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  • Audio CD (19 Sept. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Bella Union
  • ASIN: B0058OAA2G
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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BBC Review

Newcastle sextet Lanterns on the Lake have been quietly honing their sweeping, cinematic songs for a few years now, emerging with a debut LP refreshingly out of step with any current musical trends. The 11 songs that comprise Gracious Tide, Take Me Home source inspiration from the likes of Sigur R�s and Low; they unfurl slowly and deliberately, awash in melancholy and of a keen, natural beauty.

Hazel Wilde and Adam Sykes handle vocal duties, the latter's deep Geordie burr complementing Wilde's feathery, plaintive tones. The two combine wonderfully on If I've Been Unkind, against a tapestry of swooning strings, guitar, glockenspiel and synth of the kind that forms the backdrop to most of the songs here. "I sailed the seas; you were never even there" they intone - a line that sums up the direct lyrical approach and preoccupation with the elements felt throughout the record.

Ships in the Rain is one of the highlights here, Wilde taking on the voice of a doomed sailor over a spectral wall of backing vocals; equally effective is ode to friendship I Love You, Sleepyhead, subtle for its first few minutes before mournful strokes of Sarah Kemp's violin haul it into a rousing finale. Opening song Lungs Quicken furnishes Lanterns' sound with skittering beats and an insistent, circular glockenspiel shape, while A Kingdom ups the tempo considerably - a sweet, graceful pop song where the violin dances nimbly around interweaving guitar lines. Not to slight the record too much - for it is genuinely gorgeous and played with admirable conviction - but a few more steps in this direction might have given it a welcome jolt, leavening the generally sorrowful tone a little.

Yet that sadness is inseparable from the band's aesthetic, and going on this and its two preceding EPs (where many of these songs originated), they're only going to get better at fashioning it into delicate yet sometimes muscular music. Gracious Tide, Take Me Home is a luminous, lilting, lovely debut album, and a perfect mood piece as the nights begin to draw in.

--James Skinner

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I love the Cocteau Twins and was told about Lanterns on the Lake and their music .. The latter tracks got my attention more then the first few tracks .. Will take a few more plays of the LP but am impressed by their first LP ..
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Bloody good.
I am 48 and have many hundreds of CDs.
I like this a lot.
It makes me think of Mazzy Star (a little), but popped up, in a good way.
I have bought other albums from them due to enjoiyng this.
Also enjoyed them.
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Sorry for very late feedback. This was a present to my dad - Fantastic all round :) thank you again
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Magnificent
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Not bad but a wee bit one dimensional. The songs are nice & dreamy but a bit more oomph is required
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By Syriat TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 19 Sept. 2011
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Bruce Springsteen once wrote a song that was so breathily beautiful that it drew the listener in and with its acoustic guitar and atmospherics it just eased away the worries of the day. That song was Secret Garden. Imagine a whole album of that kind of intense beauty and arrangements and you are close to the wonder of Gracious Tide, Take Me Home. Acoustic guitars, beautiful arrangements and an overall feeling of joy - that's what this album delivers in spades. There are occasional electronic swashes lots of strings but remember that Bruce Springsteen track because that's the sound and feeling here.

The two vocal parts just counterpart each other well and leave you loving a different track each time you listen. The only real departure from the airy and beautiful approach is A Kingdom which sounds a little like Arcade Fire and still works. Although if you want to compare it to anyone then Sigur Ros might be a decent bet. The crackles and background noises here add to the feel of the album and the atmospherics.

Overall this is going to be album of the year contender. It grows on each listen and it has the kind of beauty and heartfelt honesty that's been lacking in some offerings this year. This deserves to be heard.
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I rarely feel compelled to write music reviews but I really want to let the world know how fantastic this album is. I know little about the band and took a punt on purchasing, looking for some "new music" and noticing that one of their influences is Sigur Ros, a favourite band of mine.

The influence is in the music (although nowhere near as post-rock, obscure and ethereal as S.R. have become) but this is a beautiful understated work with two excellent vocalists and well judged peaks and troughs of music ranging from epic, grand to quiet, contemplative.

I think there is a huge future for this band- they may not be doing any new, possibly derivative of others (who's not?) but I can't think of any doing this type of music as well. I hope they tour near the South-West soon...
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Fabulous debut album, all eleven songs beautifully crafted, ethereal, dreamy & rhythmic . 'The Lanterns' - I acknowledge my discovery of them to the great Gideon coe on R6- may find it difficult to replicate this & will be unlikely to make a better album. Lets hope peaking so soon doesn't prove their undoing. Highlights- in an album of no dud tracks mind- include the epic 'Tricks', followed by 'Sleepyhead' with its wonderful multiple violin based backing. Buy or order from your local record store preferably, as I did ; and then fully appreciate this addition to the not always trumpeted musical heritage of the North East & Tyneside
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