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Jamie - September 1, 2009 01:34 PM (GMT)
Less than a week now till the new album is released, and some are predicting a hit! Also, it appears the reviews are in, and we have links to three of them below.

Rickp on the forums was first to post an extremely complimentary review from The Times, giving LCTWWM five stars, and making it their 'CD of the week' - as you can see in the scan here, provided by teamwork from forum veterans Peter and Jim. David Klimek pointed me towards a review from The Independant, who seem to like it as well, and Rivermoving spotted this piece, which says the sleeve notes include an essay by Paddy about Brian Wilson's 'Smile' album.

Also, you may recall an earlier post about the discovery of rare 70's tracks on the website of a Dr McGurk. Well, he has now answered the many fan emails, and provided us with a story about how those tracks came to be recorded - you can read it here. And finally, all the lyrics to the new album are now available for your reading pleasure in the lyrics section. Hopefully, this will be enough to keep you occupied for the next six days.

Aviva - September 1, 2009 08:27 PM (GMT)
I just had about 30-40 minutes when I couldn't access the forum. Anyone else having technical difficulties?

qmbcole - September 1, 2009 08:35 PM (GMT)
None here, knock on wood

daddyorchips - September 4, 2009 03:34 PM (GMT)
Eeps! The album is now available for download on the Irish iTunes.


I have the CD on order from Amazon and that won't reach me til next week.

(I'm so going to cave in and download, aren't I?)

iTunes IRL

Peter Whitfield - September 5, 2009 03:28 PM (GMT)

Just got back from Newcastle, where I intended to browse in HMV for a few minutes. But when I caught the last few seconds of "Ride" on the in-store PA, I decided to hang on, and sure enough they played the whole album.

Looking around, there were at least a couple of dozen others who were loitering in the shop for the same reason, and it was heartening to see that more than a few of them seemed to know all the words too. ;)


loaffish - September 5, 2009 03:38 PM (GMT)
I don't normally look forward to a Monday but ............

Jim_Williams - September 6, 2009 12:31 AM (GMT)
QUOTE (Peter Whitfield @ Sep 5 2009, 03:28 PM)
Just got back from Newcastle, where I intended to browse in HMV for a few minutes. But when I caught the last few seconds of "Ride" on the in-store PA, I decided to hang on, and sure enough they played the whole album.

Looking around, there were at least a couple of dozen others who were loitering in the shop for the same reason, and it was heartening to see that more than a few of them seemed to know all the words too. ;)

Wow, I'm impressed, if only by the image of Sprout fans quietly communing in a record shop - and in this day and age.

Peter Whitfield - September 6, 2009 08:28 AM (GMT)
It was a surreal half hour, but I guess we shouldn't be that surprised - he's one of ours, and the city holds a deep respect and affection towards him. The fun part was trying to avert your gaze when you became aware of other Sprout fans around you mouthing the same words to the songs. It seemed deliciously and decadently wrong, given that the CD was not yet for sale, but at the same time it was a rather nice secret being shared by a bunch of perfect strangers. :)


Jim_Williams - September 6, 2009 11:04 AM (GMT)
I wish I'd been there - I love moments like that (not that I can actually think of any moments like that!). Such a tale would surely warm the cockles of Paddy's heart.

Moondog! - September 6, 2009 06:58 PM (GMT)
I was in HMV Newcastle on Sat.....and you know what....? I heard the Sprouts playing too.....and stuck around to hear the end of the album!!!!

small world and a small band of loyal soldiers!

Tried to convince the manager to sell it to me early, gave hims somecock'n'bull story that I would be in India by Monday--but he stood firm and told me howmuch they would get in trouble and the fines they would have to pay----yaddah, yaddah !

was worth a try to get to hear and hold it 48 hours before release :rolleyes:

Peter Whitfield - September 6, 2009 09:18 PM (GMT)


Nice one Moondog! I probably saw you there: I was the sad bastard in the faded jeans and cable sweater, swaying very badly to most of the songs, but with extra gusto during Earth: The Story So Far. :) At one point, I think it was during God Watch Over You, there was a distinct round of applause and cheering from the downstairs part of the store, and for a moment I thought that Paddy himself might have entered the building (he's been spotted in HMV Newcastle a few times recently) but it seems that it may have been a security guy tackling someone near the front door. :blink:


jesusfuckinghchrist - September 6, 2009 09:18 PM (GMT)
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Such a tale would surely warm the cockles of Paddy's heart

Oh, no! First his eyes go, then the ears pack up, now he's got heart cockles?! Whatever next?

Jim_Williams - September 7, 2009 09:29 AM (GMT)
Near to the knuckle, near to the knuckle
Why're you laughing ? - You call that laughing ?
Wearing your death's head grin - Even the fishes are thin
When the boat comes in
________________________________________________________________________

Some heart cockles yesterday:

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daddyorchips - September 7, 2009 08:59 PM (GMT)
Oh dear. I couldn't resist downloading from iTunes, and I've played it rather a lot.

Ride, Let There Be Music and God Watch Over You are the obvious standouts.

Music Is A Princess has Paddy's best vocal (possibly ever). He gives it loads, and it's great.

I thought that I Love Music was annoying at first, but, it's actually superb.

Listening in my OK earphones on the iPod, I was a bit disappointed with some of the production. I thought some of the tracks were a bit flat with the Bontempi drums and 90s synths. I still think this about a couple of the tracks (oh for some real - or real sounding - orchestration), but overall it works more than well. And I love it when there are some wacky sounds (like the squelchy things on Sweet Gospel Music) - it's an acknowledgement that, while some traditional instrumentation can't be reproduced accurately, when one has this technology, why bother with tradition?

