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At the National Grid

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  • Audio CD (September 20, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Magic Marker
  • ASIN: B000AMPZHG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #529,153 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I've been a big Bats fan since about 1986 (where'd I put my Geritol...?) and I was really, really happy when I heard this record. I haven't really been fully on board with the Bats for a few years now -- iffy solo stuff, etc. -- but this lush, dreamy set of drony guitar songs swept me away... If you like the spacier stuff by their fellow kiwipopster, David Kilgour, then you'll love this record. Very nice, very mellow.
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A beautiful album, IMO every bit as good as any of their previous work. Not as instantly catchy as some of their earlier albums, but just as addictive after a few listens. My current favorite songs are "Western Isles" and "Single File".
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I think this may be my third favorite Bats' record. Caveat, I like Fear of God and Silverbeet best. Kudos to Octopus Overlords for letting us know this record was out!! I say GRAB IT!
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By davewwolf on September 10, 2014
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great price, fast delivery
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The Bats were an integral part of the odd jangly pop of the New Zealand 80's south isle: lovely, often pastoral songs that never seemed to age at their high points... Who could ever grow tired of the inscrutable "The Other Side of You"? But after The Law of Things the band seemed to go into decline, with cleaner and more conventional sounding records that stepped away from their Clean-ish roots.

At the National Grid is a great return to form, albeit a different one than the early records that made their name. While there are some who came to the Bats via Silverbeet and Couchmaster, I can do without those records, which seemed like they had their wings clipped in an attempt to jump on the 1990s 'alternative' frenzy.

These National Grid songs have less of the nervy hooks and catchy immediacy of their early records, instead offering lushness and hazy mood. You might even call it a new direction to some degree. I don't think their production ever sounded this good in the studio before and they take time to stretch out and enjoy the sonics of songs, many gilded with a slight psychedelic haze. But this is no shoegaze outing, and this is still the band behind those great early records. Alistair Galbraith also returns to contribute some violin sawing.
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