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Until the Earth Begins to Part [Slipcase]


  • 1. Nearly Home
    2. If the News Makes You Sad, Don't Watch It
    3. Until the Earth Begins to Part
    4. Promise, A
    5. Thoughts on a Picture (In a Paper, January 2009)
    6. If Eilert Loevborg Wrote a Song, It Would Sound Like This
    7. Wolves
    8. Ghosts
    9. Good Reason, A
    10. Slow Parade
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 931852

  • Credits
    ProducerIan Caple; Broken Records; Ian Caple
    Engineer

    Broken Records: D. Smith , Arne Kolb, Rory Sutherland, David Fothergill, Andrew Keeney, Ian Turnbull, Jim Sutherland.
    Personnel: J. Bayley (viola, strings); J. Rippen (trombone, brass); C. Sefton (tuba, brass); Copyright Control (piano).
    Audio Mixer: Ian Caple.
    Recording information: Monnow Valley Studio, Monmouth, United Kingdom (2009).
    Illustrator: Sarah Foley.
    Edinburgh-based indie rockers the Broken Records' penchant for arena-sized anthems peppered with violin, cello, and accordion caused U.K. music behemoth NME to dub them the "Scottish Arcade Fire," a notion that holds more than a little weight upon digging into their bigger-than-life 2009 debut, UNTIL THE EARTH BEGINS TO PART. Like their American counterparts, the band sports an enigmatic front man (Jamie Sutherland) with a voice that is as unhinged as it is passionate (his throaty brogue casts a smoky Tom Waits/Bruce Springsteen-ish pallor to the whole affair), a love for all things orchestral, and an unhealthy obsession with semi-apocalyptic, social melodrama. But while the comparison is apt, the Broken Records have more in common with early, "Big Music" -era Waterboys. Like Mike Scott, Spencer Chamberlain doesn't wear his heart on his sleeve, he's barely holding on to it with his fingertips. He's looking to connect, and on stand-out cuts like "Nearly Home," " Thoughts on a Picture (In a Paper, January 2009)," and "Slow Parade," he lands a knockout blow, delivering on an early promise of greatness.

  • Critic Reviews
    Spin (p.86) - "This Scottish seven-piece pump out audaciously grandiose anthems and bleeding-heart ballads with a fervor that makes U2 seem shy."
    Q (Magazine) (p.118) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[S]ongs such as 'Nearly Home' and 'Ghosts' have a stately grace....This is a better than promising start."
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