on 2 July 2000
The Mutton Birds hail from New Zealand, and this record was recorded in Wales; it is therefore appropriately filled with the mountain roads, misty mornings, and wet forests of these regions. Against this backdrop,the songs tell of ordinary domesticity; of love and arguments; of contentment and separation; of lonely late night drives and of naked swimming on the beach after dark. Songwriter Don McGlashan produces yet another stunning batch of songs, with assistance from Alan Gregg, David Long and Ross Burge. A strong band with a collection of melodious, chiming songs that will eat into the subconscious and stay with you. E.g. "While you sleep/Coiled up like a spring/I remember everything from the first day/Summer flowers/Shimmering in the street/Plastic sandals on your feet in the doorway". Come on - it's irresistible - buy now!
on 21 March 2005
Even is you only buy this album for the wonderful song 'While You Sleep', you will have made a sound purchase.
A lovely range of styles and genres are evident here, which is what can make the difference between a mediocre album and a classic.
This, I would say, is a classic.
I have heard it said many times that this is the greatest pop album of all time... Maybe, just maybe, it is.
on 3 October 2009
Underated in the extreme. Given a bit of exposure on release in the mid nineties, and an album of the year in The Times and (I think) Q magazine, the album then sadly sank without trace. However, if you enjoy classic songwriting and imaginative arrangements, buy this, sit back, and enjoy. Marvellous stuff.
on 15 March 2012
One of my all-time favourite albums, it's a real shame it's not better known. For me, the standout track - "While you Sleep" encapsulates how it is when you first see someone and transfixed by them. "I showed you round, forgetting how to breathe, and that's still the way I feel when I watch you while you sleep." But the rest of the album has great moments to, including "Come Around". If you like REM/Waterboys/Beatles etc, buy this, you won't be disappointed.
on 27 May 2010
I have to say first that my favorit songs on this album are tracks 1,2,4,8 and 14 I like the others to but these are the ones I alway listen to first. I could listen to this album day and night I love it that must.
on 23 May 2012
No question at all over my review title.
Invest in anything Mutton Birds you may happen to find.
Wonderful band, who deserved greater things, but suffered from REM comparisons.
buy, buy, buy!