14 Songs, 1 Hour 4 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Self-recorded and produced in Crystal Sounds’ home studio, the self-titled title track opens with sweeping melodies and a crystalline mix that sounds like the expensive production associated with most top-shelf Britpop. Will South’s androgynous inflections flirt with Thom Yorke-flavored melancholy on standout tune “The Loneliest Star” providing a nice contrast to the song’s catchy chorus and upbeat vibe. Fans of Coldplay might warm up to the interplay between the thoughtful piano arrangements and slick guitar lines on “Home,” while the subdued sequencers and drum machines on “Suddenly” work well against the grain of a more organic-sounding slide guitar. “After the Retreat” is one of those lighter-hoisting ballads capable of taming the bloodthirsty urges of smartly dressed football hooligans, but South sounds most at home in the impassioned “Out There,” a minimally architected song with light piano touches and lush string arrangements which, when joined by Smith’s earnest coos, could easily come off sounding like overblown melodrama if sung by anybody else.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Self-recorded and produced in Crystal Sounds’ home studio, the self-titled title track opens with sweeping melodies and a crystalline mix that sounds like the expensive production associated with most top-shelf Britpop. Will South’s androgynous inflections flirt with Thom Yorke-flavored melancholy on standout tune “The Loneliest Star” providing a nice contrast to the song’s catchy chorus and upbeat vibe. Fans of Coldplay might warm up to the interplay between the thoughtful piano arrangements and slick guitar lines on “Home,” while the subdued sequencers and drum machines on “Suddenly” work well against the grain of a more organic-sounding slide guitar. “After the Retreat” is one of those lighter-hoisting ballads capable of taming the bloodthirsty urges of smartly dressed football hooligans, but South sounds most at home in the impassioned “Out There,” a minimally architected song with light piano touches and lush string arrangements which, when joined by Smith’s earnest coos, could easily come off sounding like overblown melodrama if sung by anybody else.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
56 Ratings
56 Ratings
Crypticdog ,

Mind Blowing

I was just casually looking through the alternative section when I came across this album. My initial thought was to just listen to a few of them and then I would just pick one, but something completely different happend. I clicked the preview button and a distinct spacy melodic tune came floating out of the speakers like an ethereal cloud from some distant galaxy. I bought the entire album and I have to say that it's one of my favorite albums. If you like this genre of music and you want a great deal (14 songs for only 8.99) you should totally get it. 5/5 Stars.

In The Company of Chipmunks ,

I will buy this album.

I will buy this album, Thirteen Senses. I will buy it. Because you are New Keane and that makes me happy.

TX Audiophile ,

Thirteen Senses Continues To Knock It Out Of The Park

Crystal Sounds is another extremely well put together album by this up-and-coming group of awesome musicians. Innovative, musically impressive, consistently amazing... this album is certainly a winner. The Invitation is one of the top 5 albums I've EVER owned (and I own a boatload!)... and Contact is very solid. I listened to this album from beginning to end about four times the first day I bought it, and I've probably heard it all the way thru 15-20 times since... and I can assure you it's definitely worth the price. This group is going places... it's not too late to get on the Thirteen Senses bandwagon!

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