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2001 album for Scottish act with enhanced live acoustic performance added. The 2000 single 'Barcode Bypass' was named Debut Single of the Year by NME. Described as sounding like, 'it was recorded by some illegitimate, hybrid amalgamation of Babybird, Electric Light Orchestra, the Divine Comedy & Supertramp' & 'an interesting, occasionally brilliant dose of modern British psychedelic pop'. 2002. Mull Historical Society Is the one man band Colin MacIntyre.

Like their British indie peers Clearlake and Belle and Sebastian, Mull Historical Society seem to live in a hermetically sealed world where reality is glimpsed only through a filter of fanciful fantasy. The band is named after a genuine society dedicated to the preservation of tradition on their home island--the Isle of Mull, in the Inner Hebrides--and are a familiarly twee Scottish band. A mere duo, consisting of frontman and songwriter Colin MacIntyre and bassist Alan Malloy, their sound is bolstered on this debut with a jumble-sale of queer, quirky little touches: an alarm bell ringing in the background of "Public Service Announcer"; a children's choir accompanying the whimsical, gently unfolding "Instead"; and a mixture of samples, electronics, and imaginatively utilized household instruments that billow out of this record's numerous nooks and crannies. If you can hack MacIntyre's occasional simpering tone, songs like "Barcode Bypass" (the tragic tale of the closing of the local corner shop) or "I Tried" (heartbreak, rendered as a chugging, theremin-accompanied indie-rock anthem) offer a world so pure, so untainted, it's got to be worth a visit. --Louis Pattison

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Public Service Announcer
  2. Watching Xanadu
  3. Instead
  4. I Tried
  5. This Is Not Who We Were
  6. Barcode Bypass
  7. Only I
  8. Animal Cannabus
  9. Strangeways Inside
  10. Mull Historical Society
  11. Paper Houses

Product details

  • Audio CD (May 7, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Xl Recordings
  • ASIN: B000066703
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #306,265 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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