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

Worth the wait!

I am Maximum

Brilliant. Last of the BritPop holdouts. There are some extraordinary melodies and textures on this album. Worth the wait.

I've never pre-ordered an album before...until now

Ben Groner

I've listened to the whole album and rated every song either 5 or 4 stars on my itunes. It's refreshing when an album comes along that doesn't just have 2 singles and the rest are filler songs; every song is satisfying on some level. Whether it be the smooth, clear vocals, the layered guitar hooks, beautiful piano lines, synths, textures, or brilliant percussion, each song has something to smile about. I like too many songs to suggest just a few, but to me, this is one of the most cohesive albums I've ever heard, and I'm glad I bought the whole thing. Easily their best one yet.

It's so

bummperbuddy

Fresh and upbeat def not harsh it all blends together and builds up

About Thirteen Senses

Melancholy Brit-pop quartet Thirteen Senses originated from Cornwall, England with the lineup of Will South (vocals, guitar, piano), Tom Welham (guitar, vocals), Adam Wilson (bass) and Brendon James (drums). First going under the name Soul Magician, the band released a single titled "Inside a Healing Mind" in 2002, followed by the "No Other Life Is Attractive," the first release as Thirteen Senses. "Falls in the Dark" surfaced a year later. The Invitation was available by September 2004 and reached number 14 on the U.K. charts upon its re-release. Cracking the singles chart were a handful of songs including "Into the Fire," which was featured in several popular U.S television shows. The band toured Europe in 2005 before returning to the studio for Contact, appearing in April 2007. ~ Kenyon Hopkin

ORIGIN
Cornwall, England
GENRE
Pop
FORMED
2001

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