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Hymns

January 24, 2012 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: January 23, 2012
  • Release Date: January 24, 2012
  • Label: Fire Records
  • Copyright: (c) 2012 Fire Records
  • Total Length: 36:03
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  • ASIN: B006NF73U6
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,313 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Greg Cleary on March 29, 2012
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What an unexpected treat this album is. When Richard Davies stopped making music and became a lawyer (of all things) I thought we may have heard the last of him. But now we have a brand new Cardinal album to listen to, and it immediately joins the first Cardinal album and Davies' 1997 solo album "Telegraph" as one of the very best things he's ever done.

The opening song, "Northern Soul," features a gorgeous melody and lyrics by Davies ("the trees this fall are decorated strange"), and Eric Matthews' harpsichord lets us know right away that this truly is a Cardinal album. Matthews co-wrote two of the songs, and he composed the lone instrumental on his own. His keyboards, horns, and backing vocals are all over the album, and his one turn as lead vocalist, on a very simple, straightforward song called "Her," is a highlight. A look at the credits shows that Matthews put a ton of work into this album, and it would not have been the same without him. (It should also be noted that the packaging of this CD is excellent, with plenty of pictures, lyrics, and credits. This is especially welcome after the somewhat shoddy look and sound of Davies' last solo album, "Barbarians.")

Sonically, "Hymns" is not quite as mellow as the first Cardinal album. One song, "Love Like Rain," is a rocker that actually sounds like a throwback to Davies' work with the Moles, and there are a couple others ("Carbolic Smoke Ball" and "Radio Birdman") that chug along powerfully, but without breaking the mood that is established by the quieter songs. "I Am A Roman Gypsy" combines a playful rhythm and whimsical lyrics that are reminiscent of the Davies gem "Transcontinental," from his 1996 solo album "There's Never Been a Crowd Like This.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By tstarkmi on February 24, 2012
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Not sure how I was first exposed to the music of Cardinal, but wow am I glad I found it.

This is one those albums that I love profoundly but can't really explain why. It's got all the elements of great indie music and is infectious as ever.

Buy it now, its a purchase you'll be proud you made.
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