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on 9 April 2016
Bloody good.
I am 48 and have many hundreds of CDs.
I like this a lot.
It makes me think of Mazzy Star (a little), but popped up, in a good way.
I have bought other albums from them due to enjoiyng this.
Also enjoyed them.
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on 11 May 2017
I love the Cocteau Twins and was told about Lanterns on the Lake and their music .. The latter tracks got my attention more then the first few tracks .. Will take a few more plays of the LP but am impressed by their first LP ..
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on 10 March 2014
Sorry for very late feedback. This was a present to my dad - Fantastic all round :) thank you again
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on 2 March 2016
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on 11 August 2013
Not bad but a wee bit one dimensional. The songs are nice & dreamy but a bit more oomph is required
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 19 September 2011
Bruce Springsteen once wrote a song that was so breathily beautiful that it drew the listener in and with its acoustic guitar and atmospherics it just eased away the worries of the day. That song was Secret Garden. Imagine a whole album of that kind of intense beauty and arrangements and you are close to the wonder of Gracious Tide, Take Me Home. Acoustic guitars, beautiful arrangements and an overall feeling of joy - that's what this album delivers in spades. There are occasional electronic swashes lots of strings but remember that Bruce Springsteen track because that's the sound and feeling here.

The two vocal parts just counterpart each other well and leave you loving a different track each time you listen. The only real departure from the airy and beautiful approach is A Kingdom which sounds a little like Arcade Fire and still works. Although if you want to compare it to anyone then Sigur Ros might be a decent bet. The crackles and background noises here add to the feel of the album and the atmospherics.

Overall this is going to be album of the year contender. It grows on each listen and it has the kind of beauty and heartfelt honesty that's been lacking in some offerings this year. This deserves to be heard.
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on 26 January 2013
I rarely feel compelled to write music reviews but I really want to let the world know how fantastic this album is. I know little about the band and took a punt on purchasing, looking for some "new music" and noticing that one of their influences is Sigur Ros, a favourite band of mine.

The influence is in the music (although nowhere near as post-rock, obscure and ethereal as S.R. have become) but this is a beautiful understated work with two excellent vocalists and well judged peaks and troughs of music ranging from epic, grand to quiet, contemplative.

I think there is a huge future for this band- they may not be doing any new, possibly derivative of others (who's not?) but I can't think of any doing this type of music as well. I hope they tour near the South-West soon...
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on 30 May 2015
Fabulous debut album, all eleven songs beautifully crafted, ethereal, dreamy & rhythmic . 'The Lanterns' - I acknowledge my discovery of them to the great Gideon coe on R6- may find it difficult to replicate this & will be unlikely to make a better album. Lets hope peaking so soon doesn't prove their undoing. Highlights- in an album of no dud tracks mind- include the epic 'Tricks', followed by 'Sleepyhead' with its wonderful multiple violin based backing. Buy or order from your local record store preferably, as I did ; and then fully appreciate this addition to the not always trumpeted musical heritage of the North East & Tyneside
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on 25 October 2011
Lanterns on the Lake are a musical sextet from Newcastle whose sound draws on elements of various bands and artists from the quirky folk of Tunng, the languid romanticism of Mazzy Star and the atmospheric, slowed down post-rock of Sigur Ros. The single word that springs to mind when listening to "Gracious Tide, Take Me Home" is "beautiful" ; from the precise and painstaking development of songs like the excellent opening "Lungs Quicken" to the beautifully delivered and constructed lyrics of singer Hazel Wilde (whose breathy, languid style is highly reminiscent of that of Hope Sandoval) beauty seeps from every pore of this album.

The arrangement is everything in these songs and whilst they might possibly just about stand up if strummed on an acoustic guitar because of the loveliness of Wilde's voice, the songwriting itself does not seem substantial but is wonderfully augmented by reverb-drenched piano, keyboards and guitar borrowed straight from Disintegration era Cure (especially on "If I've Been Unkind"). The combined effect of these elements is wonderful and dreamlike with an intimacy that draws the listener close and makes the album seem to stop time as it drifts by. If there is a slight (very slight) criticism of the album it could be that it suffers from the old Cocteau Twins curse of being a little too sugar-sweet : this listener at least longed for a little edge that never materialised.

Finally, it's worth noting that this is effectively a series of home recordings. The album was recorded in the homes of band members but music technology in 2011 is such that the listener would never guess that it wasn't a full studio effort.

Great stuff, highly recommended for fans of the bands mentioned above and perhaps for followers of Laura Gibson, Musee Mechanique, Cowboy Junkies and Low.
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on 29 June 2017
No problem, Thankyou.
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