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
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!"