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Fingers Crossed

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Genre: Popular Music
Media Format: Compact Disk
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Release Date: 6-APR-2004

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. One Heavy February
  2. Souvenirs
  3. Imaginary Ordinary
  4. Scissor Paper Rock
  5. To And Fro
  6. Spring 2008
  7. The Owls Go
  8. Fumble
  9. Kindling
  10. It's Almost A Trap
  11. Like A Call
  12. Where You've Been Hiding
  13. City Calm Down
  14. Vanishing


Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 6, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bar/None Records
  • ASIN: B0001JXPDE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #305,317 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 14, 2005
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Architecture in Helsinki struck gold in their very first release.The Aussie octet sound remarkably polished here, with their mix of twee pop and nonsensical writing -- imagine a three-way between Fiery Furnaces, Arcade Fire and Belle & Sebastian. The result might sound something like the deceptively cute "Fingers Crossed."

The intro "One Heavy February" errs on the side of twee, with catchy synths and lots of handclaps. Then it switches into the twinkly guitar pop of "Souvenirs," which sounds sweetly innocent at first. But listen more carefully to what Kellie Sutherland sings. "I've got souvenirs/but yesterday can't mean too much/have we missed an opportunity?" she sings sadly. "For what once was gold/ and once was rich/now is poor."

That sound of poignant innocence permeates the entire album, over music so exuberant, warped and playful that it's enchanting. The general sound is that of guitar pop laid over thickly with keyboard, horns, and more handclaps. They also veer into childlike whimsy in songs like "Spring 2008," and a clarinet at the start of "Imaginary Ordinary."

But the songs slowly lose their more innocent vibe, sounding more and more melody. Even the catchy upbeat "Fumble" and childlike "Where You Been Hiding" sound melancholy. It's a bit like growing up -- life may still be beautiful, but you gradually lose your innocence and unbridled joy. By the end, we have Sutherland and Cameron Bird wistfully asking "where you been hiding?"

Writer/musician/vocalist Cameron Bird reportedly said that "Fingers Crossed" was the sound of a band figuring out what they wants to do. That explains why they have the musical naivete of a band just doing what they want to do, without imitation or preconceptions. So no matter how poignant, it's amazing music.
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By A Customer on April 25, 2004
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I saw this band about a month ago at a local indie show. I had never heard of them before they played. While watching them set up, I figured I was in for a really interesting show because of the massive amount of instruments on stage. There are eight members in A.I.H., and they each play about ten different instruments. Their live show was amazing; one minute, one of the band members would be playing the guitar, and then two seconds later, he'd be on the other side of the stage, shaking a tamborine, singing, or playing the trumpet. Within hearing five seconds of their first song, I was in love with Architecture in Helsinki. Their music is amazing to listen to. I actually bought their cd in the middle of their set because I was afraid it would sell out! I was apprehensive to listen to them on cd because I didn't think anything could top their live performance, but believe me--the CD is just as great. Do yourself a favor and buy this cd, and if they come within five hours of your wherever you live, go watch them. You won't be disappointed.
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I love the first Architecture in Helsinki album. Fingers Crossed is like a breath of fresh air. It is light: Meditative without being overly ponderous. Makes excellent use of negative space. The CD is always over too soon for me & I have listened to it 7 times since I received it in the mail yesterday. This nice little group of Australians have made my week. The tone palate for the album is very well blended, perfectly in fact. With many of the home done type releases which have come recently, these eclectic instrumental combinations are hit & miss, particularly in communal bands with a large number of members where the hi-fi, low-fi argument is more likely to come to a head. Not so here, every note sparkles & shimmers. The production glows & blushes like a sunrises. It's a subtly done & wonderful thing. Similarly, male & female voices seem to blend together neutrally in an inspiring way.
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By Pantone292 on July 23, 2004
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I listened to this entire album a good five times in the first 24 hours that I owned it. As an avid Belle & Sebastian fan, I hate to say it, but this album is much better than B&S's newest (Catastrophe Waitress). I only say this because the two groups have a very similar sound, almost as if Isobelle Campbell is singing several of the tracks. For a 'debut' album, this thing is a masterpiece.
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Looking throught the other reviews, I notice a lot of references to Belle and Sebastian as well as the twee genre. While the layered production of disperate instruments ranging from trumpet to thumb piano, and soft, harmonized vocals occassionally recall Scotland's finest (I'm really being geographically referential, aren't I?), the music on Fingers Crossed is undeniably its own beast.
Though the music is always honey sweet, Architecture in Helsinki shows a lot of range on this album. Taking the amazon listening samples as examples, "One Heavy February" starts the album on a synthy, new wave note, "Souveniers" is an example of the twee influence, although the dense instrumentation (per the jacket cover, 11 instruments are used) creates a more compelling texture, "Imaginary Ordinary" is a weird haltering song -- undoubtedly the sparcest on the album -- with electronica influences, "Scissor Paper Rock" sounds like a cheesy 70's song thrown together with a cheesy 80's song, and "To and Fro" sounds like The Sea and Cake with orchestral backing.
While the listening samples show the album's range, the real highlights occur later on with pretty songs like "Spring 2008," and groovier, alomst Stereolab-esque songs like "Kindling" and "Where You've Been Hiding."
I personally think this album is awesome, but I give it only four stars, because it is a little schizophrenic. Regardless, I think it would be a great purchase for anyone whose musical interests aren't completely straightforward, so if you're not put off by track one, I think this is probably for you.
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