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In Case We Die

Architecture in HelsinkiAudio CD
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Architecture in Helsinki have certainly come a long way since the late nineties, when Bird was a gangly kid in a New South Wales country town messing around with his buddies Jamie Mildren and Sam Perry. They moved to Melbourne and soon found likeminded musical souls in Kellie Sutherland and Gus Franklin. The five of them have continued on the Architecture in Helsinki rollercoaster to this ... Read more in Amazon's Architecture in Helsinki Store

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  • Audio CD (April 12, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bar/None Records
  • ASIN: B0007LPM78
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,201 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Neverevereverdid - Architecture In Helsinki
2. It'5! - Architecture In Helsinki
3. Tiny Paintings - Architecture In Helsinki
4. Wishbone
5. Maybe You Can Owe Me - Architecture In Helsinki
6. Do The Whirlwind
7. In Case We Die (parts 1-4)
8. The Cemetary
9. Frenchy, I'm Faking
10. Need To Shout
11. Rendezvous: Potrero Hill
12. What's In Store?

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This free-ranging octet from Australia has brought forth their second album and it's a veritable funhouse adventure. Experimental, but gently so, their diverse instrumentation and varied approaches to vocal presentations (theatrical character voices, choirs, rock band exuberance) make for a listening experience akin to someone's perfectly cerebral mix tape. The opening song alone sets the stage for all that follows, constructed like an overture, one theme and setting gives way to another. Much like the parable of three blind men trying to describe an elephant, if three different listeners heard three different songs from this wonderful album, there still would be no complete description possible. --David Greenberger

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This is the eagerly awaited second album from Australia's eight-piece indie-pop chamber orchestra, Architecture In Helsinki. 'In Case We Die' was recorded between August and December in the band's own Super Melody World studio by AIH drummer James Cecil. Produced by the Carbohydrates. Mixed by Tony Espie (The Avalanches, Robert Palmer). Bar None. 2005.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Nevereverdid April 23, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Smash together the Fiery Furnaces and the Arcade Fire, with a dash of the Polyphonic Spree's tweeness. That pretty much describes the sound of Architecture in Helsinki's second album, "In Case We Die." Well, fortunately these guys don't suffer from the sophomore slump.

This octet hails from Melbourne, but they sound a lot like the Furnaces, with their adventurous everything-but-the-kitchen-sink pop, handclaps and unpretentious bits and bobs. It's obvious from the start that this is no typical catchy pop album -- "Nevereverdid" is a bouncy maelstrom of twee guitar, desperate vocals and a shouted chorus.

"It'5" continues that trend, but then things switch gears into gently cluttered ballads -- expect piano, drums and accordion -- and unabashedly weird pop tunes with tambourines, synth, horns and rippling piano. There's even an Indian-flavoured ska/dance tune. All bets are off. All rules are broken here, and the results are never predictable.

Perhaps Architecture In Helsinki is often compared to the Fiery Furnaces because neither band fits easily into one category. "In Case We Die" is a head-scratcher -- it's too grounded to be twee, too bizarre to be pop, too soft to be rock, too straightforward to be psychedelica. And despite odd bits of new wave, there's no retro sound either.

Whatever it is, it's apparently dedicated to being fun and whimsical. Their pop music would be fun just because of its catchiness, but this band throws in every little pop flourish imaginable, and apparently every instrument they could get their hands on. One would expect a disaster, but somehow they manage to link all those sounds together.

A few songs initially seem over-the-top in their bubblegumness, but they manage to veer off into playfulness instead.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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'In Case We Die' is the second full length album from Architecture in Helsinki, an underground favorite that critics don't like to admit they like. Not that I blame the critics; half the songs sound like the theme song for a children's cartoon. 'It'5', for instance, gives you the mental image of a bunch of ten year olds doing cartwheels in a playground. After the bubblegum-sounding verses, when the band screams shrilly in unison 'IT'S 5!' sounds like this is when they do the obligatory shot of the full cast smiling toward the camera. Many tracks have lightspeed vocals over fluffy piano melodies, and the lead vocalist sounds like a voice actor for Sesame Street. This *will* annoy a lot of listeners, but those it doesn't annoy should be able to enjoy the screwy playfulness of the whole affair, so long as they can open their mind to the possibility of enjoying such frivelous sounding music. There are also tracks such as 'In Case We Die (Parts 1-4)' that sound sort of like 80's bubblegum pop if those bands knew how to play instruments and were ten times more creative in capturing and embracing the youthfulness of the music they tried to play. I'm not saying you'll like this album, but if you could ever like an album that sounds like this, you'll love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nevereverdid September 27, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Smash together the Fiery Furnaces and the Arcade Fire, with a dash of the Polyphonic Spree's tweeness. That pretty much describes the sound of Architecture in Helsinki's second album, "In Case We Die." Well, fortunately these guys don't suffer from the sophomore slump.

