- Audio CD (5 Jan. 2010)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Import
- Label: Pod Aus/Zoom
- ASIN: B002ZVE6CA
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,580,167 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
The Sleeper & A Product of The Ego Drain Import
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Top Customer Reviews
It's difficult to describe the sound of The Leisure Society, but it's certainly more West Coast than West Midlands. I can hear Beach Boys, I can hear Big Star, I can hear Buffalo Springfield, and maybe a little Crosby Stills & Nash, but I'm being unfair...they sound exactly like the Leisure Society.
This CD comes with a bonus CD of b-sides and demos. Standouts are the wonderful single version of "Save It For Someone..." and their unique version of "Cars".
The melodies are as beautiful as the lyrics are wonderful. This truly is a revelation.
and multi-instrumentasist Christian Hardy, The Leisure Society
would appear to have been compared with more than a handful of
American bands who share a common thread in incorporating
complex vocal harmonies in their compositions.
Just like a Cox's Orange Pippin, however, I cannot but
help feel that this fine ensemble is English to the core.
The combined release of new collection 'The Sleeper' with
EP 'A Product Of The Ego Drain' is cause for celebration.
This collection of 19 songs (including a curiously
addictive cover of Gary Numan's 'Cars') is a finely
constructed tapestry of musical treasures.
'The Last Of The Melting Snow', with its limpid string
arrangement and haunting pedal-steel guitar, is easily
one of the lovliest songs I have heard this year.
'The Darkest Place I Know' is a jewelled musical-box
of a composition. Childhood fears and grown-up hopes.
Delightfully ambiguous and utterly magical.
The six minutes of 'A Matter Of Time', a masterly piece of
writing, passes in the blink of an eye. The lyrically erudite
narrative shows considerable insight into love and loss.
The upbeat ending is nicely at odds with its laconic theme.
'Love's Enormous Wings' is just plain charming.
From the EP, the single version of 'Save It For Someone
Who Cares' is a cracking tune. Timelessly uplifting.
The little instrumental 'The Wayfarer'
is another wistful and endearing highlight.
Mr Numan could not have envisaged such a whimsically
wayward interpretation of his 1979 No 1 hit 'Cars' !
The string-saturated arrangement is a complete hoot!
A richly rewarding debut.
The original album still gives pleasure every time I hear it, glorious tunes and wonderful arrangements. BEWARE you will fall in love with these songs!! And let's hope this time that the Ivor Novello nominated "Last of the Melting Snow" will storm the Christmas charts 2009.
This is a two disc set, the second disc `Product of the ego drain' contains B sides and demos. It's an excellent addition to the set, especially the excellent rendition of Gary Numan's classic `Cars'. 4 stars all round.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this for the B-sides as I'm a greedy hungry ghost for The Leisure Society's music. I love the way the poetic lyrics seep into the soul and reflect the depths and diversity... Read morePublished 24 months ago by laura bettinson
Works on a variety of levels imagine a more pop orientated Bellowhead merging with a mellower sounding Decemberists and you are almost there add a dash of whimsical quirkiness and... Read morePublished on 14 Nov. 2014 by jhock
bought this on a whim for their cover of Cars which i had seen on youtube- i loved the whole album , really great for a nice chilled evening- if you like folky tunes you will like... Read morePublished on 8 Aug. 2013 by Castle Greyscullion
why isn't this more well known? I had never heard of the Leisure Society, but then After watching Tyrannosaur (good film, if a little bleak), I wanted to know who was responsible... Read morePublished on 23 Jan. 2013 by MAC
This was a real suprise. A work which, in his apparent simplicity, is incredibly complex and rich. So familiar and so original at the same time. A little masterpiece. Read morePublished on 13 Jun. 2010 by Beppe