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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 8, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B000NIWJ1W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #399,769 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Greater Times
2. To The East
3. After The Call
4. Tram 21
5. In Berlin
6. At Sea
7. Between The Wolf And The Dog
8. Saturday
9. Five
10. Cut And Run
11. The Lighthouse

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Label Description: Following "Rock It To The Moon" (2001), "Power Out" (2004), and "Axes" (2005), there seems to be a new kind of light shining on Electrelane that remains strong throughout this record, but the willingness to push the envelope hasn't left the band either. "No Shouts No Calls" is an album of enticingly irregular brilliance. "Electrelane effortlessly assimilate a wide cut of moods and influences - the off kilter harmony of the Velvet Underground, the droning insistence of Krautrock heroes Can, the bratty brashness of feminist popsters Le Tigre - into a heartfelt batch of art-pop that never sounds snobby" - Blender.

In many ways, Electrelane's fourth album is more of the same. The quartet of English lasses have shown off an ability to write potent, yet judiciously applied hooks before as they veered from jam-band experimenting (see their Rock It to the Moon debut) to more structured and direct work (2004's The Power Out). And while being compared to Stereolab, as they often are, isn't necessarily a bad thing, No Shouts No Calls will do nothing to end the practice. Not only is there something in Verity Susman's drifting, flat vocals that reminds us of Laetitia Sadier, but the songs here, especially when the band gets into a groove on songs like "At Sea," have a similar drone.

But there are differences too; though it's still decidedly lo-fi, the record feels lighter and airier than past efforts (maybe because Steve Albini, who engineered The Power Out is nowhere to be seen). The tone contrasts are more assured as well in regards to how Susman's lyrics, which are mostly about breakups, dashed hopes and other classic features of unrequited love, interact with the music. Songs like "Saturday" get a boost from surrounding the melancholy of lines like, "what shall I do with a life full of memory?" with sing-song melodies and swells of delicate guitars. While Electrelane continue to blend kraut-rock and pop smarts together in swirls of sunny heartache, there is artistry and design in how No Shouts No Calls manages to sound loose, like they made it up on the fly. --Matthew Cooke

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The guitar rocks and the vocals are superb!
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Electrelane has created a solid album with songs that connect and yet experiment with different styles/sounds.
Great audio and a nice poster is include within.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Connery on July 30, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Well, this is something new. I can't remember how exactly I came across this album, but it was here on Amazon, perhapse in a recommendations box several months ago. I like Indie rock, always searching for new horizons in the genre. And this was truly a find. Many months ago I'd never heard of the foursome called Electrelane from England, and I have yet to meet another person who has. But that's a beauty of underground bands such as this, they're untouched. Give them time though, and I honestly believe that this quartet of lasses will soon be recognized more thoroughly.

So I heard this album right here on Amazon, and immediately knew that I must have this album. I wanted a much closer look. It took me forever to finally track it down though. When I did, I couldn't wait to get home to my CD player and finally hear the album that had been playing around in my head for months, in entirety. Since a couple of weeks ago I have seldom stopped listening to it. It keeps playing on in your head, but not in an annoying way. You simply have to come back to it. It's more than just Indie music, its really it's own kind. Tough to describe because I've never heard anything like it before. It combines some generic traits of Indie with a little bit of electronica, and then throws them a lot groove! And the drum beats are so deliciously high school garagey sounding, the whole musical concept is just sort of innocent and that is the most attractive factor about it. It's new and innocent.

Again, the songs themselves are a bit hard to describe because there is nothing to compare them to. My favorites are "The Greater Times", which maintains a consistant beat. It is upbeat and escalates. "To the East" maintains the same disposition.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John L Murphy TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 26, 2007
Format: Audio CD
A consistent album, their fourth in the studio. Less angular than "Axes." Calmer than parts of "The Power Out." Less daring than the B-sides collection. The four young women from Brighton show as their title promises a steady direction forward on their voyage across interlaced keyboards, guitars, bass, and drums, all polished to a piston-sharp sheen.

The Too Pure label is appropriate, as this reminds me of vintage Stereolab-- and perhaps the mid-90s band Moonshake in parts. The four musicians, backed by Verity Susman's smooth controlled vocals, continue to mix a motorik beat in the livelier passages with softer-tinged tunes that saunter. I wish far more of the former were included, as I favor the faster songs, but this album does show welcome maturity in lessening the number of yelps and yodels that tended to become a stylistic tic on earlier recordings.

No false turns here. Each song avoids predictability, but the willful attempt on earlier records to be quirky has vanished. The craftsmanship with which this CD has been assembled shows in its confident poise and determined focus. It'll grow on me, I predict, and for accompanying you in the car or on a trip, it can be perfect music matching movement to contemplation to action.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Munns on March 21, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Electrelane knows how to rock it. To the moon. Maybe beyond.

Catchy, cool and well mixed, this album is the first one with a start-to-finish track listing that is balanced, cohesive and diverse.

I loved that "No Shouts No Calls" also experimented with female duets. "Cut and Run" was the best song on the album. It showed that they not only know how to use synthesizers, drum machines and keyboards, but they can also write fantastic lyrics.

Other queercore bands tend to have a lead vocalist, whereas Electrelane uses the girls' voices to play off one another other. Speaking of, this band does queercore right: they have yet to bemoan menstruation. It's nice to see some girls fronting one of the most respected bands in electrorock's male-dominated genre.

Buy this album if you like any of their others, or if you're wanting to hear Electrelane for the first time. Heck, if for no other reason, buy this album so the band can afford better equipment to produce the next one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BERNARDO SANCHEZ on November 17, 2009
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Electrelane was an all girl band from England altough not in the same vein as Hole or The Runaways. They had a fresh sound I haven't heard in years.

Their sound was fresh new, and IMO given the time they could have been very good.

I think No Shout No Calls was their peak as both band and as artists,

I don't understand how come they studios passed in order to favor bands such as The Artic Monkeys and The Libertines, perhaps the old myth that says that "Girls can't rock" is still prevalent in the studios.

Too bad these girls rocked better than most of today alternative bands, Mia Clarke imo is the best guitarist of this decade and hopefully like Joy Division these girls will be recognized in the future.

The disc is a must for any indie/altie collector, or for people looking for a new kind of sound. Great audio and a nice poster is include within.

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