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AQUALUNG

Aqualung's Matt Hales thought he had it all figured out. In 2007, the British singer/songwriter told a London audience that he was retiring. "I'd had enough of it at that point and thought I might just be a teacher or do something else."

However, the stellar batch of tunes that make up his new Verve album, "Magnetic North," came calling and they ... Read more in Amazon's Aqualung Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 3, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Wea Int'l
  • ASIN: B0000EW9P0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #417,253 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Brighter Than Sunshine
2. Left Behind
3. You Turn Me Around
4. Easier To Lie
5. Another Little Hole
6. 7 Keys
7. Extra Ordinary Thing
8. Breaking My Heart Again
9. Take Me Home
10. Good Good Night

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An Immaculate Slice of Pop Genius, "Still Life" Hold all the Promise of the Deub and More.

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One of British pop's new breed of moody and introverted post-Thom Yorke baby boomers, Still Life finds Southampton's classically trained Matt Hales--Aqualung's songwriter and frontman--succeeding in selling both himself and his omnipotent piano as a more erudite and self-absorbed version of Coldplay. Beginning with the mitigated optimism of "Brighter than Sunshine"--a gloriously simplistic pop song spruced with cloudy strings and therefore redolent of a more sullen ELO--and climaxing with the muttered, moribund lulling of "Good Goodnight," Still Life frequently attains levels of mumbled intensity via songs as alluring and bitterly withered as "Easier to Lie" and "Extraordinary Thing." The latter not only utilizes a harpsichord and paraphrases one of Churchill's famous wartime speeches but goes on to satirize Radiohead's oeuvre with the classic--and practically comedic--opening line "Cheer up, it may never happen." It was always going to take something special to trump Aqualung's eponymous debut but Still Life really does do the job in atypically melancholic fashion. --Kevin Maidment

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Claire Bates on June 13, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I once read a review of Aqualung where the reviewer describes Matt Hales as sounding like he was in exquisite pain. That's true, he does, but in a very listenable way. This is not an upbeat album in any way, but the lyrics and the sentiment are very cathartic (sorry for the cliche). It's a quiet, intimate album that you're almost afraid to listen to with any one else around. I would recommend this album over the first Aqualung CD.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J.Bird on May 22, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I discovered Aqualung through the WB's show Smallville. They played Strange and Beautiful (I've never been much of a commercial watcher, so I missed it when that happened). I searched, and listened to some of the other songs and I've fallen absolutely in love. A worthwhile investment, all around!
Where most Artists release a song, and then the other tracks are increasingly different from the sound you fell in love with, Aqualung is refreshingly (instead of stagnantly) consistent with their mesmerizing sound.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Max Fisher on July 2, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This album is beautiful and heart felt. Great song writing ability is seen and heard in each song. I was trying to make a mix cd recently and looking to put one of these songs on there and I couldn't decide on one because they are all so great. Please take the time to listen to this album and also check out Strange and Beautiful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jonina on March 4, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I love Aqualung. I became hooked when I was backpacking through Spain two years ago and met two English guys and we were exchanging music. One of them had this album and I was totally spellbound! I've been trying to spread the word to all my friends since being back in seattle. Then to my surprise recently it showed up on some show like 'the OC.' I was really happy they are getting some recognition in the states like they deserve. Two amazing albums in a row. I was bummed I missed they while they were touring with Dido. Definetly check this album out!!!!!!
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