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The First Days of Spring

Noah and the WhaleAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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listen  4. My Broken Heart 5:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
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In the early January of last year, Charlie Fink set to work on Noah and the Whale's third album. Holed up in a synagogue in East London, he had little to begin with — a few fragments, a sketch for a 10-minute song that resembled Street Hassle, and a set of lyrics begun on a New Year's Day train from Wales to London. But what little there was seemed to suggest the beginnings of ... Read more in Amazon's Noah and the Whale Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 6, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cherry Tree
  • ASIN: B002CQV0QS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,090 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

2009 sophomore album from the British Folk/Pop outfit. The First Days Of Spring is released to coincide with their film of the same name. The album was recorded in London and New York with producer Emery Dobyns (Patti Smith, Antony & The Johnsons). The film, meanwhile, was shot on location in London and Surrey, with Charlie, who has in the past shot promo videos for his band, in the director's chair. The film has an ensemble cast which includes the model Daisy Lowe, and was given its first public airing in a special presentation at Latitude Festival this July. Features the single 'Blue Skies'. Mercury.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars love'em November 24, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Newly introduced to the band but couldn't stop listening once I heard the album on their MySpace page (with a link for a free download of The First Days of Spring). It's a very hushed, clean and almost turn-of-the-20th century sound with vocals at the forefront. The instrumental is not just background noise for the vocals though, but is melodic and full of immediate hooks created by lots of violin, acoustic guitar, some drums and distorted piano. Has the general tempo of Iron and Wine, raspiness of Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard or Andrew Bird and here and there a brass section ala Beirut. Love of an orchestra is brilliant - it has a real choir and is big, upbeat and fun. The overall atmosphere is consistent between songs but every song sounds different by using a unique set of instruments. Great sound and vocals are the strong suit of the album. The theme is being newly broken hearted after a relationship that sounds like it simply faded. It's the theme for every single song, but well-crafted and mature lyrics save things from being cloying. Unfortunately, this is where for me the album lost a star - the lyrics let you relate only on the level of a failed romantic relationship (Blue Skies; Love of an Orchestra and The First Days of Spring being about the energy of ones "old" self returning). If the theme of the album doesn't sound like something for you, at least consider Love of an Orchestra - it's a sonically-interesting mischievous song with funny lyrics and instant-good mood vibe.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dramatic, Cathartic, Achingly Beautiful November 3, 2009
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I heard this first at [...]. I cannot hope to review it as poetically as the reviewer there did, but I'll give it a shot.

This album is a soundtrack to heartache. The soaring strings soar upward in hope then at the peak become tinged with sadness and chords that border on chaos before resolving again. It must be listened to in its entirety, from start to finish. It tells a tale of breakup and all the phases of grief, denial and finally acceptance that go with it. The vocals are unabashed and sometimes feel flat against the lush and rich backdrop of the music, but the rawness somehow make the songs feel more genuine.

If you can admit that you sometimes like to indulge and wallow in your grief, there are few albums which indulge that feeling better.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Album Review: First Days of Spring November 4, 2009
By D. Krug
Format:Audio CD
This album is easily one of the "must listen to" albums of the year. The First Days Of Spring was released on October 6th. It's the most honest and genuine record that I've listened to all year. Charlie Fink, vocalist, hid no secrets while writing it. He bears every emotion he has ever felt when he sings and it will hit you straight in the heart. Who knew that a band can make such depressing music sound so gorgeous? While listening to it, it traps you in a love story of a broken heart and it forces you to listen to the whole record to know the the outcome.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great follow up October 6, 2009
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While their first album was fun drive around and sing along music. This one is a more personal album that deals with loss and emotion. The music is still great and its definitely worth buying. One of the best albums of 09(so far).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for a someone with a broken heart February 12, 2014
By Charlie
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My girlfriend of 4 years recently broke up with me and this album really strikes a chord. A lot of chords really. I don't remember the last time I cried listening to a song, let alone half of an entire album.

The lyrics are deceptively simple and the orchestra takes you by surprise, but it is properly moving.

"If I'm still here hoping that one day, you may come back." Damn you, Noah & The Whale.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great album! January 27, 2014
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This album is just as good as Peaceful, The World Lays Me Down, with many songs that in my opinion are extremely underrated. The melodies and sounds in this album are much more subtle and easy-to-listen-to than in most Noah and the Whale albums, but the other albums are excellent, too. My two favorite songs from this album are The First Days of Spring and My Door is Always Open.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Broken Hearts Produce Great Art October 8, 2013
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If you've ever wondered what it felt like to have your heart broken by Laura Marling, this is the album to listen to.

Such a beautifully depressing thing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous Record October 4, 2013
By Josh
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I just saw them last night and they have developed into a perfect live band. Only got 2 songs from First Days of Spring, which is quite easily my favorite record by them. Fortunately it reminded me to pull out the record and have a listen again today. This is sincerely a top 10 all-time record for me. It really is the perfect record for the best day of your life or the worst day of your life. Few records draw out emotion in me like this one does.
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