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The Sleeper & A Product of The Ego Drain Import

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  • 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)
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I am writing this after only having listened to the album twice, but it is that good. I only heard 'The Last of the Melting Snow' on the radio about a week ago, and on the strength of that ordered the album. The album does sound very much like an English Fleet Foxes. Absolutely no bad thing. Quite folky, but the instant impression for me was a very sixties sound, dominated by harmonies, woodwind and strings. There is the obviously quoted Beach Boys influence, but from their more whimsical moments (in terms of music, not lyrics in Leisure Society's case). More 'Friends' than 'Pet Sounds'. I can only compare otherwise to what I am familiar with, but I hear similarities to Simon and Garfunkel and a bit of the Mamas and Papas. The lyrics can be adult, serious, observational, almost political, but some are pure romantic pop, such as the achingly gorgeous 'A Matter of Time'. The vocal harmonies are quite gentle, and Nick Hemming's voice is generally laid-back, sounding to me at times likes David Gates at his mellow best. Anyone who likes any of the above artists or similar really needs to check this album out. In the light of all the dross currently adored by the great British public, it's great to find a British band making quality music like this.
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By Coincidence Vs Fate TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Oct. 2009
Format: Audio CD
I only discovered The Leisure Society on Saturday - two days ago. A chance mention of them in a monthly music magazine led me to looking them up on the wonderful Spotify. Within minutes of listening to this album for the first time I had decided it was to be firmly entrenched in my favourite top-ten albums of all time.

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.

Highly recommended.
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By The Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Oct. 2009
Format: Audio CD
Brainchild of singer/songwriter and guitarist Neil Hemming
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.

Highly Recommended.
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You may have missed the first "homemade" release of Sleeper, don't miss this excellent reinvention with the addition of a glorious bonus album containing the brilliant reworking of the single "Save it For Someone Who Cares" and some other songs that have become favourites live....like Gary Numan's "Cars"!!

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.

BUY IT!
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Format: Audio CD
I first came across Leisure Society when I saw them in support of Laura Marling on her Cathedrals tour. They were good, and as it turns out my girlfriend owns both of their albums I had the opportunity to listen to them on record. In concert they played a very stripped back set, so I was a little surprised at the richer production found here, but it was a good move as this is a highly enjoyable album. It's kind of an indefinable sound - gentle indie folk rock perhaps? Beautifully crafted songs (and I do mean crafted - it's obvious a huge amount of effort and thought has gone into every little detail) in which a rich production supports light, floating vocals. It's a very layered, thoughtful record full of some great hooks couped with a rich, textured feel.

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.
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