- Audio CD (1 Oct. 2001)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Poptones
- ASIN: B00005NMX7
- Other Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 269,943 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Bahama is the third album by the plaintive London three-piece Arnold. Cocooned in their own self-referential dimension--naming themselves after their bass player's dog, preferring to record in country barns rather than top city studios and clearly oblivious to all sensible commercial considerations--Arnold couldn't be any more bloody-mindedly parochial if they moved into a commune with XTC. Perhaps that's why former Creation boss Alan McGee has now signed them for a second time. More probably, it's got something to do with their music. Bahama, the band's third album, ploughs a similar furrow to the blissed-out Radiohead / Crosby Stills Nash stylings of yore but also begs the question--how do Arnold make such a big sound so quietly? Mellow seems too violent a word. Somehow, they communicate their sleepy-eyed melancholia in a soniferous whisper of creamy close harmonies, shining acoustic guitars and cavernous echo, occasionally upping the ante with skin-tingling solo fretwork worthy of Dave Gilmour. Be it the fragile, crepuscular organ on the haunting "Jus De Lune", the polynesian guitar flavourings of "Climb" or album stand-out "Other Son"--which bobs to and fro like a fishing boat skippered by Fleetwood Mac's Peter Green - Bahama is switch-off serenity exemplified. --Kevin Maidment
Top Customer Reviews
It kicks off with the beautiful Climb - all swooning vocals and fuzzy guitars - and continues in much the same manner throughout. Apparently, this record was made 'on the cheap', but for me the production is spot on - it has a very warm sound, something which is far too rare these days.
Anther track of note is the incredibly catchy Boo You, but to be honest each track is as good as the next, and it seems very unfair to single out specific tracks for praise.
If there was any justice in this world Bahama would sell bucket loads.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A beautiful album and not just because Mark is my cousin! I love it, it lifts me up and I feel drawn into it.Published on 17 Dec. 2012 by emma chamberlain