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City of Echoes

PelicanAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Bliss In Concrete 5:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. City Of Echoes 7:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Spaceship Broken - Parts Needed 6:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Winds With Hands 3:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Dead Between The Walls 5:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Lost In The Headlights 4:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Far From Fields 5:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. A Delicate Sense Of Balance 5:24$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 5, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hydrahead Records
  • ASIN: B000PA9OP2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,287 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Their third record is a series of (r)evolutionary instrumental ruminations on touring and the homogenous effects of globalization. With shorter songs and expanded catchiness, "City Of Echoes" is Pelican's "pop album". After exploring Earth's melodicism, Goatsnake riffery, and Hum post-rock textures, they've now decided to drastically reduce their song length and deliver a driving rock record. "One minute you're being sucked down by an undertow of surging, cascading guitar riffs and crashing drums, and the next you're being lulled to sleep at the bottom of an ocean of soothing ambience. A positively elemental album for scope, ambition, and vision" - Kerrang. "Pelican sculpt triumphant epics as awe-inspiring and unstoppable as shifting glaciers" - Revolver.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By V.D.M.
Format:Audio CD
City of Echoes is much different than its predecessor The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon the Thaw, but it triumphs beautifully. Many Pelican fans will write this off as "not heavy enough," but that would be an insult to the band. It still has the awesome sludgy riffs and dark melodies, but there is a different mood than their EP or their first two albums. From the rocking opener Bliss In Concrete to the gorgeous title track and to the epic album closer A Delicate Sense of Balance, this CD should please most Pelican fans and win over some new ones in the process.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good, Just Different June 26, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Compared to their last LP, "The Fire In Our Throats Will Beckon the Thaw," City Of Echoes is a much safer release. Just looking at the track time and overall length of the album should lend some insight to this; the average track time of TFIOTWBTT was a whopping 8:20, whereas the average here is around 5:19 (admittedly, the latter's track count was greater by 1). The longest track in The Fire was over eleven minutes long, while Echoes longest, the title track, only measures in at 7. Also, City of Echoes is about 16 minutes shorter than TFIOTWBTT.

What this does to the sound is even more obvious; Echoes sounds much more organized and harmonic, even condensed when compared with TFIOTWBTT. Each song seems to sustain itself, though there is variation. For example, my personal favorite, track 3, begins with a simple, repeated piano note that in an almost symphonic progression is fleshed out into a full, more staggering chorus of guitar. The interesting aspect here is that it doesn't grow into a towering wave like, say "The Last Days of Winter" did on TFIOTWBTT, but has what you might consider checkpoints where the song grows. This could be anything from another guitar layer to a change in riffs. Either way the sound doesn't sneak up on you as it has on other releases, but rather jumps at you suddenly.

This album doesn't sound quite as epic; instead it sounds intelligent and meticulous, and I have to say that I grow more fond of its accessibility and forwardness with each listen. Perhaps you could slake it up to the band wanting a safer record as I already have, but the bottom line is that the music is still well executed and definitely exhibits movement and variation.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Trimmed & Tight Pelican June 18, 2007
Format:Audio CD
"City of Echoes" is Pelican's third LP and continues the band's style of instrumental post-rock/metal. Gone are the drawn-out progressive pieces such as "March to the Sea" or "Nightendday" that took the listener on lengthened ten minute plus journeys. Instead "City of Echoes" delivers eight condensed and concise tracks, all roughly around the six-minute mark, and all keeping the themes and ideas trim and tight.

Obviously personal taste will have a major role in determining the result of this new direction. I can see it bringing in new fans due to accessibility, or perhaps reeling back old listeners who became bored with the old longer compositions. On the flipside I can also see it disappointing a portion of fans - those that liked the band's progressive approach. Initially I was quite firmly in the latter camp, irritated by my initial listens I thought Pelican had completely lost their song writing ability, as the album sounded like a confused mess of noise and heavy riffs. But it really did grow after a few more listens, and I began to pick out song structures that initially seemed scrambled.

