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  • Audio CD (20 Jun. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Bella Union
  • ASIN: B0050FFEV0
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,591 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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BBC Review

Right from the off, it’s clear that Cashier No.9 are not another of those bands who seek to revel in self-pity and navel gazing. Goldstar, this debut LP’s opening track – also released as a single earlier this year – quite literally shimmers with joy, its keyboards sparkling, its melody persistent, kettle drums rolling as though the song is dramatically introducing celebrities to a red carpet ceremony. It’s little wonder that, with songs like these under their belt, the band have made friends fast, and To the Death of Fun is studded with as many similar gems as it is with star turns: Jason Faulkner (formerly of Jellyfish) and Tommy Morgan, a veteran harmonica player who performed on The Beach Boys’ Good Vibrations and provided the introduction to The Hollies’ He Ain’t Heavy, both make cameos, while the album was mixed by Hugo Nicolson, co-producer of Primal Scream’s legendary Screamadelica.

The biggest influence on the album’s jubilant atmosphere is, however, fellow Belfast resident David Holmes, who as producer gets to indulge a passion for Phil Spector’s expansive Wall of Sound whilst accommodating the many influences that Cashier No.9 exhibit. The fact that he does it without bowing to nostalgia is particularly impressive: To the Death of Fun sounds every bit as contemporary as it does timeless. What Holmes has done is to make their mixture of West Coast harmonies, chiming guitars, laidback tempos and addictive hooks utterly appealing rather than an exercise in musical archaeology. Thus, while there’s an immediate and welcome familiarity to the album, the slow recognition of its antecedents stands not as an obstacle to its enjoyment but rather an enhancement.

So the effortless shuffle of To Make You Feel Better has a certain Byrds-ian twang, A Promise Wearing Thin offers the allure of a Supremes classic, albeit draped in plaid shirts, and The Lighthouse Will Lead You Out sounds exactly like the kind of thing that The Stone Roses should have recorded within a year of their debut album, a lazy swagger buried within its lush psychedelia. This baggy influence is also on show for Oh Pity, which has echoes of Primal Scream’s pre-ecstasy dabblings in jangle-pop on their debut, Sonic Flower Groove, though Lost at Sea is more reminiscent of the melancholic, sun-dappled songs of Australian band The Go-Betweens’ overlooked 1988 classic, 16 Lovers Lane.

Overall, though, it’s not so much about whom it sounds like so much as how great it sounds, as well as how memorable the songwriting is. Introspection be damned: summer’s here and the time is right for dancing in the streets…

--Wyndham Wallace

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Been listening to this non-stop since it came out. Quality songwriting in a Monkees-Byrds-Stone Roses-Happy Mondays-Go Betweens kind of way, with great sound courtesy of David Holmes and Hugo Nicolson.

Even the subdued final track manages to shimmer with an understated beauty that proves less is very often more.

This is a very accomplished lp from start to finish, and one I keep returning to.
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Never heard of them before I randomly saw an advert on spotify and decided to buy this. Nice breezy songs, slightly '60s sound like The Byrds. They sound Californian, but come from Northern Ireland. Well worth a listen.
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The sound of Summer 2011. Bought this album last week and could listen to it all day. Move over Fleet Foxes, these boys have you on the ropes!
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...yes you! Were you one of those writers who didn't include `To the Death of Fun' in your best albums of 2011? How could you not? It's brilliant! I expect Cashier No. 9 exhibit all of the influences mentioned elsewhere on this page and a few more besides, but this album sounds fresh, original and contemporary. From the moment the lead-off track, the fabulous `Goldstar', comes bounding out the speakers like a playful offspring of `Born to Run' (really - well, sort of..) with its widescreen production and `interesting' lyrics (`I look better with my high heels on' asserts CN9 main-man Daniel Todd!) to the fading electronic twinkle of `6%' this is a great collection of songs. Varied in tempo and mood, but all brilliantly 'orchestrated'. They sound great live too! Highly recommended and criminally overlooked by all but BBC 6 Music it seems.
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First heard of Cashier No 9 when Lauren Laverne regularly played Lost at Sea on her BBC 6 Music radio show. Pleased to say the whole album is as good as the single. It has a distinctly 60's California feel, however, the band are from Northern Ireland. Similar in style to the Fleet Foxes (lots of acoustic guitars and harmonies) but a lighter, happier feel. I thoroughly enjoyed this CD on first play and it gets better with each subsequent hearing. My only negative point is that the lyrics are not included in the sleeve notes. But with production by Belfast man David Holmes, To The Death Of Fun is a very accomplished first album from a band to watch.
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