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Ether Song [Explicit]

Ether Song [Explicit]

3 Mar 2003
3.7 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews

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  • Original Release Date: 3 Mar. 2003
  • Release Date: 3 Mar. 2003
  • Label: Source UK
  • Copyright: (C) 2003 Mawlaw 388 Ltd T/A Source UKThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2003 EMI Records Ltd
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  • Total Length: 58:30
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  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • ASIN: B001IZ9WIC
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,231 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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Format: Audio CD
On first listening, Ether Song doesn’t start out as promisingly as their previous offering, The Optimist but it’s one of those CDs that will just grow on you. I had previously fallen in love with the liquid sound of Turin Brakes when I heard Future Boy from their first CD and once I’d bought the album, I realised I’d found myself a fantastic band and with it, a fantastic CD in The Optimist. But this is a review of Ether Song and again, I was really excited by the release of the new album to see if they could build on what they’d offered previously. Well, I’m pleased to say they have although, be aware, they’ve gone in slightly a different direction with this album, so if you’re a fan of bands changing between albums then stick with the Turin Brakes cos they’ll certainly surprise you with this.
If you want a taste of the Turin Brakes ‘of old’ then Pain Killer and Stone Thrown will certainly take you back, but other tracks to watch out for are the beautiful Average Man, so smooth it’ll make you wish you weren’t doing anything but laying back and listening to it. Others to mention are, Full of Stars, so hauntingly tuneful, and Panic Attack, which is so refreshingly different. My only complaint would be that the first part of the album up to track 6 is a bit samey, you could in fact be listening to the same song. But, for anyone wanting a good chill out CD or just background music for the soundtrack of a modern, contemporary lifestyle, then this album’s for you.
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Turin Brakes' last album, The Optimist LP, was something of an unexpected success for a twosome who do little publicity, don't have Hollywood girlfriends and haven't sold their music to advertisers. Many of the reviews struggled to pinpoint exactly what the extraordinary USP was of a guitar band writing poignant, lyrical melodies - hardly groundbreaking stuff, after all, and not a million miles from Travis, Coldplay et al. But somehow their particular brand of sweping emotionalism, folksy vocal harmonies and original songwriting added up to more than the sum of its parts, and The Optimist LP quite rightly collected accolades left, right and centre.
So now comes the 'difficult' second album, and for fans of Turin Brakes' first it may be a little disappointing. The layered, sweeping, studio-produced heartstring-tugging melodies are more or less absent, save from Long Distance (released as a single for that very reason), making way for a less polished, sparser sound on many of the tracks, some of which are positively cheery (think Flowers in the Window as opposed to Writing to Reach You). And indeed the boys say that's the sound they were going for, recording many of the tracks in only a couple of takes.
There's less of the Thom-York-esque cracked heartbreak and a little more of the slightly bizarre lyrics (singing 'now there's a river!' to yourself at top volume in the car can feel a little odd, however wildly emotional the track feels).
Ether Song is by no means a major disappointment, and shows the band exploring new sounds and moving forward. But it may be that in trying not to become bogged down in the same old sound, as Travis have, they have lost sight of the moving, emotional honesty that made their first album so extraordinary.
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If the right tracks get chosen as singles, this could do for Turin Brakes what The Man Who did for Travis. A week after release, it’s already sounding like an album of the year contender, a record that will reach far beyond fans of The Optimist LP and achieve nationwide ubiquity.
They have pulled off the difficult trick – make a record that sounds larger and more confident than the debut, without sacrificing the intimacy or the tunes to inflated ambition. Ether Song is a long succession of highlights, one you can just play from beginning to end and where each track goes perfectly with the next, but Stone Thrown, Made of Stars, Rain City, and the hidden title track are high water marks of the achievement here. Lyrically, vocally, and melodically addictive, this album is going to be around for a long time.
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Don't let the four stars fool you, its more like 4 and 9/10 stars. I just can't imagine giving anything a 5 unless its the best thing I've ever heard (maybe next radiohead album?). "Ether Song" is spectacular, from the opening "Blue Hour" all the way to the end with the special hidden song. The hidden song, by the way, is actually the best song on this album. "Painkiller" is easy to get into, definately a summer song, and it's followed by another favorite, "Full of Stars", which sounds like love, thats the only way I can describe it. Definately the best album I've heard this year, and one of the most affecting albums I own.
PS: If you've heard the first TB album, this is a bit of a departure, but you'll enjoy it!
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As with many new bands, the hardest task is following up a successful debut album with a surpassing offering. Turin Brakes at least has the bottle to make a bold record, straying further away from the safety of their acoustic roots.
"we were very conscious that we'd made a very different sounding album which we intended to do but it almost is more extreme than we even thought it would be."
Do not panic, extreme does not include them with Iron Maiden just yet. But in comparison with The Optimist it has taken a turn.
Long Distance, the first single, was perhaps a teaser single as there are several similarities to past material.
Pain Killer, the current single, is the easiest song on the album. The dryness of acoustic guitar giving an unmistakable Turin Brakes feel, but there's a noticeable appearance of percussion which was missing from The Optimist LP.
A personal favourite of mine is Blue Hour. A raspy tune that encompasses all the things I like about the band. Strong guitar with a distinctive voice. It's not the most raucous of tracks, but is a gentle reminder that they are not limited to one style of music.
Olly and Gale have always made the band feel like a personal venture, and you cannot help but empathise with the emotion in their lyrical exploration.
I have not given full marks for this album, because there are a few tracks which sound just too similar. But apart from the two single tracks, watch out for Blue Hour, Panic Attack and Rain City.
If you do not get this album, get the Optimist LP. Turin Brakes have more tricks up their sleeves, and perhaps the Ether Song is a step in the right direction. Having grown up in the same part of London, they are the musical pride of our area.
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