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“Sgt Pepper’s killed music!” Bell X1 frontman Paul Noonan is laughing down the phone from Dublin. “Ian Stewart said so. Wonderful as it is, it encouraged people to use the studio as an instrument, to faff away in there to their heart’s content. Instead of having their shit together before they went in, and to use the studio take a good photograph of where ... Read more in Amazon's Bell X1 Store

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  • Audio CD (February 19, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Yep Roc Records
  • ASIN: B000W8FWBC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,429 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The album's cover art (and title) would seem to make a comparison between the group's modern rock sound and wallpaper. Which is meta, and fun and stuff--but at first it seems a little bit too true. Is the racy leadoff track "Reacharound" much more than Radiohead lite? And how is the second track, "Flame," anything other than the work of a Maroon 5 tribute band that decided to write its own material? Stick around for the third song, though, "Rocky Took a Lover," and you'll be greatly rewarded. The song itself is a pleasant, gloopy little sunshine pop number. But what makes it something you want to hear more of are its sly, believably slice-of-life lyrics: "She said 'What a wonderful way to wake me/ You weren't so nice last night/ You're such an a**hole when you're drunk'/ He said 'At least I'm OK in the mornings'" For a group with one of the most unmemorable band names ever, it's funny that it's their way with words that elevates them from wannabe status. Let's hope they can craft some music as memorable as their words, toot sweet. --Mike McGonigal

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In Ireland, a country churning out hit makers like so much Guinness, Bell X1 are at the forefront of the frenzy. Called 'The best band in Ireland' by Vanity Fair magazine, the quintet of rockers has seen four songs simultaneously chart in the Irish Top 20 and the album, Flock, has since gone 5-times platinum. The band is now bringing their sound stateside with the US release of Flock on Yep Roc Records. Bell X1 was formed when original band Juniper split upon the exit of Damien Rice for a soon to be successful solo career. The remaining members continued on, creative juices still bubbling, to release their first album to rave reviews in the UK press. Two albums later came their blockbuster album, Flock, which is today one of the highest selling Irish albums ever. The live DVD Tour de Flock debuted at #4 on the Irish charts, the highest ever Irish debut for a self released title. With hooks galore amid a tapestry of moody, introspective nuances, Bell X1 is now poised to ride the wave of their UK success toward an entirely new group of fans and critics, on this side of the Atlantic.

Adding extra value to your purchase, the Yep Roc version of Flock is an enhanced CD, featuring three live videos, an animated music video, a photo slideshow, a bio page, a links page, and two special audio tracks, including an amazing remix of 'Flame'.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Lush, Beautiful Alternative Rock March 1, 2008
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Irish band Bell-X1 have a real winner here with their debut release in the U.S., "Flock". This is definately the kind of album which seems simple at first blush, but reveals layers of subtlety upon further spins, becoming the kind of thing you feel compelled to listen to over and over again....

"Flock" is the kind of music just about anyone would enjoy....the kind of thing you would spin at a party or alone on your ipod. Often drawing comparisons to Radiohead, Bell X-1 actually have a very warm, mature and robust sound which avoids much of the technological, electronica trappings of Thom Yorke's aesthetic. They are, nonetheless, musicially similiar in their use of effects and atmospheric soundscapes. A more precise analogy would be Radiohead meets British art-rock veterans Marillion and the Australian band Powderfinger. Very intelligent, mature and immersive modern rock. Highly recommended!
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I first heard Bell X1's cover of Justin Timberlake's "Like I Love You" on the in-store CD at the clothing store where I work. Intrigued by the interpretation of a well-known pop song, I scoured the Internet to find out who had created the cover, and soon discovered it was done by an Irish band called Bell X1. At that point, none of their albums were available in the States (and to date, Music in Mouth is the only one that is) and I decided to wait until my upcoming visit to the UK to buy them rather than pay the import prices. I was further intrigued by the fact that Damien Rice, one of my favorite songwriters, was a former member, back when the band was known as Jupiter.

Upon arrival in the UK last year, I purchased both Bell X1 albums on impulse, having never heard anything other than their Timberlake cover. I instantly fell in love with both Neither Am I and Music in Mouth, and when I returned home I shared the music with all of my friends.

When I found out the the band was releasing a new album, I knew that chances were it would be several months or even a year or more before it became available on my side of the pond, and since I was craving more music from the Bell boys, I knew I couldn't wait that long, so I forked over the import price. And I have not been disappointed.

While Neither Am I remains my favorite of their albums, Bell X1 have done it again with Flock.

It's simply a musical masterpiece, layering innovative rhythms, haunting melodies, and spine-tingling arrangements to create a sound that delights and saddens all at once. On a cloudy day, Bell X1 is often my go-to band for the perfect soundtrack for the day, and now, with Flock, they are quickly becoming my go-to band on any day.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fed up with U2 then why not try BELL X1? April 1, 2006
Many people probably now know that Radiohead take their name from a Talking Heads song. What far fewer folk have a handle on is how to join the dots between the two bands. It seems simple enough - art rock old and new - but where Talking Heads grew ever outwards, encompassing the world music frontman David Byrne would nurture on his Luaka Bop label, Radiohead have become increasingly insular bedroom boffins since "OK Computer". With "Flock", their third album but only the second to get a British release, Ireland's Bell X1 have unearthed the missing musical link - and it's marvellous.

Pixies were a huge influence on early Radiohead and there's a steal from "Nimrod's Son" on "He Said She Said" here, but it's a brief dalliance. Rather than aping the stop-start dynamics of Black Francis, "Flock" has a poise rare in a modern record, in a pop world of bluster, sweat and too many notes. It's restrained and delicate, its power slowly becoming apparent over the course of the 11 tracks on offer. Much of the credit must go to singer Paul Noonan. His voice unites elements of Byrne's intensity, Thom Yorke's range and even Ian Curtis' mania at moments but there's an undertone of deep sorrow that's entirely individual and improbably moving, even with the least emotive of the lyrics.

Don't expect rabble-rousing declarations or faux-poetic posturing - there's a socially-conscious mind at work here, as troubled by the bigger picture as it is by romantic entanglements. So opener "Reacharound" invokes prostitutes - in order to draw a parallel to politics, while "Just Like Mr Benn" ponders whether an internet relationship could survive in real life - "What if I appeared as if by magic? / Just like in Mr Benn".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wow...beautiful and mature sounding. March 25, 2009
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This is a wonderful album from start to finish. The best adjective I can summon is "lush". The instrumentals are full and surrounded with wonderful vocals which make this album very balanced. I was taken by surprise the first time I listened to this because I had not expected quite so well rounded and impressive an effort. Kudos.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must own November 11, 2006
This Album is probably going to go down as my favourite of the year. I recommend anyone who likes Snow patrol go out a buy this. I guarantee you will not be disappointed. 5 out of 5.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What an Amazing Band... September 20, 2013
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What can I say about Bell X1 other than amazing. I purchased this CD a while ago and let me say that this has been listened to over and over again many times. This CD starts off with "Rocky Took A Lover," one of their most powerful songs lyrically and musically in my opinion. "Flame" follows and delivers a rock and roll punch. Some of the other highlights is "Eve, the Apple of My Eye," "Bigger Than Me," "Bad Skin Day." and "Reacharound." The CD ends with an excellent track called "Lamposts," which I thought was a perfect way to finish the album. Bell X1 has become one of my favorite bands and I hope they keep coming out with more music.
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