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The Olympus Sound

4.5 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (16 April 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Lojinx
  • ASIN: B0076L9UW0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 140,222 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Recorded in Dublin s Exchequer Studios, the album offers a dozen slices of the kind of perfect pop people have come to expect from Thomas Walsh and his bandmates since their debut Almond Tea back in 1999. Co-produced by Walsh and guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Tosh Flood, The Olympus Sound sees Pugwash paying tribute to their impeccable influences yet staying true to their own very distinct vision of perfect pop - what emerges is the sound of a band clearly happy in their own skin. Tosh Flood toured with Thomas and the Divine Comedy s Neil Hannon in The Duckworth-Lewis Method during the annus mirabilis of 2009 when the seemingly bonkers idea of a concept album about cricket composed by two Irishmen at that grew legs and led to a Top 40 chart placing in the UK, dinner at the Long Room at Lord s and an Ivor Novello nomination. I arrived home late one night to find a letter from the States in the hall, Thomas recalls. I was a bit knackered and opened it kind of half-heartedly and then nearly dropped when I realised that it was actually from Jeff Lynne saying that he d heard I was a huge fan of his and telling me that he loved both Pugwash and the Duckworth-Lewis Method. I grew up worshipping ELO and to have their main man give me the thumbs-up out of the blue like that was absolutely brilliant. Any bit of tiredness that might have been creeping in to the recording work went right out the window after that, I can tell you. On The Olympus Sound you ll hear the sound of a band on top of their game and ready to provide the perfect soundtrack for the summer ahead. The weather may be rotten now, but at least we have the mighty Pugwash to bring us some melodic sunshine.

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The Duckworth Lewis Method did much to elevate the profile of head Pug Thomas Walsh in 2009. A top 40 UK album and appearances on national TV and Radio to promote the 'best cricket album ever' helped spur our gallant boys onto a convincing Ashes win. It was also a cracking record.
Well now it's time for Walsh to step back into the spotlight with his own band Pugwash. Anyone with a fondness for melodic, crafted and smart pop/rock will know these Irish boys already. If your new to the Pugwash experience then The Olympus Sound is a wonderful introduction. It may even be the bands finest, and without doubt most coherent and accessible, long player to date.
Now down to a core four piece, with occasional help from Dave Gregory, Neil Hannon and Ben Folds, Pugwash have upped the ante with an album full to bursting with potential hits, delicate ballads and Beachboys quality harmonies.
There You Are, Fall Down and Here We Go Round Again are swaggering guitar pop gems (the latter featuring backing vocals from XTC head honcho Andy Partridge) overflowing with lovely musical flourishes and earworm melodies. First single Answers On A Postcard is a jaunty, cheeky Madness/Small Faces style foot tapper, Be My Friend Awhile the best song Jeff Lynne didn't write and gorgeous closer Four Days is the perhaps Walsh's greatest track yet.
It's hard to criticise The Olympus Sound - it's erudite, beautifully played (stand up and take a bow multi-instrumentalist Mr Tosh Flood) and the vocal arrangements are exceptional.
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By Andy Sweeney TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 31 Dec. 2012
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I first became aware of Thomas Walsh, the singer/songwriter of Irish band Pugwash when he released a cricket-themed album with Neil Hannon (The Divine Comedy) under the guise of The Duckworth-Lewis Method. It raised many eyebrows at the time, but it was such a fun, melodic, brilliant piece of work, it became a critically-acclaimed, much loved favourite of the year. Although there is another Duckworth-Lewis Method album in the pipeline, "The Olympus Sound" has proved to be another inventive album, packed full of beautiful melodies and harmonies inspired by some of the greatest composers of grandiose, full music such as the Electric Light Orchestra, The Beatles, The Beach Boys and, of course, The Divine Comedy. Admirers of such groups will find much to fall in love with on this album, the lovingly-crafted warmth of the whole endeavour being near-irresistible to anyone who appreciates musicians who can wear their influences on their sleeves whilst avoiding simply replicating and re-writing music they have heard before. The absolutely magnificent "Be My Friend Awhile", for example, could be a undiscovered Jeff Lynne classic, but it doesn't sound like any other songs he has written. Other highlights, in my opinion, are "To The Warmth Of You", "Fall Down", "Dear Belinda" and "Here We Go 'Round Again". However, the whole album is a sheer pleasure to listen to, with plenty of "wow" moments and, if this was to be your first Pugwash purchase, I very much doubt that it would be your last.
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Pugwash are a band out of time. The songs could be from a long lost ELO album, or even a rediscovered Beatles reunion.

I came to this via Duckworth Lewis Method (Pugwash main man is the other half of DLM to Neil Hanlon, AKA The Divine Comedy). It does not have the instant catchiness nor the obvious wit of DLM or Divine Comedy, but the tunes, the sound and the lyrics are all excellent, if at first a little samey. What is undeniable are the great pop "hooks" in the tracks, all of which stick in the mind and niggle away until you go back to them and learn them. This catchiness and superficial lightness run somewhat counter to what are, for the most part, songs of broken and betrayed love.

Having been a little underwhelmed on first listening I found myself playing it again. And again, until now it's rising up my iTunes "most Played" list. Well worth a punt if you like good old fashioned song writing and tunes.
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Without a doubt the best album of the year! I have it on CD and Vinyl and I have to say that the vinyl does indeed give a richer fatter sound. These tunes are beautifully crafted and the harmonies are exquisite. A return to true craftsmanship in music. Great production! Feelgood music.
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Pugwash have made a lovely album. There are definite nods to the Beatles, ELO, Idle Race etc but the sound is their own. The song writing and production are of high order and the album deserves to be a commercial success. I hope that it gets the exposure that it deserves. If you like a bit of psyche sample 15 Kilocycle Tone, something warm & melodic try The Warmth of You, there is range and diversity to the song writing.

I first came across Pugwash on a sampler CD for the very excellent SHINDIG! magazine and glad I am that I discovered them!

Good luck boys

Roger Nicholls
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