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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'.

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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  • Audio CD (February 19, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Yep Roc Records
  • ASIN: B000W8FWBC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Joel Israel on March 1, 2008
Format: Audio CD
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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By lamposts on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peetzaa on 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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To me this is sort of a Snow Patrol album with a sprinkling of Modest Mouse - and it's pulled off with some success. Tracks like `Flame' and `Reacharound' are bouncy and fun and really make you recall the recent success of Modest Mouse's single `Float On'. If I were more cynical - I would claim that it was a rip off - but I don't know the history of either band and refuse to speculate.

Then you have a Snow Patrol sound that seems to permeate throughout the rest of the tracks. The almost overly dramatic production with strings, piano and lyrics that make me think of teen TV programs. They pull it off well - and it's fun to hear - but it's not terribly `new'.

The one standout that I feel combines the two styles pretty cleverly is `Bigger Than Me' - it has those lyrics that make you think you could see it during an inspirational montage on your favorite teen TV drama - but the bounciness that one could expect from a Modest Mouse track. It's a great song and I enjoy it - but I feel one can tell that it's reaching for recognition rather than being silently good and waiting to be discovered.

I get frustrated with a couple of the tracks - as I think the repetition on some tracks such as `First Born for a Song' and `He Said, She Said' - is showing of lack of creativity.

The title of this album `Flock' does suggest that these comparisons were bound to happen. I'm left wondering - are they suggesting with it that they are one in the flock? Or are they pointing to the flock and saying - everyone else is doing it - why not us in a very tongue in cheek approach?

I do enjoy this album for what it is - it's fun to listen to and to tap my feet along with. Though I don't feel that the content is not too fresh (and that may be intentional) - but it's not too stale that it won't satisfy you either.
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