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  • Audio CD (16 Sept. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: WARNER BROS
  • ASIN: B00CUSTM0E
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 757,719 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Rituals is the second album from Fenech-Soler. Produced primarily by the band themselves the album also features select collaborations with Tim Goldsworthy (LCD Soundsystem, UNKLE) and the innovative Swedish producer and DJ Style of Eye.

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After releasing an enticing debut album, Fenech Soler were being touted for greatness. But then singer Ben Duffy was diagnosed with cancer, and for a time it seemed as if the promising electro-pop outfit from Northamptonshire would be derailed. So this album in many ways feels like the band have been given a second lease of life, and a sense of relief and euphoria courses through opening track, 'Youth', which is filled with bouncy rhythms and falsetto vocals. It's hard not to see this song, and the album as a whole, as a celebration of simply being alive. 'Youth' itself is a masterpiece, vocal loops intertwining with synth loops until finally a 4/4 beat breaks to the surface after about a minute.

Of course, Fenech-Soler have an amazing grasp of melody, and a clutch of songs on this album show off their 'poppy' side. 'All I Know' and 'Magnetic' are infectious and successfully meld the band's dance background with pop sensibilities. Critics may carp at the lack of lyrical wordplay ('All I know is I did you wrong, all I know is you'd be strong, without me' is nothing groundbreaking, to be fair), but there aren't many bands out their with Fenech Soler's knack for producing smart, modern pop songs. Only 'Last Forever' seems a bit of a let down for me, and it's made slightly redundant by it's prologue track (Rituals 1), a much more sincere and poignant track. This song seems pretty bland compared to the more edgy and vibrant uptempo tracks on their debut, such as 'Lies' and 'Battlefield'.

One of the great things about their debut was that there were songs that gave their dance sound an emotional impact. 'Stop and Stare' being the most obvious example. On this record, 'In Our Blood' and 'Two Cities' fulfill the need for something a little more serious.
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Excellent album, listened to their other album first and got hooked as appeared different to a lot of the other stuff about at the moment. Was pleasantly surprised with this group so bought this album which did not disappoint
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If you liked their first album then this is pretty much a bit more of the same high standards, with a bit of evolution in their step. Every element of their sound which made me enjoy the first record so much has been bought over to their latest works with a subtle expansion of the depth in their music, showing that they can play on their strengths without relying on them. The first self-titled album was great, and I am very much looking forward to seeing it all played live.
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Delivered on time, exactly when it should be, however the album case had a massive scratch on it
:(, and as the product is from amazon, advertised as new, I expected a lot better

However, i love the music!!!!!
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Possibly the Best album released in 2013, this band deserves so much more recognition! If you're a fan of electronic music that isn't hard-hitting but more smooth-listening, especially with the vocals, then this one if a winner!
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This band are so underrated, their first album was great and this album is even better! Catchy songs that never get boring, could listen to it over and over. There isn't a bad song on this album. Seriously, fenech-soler deserve more recognition.
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