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Mull Historical SocietyAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (March 18, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: XL Recordings
  • ASIN: B00008BL4T
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,167,450 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Final Arrears
2. Am I Wrong
3. Oh Mother
4. The Supermarket Strikes Back
5. Live Like The Automatics
6. Don't Take Your Love Away From Me
7. Minister For Genetics And Insurance M.P.
8. 5 More Minutes
9. Gravity
10. Can
11. Asylum
12. Clones
13. Her Is You
14. Us

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Colin MacIntyre, aka Mull Historical Society, the one-man-band songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer, has released 3 worldwide critically acclaimed albums under the `Mull Historical Society' pseudonym : Loss(2001), Us (2003) & This Is Hope(2004). So far Colin has achieved 4 UK Top 40 Chart hits and 2 Top 20 UK Chart albums. Colin has also been named Scotland's Top Creative Talent at the Glenfiddoch Spirit Of Scotland Awards. Colin has recently completed album 4: 'The Water', with Lemon Jelly's Nick Franglen producing. He will now be releasing and performing under his own name. This name change does not reflect any artistic changes. The Water is released Feb 2008.

Q Magazine said of "Loss": "Sumptuous choruses & choirs - Time to apply for membership." Uncut : "One of the best British records of the year." The Face : "A Tarten-clad debut of aspiring proportions." Time Out : "Mull is a beacon of originality in a tiresome sea of dross." The Guardian : "MacIntyre is a major new British songwriting force." NME: "One of the albums of the year. 8/10. All hail Colin!"


Mull Historical Society is the alias for one manband Colin MacIntyre. His second album, Us, could be seen as his Pet Sounds, especially as the resolutely sunny choruses and quirky sounds of his debut album, Loss, pegged him as the Inner Hebrides' answer to the Beach Boys. Where once bric-a-brac accompaniments lent idiosyncratic charm to his sweetly optimistic take on the trials of small-town life, here he creates magical landscapes. Even without the cosseting arrangements, the cosily swaying "Oh Mother" and "Clones" would be beautifully tender. "Live like the Automatic's" would be a rousing, headlong charge and the tear-stained "Don't Take Your Love Away from Me" would no doubt still have a tragically hopeful ring. But wrapped in an unobtrusive, yet fantastically sensual blanket of Beach Boys harmonies, swirling organs, tubular bells, plaintive pianos, woozy strings and twinkling harps, the innocence of MacIntyre's tunes is turned from twee to beguiling. With an ease of pace and heart-warming glow that's about as divorced from the grim trudge of reality as anything can be, there's nothing better to daydream to. --Dan Gennoe -- Amazon Review March 2003

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4.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous Pop in Sad Times March 19, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Mix up the melancholy pop leanings of Gilbert O'Sullivan and the playful experimentation of Blur's Damon Albarn and you get a close approximation of the one-man band that is Mull Historical Society (Colin MacIntyre, who does virtually all instrumentation and production). Far more a complete album than the previous--Loss--Us is chock full of gorgeous heart-lifting melodies that are tempered by a world-weariness, which MacIntyre's voice perfectly suits.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Forget about the sophmore jinx April 27, 2003
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Mull Historical Society's current album takes the blueprint of 'Loss' and takes it a step further by improving the 'overall sound' instead of making it seem overproduced. Basically a more well-rounded effort. The bittersweet vocals of Colin MacIntyre continues to dominate the album, along with sparkling melodies, wider range of intruments, and better production. 'Us' is streamlined and polished, yet without losing the charm of it's debut...basically a step forward.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No doubt about it : the best album of 2003 August 22, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I write this review at the end of August...but in my humble opinion there won't be another album seeing the daylight this year that's going to be better than this one. This record is gorgeous full stop.
The Scottish bloke ( Colin MacIntyre ) behind this one man band is a real pop genius.
His debut "Loss" was already overwhelming but "Us" is even better.The Mull Historical Society sounds like a unique mixture of Eels, The Smiths & Grandaddy. The lyrics are bitterweet, a bit cynical but always full of wit. Check out the majestic songs "Minister for Genetics & Insurance" & " The supermarket strikes back" and you will know what I mean.
The glorious opening track " Final Arrears" is wonderfully orchestrated and ballads like the breathtaking "Five more minutes" and "Don't take your love away" go straight like a dart to the heart. The title track "Us" would have had his place on the White album. Enough said...It's high time to apply for membership of The Mull Historical Society
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4.0 out of 5 stars No Sophomore Slump April 14, 2003
By WrtnWrd
Format:Audio CD
Second albums have been tough for artists. Violent Femmes, Liz Phair, The Smiths all disappointed in relation to their debuts. An equal number of second albums are improvements: Radiohead, Coldplay, and now Mull Historical Society. Us isn't sonically dissimilar to Loss - both display Colin MacIntyre's baroque Britpop, from gentle ballads such as "Asylum" and "5 More Minutes" to modish rockers like "Live Like the Automatics" and "Minister for Genetics & Insurance M.P.". But the debut felt like a dilettante playing with his new studio toys. Us is infused with real loss. There's nothing more grounding than the death of a parent. (MacIntyre lost his dad before recording this follow-up.) He still favors lyrical flights of fancy, but "Gravity" isn't merely a song title here; it's his focus. He worries about his job in "Clones". He wonders if he'd argue with his father if he had only "5 More Minutes". He's a reassuring son in "Oh Mother". He's trying to make sense of life before he has to face "The Final Arrears". In doing so, he's joined the ranks of the writers he's usually judged against: Badly Drawn Boy and Ed Harcourt. Not bad company at all.
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