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Noah and the Whale are four guys from London, plus Laura Marling (a budding artist in her own right) on vocals, playing a hybrid of stripped down pop and old-fashioned folk. The instrumentation — the usual guitars, drum and bass taking second stage here to fiddle, ukulele, and keyboards — reworks basic pop structures into a more organic and traditional sound. Songwriter Charlie Fink creates real emotional portraits in these songs, and delivers them in a warm, natural vocal style. The set runs the gamut from hazy heartache (“Do What You Do,” “Second Lover”), with wrenching lines like, “I’ll die if I never, ever hold your hand,” to the swinging, carefree feel of “Five Years” and “2 Atoms,” and on to deeper, darker places of the heart and mind. “Shape of My Heart” is catchy and memorable with its violins and big horns, but Fink’s wistful chorus, “If there’s any love in me, don’t let it grow,” stings with doubt. The title track is a treatise on finding peace in life and death, with some of Fink’s finest rhymes carried on plinking piano and acoustic guitar parts. Peaceful, the World Lays Me Down is smart, playful, and a joy to listen to.

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Best album I have heard in a long time

I originally heard their first song 5 Years Time in a commerical, and was instantly in love with the music. The lyrics are interesting and the sound is unique with a mix of instruments. Their artwork is also reminiscent of a Wes Anderson film. Their music is smooth and sometimes calm, yet builds up to a stunning climax, such as Give a Little Love, and then ends almost abruptly with faint sounds of a ticking clock.


I went to Starbucks today and got a free download for "Shape of My Heart" and downloaded it this afternoon. I loved it so much, I bought the entire album! Fun lyrics, cool brass, and unique arrangements make this a fun CD for road-tripping, cleaning the house, or just relaxing! YOU MUST BUY THIS CD!

well done, friends!

Finally, some music that doesn't sound like someone dumping cottage cheese into a garbage can! In this era when the musical zeitgeist spawns intentionally abrasive arrangements, and expressly bland melodies, the compositions of Noah and the Whale stand out as being authentic and honest. In this time when an increasing amount of music is designed to emulate the sound of someone urinating on aluminum foil, the simplicity and beauty of these tunes are most refreshing. Well done, Noah and the Whale!


Formed: 2006 in London, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Noah and the Whale became a leading light in the British folk scene with the release of 2008's Peaceful, the World Lays Me Down, their popular debut that cracked the U.K. Top Ten and spawned the hit single "5 Years Time." Formed in the southern suburbs of London, the band also attracted attention by serving as a launching pad for Laura Marling, who left the lineup to 2008 to launch an award-winning solo career. Noah and the Whale forged ahead in her absence, releasing albums that moved away from...
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