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2010 sophomore album from the Dream-pop trio School of Seven Bells, the highly anticipated follow-up to their debut album, Alpinisms. ''School of Seven Bells. slipped easily between epochs -- medieval polyphony, laptop sorcery, the rhythmic turmoil of Public Image Ltd.'s 1981 album, Flowers Of Romance -- with smart hooks and the Dehezas' alluring vocals, liberally greased with reverb.'' - David Fricke, Rolling Stone
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  • Audio CD (July 13, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Vagrant
  • ASIN: B003PBYT5S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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On their second album, School of Seven Bells aims for a more listener friendly brand of mystical dream pop that bridges the gap between The Cocteau Twins and Stereolab. "Disconnect From Desire" offers up a solid and sometimes spectacular musical journey that should provide the band a deservedly wider audience.

Sisters Alejandra and Claudia Deheza showcased their marvelous vocal gifts on the group's well received debut album, and this time they have a tighter and more cohesive collection of songs to strut their pipes on. Ably backed by guitarist Benjamin Curtis, the Deheza sisters lend their ethereal voices to a number of instantly appealing and surprisingly catchy tunes such as the opening track "Windstorm", the more grounded and infectious "I L U", the commanding "Joviann" and the uptempo and soaring "Bye Bye Bye". But if the band has tempered its stream of consciousness/free form style for a more controlled and radio ready sound, there's still enough ambitious and unbridled creativity on display here to cement their indie cred.

If "Disconnect From Desire" is hampered by anything, it may be that the Deheza sisters are so good at what they do that sometimes it's almost too much of a good thing. The band constantly soars to such lofty heights lyrically and musically that at times you wish they could come down to earth a little more often. For all the greatness that abounds here, the album may seem at times to be just a little too pristine and tasteful, while lacking in a certain playfulness and fun. Still, that's a minor quibble for an album that certainly ranks as one of the year's most listenable treats.
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Cocteau Twins meets Dead Can Dance meets Peter Murphy meets Deluxe. I might add a little Bel Canto, but it's not necessary. If you like anything on the 4AD label, you will love SVIIB! The vocals are mesmerizing, harmonic, and beautiful. The music is retro with a new flavor triggering lucid dreaming of days long past and memories fondly kept. Lyrically, the trio delivers. Interesting introspection and interpretation of how we survive this journey called life. All together, the music is compelling. It's intrusion is comfortable and you'll be hard pressed to keep it out of mind. This is frankly one of the best bands to emerge in perhaps a decade. No band I can think of presents a more unique sound today. I highly recommend SVIIB, but be warned, you'll kill for more.
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School of Seven Bells really break out with this great follow up album to Alpinisms. I find the songs to be just as crisp and unique as those on their debut, and although it lacks a real standout song such as "Face to Face on High Places" or "Half Asleep", it's a more concise and 'to-the-point' album. It's every bit as good, if not better, than Alpinisms. While the songs are mainly backbeats and synth mixed with vocal melodies, the product is amazing studio sound. Never seen them live, but I am this coming September. I'll be interested to see how they sound. Regardless, this is a great listen.
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Alejandra Deheza and Benjamin Curtis combine with Allies twin sister Claudia to give you harmonic sounds that chill you.
This has been through my CD player at least 25 times.
So sad that Benjamin got taken away so young at 35. His music will be eternal.
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Disconnect From Desire contains a collection of songs rich in profound messages, of life, happiness and purpose. The musical arrangements are outstanding, they make you feel that you are in a huge concert hall, where a symphony orquestra is playing. About the quality of the vocals, the harmony and quality make you feel like you are floating on air. Truly beautiful interpretation bordering on angelical. I recommend Disconnect From Desire to those who truly appreciate quality beautiful music.
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The School of Seven Bells rings in their second album, DISCONNECT FROM DESIRE, with "Windstorm," a much simpler construction than their previous output, though no less harmonic. "Dust Devil" has digital dreaminess to it, and "Babelonia" flies on swift wings, but overall, the song structure seems much less complex. The electro groove of "Camarilla" might not swing the same weight, but it helps the relatively stripped-down "Dial." "Bye Bye Bye" lets the layers creep back in, and the haziness of "The Wait" lets the simplicity shine through with some country twang. Not as startling as their debut, but strong nonetheless.
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"Disconnect From Desire" kicks off with the glorious harmonies of Alejandra and Claudia Deheza in what sounds like a loop which will reappear throughout "Windstorm". The songs are melodically catchy and lyrically expansive. Benjamin Curtis's beats feel more natural this time around, making this album a more accessible, assured and consistent effort than their debut CD "ALPINISMS" (which I happen to love) that served as an excellent template of their sound which has evolved beautifully with this record. I should note that the one element that's played down a bit on "Disconnect" is the world pop aspect, so appealing on "ALPINISMS".
Highlights include the uplifting "Windstorm"; the elastic electronica of "Heart Is Strange"; the lovely "ILU" with guitars reminiscent of My Bloody Valentine; "Joviann"'s gorgeous vocal melody line and heavenly lead guitar; more MBV noise segueing into the breezy and buoyant "Bye Bye Bye" and the dreamy last song "The Wait" with it's stately bells. Ring in the new, baby!
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