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  • Audio CD (20 Feb. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Bella Union
  • ASIN: B006GSRFNK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 120,154 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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http://www.itstartshear.com is the second album proper from Peter Broderick--following the critically acclaimed debut, Home--and the result of nearly three years of studio work. The album was produced by Nils Frahm at his Durton Studio in Berlin.

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Anyone familiar with Peter Broderick’s previous two releases on Bella Union – 2008’s Home and its follow-up How They Are, which arrived two year later – may well be expecting more of that gentle singer-songwriterly stuff on this latest work. Instead he’s opted to take a more expansive, experimental tack. A wise move it is too. For all the hushed delicacy and frequent loveliness of those other records, it was ultimately a pretty reductive approach, one to test the loyalty of even the most ardent fan come the long term.

Recorded in Berlin with neo-classical composer Nils Frahm, http://www.itstartshear.com is an interactive piece intended to blur the boundary between album and website. Click on the link and it takes you to a page where you can hear each track, accompanied by specific visuals and lyrics, with space underneath to voice your own opinions and ideas. Or, as Broderick puts it, a section of "living liner notes". Such online interaction extends to the music itself. Eight-minute epic Asleep – a highly atmospheric requiem for a dead friend in which softly-layered voices, piano and what’s listed as "fog drone" build into a sustained throb of sound – was done after he invited contributors via Myspace and Flickr.

All of which may suggest an album overly weighted with conceptual ideas, but Broderick is careful to keep the emphasis on the songs themselves. Long-time admirers will love the fragile acoustics of Blue, where he picks nimbly on guitar, and the feathery quiet of Everything I Know. Yet he really excels on tunes like It Starts Hear, with its programmed beats, synth bass and distinct folk-hop feel. The chorus is cheeky as hell too, Broderick reciting the web address/album title with steady deliberation.

As befits his grounding in soundtrack work and music for contemporary dance, http://www.itstartshear.com is an impressionistic song suite that makes use of piano, strings, percussive ambience and some electronica to coat the bones of Broderick’s acoustic guitar patterns. Colin, for instance, an ode to a reluctant musician friend, carries the same quiet rapture in sound and invention as Damien Jurado or Iron & Wine. A significant step forwards then, and all just a click away.

--Rob Hughes

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First of all, I have always been a big fan of Peter Broderick. That out of the way, I really wish that I could have given this CD three and a bit stars - but it is certainly not worth a four. The reason is lack of direction.
Taken as a series of individual tunes 'It Starts Here' has more hits than misses, but it does not hang together as an 'album'. It is too disparate and absent of focus to work as a cohesive whole. The title track, for example, is a catchy slice of updated Eighties pop-tronica, while other songs are intense acoustic meditations or simply drawn-out experiments in melody and sound. Again, nothing wrong with any of these things in there own right but they do not work in one sitting - and, call me old fashioned, that is how I like to listen to something being sold as a long-player.
One of the biggest pluses of this record is the actual quality of the recording, for which we have the marvellous Nils Frahm to thank. But that is not enough.
Peter's most acclaimed work todate remains 'Home'. The reason for that is the consistency of mood and song-writing on that CD. Since then he has appeared on numerous collaborations both in the recorded and live arena and, while I have enjoyed many of them, I am starting to fear that Peter has lost his own unique voice somewhere in the process.
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The most prolific musician around, PB never fails to impress... Itstartshear again proves what a talent he is. Thanks Peter, you've made my day.
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It's awesome, it's amazing... it's a must have for any serious recorded music collection...
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