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Yorktown Heights

Yorktown Heights

12 Aug 2014
4.8 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews

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  • Original Release Date: 12 Aug. 2014
  • Release Date: 11 Aug. 2014
  • Label: Popping Candy
  • Copyright: 2014 Popping Candy
  • Total Length: 46:33
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  • ASIN: B00MDT676W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 114,388 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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This is a superb album and follows the brilliant Feeder album Generation Freakshow, which saw them back to their best. The sound is very different in places - half the songs could have made it onto a typical Feeder record, while the rest of the songs are acoustic affairs. The melodies and choruses are very catchy throughout though.

The beautiful album opener is a bit like Nick Drake with an opening reminiscent of Jose Gonzalez's version of Heartbeats. It sounds like it belongs to a movie scene, where someone is on a boat/train and leaving somewhere - "let's pack our bags so we can sail away, sail away....when we go back we can tell our friends what we have seen".

Hitori is a great song and is a bit more uptempo in sound, but some of the lyrics are quite melancholic eg "Sorrow will find me wherever I go". There's a catchy chorus that goes "Never gonna make it...never gonna get there alone...love is not the enemy". I do wonder if this is a song about Grant's Japanese wife, as Hitori is the Japanse word for "alone" (thanks Wikipedia!) and the song hints at long-distance relationship issues eg "when there's miles between us, stop running, let's keep this love alive".

Tall Trees is another slower song with some piano on it. It's a real grower - another potential "movie scene" moment. The next song Robots is a real belter, with a great looping riff to open it. It a real uptempo song and one of the album's highlights, even though I'm not totally sure what it's about. It seems to be related to human emotions and hope and it could easily be a Feeder song.

Vampires starts with a Just The Way I'm Feeling sound and has a catchy chorus "why you so sad, when you're looking so fine".
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My first thoughts upon hearing that Grant Nicholas was releasing a solo album was, "whats the point? he writes all of feeders material anyway".
i am very happy to say that i have never been so happy to be proven wrong, this is a wonderful album, and is without a doubt the work of a man who knows not to mess with his day job!
does that mean that feeder fans wont like this?
maybe, maybe not,i have been a fan of feeder since day one, have bought everything they have released and count them among my fave bands ever, as such i have seen their sound evolve over the years and i have found this album very enjoyable, but those hoping for more feeder, especially considering their last album was a return of sorts to their more rock orientated style might be a little underwhelmed by this very peaceful bit of work from Grant.
this owes more to folk and simon and garfunkel than nirvana or the smashing pumpkins.
that stall is set out nice and early with soul mates, which is just grant and a guitar and is easily one of the most peaceful and tranquil songs i have heard in years!
what grant proceeds to do over the remaining 14 tracks is gently guide you through his thoughts with delightful melodies and stripped back instrumentation, the only time the pace lifts above a gentle stroll is on the jangly indoe pop of joan of arc.
this is a great summer album, filled with gentle breezes and sunset songs.
sit back and let Grant take you away for 45 minutes
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Amazing crafted album from a very talented guy, this will be the soundtrack to my Summer.
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Absolutely love this album.

Bought it after listening to the album on repeat on Spotify!

Gave as a gift to my dad (we're both Feeder fans), and he really likes it too. You have to persevere with it as you have to "get into it", but once you do it's well worth it.
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Eagerly awaited this album since it was announced earlier this year. It has a nice stripped back sound that suits Grants voice perfectly, but still has a hint of Feeder to keep the band's fans happy. Stand out track for me is Time Stood Still :-D
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Great solo album by Grant Nicholas. Some of the songs could fit straight into a Feeder LP, but others are more bare and stripped back with some great lyrical content. I was pleasantly surprised by this record.
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love all the tracks- especially Hitori,Joan of Arc and Soul mates-artwork is really cool
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Grant Nicholas (guitarist/singer for British band Feeder) really scales new heights of songwriting and musicianship with this, his first solo album. It's a wonderfully diverse and occasionally touching collection of acoustic-driven songs.

Anyone who enjoys Feeders mid-tempo songs or ballads will find plenty to savour on Yorktown Heights; as a general guide I'd say the songs range from Dove Grey Sands, through Children of the Sun, to Fires. Opening song "Soul Mates" and "Good Fortune Lies Ahead" are excellent examples of beautiful songs composed only of acoustic guitar and Grant's voice.

The production is also very good, with subtle sound effects and multi-layed vocals combining to make a beautiful soundscape, without being too over-the-top.

In sum, I'd unreservedly recommend this album to all Feeders fans, but also to anyone who enjoys well-crafted acoustic-driven music. To my ears this is the best collection of work Grant has ever produced, and picking up the deluxe version for the two additional tracks is well worth it.
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