I appreciate "City of Echoes" more by treating it as one large song, as this way I find it encompasses all of the old elements combined into a more dynamic and contrasting composotion - an aspect lacking in many of the individual compositions. This includes the rich and beautiful acoustic passages (represented by my favourite track on the album "Winds With Hands"), melancholy guitar motifs (evident throughout but most notably in the beautiful title track and "Far from Fields") and thundering riffs (something in plenty with the monstrous "Dead Between The Walls", and the fierce climax to the opener "Bliss In Concrete").
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cant get enough of this stuff man. August 31, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Pelican seems to have done something few bands are willing to do. Lose the singer. So, without an egocentric frontman to muck it up for them(i.e. axl rose, M. Shadows, James Hetfield, etc.) they now can focus on what really matters, the music. And they have done well, very well at that aspect.
Creating beautiful shifting melodies, and bringing down the house with thunderous riffs, these guys make some of the most innovative, complex, and at sometimes eerie music ive ever heard. Simply amazing.
They also feature members from another band called Tusk. They are a little more on the extreme side than Pelican, although I do suggest them aswell to fans of aggressive music in general.
In a whole, if you love music, and I have the feeling you do, buy this. Yeah, buy this and love it like I've been loving it since I bought it. Um, yeah.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best music I've ever heard August 7, 2010
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I'm a musician and love every type of music. I've been waiting all my life for a heavy band to come along and finally be to heavy music what say Miles Davis is to Jazz or Bach is to classical, and of course without vocals. Plainly put these guys say more on this album than Steve Vai, Joe Satriani and every other douche-bag guitarist who made an instrumental album combined. Infact, to call this music instrumental compared to the crap that makes up the genre of instrumentals would be to insult Pelican. This is heavy music at the top of its form. The sad part is, for people to enjoy it, they will need to listen to it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars "A delicate sense of balance," indeed
On their third full-length, Chicago's Pelican craft songs that manage to be twice as memorable, if only half as long, as the ones they were recording at the beginning of their... Read more
Published 19 months ago by A. Stutheit
5.0 out of 5 stars Had to have this.
My buddy turned me onto Pelican, through their album "What We All Come to Need". This album although coming out 3 or 4 years prior is no less a valid expression of this band and... Read more
Published on July 8, 2011 by Michael S. Pannell
3.0 out of 5 stars Echoing same freshness
3 1/2

Even if they were beginning to borrow from themselves, one of metal's most melodic musicians make massively moving material.
Published on February 11, 2010 by IRate
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay, but Pelican can do better!
This cd was kind of a letdown for me. For people that are new to Pelican I wouldn't recommend starting out on this album because it's boring and predictable. Read more
Published on February 16, 2009 by Jobey
3.0 out of 5 stars Not their best, but it's not bad either (3.5/5 Stars)
I hate to come up here and write anything less than a 5 star review given what just happened to these poor guys in Europe (they had their equipment stolen) so I will go as far as... Read more
Published on October 29, 2008 by Mike
4.0 out of 5 stars VERY different and quite a surprise
Pelican was new to me with this disc, and came highly recommended. They did not disappoint in the slightest.

Thick, melodic, heavy, occasionally kinda sludgy. Read more
Published on June 10, 2008 by bombedzombie
2.0 out of 5 stars cookie cutter rock
I don't know what all the fuss is about. Pelican sounds like half a dozen other bands that play this type of music. Not much happening here, very little melody or experimentation. Read more
Published on March 15, 2008 by RKL
4.0 out of 5 stars Words Cannot Describe
Pelican proves that you don't need a singer to create thoughtful and beautiful tunes for a hard rock/progressive rock band. Read more
Published on August 6, 2007 by R. Fossett
4.0 out of 5 stars not their best, but still great
Much more straight forward than 'the fire in our throats will beckon the thaw' much like Mogwai's Mr. Beast was. Read more
Published on June 12, 2007 by Peter K.
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