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Album Review

Even before reading the liner notes, the astute listener will note a striking similarity between the second album by British dream pop outfit Amusement Parks on Fire and a certain inscrutable Icelandic collective. As it happens, APOF's mainstay, Michael Feerick, recorded the majority of Out of the Angeles in Sigur Rós' own studio outside Reykjavik, mostly with that band's equipment. The sonic resemblance doesn't make the album a Sigur Rós tribute record, however, because Feerick is at heart a much more pop-oriented songwriter than his patrons. For all the slow-building majesty of epic tracks like the stunning "A Star Is Born" and the propulsive first single, "In Flight," Feerick also has a strong line in memorable melodies and catchy instrumental hooks, along with an appealingly earnest vocal style that's refreshingly free of the usual emo angst. In fact, the closest musical comparisons for this widescreen, richly detailed, and musically ambitious album are the Arcade Fire's Funeral and Broken Social Scene's You Forgot It in People, two other recent examples of the meeting point between artsy experimental rock and U2-style Big Rock Glory. After a tentative debut album that was basically a homemade demo given a wide release, Out of the Angeles is the true coming-out party for a genuinely talented and potentially great band.

Customer Reviews

Awesome light, awesome sound.

This band rocks awesomely through a thick fog of colossal and beautiful sound. Buy this and never look back. Easily in my top 20 of hundreds of albums of multiple genres that I own. Michael Feerick is a genius and the song 'Blackout' would have been huge had it had a proper release.

the sound of Angels

This is an amazing album. Energy, guitars and beautiful harmonies that soar above anything else in the gender. Truly inspired, never derived.

Biography

Formed: 2003 in Nottingham, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Noise-pop band Amusement Parks on Fire was formed in Nottingham, England, and led by Michael Feerick, who wrote and performed APOF's first record before the age of 20. The self-titled debut album was released in the U.K. in 2005 on Invada Records, run by Portishead's Geoff Barrow. After favorable reviews in such publications as NME, the record was released in the U.S. by Filter while the band -- now including guitarist Daniel Knowles, bassist Jez...
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Out of the Angeles, Amusement Parks On Fire
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  • £11.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Alternative, Indie Rock
  • Released: 01 January 2006

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