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Blue Lights on the Runway [Bell X1]

  • 1. Ribs Of A Broken Umbrella, The
    2. How Your Heart Is Wired
    3. Great Defector, The
    4. Blow Ins
    5. Amelia
    6. Better Band, A
    7. Breastfed
    8. Light Catches Your Face
    9. One Stringed Harp
    10. Curtains Are Twitchin', The
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): YEP-2175

  • Credits

    Irish four-piece Bell X1 has built a devoted fan base, over the course of three albums, with their knack for melodic hooks and organic rock sound. BLUE LIGHTS ON THE RUNWAY, the band's fourth studio effort, takes a detour from that established blueprint by mixing electronica elements in with the guitars, bass, and drums. The result deepens the Bell X1 sound, giving it a heady edge without detracting from its overall warmth. Memorable melodies are still at the heart of each of these songs, whether they're rockers ("A Better Band"); gentle, digitally outfitted groovers ("How Your Heart is Wired"); or reflective ballads ("Light Catches Your Face"). This album comes recommended to those who enjoy Snow Patrol, Coldplay, or any well-crafted pop/rock with an adult alternative side.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (p.77) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Over the straight-forward stomp of 'The Great Defector,' Noonan sounds like a young David Byrne on the uplifting, carnivalesque chorus."
    Down Beat (p.58) - 4.5 stars out of 5 -- "BELL X1's music is fresh and smart and teeming with influences ranging from Talking Heads to the Beat poets. Immensely listenable on both music and lyrics levels."
    Q (Magazine) (p.97) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t once again showcases just how satisfying a Talking Heads obsession coupled with an ability to craft uncommonly graceful ballads can be."
    Paste (magazine) (p.60) - "The digitized percussion opening lead single 'How Your Heart Is Wired' quickly spills into a lush guitar riff that suggests a more adrenalized version of Radiohead's 'Talk Show Host.'"
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