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Beachcomber's Windowsill is an album that has taken more than five years to make; a labor of love that includes over a hundred different instruments, the chimes of a Dutch church bell, one Morse Code message and the sound of several carrots being chopped. It is an album that features as many bedrooms as there are songs, as well as ruminations on the computer age, ornithology and first ... Read more in Amazon's Stornoway Store

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  • Audio CD (March 19, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 4AD Records
  • ASIN: B00B1BXWIO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,304 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. You Take Me As I Am
2. Farewell Appalachia
3. The Bigger Picture
4. (A Belated) Invite to Eternity
5. Hook, Line, Sinker
6. Knock Me On the Head
7. The Great Procrastinator
8. The Ones We Hurt the Most
9. November Song

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Stornoway's second album, Tales From Terra Firma, is an album of stories birth, death, marriage, coming of age: The Big Stuff. The songs were mostly written in a camper van in land-locked Oxford but on listening, the yearning for adventure and the freedom of the coast and wild places is palpable.As is true of classic songwriting partnerships, lyricist Brian Briggs eloquence coupled with his crystalline voice unite with Jon Ouin s stunning arrangements and alchemise to form a musical mirror.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer O. Briggs on March 31, 2013
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Long awaited second album from Stornoway is even better than hoped for. A must buy and listen. Fantastic must buy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Nielsen on May 9, 2013
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Their first album got me hooked. This album has some good tunes, but isn't consistent. I will always look for work from this band, though.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Monks on March 25, 2013
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Right off I'll say I don't think it quite measures up to Beachcombers's Windowsill. With Beachcomber's you had that great one-two punch with "Zorbing" and "I Saw You Blink" to get it off to a killer start, leaving you hooked the rest of the way. Those 2 songs especially had that simple, soaring beauty that made us all love Stornoway. That immediacy seems to be missing somewhat this time 'round. One gets a sort of "too many cooks in the kitchen" feeling from Tales at times, especially the first track, "You Take Me as I Am". I can imagine it would be difficult reign in the many creative & ambitious ideas that no doubt overflow the clever minds of the lads, particularly the not-so secret weapon of brilliant multi-instrumentalist Jon Ouin. For my money however, someone's got to step in at a certain time & remind that less is more. Perhaps this sophomore effort will get something out of their systems that will allow for a return to the more minimalist beauty of old for a third album (Or maybe six months from now, all the subtleties will sink in & I'll call this album genius. Who knows? Not terribly likely though.).

With that out of the way, there is indeed some great songs on this album. The lead-off single, "Knock Me on the Head", is a catchy number that will have you singing along about an albatross in no time. Equally melodic is the nicely mandolin-laced "The Bigger Picture", with picturesque (pun only half intended) lyrics to match. "The Great Procrastinator" is an interesting excursion haunted by the ghost of Scott Joplin, starting as a gentle serenade, evolving into an almost full-blown ragtime stomp, with as ever, clever lyrics. It's the kind that may take patience at first, but grows on you the more you hear it. Finally, the prettiest tune on here is the album closer "November Song".
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By Justin Pruitt on February 14, 2014
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Not as catchy or memorable as their debut album "beachcombers windowsill", but still carries a lot of the heart and naivety of their first release.
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By Peri Strongwater on December 10, 2013
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I was really excited for Stornoway's Tales From Terra Firma, as I'm a huge fan of Beachcomber's Windowsill. It wasn't that I was disappointed by this album, but I wasn't overjoyed or ecstatic. However, it's definitely a solid album. I think the first track is fantastic - a great opening. "The Bigger Picture" irks me... like they're trying too hard to sound happy. But it's definitely still worth buying, and I find myself coming back to it over and over again. I just wish the whole thing was more of a great listen, worthy of sitting down and closing your eyes and doing nothing else for the next 48 minutes.
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