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Nick Diamonds' polymorphous pop band, Islands, is back with their third studio album, Vapours. The 2006 debut, Return to the Sea, found eccentric and mellifluous pop tunes performed with a cast of characters from Montreal's thriving music scene (including members of Arcade Fire and Wolf Parade), helmed by Nick Diamonds and Jamie Thompson. Thompson departed amicably from the group ... Read more in Amazon's Islands Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 14, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ANTI Records
  • ASIN: B006GK2WUO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,116 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Islands' 2012 album A Sleep & A Forgetting continues the band'spenchant for crafting adventuresome and infectious state of the art pop music. But this time band leader Nick Thorburn has infused the songs with a personal introspection that gives the record a new and powerful emotional resonance. Recorded live with hardly a single overdub, tt's a strippeddown process and beautifully understated sound which onlyreinforces the confessional content of the lyrics.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rudolph Klapper on February 15, 2012
Format: Audio CD
As a Break-Up Record, A Sleep And A Forgetting checks off all the boxes quite nicely. The story has been written a thousand times before, but trust Nick Thorburn to inject some high drama into it: A Sleep And A Forgetting comes after Thorburn endured a messy end to a relationship last Valentine's Day and spent much of the past year in the care of a wealthy older patron (a woman, natch), who gave him a place to stay and a piano to pontificate on, the modern-day Romantic come to translate his tears to the ivories. It's a record that wallows in clichés, be it in its release date or in its backstory or in its straight-to-the-gut lyrical matter, and for a band that's always been the indie pop standard-bearer of bombast and glam, it all feels oh so very tragic and more than a little contrived. Yet for maybe the first time, A Sleep And A Forgetting gets at the heart of an artist who, over years of project changes and name switches, has remained frustratingly opaque.

Thorburn has always been a hard guy to pin down, but on Islands' 2008 triumph Arm's Way, it was this creative shiftiness that made his genre-mashing experiments work so well. Here, Thorburn is as direct as he's ever been: "Sounds forming words / from the well spring of concern / while my boat in that ocean turned / on the hull I watched the city burn," Thorburn whispers on opener "In A Dream It Seemed Real," and it's this portrait of a shattered relationship that is possibly the most heartfelt song of Thorburn's career. Looking back on Islands' discography, it has always been his music that managed to connect with me on a fundamental level - it wasn't until the music itself became unremarkable that I really took to Thorburn the lyricist.
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I am a big fan of Nick Thorburn and have loved everything he's put out and this is no exception. This time around the music is more mid-tempo and less quirky than previous releases, creating a more laid-back and reflective experience. Though the Islands best album is still Return to the Sea, A Sleep and a Forgetting is full of great songs and will not disappoint.
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By Kaitlin E Worley on October 27, 2014
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I love the raw appeal of this album
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