Opening the iTunes Store.If iTunes doesn’t open, click the iTunes icon in your Dock or on your Windows desktop.Progress Indicator
Opening the iBooks Store.If iBooks doesn't open, click the iBooks app in your Dock.Progress Indicator

iTunes is the world's easiest way to organize and add to your digital media collection.

We are unable to find iTunes on your computer. To preview and buy music from Keep Breathing by The Durutti Column, download iTunes now.

Do you already have iTunes? Click I Have iTunes to open it now.

I Have iTunes Free Download
iTunes for Mac + PC

Keep Breathing

Open iTunes to preview, buy and download music.

Album Review

If Tempus Fugit pictured Vini Reilly returning to a stripped-down creative womb, Keep Breathing is his Technicolor rebirth. Back are the beats, the samples, the infinite guitar effects, and a more expansive sound in general. Reilly has always been a genre mixer, and here he plays with the usual suspects of folk acoustic guitar, soul vocalists, world music textures, scuzzy beats, sonic explorations, and his own melancholic voice. Where Tempus Fugit felt like a collection of bedroom experimentations, Keep Breathing feels like a fleshed-out cohesive whole with "Helen," "Gun," and "Tuesday" as the introspective trilogy and the rest of the album a journey into eclecticism. "It's Wonderful" is the first standout, an instant Durutti Column classic that looks to the past with its wavering guitar and builds on the genre explorations of Rebellion with its sampled, flanged vocal centerpiece. "Maggie" and "Let Me Tell You Something" provide more magic. The former is a heartbreakingly pretty ode to a deceased love one where Reilly offers gentle harp-like guitar as electronic strings and an uncredited ethereal female voice sways sadly in the background. The latter packs a punch with a repeated soulful sample of the title lyric and an imperative declaration that "you better use what we got, we better get what we want" as trippy beats and Reilly's echoing guitar chimes brightly. Keep Breathing isn't as immediately powerful as Someone Else's Party, but there's no doubt that it's exactly what the Durutti Column want: an inspired, genre-defying set of songs that blend emotions and musical textures into a singular artistic vision. Newcomers might not understand the pervasive sense of sadness, but they'd do well to try.


Formed: 1978 in Manchester, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The Durutti Column was primarily the vehicle of Vini Reilly, a guitarist born in Manchester, England, in 1953. As a child, Reilly first took up the piano, drawing inspiration from greats like Art Tatum and Fats Waller, before learning to play guitar at the age of ten. Despite an early affection for folk and jazz, Reilly ultimately became swept up by the punk movement, and in 1977 he joined the group Ed Banger & the Nosebleeds. In 1978, Factory Records founder Tony Wilson invited Reilly to join a...
Full bio