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Mull Historical Society
1. Public Service Announcer
2. Watching Xanadu
4. I Tried
5. This Is Not Who We Were
6. Barcode Bypass
7. Only I
8. Animal Cannabus
9. Strangeways Inside
10. Mull Historical Society
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 0927413072
This is an Enhanced CD, which contains both regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.
Mull Historical Society includes: Colin MacIntyre.
Recorded at Gravity Studios, Glasgow, Scotland between February and April 2001.
Colin MacIntyre's debut album as Mull Historical Society is filled to the brim with doe-eyed heavenly melodies, whiny singing, and wacky lyrics, and it's catchy in the all the right ways. At the same time, the album suffers from a certain sameness, and there seems to be no off switch when it comes to MacIntyre's search for the perfect hook. Where one would expect a quiet change of pace, MacIntyre doesn't relent and simply piles on more and more exuberant instrumentation. Loss sounds like it was recorded by some illegitimate, hybrid amalgamation of Babybird, Electric Light Orchestra, the Divine Comedy, and Supertramp, all bands who are known more for their melodies and catchiness than their subtlety. When MacIntyre is firing on all cylinders, his music is immensely exhilarating. "Public Service Announcer" is certainly whiny, but MacIntyre punctuates his vocals with the melody to the point where the song becomes one harmonic beast. "Instead" is equally sublime in its pretty, all-over-map attack, as MacIntyre sings "hold on to loneliness" and a child's choir provides a delicate backdrop. That Loss is a bombastic ride is both its strongest selling point and its Achilles' heel. Colin MacIntyre is an extremely talented songwriter, and if Loss was just a bit more varied and about 20 minutes shorter, it would be a thing of excellence. As it stands, Mull Historical Society's debut is an interesting, occasionally brilliant dose of modern British psychedelic pop. ~ Tim DiGravina
Entertainment Weekly (7/12/02, p.84) - "...Rarely has a debut been so assuredly ambitious..." Rating: B+
Uncut (11/01, p.126) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...[McIntyre] has pieced together his own eccentrically intelligent pop world with this, one of the best British records of the year....It's a sugar rush to the synapses, a playful pleasure..."
Alternative Press (8/02, p.76) - 8 out of 10 - "...Majordomo Colin MacIntyre has carved himself a delightful niche in scotland's music scene with his debut album, LOSS....A deep, richly constructed album that deserves notice."
Magnet (6-7/02, p.99) - "...MHS is on its way to a big place..."
CMJ (5/6/02, p.4) - "...With a fondness for simple, catchy song structures, Colin MacIntyre uses his guitar, the occasional choir, and, almost as a signature, lots of bells, to create consistently unforgettable bursts of flashback fun..."
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