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  • Vinyl
  • Label: ROUGH TRADE
  • ASIN: B0040Z8SBO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jay James on March 9, 2010
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The Morning Benders' Big Echo is both accessible and elusive. Much of the songwriting is simple: beautifully and thoughtfully crafted melodies sung beautifully, seamless transitions, etc. But the final products become much, much more. Every song is extremely layered, offering the listener a chance to discover something new even after multiple listenings. Ultimately, what results is a contrast between the songwriting and arrangements/production that pushes the listening experience into a different, more complex event. Definitely one of the best albums I've heard in a long time, and I look forward to listening to it for years to come.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jay James on April 6, 2010
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The Morning Benders' Big Echo is both accessible and elusive. Much of the songwriting is simple: beautifully and thoughtfully crafted melodies sung beautifully, seamless transitions, etc. But the final products become much, much more. Every song is extremely layered, offering the listener a chance to discover something new even after multiple listenings. Ultimately, what results is a contrast between the songwriting and arrangements/production that pushes the listening experience into a different, more complex event. Definitely one of the best albums I've heard in a long time, and I look forward to listening to it for years to come.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By T. Duham on August 19, 2010
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I am a newcomer to this band from Berkeley CA. But I was an instant convert. Great pop hooks, but with a lot of eccentric things to keep you interested. I get the Phil Spector thing, but Brian Wilson / Beach Boys / Pet Sounds is what comes to mind for me. I say buy it! it's a refreshing difference to what is out there for American pop music.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Loudon on March 11, 2010
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Chris Chu started the Morning Benders as a solo project, recording his first EP, Loose Change, completely on his own. As a student at Berkeley in California, Chris soon joined forces with classmates Julian Harmon, Joe Ferrell, and Tim Or. The band's second EP, Boarded Doors, was released in 2007 and was received well by local publications, but still failed to gain much interest outside of the Bay Area. After taking a studio job to help finance a full length record, the band released Talking Through Tin Cans in 2008. With Chu handling most of the production and editing with the help of producer and engineer Patrick Brown, the new album garnered a surprising amount of success and was even named by iTunes as the best indie/alternative album of 2008.

Now, two years later, The Morning Benders are at it again; this time with more attention paid to the sounds and effects in the background while still maintaining their focus on the intoxicating melodies. One of Chu's goals for the record was to expand the band's sound in a style similar to Phil Spector's "wall of sound." The first track, "Excuses," does just that with a host of new instrumentation. Additionally, the album title, Big Echo, fits these new ideals beautifully. The band sounds much fuller with this release and a great deal of the credit should go to the reverb and echo that keep the listener's ears busy while also craving more.

Although "Excuses" is the clear single, the remainder of Big Echo flows brilliantly together. On slower tracks like "Pleasure Sighs" and "Mason Jar," the decreased tempos are balanced by increased dynamic range. It may sound experimental to some, but Chris Chu has clearly thought everything through on this record.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. R. Methven on May 27, 2010
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This reminds me very much of Phil Spector (as in the wall of sound as opposed to freakish wigs, murder or prison rape).

Excellent album. A number of great folksy indie tracks, the first number ("Excuses") really sets the tone. Ethereal, floaty, thoughtful... just right on the button.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MeredithNCSU girl on September 29, 2010
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A friend of mine shared this album with me and I fell in love. Never had heard of them previously. The sounds are beautiful, upbeat, and fun to listen to. Perfect for a party, work out, or chill out time! Definitely recommend!
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By K on January 10, 2011
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I saw The Morning Benders play with The Black Keys in Omaha and instantly became a fan! Big Echo provides a mellow trance with kickback sounds to the 50's and 60's. I've listened to this album over and over, but still find little things that make me want more. The mix of intense sounds and soothing tracks makes for a balanced album. Stitches is the gem that I enjoy the most and the live recorded video they made with it is lovely.

This group is generous to its fans - free downloads with new mixes and frequent updates. Check out the concert movie they did with La Blogotheque as part of their Soirée de Poche series. I fell in love with their sound all over again after watching it! They played a new track, Virgins, but you'll have to look that one up separately.

The groups older albums are great, but I'm partial to Big Echo. I could go on and on about how lovely their music is, but I suggest you experience it yourself!
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It's so rare to find a gem of an album these days, that does not have any songs you wanna skip. This album I guarantee you will love from start to finish. I haven't stopped listening to this for a week straight now. After falling in love with the song" Excuses" I decided to buy the whole album and boy am I glad I did.
These guys have managed to do difficult things in the ever growing indie scene and that is A. have an album that lives up to their single and B. Have their own recognizable sound.
You can hear 50's music, The Beatles and Psychedelic influences but they still manage to bring something unique to the table with catchy songs, beautiful melodies and good lyrics.
This album leaves you wanting to come back to it again and again, it's very addicting!
What are you waiting for, buy it!!!
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