The Flying Club Cup
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The Flying Club Cup

September 4, 2007

Song Title
A Call To Arms
A Sunday Smile
Guyamas Sonora
La Banlieue
The Penalty
Forks and Knives (La Fête)
In The Mausoleum
Un Dernier Verre (Pour La Route)
St. Apollonia
The Flying Club Cup

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: October 9, 2007
  • Label: Ba Da Bing!
  • Total Length: 38:34
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B00117C2UM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,043 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What melody will see him in my arms again? October 8, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Beirut have always been all about Europe. Ever since Zach Condon started mingling electronica and indie-rock with traditional East-European music, his little band has been redolent of the old world.

And though "The Flying Club Cup" has a more modern flavour to some of its songs, the feeling of wistful, melancholy nostalgia still hangs heavily over these exquisitely orchestrated pop tunes. Think early twentieth-century France, as seen through sepia photographs and a band's sad tunes.

It opens with a haunting chorus of wailing horns, before switching to the smooth, swaying melody of "Nantes." Condon sings mournfully, "Well it's been a long time/long time now/since I've seen you smile/and I'll gamble away my fright... and in a year, a year or so/this will slip into the sea..."

It's much the same throughout the remaining songs, which tend to be bittersweet in tone, with a backdrop of horns and stately pop rhythms. Mellow dance tunes, Eastern European marches, mournful accordion-piano ballads, and pretty folky tunes. Not to mention, of course, combinations of all of the above.

In the second half, we're even graced with some upbeat songs -- the twittering violin and swirling melody of "In The Mausoleum." And the sprightliest music on the album is "Un Dernier Verre (Pour La Route)," a peppy pop tune that sounds like something Snoopy would dance to as the World War I flying ace.

If I were to compare Condon and Beirut to any other artist, it would probably be Sufjan Stevens -- polished, multilayered music with rich vocals. But the music of "The Flying Club Cup" is all nostalgia, bittersweet and weariness, mingled with a rich, over-the-top quality. It's so much BIGGER than Beirut's past work -- in sound, in scope, in feeling.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible album, amazing videos October 15, 2007
Format:Audio CD
This album is just beautiful: tender, fresh, surprising, original, stirring. My wife saw them live last week and I only wish I could have gone, too! For a wonderful taste of the songs, visit the album website ([...] which has live videos crafted by La Blogotheque and featuring the band (principally 20 year old singer and songwriter Zach Condon) in incredibly simple yet mysteriously beautiful settings, most if not all in Brooklyn. The first track/video Nantes has the camera following him down the seemingly unending stairs of a fabulous semi-abandoned industrial building as his voice drifts in and out and various musicians appear at various points on the stairwell. Magical.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music August 12, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Listening to The Flying Cup Club crystallized an old memory from my undergraduate college days (long, long ago). I was taking a philosophy course on aesthetics. On the first day, the professor asked: "What separates animals from people?"

Some of the class resorted to an answer that relied on biology, which was the same thing as answering "nothing." Some said tool use was a distinctive trait of people. This was just plain wrong. They had forgotten watching chimps on nature documentaries use grass stalks to fish termites out of their mounds. I also didn't have a good answer. Class dismissed without a valid response. Only while walking away from class that afternoon did the answer occur to me: art. Art is the one activity that differentiates humans from the rest of the living world.

The work of Beirut is a monument to humanity's claim of singularity. It conveys a deep sense of longing that transmutes a morning commute in a used sedan into a beautiful event. It draws inspiration from a reality that claims civility as a virtue and talent as the key to success. It is a reality we need. Go buy it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Homesick, fully grown children March 21, 2008
Format:Audio CD
This is their second LP release, and by far their best release to date.

Critics are quick to say Beirut's sound is Euro-stylized by influences like Jacques Brel and François Hardy. They're eager to compare the band's frontman, Zach Condron, to Scott Walker. It won't be long before they liken Beirut to the Tindersticks had Stuart Staples turned queer.

But "The Flying Club Cup" proved Zach Condon has developed a musical style beyond compare.

Whereas "Gulag Orkestar" showed that the self-ordained small time American band could meld Macedonian folk sounds with romantic classical European music stylings and bourgeoise bohemian sophistication, "The Flying Club Cup" uses this melded sound as the departure point toward a far more striking occurrence: style defined without subculture.

Timeless, ageless, genderless, cultureless, songs like "Cliquot" and "The Penalty" make "The Flying Club Cup" an album that could have come out of almost any place in the world at any point in history.

But it's not just universal in those senses. Perhaps because of frontman Zach Condon's sophisticated, mature air and voice, it was refreshing and unexpected to hear him sing such honest lyrics about love. It was, well, sweet. Better yet, it is why I think "The Flying Club Cup" is nothing short of genius.

In sum, "The Flying Club Cup": Beirut's balkan-gypsy-folk-french-euro-pop music style renowned in their first LP release, made even better with more mature lyrics for the young at heart.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Flying Club Cup
i purchased this cd for my daughter in december for a christmas present and the cd came as described. new and unopened.
Published 28 days ago by danielle jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't get enough of Beirut... dance your pants off!
Simply beautiful music, huge variety of instruments, so much talent and very danceable! I could listen to Beirut over and over and not get bored.
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This is by far one of my absolute favorite albums! Not only is the music seriously amazing but it's a great album to have on vinyl because it has that sort of old feeling to it but... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous romantic music
Beirut has true cross-over appeal to generations of folk, pop, world music and rock aficionados! This particular album an homage to all things French, to youth and to the eternal... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Anne McLaughlin
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Product
Really great product. It plays wonderfully and the music is beatiful and aesthetic. Beirut is a great band and great musician. Wonderful CD.
Published 11 months ago by Grace LeGrand
4.0 out of 5 stars Love him/hate him?
Some folks will hate Beirut, and think the music is pretentious & /or boring. I like his music for a change of pace, and thoroughly enjoy the unusual instrumentation. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Dave from the States
5.0 out of 5 stars My fav band
I love these guys! Such a unique sound. I would love to see them live, but since they haven't traveled to Seattle yet, I will have to settle for this awesome CD. Read more
Published 14 months ago by JC
5.0 out of 5 stars great c.d. from a great band!
I love beirut's " the Rip Tide Album" so I decided to check out this one. It is awesome and no let down. The shipping was great, as is the price. check this one out!
Published 14 months ago by kenneth Hoback
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Beirut never fails to please, and this is no exception! I received it for Christmas, and I've listened to at least some of it almost every day since.
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