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Panic Room
25 Jun. 2012 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 25 Jun. 2012
  • Release Date: 25 Jun. 2012
  • Label: Esoteric Recordings
  • Copyright: 2012 Esoteric Antenna
  • Total Length: 1:04:06
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  • ASIN: B008C3O2L0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,946 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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The excellent Welsh band have released another good album with their new one Skin, which I pre-ordered from the band's website. The album cover perfectly conveys the music that escapes this dark little jewell. This album is further proof of the collective skills of the band and it is intriguing to see how they have developed away from their debut album Visionary Position. The new album is a more cohesive set than their opening album - which is how it should be I suppose. Though I do sometimes miss the epicness of that album's closing track The Dreaming - I wonder if the band will ever try something like that again?

Song for tomorrow kicks the cd off with the band in good form - Anne-Marie's vocals as strong as ever. It's a postitive start - though not quite as good as the previous album's opener - Freedom to breathe. Chameleon and Screens follow, both good efforts with the latter's energy a welcome contrast to other material on display here. The low point of the album for me, in sharp contrast to what other reviewers have said, is Chances. I find it a very lucklustre effort. I find the chours slightly irritating - though many others have described it as catchy. The song's not helped by the singer's declaration that "She's given more than a woman can give." Umm - not one that will be making its way onto my ipod.

Things quickly pick up again for the atmospheric tracks Tightrope Walking and, in particular, Velvet and stars which is stripped down (very effectively)to guitar and vocals. This is followed by my favourite song on the album, Freefalling. It's describing a parachute experience I believe. It boasts an easy, flowing rhythm and has a lightness of touch that contrasts with the mood of much of the album.
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My impression is that Panic Room write & record in a quiet place looking out over rolling landscapes, seas & big skies. For me these are the kind of places it is best listened to; or with a glass of red wine in a quiet evening. It is a very clean sound, with excellent musicianship & sublime vocals. I wouldn't take too much notice of the prog rock label - it's a long way off Yes & Genesis. I occasionally yearn for a bit of volume from the keyboards, more guitar...a bit more bombast. I don't think they have peaked yet. I'm prepared to wait a little...
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This is Panic Room's third album, and now perhaps at last they can emerge from the shadow cast by Karnataka. I do not have a great deal more to add to the initial review of this recording. There is no doubt that almost from his live debut with the band Yatim Halimi has helped the band gel into a cohesive unit that was not always evident for the previous three years. Anne-Marie is in better form (hard for a long-time fan to credit) - and the rest of the band are simply superb.

After a week of listening I can only say that this is one of the best CDs I have heard: subtle, original and interesting. If you have an ear for good music, you should buy this - and make an effort to see this band live.
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Having played 'Satellite' over and over, as well as 'VP', and, deciding that Panic Room's version of 'Bitches Crystal' knocks spots off of the original, I was anticipating the new release to be more of the same, that is, a vibrant mix of indie, prog, jazz, folk and soul and then......I put it on whilst driving (which is where I listen to most of my albums) and it had reached Track 10 before I realised that I could not recall ANY of the previous 9 tracks, as they were all so, well, bland!

Ok, we all want our favourite artists to achieve the impossible, that is, "bring us more of the same please" mixed with "but wow me with something stunning that I was not expecting - please?" - this unfortunately, so far, is neither.

I usually find 2 or 3 tracks are stand out on the first play, with the rest being, yeah, pretty good, and then the whole thing grows with repeated plays.

So I am hoping against hope that 'Skin' is a real slow burning fuse, that begins to get 'under the skin' as I listen again.

If you are a diehard fan, you will already have the album by now anyway, but for anyone else new to Panic Room for the first time, or checking them out, this is not representative of their best (in my opinion which after all is my subjective view), but hey, you pays your money....

Less comfortable please guys for the next album let's mix it up a bit.....
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This album gets a five star rating from me, the line up that makes this band up is quite an impressive one to say the least, all talented musicians, although by some of the reviews left hear I think some have been viewing to many TV talent show or simply have no music knowledge other than UK pop music, sarcasm aside, can not fault a single track on this album, Anne Marie Helders, vocals are as good as ever, and she fits in with all the popular female vocalist of the moment quite well, recommend you give this album a listen if you like good music and good vocals and are not looking to hear the next big pop hit.
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We've had it for a week played it non stop. What an album!!!
The first album "Visionary Position" was good with some outstanding tracks. The second album moved up a gear, containing some stunning songs. Now this one is taking things to another level.
The album opener, "Song for Tomorrow" has been a regular in their live set for quite a while. It starts quite slowly and then kicks in with some superb guitar, relaxes for the verse and then hits you between the eyes with the chorus. Instantly memorable. Great start.
Chameleon follows. A beautiful song which ends with some great interplay between Jonathan Edwards on keyboards and Paul Davies on guitar - a bit jazz, a bit Steely Dan.
Screens is the third track. The intro is provided by the Larkin Quartet, all refined strings. Then the synth riff kicks in. And what a riff - huge. The baseline (take a bow Yatim Halimi) on this interweaves with the keyboard to great effect. A very current song about the way that different "screens" can effect our lives. Another awesome song.
Chances would make a great single. Incredibly catchy with lyrics which are very heartfelt.
Tightrope Walking is a rhythmic masterpiece which developes through several sections and features all the musicians creating a totally unique track.
Promises is another one that has been played live quite a bit. On the CD a gentle guitar intro is overtaken by the string quartet palying the main riff. The track builds through the verse to a memorable, insistant chorus. There are guitar and keyboard solos, another spot-on bass line, all driven along by Gavin Griffiths powerhouse drumming. All this is topped by Anne-Marie Helders sublime vocals.
Velvet and Stars gives everyone a chance to get their breath back.
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