- Audio CD (16 Jun. 2003)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Sony Music
- ASIN: B00005UDVK
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 105,255 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Holes In The Wall CD
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ELECTRIC SOFT PARADE Holes In The Wall (2002 UK 12-track CD picture sleeve. The debut from the brothers White and a strong beginning it is too packed with melodic hummable rock that simply will not leave your skull including the great singleEmpty In The End)
Brighton brothers Alex and Tom White may still be fresh-faced teenagers, but Holes In The Wall, their commendable debut album, could have been recorded at any time in the last 20 years. It bristles with the mysterious melodic chemistry that made Boo Radleys' Giant Steps and Teenage Fanclub's Bandwagonesque such endearingly retrodelic prospects: a wide-eyed expansiveness, a sonic playfulness, and tunes ("Start Again", "There's A Silence", "Why Do You Try So Hard To Hate Me") with hooks so immediate they swagger into your head, grab the comfy chairs and start writing out party invites before they've even reached the second chorus. While on the surface this is traditional guitar fare, beneath the veneer this bares all the subtly applied hallmarks of a rock masterwork--the work of the White brothers themselves, who undertook much of the recording in their bedroom with an iMac, a bank of vintage synths, and all manner of digital mixing programs. The next album, doubtless, will be even better. But right now, as "Silent To The Dark"--think Graham Coxon in full pop Technicolour--phases back in after five minutes of majestic electronic psychedelia, Alex White cooing "When I needed someone to talk to / You were the only one around" it's clear you'd have to have a heart of stone to not be immediately sold. --Louis PattisonSee all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
It's hard to pin down, sure they are obvious influenced, 'Oasis', 'Boo Radleys', and even the Flaming Lips' and the wonderfull 'Granddaddy' sping to mind on tracks like 'Silent to the dark' & 'Why do you try so hard to hate me'.
This ablum simply is fantastic, if you like the simple melodic guitar driven songs of 'Ash' with the madness & complexity of 60's Pink Floyd then this album is for you.
I know, It's a crazy mishhash, and you will love it for that very reason, if the brother's White can produce this quality age 17 & 19, its scary to think what their next album is going to sound like.
UNPREDICTABLE, BEAUTIFULLY MELODIC... JUST SIMPLY
These teenagers really do give it everything and it comes out to be one of the best albums i have heard in a very long time. The melody is as good as oasis and the beatles. The lyrics are superb and it rocks.
From the beginning the hits flow freely with no weak tracks. The astonishing 9 minute epic that is "silent to dark" and the catchy "theres a silence" are just superb and if justice is fair this band would be as big as the beatles or oasis. They cope with the rocky poppy melodies superbly well and it never gets out of control.
It plays with your emotions and makes you want to dance round and round and round the room until the breathtaking finale finishes and then theres only one thing to do. Put it back on again. Its too good to miss.
As good as any hot newcomer this year (if not better). Triple A. BUY IT.
It is an album that leaves you feeling happy, better than the Stereophonics - Just Enough Education To Perform as they don't try to be clever, it just comes naturally.
Each song is different, so there is none of the 'sameyness' that some bands seem to stick to on debut albums.
I can guarantee you have heard at least 3 of the songs, maybe without even knowing it, like me!
In closing the album is very strong, very upbeat, very influenced, very listenable and very diverse.
Trust me, you will like some of it, and most probably, all of it.
Vocals with funny effects.
Huge, epic, progressive-indie anthems with funny effects.
Some songs that seem to take you in a completely different direction to the one they start off in. Using funny effects.
= Superb :)
I first heard them on their American Adventure album and i was in awe asto how they created such classics between the two of them. So Holes inThe Wall had all the attraction, a list of good reviews, the mercury prizesticker and of course they were a best newcomer in Q awards.
So the album itself is very much on the verge of the "oh my god play itagain" style of music, particularly with Start Again, There is a Silenceand Empty at the End. But its not just really rocky, positions andinstruments are swapped between them varying the music, taking Silent toThe Dark as an example boasting an incredible 9 minutes.
The only real problem that can be found is that the album is a bit toolong, but thats no big deal, it still rocks, and it will always be one ofmy favourite cds.
Buy it Now!
The album is fairly varied, with different styles, sometimes juxtaposed in the same song, a good example would be Silent To The Dark, my favourite song from the album. It starts off as an acoustic strummer, before moving into up-tempo rock "chorus", and after this progresses, it suddenly screeches to a halt and segues into a keyboard driven phase, with humming synths and a beautiful, but slightly chilling piano line, all with odd snatches of lyrics from the previous section. A superb song.
The variation also shows itself over the album as a whole, with the only common thing to the songs is the quality. There are up-tempo songs with insanely catchy vocal lines, like There's A Silence and Why Do You Try So Hard To Hate Me?, and although catchy, I still really like them now, so though they are accesible, are by no means ephemeral.
There are also slower, more ponderous songs, such as It's Wasting Me Away and the title track, Holes In The Wall, which also features a solo violin part that adds to the texture nicely.
If you are familiar with, and like (earlier) Radiohead, Starsailor, Coldplay, you will almost certainly like this album. ESP sound like all those, but have their own unique sound also, and I for one, see a bright future ahead for us, the happy public, if these two continue to release albums which are of this standard, or of even a higher one.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was on my list of 'must have albums' back in 2003 but for reasons i can't remember i never actually bought it and have only just got around to rectifying that oversight. Read morePublished on 20 Nov. 2013 by Peter Hill
'Holes In The Wall' is certainly one of the best debuts of the last couple of decades. The Electric Soft Parade crafted an album with a wide array of styles and are excellent at... Read morePublished on 10 Jan. 2013 by C22man
I can’t believe that anyone can give this album such a lowly review, so I just had to add my piece on here. Read morePublished on 25 Mar. 2004 by Keith Hughes
Having heard how highly so many people thought of Electric soft parade, I decided to chance my arm and buy their debut album. The experiance proved horrific. Read morePublished on 3 Aug. 2003
I bought this album, listened to it, and was stunningly disappointed. So I listened again. There's absolutely nothing here that any half-decent second rate band couldn't have... Read morePublished on 3 May 2003 by Claus Johansen
Firstly, if you love British guitar pop, you'll love this. It's got the singalong factor for playing in the car, you can awkwardly sway to it at gigs - just go out and buy it. Read morePublished on 28 April 2003 by F. W. Bristow
When Johnny Vegas took the mickey out of these guys for claiming to be influenced by The Boo Radleys, he inadvertantly earned them a fan. Read morePublished on 12 Feb. 2003 by Martin
Do you know that bit on the Dandy Warhol album, just as Mohammed ends with that lingering trumpet? Just before they barrel into Nietzsche with thundering drums and bass? Read morePublished on 13 Dec. 2002