrangements line songs like "King Deluxe," the elegantly ominous "Speed Marina." Stuck in the middle is a wickedly funny little advertisement for the band, a touch of humor that grounds all of it. It would have been better if placed at the beginning or end, though.
"Blush" comes across as a beautiful nightmare in the middle of a jazz club. Very sensuous and beautiful, but also surreal and disturbing. A feeling of unease runs all through the album, especially since the songs tend to run into one another, shifting and changing like dreams do.
The sound of the music is a mix of electronic beats, shimmers and soundscapes, layered smoothly with some very muted bass and solid percussion. The strings lift it up to the sky, and the jazzy horns pull it back down to earth. It's a surprisingly liquid sound, mixing gentle trip-hop with stormy underbeats.
The vocals come from three people -- Ruth Emond, whose voice is very sweet and airy; Signe Heirup Wille Jergesen, whose voice is a little less ethereal in songs like "Sleepyhead"; and frontman Luke Sutherland, with a sort of quiet falsetto that he keeps low. The feeling they give off is quite sultry, a bit like psychedelic torch singers.
"Blush" lives up to its name -- colorful and sweet. The lush instrumentation and dreamy vocals soften the uneasiness of Bows' debut, and make this a wonderful trip-hop album. Highly recommended.
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Okay, call it unusual. But let's face facts - this really is one helluva good album. Tremelo-wielding guitarists, subtle drummers and a bohemoth synthesizer line-up combine with some of the best singers in the business - the result -a charming album, as spacious as it is dense (really!). Go, on buy it and get swept away on your own 'Big Wings' before catching your very own 'Rocket'. Cool...
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8da38738) out of 5 stars 8 reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8df4aa80) out of 5 stars Really very good . 6 Sept. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
A big change from former / other project Long Fin Killie , Bows' Blush has a lot of layered electronic textures , just like all the reviews say . Sutherland isn't the leading vocalist on every song as I had expected , so I guess if that is the only part of Long Fin Killie which really interests you , which I see a lot of in interviews , don't get this . Actually , go ahead and listen to it as it's completely different , and not a departure from their sound but an embrace of and a look in an entirely different direction . Refreshing .
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8dd8d648) out of 5 stars great to work to 14 Oct. 1999
By hmmmmmm - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
i love listening to this on my headphones while at work....keeps me moving and motivated! i hate to compare...but these sound clips don't do it justice....so if you like bjork (which is a stretch for a comparison), mono, or portishead....this is fab! the beats are fantastic.......and the cd overall definitely has a mood about it---the vocals slightly melancholy, the beats slightly frantic...so what does that mean? dunno. good buy though!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d993624) out of 5 stars Big wings, soft sound 9 Aug. 2004
By EA Solinas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Somehow the sound of Bows' "Blush" is too earthy to be properly classified as dreampop. The stormy percussion and jazzy horns of the opening track set off the tone for a strange trip-hop experience -- mysterious and seductive, with the sense that you should wake up from this dream soon.

It starts off quietly with the gently peculiar "Big Wings," followed by the muted concert hubbub of "Troy Polenta's Big Break" and the lurching, aching title track. Subdued female vocals, sputtery drumbeats and dreamy string arrangements line songs like "King Deluxe," the elegantly ominous "Speed Marina." Stuck in the middle is a wickedly funny little advertisement for the band, a touch of humor that grounds all of it. It would have been better if placed at the beginning or end, though.

"Blush" comes across as a beautiful nightmare in the middle of a jazz club. Very sensuous and beautiful, but also surreal and disturbing. A feeling of unease runs all through the album, especially since the songs tend to run into one another, shifting and changing like dreams do.

The sound of the music is a mix of electronic beats, shimmers and soundscapes, layered smoothly with some very muted bass and solid percussion. The strings lift it up to the sky, and the jazzy horns pull it back down to earth. It's a surprisingly liquid sound, mixing gentle trip-hop with stormy underbeats.

The vocals come from three people -- Ruth Emond, whose voice is very sweet and airy; Signe Heirup Wille Jergesen, whose voice is a little less ethereal in songs like "Sleepyhead"; and frontman Luke Sutherland, with a sort of quiet falsetto that he keeps low. The feeling they give off is quite sultry, a bit like psychedelic torch singers.

"Blush" lives up to its name -- colorful and sweet. The lush instrumentation and dreamy vocals soften the uneasiness of Bows' debut, and make this a wonderful trip-hop album. Highly recommended.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d995258) out of 5 stars Brilliant!!! 4 May 2001
By MaddKhameleon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
`Am I supposed to be ashamed of myself for not picking you up when I first heard your voice? It is even more ironic that I actually missed you in a sale, I was really CHARMED by your beautiful cover. I picked you up and dumped you for some bimbo Sarah Cracknell album...Now I finally have you, I want you to be by my side, ALL THE TIME!! For all my folly I apologize to you, for you are so GREAT that you have actually been waiting for me to come back all this while. You are a really versatile creation, your `Big Wings' are so powerful like those of an eagle, transcend me into your world, where I breathe in helium to prevent myself from exploding. You are so shy, you actually `Blush'ed when you see me, which made me give up the idea of you being Trent Ranzor. You look like him sometimes, you really do, especially when you blush. Fortunately you are Venus as a boy, you are in the `King Deluxe' in fur...Oh, `It'll be Half Time In England Soon' and my `Sleepyhead' is going for a trip, trip-hop to be precise. A trip to the dreamland, where the beautiful laid-back music is playing everywhere.' All is just illusion, but the gorgeous album is still with me, I will cherish you, my dear.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ef47eb8) out of 5 stars Grows on me more every time I listen.... 28 April 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you like Alpha's "Come From Heaven," you'll like "Blush". Not quite as cinematic/emotional, but very lush. The vocals for each track are a perfect fit.
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