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ForthEver since The Verve was thrust into superstardom with their international smash hit, Bittersweet Symphony there has been enormous anticipation for a new studio album from the original line-up of Richard Ashcroft, Nick McCabe, Simon Jones and Pete Salisbury. After 10 long years, we finally get our wish. Fusing psychedelia with majestic arrangements and wickedly smart lyrics, The Verve's new album, Forth embraces a melodic sensibility and musical landscape at its peak. With Forth, The Verve are intent on proving once again why they are one of rock's greatest bands.1. Sit and Wonder
2. Love Is Noise
3. Rather Be
6. I See Houses
7. Noise Epic
8. Valium Skies
10. Appalachian Springs$39.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Love Is HereLove Is Here is the debut studio album by indie rock band Starsailor.
Starsailor was already a critic's darling in the band's native England during mid-2001, and the group's painfully melodic debut, Love Is Here, poised the band to rise in the shadows of Doves, Coldplay, and Travis. Starsailor, however, isn't as polished as its counterparts, but that's not to say Love Is Here isn't a beautiful piece of work. It's less lilting than Coldplay's Parachutes, and frontman James Walsh's aching vocals shape his angularity as a singer/songwriter.
Starsailor is a young band, and Love Is Here illustrates the group's sharp intellect inside basic acoustics. Singles such as the passionately violent Alcoholic and melancholic dark hues of Fever touch upon Starsailor's own pop stylings. The band isn't typically jaunty, for the members of Starsailor are a bit cynical. Lyrics reflect battles with self-discovery, independence, and being lovelorn; however, they're matches of a survivor.
Talk Her Down, one of the album's most gnarling tracks, bounces with light psychedelic patterns, and Good Souls is probably Starsailor's closest rock & roll moment. The live soundscape found on Love Is Here sets up the simplistic beauty of this new band. They didn't go for a grand bombast of crashing guitars and angst-ridden stories similar to Oasis and Manic Street Preachers. They go for something more positive as well -- each song soars with intricate musicianship and melodic lushness. Wigan native Richard Ashcroft would be pleased.1. Tie Up My Hands
2. Poor Misguided Fool
5. Way To Fall
7. She Just Wept
8. Talk Her Down
9. Love Is Here
10. Good Souls
11. Coming Down$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Road: Part I (Awaiting Repress)After a rollercoaster twenty-five year career as an artist, curator and tastemaker, James Lavelle returns with UNKLE's fifth studio album, The Road: Part I.
James Lavelle was one of the key players who shaped the cultural landscape of the 1990s. As the founder of Mo' Wax Records and UNKLE, Lavelle nurtured, worked and rubbed shoulders with some of the most influential artists of the decade, including DJ Shadow, Ian Brown, Thom Yorke, Richard Ashcroft and Massive Attack.
Within ten years of leaving Oxford to work in a record shop, Lavelle had founded one of the most coveted music labels in the world.
As a record producer, label head and tastemaker, he absorbed the 90s as a night owl, seeking out musicians, designers, film makers and unique individuals to share ideas and collaborate with. He tapped into what was without a doubt the most celebrated and innovative era since the 1960s, and was widely regarded as the greatest A&R man of the day. In the twenty years since UNKLE's debut, Lavelle has been prolific. He created three studio albums with UNKLE (Never Never Land, War Stories and Where Did The Night Fall), a host of critically acclaimed film scores, and curated a series of art exhibitions through Daydreaming With... most notably, the hugely successful Daydreaming With Stanley Kubrick exhibition at Somerset House.1. Iter I: Have You Looked at Yourself
2. Farewell (Featuring YSÉE, ESKA, Elliott Power, Keaton Henson, Liela Moss, Mïnk, Dhani Harrison & Steven Young)
3. Looking For The Rain (Featuring Mark Lanegan & Eska)
4. Cowboys or Indians (Featuring Elliott Power, MÏNK & YSÉE)
5. Iter II: How Do You Feel
6. Nowhere To Run/Bandits
7. Iter III: Keep on Runnin'
8. Stole Enough (Featuring Mïnk)
9. Arm's Length (Featuring Elliott Power, Mïnk & Callum Finn)
10. Iter IV: We Are Stardust
11. Sonata (Featuring Keaton Henson)
12. The Road (Featuring ESKA)
13. Iter V: Friend or Foe
14. Sunrise (Always Comes Around) (Featuring Liela Moss)
15. Sick Lullaby (Featuring Keaton Henson)$39.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now