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Loss [Enhanced]

Mull Historical SocietyAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 7, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Xl Recordings
  • ASIN: B000066703
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #836,395 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Public Service Announcer
2. Watching Xanadu
3. Instead
4. I Tried
5. This Is Not Who We Were
6. Barcode Bypass
7. Only I
8. Animal Cannabus
9. Strangeways Inside
10. Mull Historical Society
11. Paper Houses

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

2001 album for Scottish act with enhanced live acoustic performance added. The 2000 single 'Barcode Bypass' was named Debut Single of the Year by NME. Described as sounding like, 'it was recorded by some illegitimate, hybrid amalgamation of Babybird, Electric Light Orchestra, the Divine Comedy & Supertramp' & 'an interesting, occasionally brilliant dose of modern British psychedelic pop'. 2002. Mull Historical Society Is the one man band Colin MacIntyre.

Like their British indie peers Clearlake and Belle and Sebastian, Mull Historical Society seem to live in a hermetically sealed world where reality is glimpsed only through a filter of fanciful fantasy. The band is named after a genuine society dedicated to the preservation of tradition on their home island--the Isle of Mull, in the Inner Hebrides--and are a familiarly twee Scottish band. A mere duo, consisting of frontman and songwriter Colin MacIntyre and bassist Alan Malloy, their sound is bolstered on this debut with a jumble-sale of queer, quirky little touches: an alarm bell ringing in the background of "Public Service Announcer"; a children's choir accompanying the whimsical, gently unfolding "Instead"; and a mixture of samples, electronics, and imaginatively utilized household instruments that billow out of this record's numerous nooks and crannies. If you can hack MacIntyre's occasional simpering tone, songs like "Barcode Bypass" (the tragic tale of the closing of the local corner shop) or "I Tried" (heartbreak, rendered as a chugging, theremin-accompanied indie-rock anthem) offer a world so pure, so untainted, it's got to be worth a visit. --Louis Pattison

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Total Genius April 20, 2004
Format:Audio CD
The whole thing about Scottish people being depressed is a myth. Mull Historical Society is a one man show starring Colin MacIntyre. It is a very fresh and truly interesting approach. Colin has played gigs with such acts like The Strokes and Travis. This is his debut album. It has a balance of songs from ridiculous to the sublime. It starts out with "Public Service Announcer" that is a "wake up" call out to anyone listening. Apparently Colin worked at BT which is the UK telephone company. "Watching Xanadu" is like a Beach Boys uptempo song about not being able to love. The next open-ended song "Instead" is where MacIntyre pulls out all the punches and even has a children's choir singing "Maybe I wasn't meant to be..." When I first saw this record it looked like some bad indie crap. Looking at the booklet it is like an old scrapbook which means to me that the songs need time to take in. It's the name "Mull Historical Society" that creates distance.
As you peel through the layers of Loss you realize that this is an emotionally deep and complex album. There's a fight against consumerism and corporations. There is sort of a Brian Wilson obsession on songs like "Watching Xanadu" and "This Is Not Who We Were." There is a loss and a sadness in the songs but it is more positive in the sense of the melancholy. Time passing and getting old is the loss. MacIntyre is like the Scottish Proust. These are big ideas recorded in a lo-fi way. "Only I" is similar to the stuff Ed Harcourt is doing. In "Animal Cannabus" he claims to be "hiding from the world." Later in the song "Mull Historical Society" MacIntyre sings "We need a new hall/To fill our membership of 2.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great CD! December 13, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I got this last year as a gift from a friend living in London and it blew me away--still does. The music sounds a bit like mid-60's Beach Boys, a bit like Radiohead, a bit like Super Furry Animals. It is great, witty, idiosyncratic, melodic pop, with lots of xylophones and bells. Check out the semi-hits "Barcode Bypass", "Animal Cannabus", or my favorite, "Paper Houses", and see what you thik.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Debut! February 5, 2002
Format:Audio CD
All the way from the tiny island of Mull off the coast of Scotland comes Colin MacIntyre and his one man group The Mull Historical Society and on the basis of this c.d.,the local islanders are sure spoilt to have such a musical talent in their midst.A one man group which sort of mixes the best of Badly Drawn Boy and Beck to now give us a trio of these sort of artists.It's as diverse musically as Badly Drawn... and yet it has lots of the 'street cred' you'd associate with Beck.It's a pretty ambitious debut this c.d. as regards musical arrangements.He uses a vast array of diverse instruments-strings,brass,beels and lots of programmed keyboard effects.He also adds in local choirboys to give some of the vocals a fairly classical feel.Yet despite some of these grandiose arrangements this c.d. has a rather conventional sound to it also.In some ways it's like alt rock meeting with some almost poppy hooks and there are lots of really catchy tunes to excuse the pun 'mull' over.
Apart from the influences I listed earlier this c.d. seems to have a real west coast feel to it.It's sort of upbeat in a way good Beach Boys tracks sounded like.One listen to track 5 "This Is Not Who We Were" and you'll know what I mean.It even adds the extra ambition to sprinkle the percussion with a distinctly Carribean feel.This c.d. grabs your attention from the very first moments.The opening track is really brilliant-it starts off with piano and acoustic guitar and bits of samples that sound vaguely like the Chemical Brothers.The verses are good,the bridge is even better and the chorus is to die for-you won't hear many better opening tracks.The second track has a pretty poppy feel to it,so no wonder it was selected as a single.Given the right exposure this could be a huge hit.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heavenly PoP Swirl !~!~!~! June 1, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Terrific release by these great West Scottish Lads!
You will find yourself repeating every word with Colin after just a few listens.Lovely and Fun Jangley acoustic Pop with Horns Strings and even a few background kitchen and Amusement park noises.
May I have another please! and sooooon
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky, Happy Scottish Pop May 8, 2002
Format:Audio CD
While its cover is one of the worst I've seen in some time, the music is quite delightful. The songs stick to you like scotch tape, especially Watching Xanadu and This Is Not Who We Were (a great tune to mull over as you consider how you got yourself into your current occupation).
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