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Fang Island (Amazon MP3 Exclusive Version)

February 23, 2010 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: February 23, 2010
  • Label: Sargent House
  • Copyright: 2009 Sargent House
  • Total Length: 35:09
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  • ASIN: B0038ECT7M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,445 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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I have to say, I really bought into the hype of this album.
Hankgio
With upbeat songs that brim with anthemic guitar riffs and group vocals, this album is amazing from start to finish.
Keller Madison
A mixture of excellent musicianship and great songwriting creates something very special here.
Tyler

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Keller Madison on February 23, 2010
Format: MP3 Music
Fang Island have created what I am sure will be one of the most talked about albums of 2010. With upbeat songs that brim with anthemic guitar riffs and group vocals, this album is amazing from start to finish. Standout tracks are Daisy, Life Coach, The Illinois and Treeton. The latter two meld together to create an epic, inspiring rock jam that invokes visuals of fireworks on the 4th of July or waking up on Christmas morning as a kid. Awesome album, and a great debut from Fang Island. Check it out!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jamie Tate on March 25, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Heard this at a local record store (Grimey's in Nashville) and bought it after hearing only the first three songs. Played the rest on the drive home without even once wanting to eject the CD. That hasn't happened in a long, long time.

I can't describe what makes this music different but on that first listen it was the melodic hooks and general music aesthetics but also the lack of importance given to the vocals. I'm so tired of the singer being the most important thing in music. Somehow these guys have found a way to create interesting tracks (showing off their great musicianship) while negating the need for standard vocal lines. I'm not quite sure why it works but it does. I've listened to this CD three times today.

I also love the recording. It's loud and boomy and out of control and full of clipped limiters but again, somehow these guys have turned that into something amazing.

It has enough arena rock to appeal to the masses but there's an underlying progness that appeals to music snobs like me. I love it. Can't wait to hear what they come up with ext time.

Great job!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tyler on March 9, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I decided to check out Fang Island after seeing that they were touring with Red Sparowes. I opened up their myspace page and saw a picture of a little girl dressed as a fairy fighting a man dressed as a castle. I was intrigued. After hearing Daisy, I was sold. Absolutely sold.

This album is pure magic - unlike anything I've heard before. A mixture of excellent musicianship and great songwriting creates something very special here. There's not a single weak track on the album. The beautiful conclusion to Sidewinder contrasts heavily and beautifully. Davey Crockett escalates in to an absolute behemoth of a song. The whole album is incredibly lighthearted.

I haven't enjoyed listening to a new album this much in quite some time. Fang Island is most definitely an early contender for my favourite album of the year.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Abstract Reviewer on March 1, 2011
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If a double rainbow exploded, this is the sound that would come shimmering down. What does that even mean, you ask? Well, it means that if you are ever soaring high upon the back of Falkor the luckdragon from "The Neverending Story," this is the album that you should be fist pumping to. Simply put, it's freaking fun and it rocks! Erratic, yet beautiful infectious guitars interweave and uplifting vocals give this album a unique arena rocking sound. Any album that begins and ends with fireworks has got to be fun, right? If you dig the sound, make sure to get the "Absolute Place" Yeasayer Remix as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Son of Los Angeles on June 28, 2010
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One of my favorite albums of the year. Such upbeat, happy, inspiring music. Always lifts the spirits, no matter what my mood is like.

The first three songs of Dreams of Dreams, Careful Crossers, and Daisy go brilliantly together. Daisy has become one of my favorite tracks of any band so far this year.

Give them a listen, there should be more bands like this, who sound like their having an awesomely good time while they are playing, because it really rubs off on the listeners.

One of the best of the year, 5 stars without a doubt.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael on August 18, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Fang Island are perhaps the only band that could live up to the self-described sound of "everyone high-fiving everyone." Their music makes you feel nothing short of exuberant. Beginning and ending with the sound of fireworks, Fang Island's self titled is a masterpiece comprised of 10 triumphantly beautiful, anthemic songs, generally comprised of three lead guitarists attacking you with sweeping melodic harmonies like fighter jets with the interspersed collective exalting of lyrical motifs by every member of the band. I just want to listen to this record over and over and over. It's my favorite album of the year so far, and I am confident that no band will surpass it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gary Malone on July 17, 2010
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What a discovery this album was: it makes me marvel at how much sheer talent might be lying out there, hopefully not fated to perish in obscurity.

My advice is: if, having listened to the Amazon sampler of an album right through and your impression is favourable, just get the album. In the last few months I adopted this approach with three albums (from bands that I would otherwise never have heard of) and they all turned out to be outstanding. One of these gems was "Fang Island".

Though this is not a concept album, there is something seamless and wonderfully telescoped about this sequence of songs. It's difficult to imagine any one of them making the same impact when played in isolation, and although I think this is something to do with the brevity of each tune (10 tracks sum to under 32 minutes), it's perhaps also attributable to the fact that each one explodes energetically from the dying notes of its predecessor. This album may be too low-profile so far to release a single from: but I think that will stand in its favour. Who would want a surprise this pleasant ruined?

Fang Island's sound is one of high-energy guitars and drums but always tightly coherent. It's very hard to say what their music is about, as the aforementioned brevity of their songs leaves little surface area upon which to stamp lyrics. Thus it sometimes feels as if each track is a rock instrumental with a single obligatory verse added. But please don't let that put you off: this is one of the great music discoveries of the last year. This band are solid and competent newcomers so talented they don't need to try anything flashy.

Cormac McCarthy; H.P. Lovecraft; and now Fang Island. Do all things edgy and talented emanate from Providence, Rhode Island?

Give them a shot: you won't regret it.
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