This octet hails from Melbourne, but they sound a lot like the Furnaces, with their adventurous everything-but-the-kitchen-sink pop, handclaps and unpretentious bits and bobs. It's obvious from the start that this is no typical catchy pop album -- "Nevereverdid" is a bouncy maelstrom of twee guitar, desperate vocals and a shouted chorus.

"It'5" continues that trend, but then things switch gears into gently cluttered ballads -- expect piano, drums and accordion -- and unabashedly weird pop tunes with tambourines, synth, horns and rippling piano. There's even an Indian-flavoured ska/dance tune. All bets are off. All rules are broken here, and the results are never predictable.

Perhaps Architecture In Helsinki is often compared to the Fiery Furnaces because neither band fits easily into one category. "In Case We Die" is a head-scratcher -- it's too grounded to be twee, too bizarre to be pop, too soft to be rock, too straightforward to be psychedelica. And despite odd bits of new wave, there's no retro sound either.

Whatever it is, it's apparently dedicated to being fun and whimsical. Their pop music would be fun just because of its catchiness, but this band throws in every little pop flourish imaginable, and apparently every instrument they could get their hands on. One would expect a disaster, but somehow they manage to link all those sounds together.

A few songs initially seem over-the-top in their bubblegumness, but they manage to veer off into playfulness instead.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Takes a good long while to sink in June 10, 2005
By W. Dean
Format:Audio CD
Architecture In Helsinki are the future of pop music. Once thrown into the unhelpful "twee pop" category, these eight multi-instrumentalists have really hit their stride on "In Case We Die." In fact, I think it's the best pop album released thus far in 2005.

AIH throw in everything AND the kitchen sink to produce this music. By turns funky, introspective, hook-laden, shout-ridden, acoustic, and just plain wacky, "In Case We Die" manages to make perfect sense. "Do the Whirlwind" is perhaps the first song to captures one's imagination - a mostly straightforward Tom Tom Club-ish dance track in terms of its rather simple but infectious melody and beat. "Mostly" applies to every song on this album; few tracks can prevent themselves from veering in at least a couple of opposing directions. "Tiny Paintings" starts with a sweet, almost pathetic, tuba-and-percussion duet, slowly adding layers of vocals and instruments so that its cry of "Why? why? why?" becomes an affecting anthem by the end. "Frenchy I'm Faking" is a stuttering pop gem with tight horns and a simple sing-along chorus of "pa pa pa"s that you just have to join in with.

Architecture in Helsinki are following their muse wherever it takes them, regardless of the consequences, and clearly enjoying every minute of it. I enjoyed practically every minute as well, once I let go of my preconceptions. They're also a blast to see live, with a sound guy who gets amazing results from having so many instruments on stage.
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4.0 out of 5 stars At first listen - its "okay", but after several listens...a...
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Published on August 27, 2007 by B. Bryan
4.0 out of 5 stars like arcade fire on happy pills
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i saw aih open for cyhsy last year in san francisco. at first, i thought they were a horrible flashback to the 80's with random outfits. Read more
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Published on November 7, 2006 by Lorenzo
1.0 out of 5 stars Annoying
This is probably one of the most annoyingly worst albums I've ever heard in my life.

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Published on October 31, 2006 by All Over the Owrld
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun & talented
Another great offering from the Aussie kids. Once you hear it a few more times you realize that the music is more complex than it sounds. Great fun!
Published on October 11, 2006 by Bjorn A. Stumer
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Architecture is now officially one of my top five favorite bands. I think I have heard a lot of bands, too. Read more
Published on May 28, 2006 by Music Lover
4.0 out of 5 stars This album is like a basket full of shiny pop Easter eggs!
I bought it almost a year ago and pretty much dismissed it as too cutesy to take seriously. Recently I was aching for some good, new music to break my end-of-winter slump, and In... Read more
Published on April 4, 2006 by stupidblue
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This album is one of the most enjoyable disc I own. With beats that come from the playground soul of The Go Team, and lyrics that resemble a Magnetic Fields for a different age,... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars not enough of the good stuff
If you want to know the specifics about this album, you should read someone else's review, I just wanted to comment. Read more
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