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Static & Silence

The Sundays

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Album Review

It took the Sundays five years to deliver their third album, Static & Silence. Five years is a long time, especially in the quicksilver world of pop music, but the Sundays sound totally unbothered by their absence on Static & Silence. Instead of sounding labored and forced, the album is gentle and effortless, as if it were recorded five months after Blind instead of five years. In some ways, that's a disappointment — it would have been nice for the duo to show some progression, considering all of their time off — but the record delivers the pleasant, endearing jangle pop that is the Sundays' signature sound. There's certainly nothing as catchy as "Here's Where the Story Ends" on Static & Silence, and there aren't many songs that are instantly memorable, yet the album has a quiet charm that should satisfy most longtime fans.

Customer Reviews

Shows why the Sundays are so beloved and influential

Notoriously reclusive and uninterested in being celebrities, the Sundays have released only three CDs since their 1988 formation. Naturally, hardcore fans salivate for more. Static & Silence showcases the Sundays at their best, and shows why, among all the bands in the alt-pop-rock genre, they are quite possibly the very best. There are numerous standout tracks here, "Summertime," When I'm Thinking About You," "Cry," So Much," to name a few. This CD is much more concise and catchy than Blind, yet they do meander into more atmospheric realms as well. To say that the band has not shown any progression is ludicrous. They have managed to perform a delicate balancing act, bringing in strings, flutes, keyboards, all the while keeping their signature sound completely intact. Their sound has expanded greatly, they play more like a real band than ever, Gavurin actually serves up a fairly ripping guitar solo in "So Much," yet the result does not betray any of their previous work (take that, U2 and REM!). Of course, the main attraction is the vocals of Harriet Wheeler, who hasn't lost her girlish appeal and delights listeners with many, many spine-tingling moments thanks to her angelic, lilting, lyrical soprano, adorable English accent, asymmetrical melodies, and inventive harmonies. Long after so many bands in this genre have jumped the shark, the Sundays' credibility is still very much intact.

A modern classic. Perfection on a plastic disc.

I can't say enough good things about this album. I was a bit put off by the extremely pop nature of the first single, Summertime. I took a chance and bought the record anyway and I'm so glad I did. Nearly every song on the record will get under your skin and they're all so gorgeous. I am fascinated by the concept of perfection in pop music and this album is THE epitome. The songwriting, the production and performance are all flawless. Static and Silence is so brilliant it should literally be glowing. If you could open a window to heaven I am certain this is the kind of thing you would hear. It is worth noting that the title of the album comes from the last song, Monochrome. This song is about the Apollo XI mission to the moon and the impression it left on a young girl. A more fitting or beautiful tribute to that moment in history simply does not exist. It makes me want to weep every time I hear it.

Just plain good.

The Sundays are like my friends when I was like, 7, I would always listen to them while everyone was listening to mainstream stuffs. And throughout my 13 yrs of existence, they have just stuck. If you like something through that whole "growing up", you know it's gotta be good. Best Songs: When I'm Thinking About You, Cry.

Biography

Formed: 1987 in Bristol, England

Genre: Alternative

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

Building on the jangly guitar pop of the Smiths and the trance-like dream pop of bands like the Cocteau Twins, the Sundays cultivated a dedicated following in indie rock circles, both in their native England and in America, in the early '90s. Although the sales of their first two albums were strong, the...
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