01/09/09 - Reviews/More McGurk Info

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01/09/09 - Reviews/More McGurk Info

Jamie
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01 Sep 2009, 13:34 #1

Less than a week now till the new album is released, and some are predicting a hit! Also, it appears the reviews are in, and we have links to three of them below.

Rickp on the forums was first to post an extremely complimentary review from The Times, giving LCTWWM five stars, and making it their 'CD of the week' - as you can see in the scan here, provided by teamwork from forum veterans Peter and Jim. David Klimek pointed me towards a review from The Independant, who seem to like it as well, and Rivermoving spotted this piece, which says the sleeve notes include an essay by Paddy about Brian Wilson's 'Smile' album.

Also, you may recall an earlier post about the discovery of rare 70's tracks on the website of a Dr McGurk. Well, he has now answered the many fan emails, and provided us with a story about how those tracks came to be recorded - you can read it here. And finally, all the lyrics to the new album are now available for your reading pleasure in the lyrics section. Hopefully, this will be enough to keep you occupied for the next six days.
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01 Sep 2009, 20:27 #2

I just had about 30-40 minutes when I couldn't access the forum. Anyone else having technical difficulties?
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01 Sep 2009, 20:35 #3

None here, knock on wood
It doesn't mean a thing, if you haven't got the ability to swing...
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04 Sep 2009, 15:34 #4

Eeps! The album is now available for download on the Irish iTunes.


I have the CD on order from Amazon and that won't reach me til next week.

(I'm so going to cave in and download, aren't I?)

iTunes IRL
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05 Sep 2009, 15:28 #5

Just got back from Newcastle, where I intended to browse in HMV for a few minutes. But when I caught the last few seconds of "Ride" on the in-store PA, I decided to hang on, and sure enough they played the whole album.

Looking around, there were at least a couple of dozen others who were loitering in the shop for the same reason, and it was heartening to see that more than a few of them seemed to know all the words too. ;)
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05 Sep 2009, 15:38 #6

I don't normally look forward to a Monday but ............
if you`ve no new clothes to wear then simply wash and comb your hair.
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06 Sep 2009, 00:31 #7

Peter Whitfield @ Sep 5 2009, 03:28 PM wrote: Just got back from Newcastle, where I intended to browse in HMV for a few minutes. But when I caught the last few seconds of "Ride" on the in-store PA, I decided to hang on, and sure enough they played the whole album.

Looking around, there were at least a couple of dozen others who were loitering in the shop for the same reason, and it was heartening to see that more than a few of them seemed to know all the words too. ;)
Wow, I'm impressed, if only by the image of Sprout fans quietly communing in a record shop - and in this day and age.
I feel nothing but pride – that’s all I do feel: an empty pride, a hopeless vanity, a dreadful arrogance, a stupefyingly futile conceit. But at least it’s something to hang on to.
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06 Sep 2009, 08:28 #8

It was a surreal half hour, but I guess we shouldn't be that surprised - he's one of ours, and the city holds a deep respect and affection towards him. The fun part was trying to avert your gaze when you became aware of other Sprout fans around you mouthing the same words to the songs. It seemed deliciously and decadently wrong, given that the CD was not yet for sale, but at the same time it was a rather nice secret being shared by a bunch of perfect strangers. :)
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06 Sep 2009, 11:04 #9

I wish I'd been there - I love moments like that (not that I can actually think of any moments like that!). Such a tale would surely warm the cockles of Paddy's heart.
I feel nothing but pride – that’s all I do feel: an empty pride, a hopeless vanity, a dreadful arrogance, a stupefyingly futile conceit. But at least it’s something to hang on to.
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06 Sep 2009, 18:58 #10

I was in HMV Newcastle on Sat.....and you know what....? I heard the Sprouts playing too.....and stuck around to hear the end of the album!!!!

small world and a small band of loyal soldiers!

Tried to convince the manager to sell it to me early, gave hims somecock'n'bull story that I would be in India by Monday--but he stood firm and told me howmuch they would get in trouble and the fines they would have to pay----yaddah, yaddah !

was worth a try to get to hear and hold it 48 hours before release :rolleyes:
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06 Sep 2009, 21:18 #11

Nice one Moondog! I probably saw you there: I was the sad bastard in the faded jeans and cable sweater, swaying very badly to most of the songs, but with extra gusto during Earth: The Story So Far. :) At one point, I think it was during God Watch Over You, there was a distinct round of applause and cheering from the downstairs part of the store, and for a moment I thought that Paddy himself might have entered the building (he's been spotted in HMV Newcastle a few times recently) but it seems that it may have been a security guy tackling someone near the front door. :blink:
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06 Sep 2009, 21:18 #12

Such a tale would surely warm the cockles of Paddy's heart
Oh, no! First his eyes go, then the ears pack up, now he's got heart cockles?! Whatever next?
Come down off the cross... we can use the wood
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07 Sep 2009, 09:29 #13

Near to the knuckle, near to the knuckle
Why're you laughing ? - You call that laughing ?
Wearing your death's head grin - Even the fishes are thin
When the boat comes in
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Some heart cockles yesterday:

I feel nothing but pride – that’s all I do feel: an empty pride, a hopeless vanity, a dreadful arrogance, a stupefyingly futile conceit. But at least it’s something to hang on to.
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07 Sep 2009, 20:59 #14

Oh dear. I couldn't resist downloading from iTunes, and I've played it rather a lot.

Ride, Let There Be Music and God Watch Over You are the obvious standouts.

Music Is A Princess has Paddy's best vocal (possibly ever). He gives it loads, and it's great.

I thought that I Love Music was annoying at first, but, it's actually superb.

Listening in my OK earphones on the iPod, I was a bit disappointed with some of the production. I thought some of the tracks were a bit flat with the Bontempi drums and 90s synths. I still think this about a couple of the tracks (oh for some real - or real sounding - orchestration), but overall it works more than well. And I love it when there are some wacky sounds (like the squelchy things on Sweet Gospel Music) - it's an acknowledgement that, while some traditional instrumentation can't be reproduced accurately, when one has this technology, why bother with tradition?

The whole thing is such a confident, strong album. It's almost as if the production doesn't matter; the songs and voice are enough.

Paddy, get the rest of the treasures out, for the love of God! :)
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07 Sep 2009, 21:44 #15

I'm amazed and happy to find that this has to be the one album of late that hasn't appeared illegally on the 'net weeks before its release.

This has to be a first.
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