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Brief History of Love + 2 Extra tracks, Import

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  • Audio CD (11 Mar. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Import
  • Label: Hostess Japan/Zoom
  • ASIN: B002J9511S
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,867,531 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Product Description

Brand new album from a UK electro-post rock band. Japanese edition will expect 3 bonus tracks. Features tracks 'Crystal Visions', 'Too Young To Love'.

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Format: Audio CD
The Big Pink have released a number of singles this year each standing apart from the previous in style and character. The album is no different. Opener `Crystal Visions' starts off with an Edge like riff that is slowly joined by Stone Roses like echoing vocals and finally a darkly distorted chorus kicks into the fray. You just know that this album is going to be a musical adventure.

The industrial vein continues throughout the next two tracks, though there is a pop twist laced carefully throughout which prevents the whole from becoming monotonous, and `Dominos' has the added advantage of a beautiful pop vocal. `Love in Vain' then seems to swirl into view with a heartbeat like drum rhythm and chirpy synth part, and a gently sung chorus with the lyrics "If you really love him, tell me that you love him again".

The next track then carefully reintroduces some of that distortion to good effect before `Velvet' gets all electronic on you, sweeping along with strange synths, drum claps and perfectly aimed distortion. `Golden Pendulum' bubbles along very nicely and is almost anthemic at moments. `Frisk' scratches and jumps with layered vocals and decidedly intricate drumming. The title track is then atmospheric and moody, before `Tonight' bursts in like the Kasabian masterpiece that got away. The final track closes it all up in fine style with chiming guitars and beautiful backing vocals.

This album is diverse, intelligent and ultimately very rewarding as long as you are not put off by a fair spread of distortion and atmosphere.
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By The Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Sept. 2009
Format: Audio CD
Milo Cordell and Robbie Furze, together with a fine
bunch of musical associates, make a big noise on their
debut album 'A Brief History Of Love'.

Pounding electronica laced with ethereal vocals,
screeching feedback and dense thrashing chords but
never too far away from a refined melodic sensibility.

They have an ear for a good tune amidst the art-house-rock
furnishings. They are making pop music despite themselves.

Things get off to a good start with three fine examples of
competent noise-management. 'Crystal Visions', 'Too Young To Love'
and 'Dominos'; the latter an industrial-strength composition
with an anthemic and memorable refrain.

'Love In Vain' demonstrates a lighter touch. Drenched in reverb,
its mournful central vocal performance sits uncomfortably
well with the contrastingly mischievous synth embellishments.

'At War With The Sun' is an almost jolly affair which had me
thinking of OMD here and there. Just my age perhaps ?

'Velvet' throbs along quite merrily too. The eighties reinvented
again with a fresh face and shiny shoes.

'Golden Pendulum' is a personal favorite. The epic sound and
serpentine vocal manages to be unpredictable and strangely
familiar in the same breath. This is the band's strength throughout.

'Frisk' is a stirring rhythmic invention.
Mr Matsuura' drums (here and elsewhere) drive it
along with convincingly dramatic energy.

Title track 'A Brief History Of Love' is a curiously
moody and affecting affair decorated atmospherically with
Joanne Robertson's laconic backing vocals.

'Tonight' sounds like it was recorded in a beehive.
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By AVJ on 22 July 2013
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Good music, some cracking tunes. Not mainstream by any means but all the better because of it! Getting more into stuff like this as they seem to have 'real' music by real bands and not the over processed rubbish that are in the charts!
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Those of us of a certain age , and it might be argued a certain aesthetic , tend to go all dewy eyed at the mention of the word(s ) shoegaze. This is mainly because it recalls a time when music, specifically guitar music ,was something to get excited about and bands like Ride , Chapterhouse , Moose and most thrillingly My Bloody Valentine released E.P,s and albums that actually took guitar music into tantalising sonic territories . Hearing a band with a smidgeon of that ability would give me palpitations in these dreary times so ready the cooling fan and the comfy chair I think I've come over all faint after hearing The Big Pink.
The album is the work of Robbie Furze and Milo Cordell, a pair of life-long friends who before forming The Big Pink in 2007 had Furze playing for digital hardcore whiz Alec Empire while Cordell, the son of a famous record producer, ran Merok Records, introducing bands like Crystal Castles and the Klaxons to the rest of us. Furze provides vocals and guitar, and Cordell - who has no musical background whatsoever - plays keyboard and synths. Various guests add extra keyboards , percussion or as is the case on the title track backing vocals The album, is entirely self-produced and was recorded in the historic Electric Ladyland studios ( formerly utilised by Hendrix, Bowie and The Clash) in New York City.
A Brief History of Love could also qualify as a concept album as each of it's eleven songs concentrates on love in all it's wonder, mystery frustration and pain. It looks like a 4AD too ,from it's arty cover and insert to the Ultra Vivid Scene fuzz and (early )AR Kane buzz of the music.
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