The whole thing is such a confident, strong album. It's almost as if the production doesn't matter; the songs and voice are enough.

Paddy, get the rest of the treasures out, for the love of God! :)

imarcopolo - September 7, 2009 09:44 PM (GMT)
I'm amazed and happy to find that this has to be the one album of late that hasn't appeared illegally on the 'net weeks before its release.

This has to be a first.

Rivermoving - September 7, 2009 10:01 PM (GMT)
You're right! It's not even available on that &%&% PirateBay.

That is cool! And good for Paddy's financial state, as well.

Erik - September 8, 2009 06:13 AM (GMT)
QUOTE (daddyorchips @ Sep 7 2009, 08:59 PM)
The whole thing is such a confident, strong album. It's almost as if the production doesn't matter; the songs and voice are enough.

Well said! Exactly how I feel.

life's a miracle - September 8, 2009 11:48 AM (GMT)
Impressive lyrics. Inspiring excitement ! :)

Aviva - September 11, 2009 04:36 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (Aviva @ Sep 1 2009, 08:27 PM)
I just had about 30-40 minutes when I couldn't access the forum. Anyone else having technical difficulties?

Just letting you know, Jamie from a technical perspective that I just had more trouble accessing the forum today. For nearly an hour I got this error message:

The server at z6.invisionfree.com is taking too long to respond.

ronchito - September 11, 2009 05:59 PM (GMT)
BBC Music Review 11/09/09: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/bv4h


rickleach - September 21, 2009 04:31 PM (GMT)
quite a good (largely) considered review I think from the qiuetus

http://thequietus.com/articles/02776-prefa...ic-album-review

Jim_Williams - September 21, 2009 04:47 PM (GMT)
"There is... one track where Paddy's ambition and abilities come together to blissfully brilliant effect. 'Meet The New Mozart' picks up wonderfully where the role-playing of 'Jordan' (especially its Jesse James tributes) left off, with sharp, rueful ruminations that are a smorgasbord-like musical construction, that might actually include the kitchen sink somewhere around the halfway mark. It crackles with a restless invention."

Nicely put, Iain.

As Spider says in 'Bad News', "Yeah, that's the bit I like".

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Kev Tinsley - September 22, 2009 07:55 AM (GMT)
It does crackle with a restless invention, if unceasing innovation can be said to crackle. But that's what sets it aside from the other songs, most of which are simpler, more soulful songs. Don't get me wrong Jim - I yield to everyone's subjective right to like what they like. But knowing some tracks didn't make the final cut, including the title track, I wonder what we might be missing.

Ah, what the hell, I'll probably be writing back sheepishly in a year's time saying, actually, I've just realised how brillliant it is. That happened with Knock On Wood.

Peter Whitfield - September 22, 2009 09:16 AM (GMT)
QUOTE (Jim_Williams @ Sep 21 2009, 04:47 PM)
As Spider says in 'Bad News', "Yeah, that's the bit I like".

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Cheers Jim, possibly my wife's most favourite comedy show of all time. She hardly misses an opportunity to quote from Den's showdown with the cashier in the motorway caff:

"Two quid? Two quid for one bloody sausage?"

Even better if what arrives on the plate doesn't exactly correspond with the menu:

"Hey, the picture says sausage-S - you've given me one bloody sausage"

She did it last Friday morning in the rarified surroundings of the Cavendish Rooms at Chatsworth House. She likes ruffling feathers, while I hide meekly behind whatever cover's available. She's bonkers bloody daft and I love her to bits. :D


Jim_Williams - September 22, 2009 09:42 AM (GMT)
Hehey! She's a keeper. A female friend of mine likes to regale me with a line from a different episode of The Comic Strip - 'A Fistful of Travellers' Cheques':

"Have you got any mandies?" (as spoken by another Nigel Planer character - Paul)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6E737eTWcw Paul makes his presence felt about 4 mins in.

Rivermoving - September 22, 2009 09:52 AM (GMT)
I've always been a sucker for British sitcoms, ever since the heyday of Monty Python.

I used to work with a fellow who - whenever the boss wanted him to do something out of the ordinary - always replied: "This is an office, not a borstal!" It usually went down very well. :)


Another favourite from the aforementioned Fawlty Towers is the classic: "You're a waste of space!" It can be used with great success as often as possible.

Jim_Williams - September 22, 2009 10:04 AM (GMT)
I think every employee and/or boyfriend in Britain has been told, at one time or another, that he or she is 'a waste of space'. Tis a stubborn feature of the English lexicon. :D

Rivermoving - September 22, 2009 12:12 PM (GMT)
Yeah, I reckon. But imagine its lasting power since it's actually working in Sweden, too!

loaffish - September 22, 2009 01:01 PM (GMT)
Yes a memorable episode , a friend of mine has the annoying habit of asking " does this train stop at San Domingo" every time he gets on a train.

Jim_Williams - September 22, 2009 03:10 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (loaffish @ Sep 22 2009, 02:01 PM)
Yes a memorable episode , a friend of mine has the annoying habit of asking " does this train stop at San Domingo" every time he gets on a train.

LOL. Love it.

Jim_Williams - September 22, 2009 07:31 PM (GMT)
Anyone checked out the reviews of LCTWWM at Amazon lately? There's 20, and they're very, very positive.




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