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ever done. --Pitchfork
This group has remained relevant, inventive and damn good since 1994... Good music transcends throughout
time, and The Sea and Cake is one of few that do it right. --Filter
Easily their best record in a decade --NPR All Songs Considered
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The first 4 tracks of this album are my favorite on the album. On and On is a rock song(well a light sea and cake rocker anyway) which gets you moving in the morning when you wake up. Harps has a variety of lovely sounds with instruments that I am not sure what they are and Prekop's vocals sound great in this and has an overall happy tone to the song-sort of a dreamy tune and quite relaxing(then again very few sea and cake's songs are not relaxing)! The last minute or so of the song " A mere" is absolutely lovely-with its lovely guitar rifts, light orchestra, light drum beats made for a splendid way to end the song. The 4th song Invitations has semi haunting vocals from Prekop with very interesting lyrics as well. Between his haunting vocals and Prewitt on organ it makes for a very unique song, one of my favorites on the album for sure. The other song harbor bridges is a light airy chill acoustic song and I really enjoyed the sound and rythm of new patterns which was a lovely tune also.
Other than that I did not personally care much for the rest of the songs. They were not terrible, just kind of so so at best-relaxing anyway.
Unfortunately there were no tracks on here that were just instrumentals. Almost all of the previous SAC albums have at least 1 if not 2 instrumentals(sans lyrics) which are often fantastic and sometimes the best tracks on the album.
Anyway a must pick to add to your SAC collection of great albums. Solid B+
Songs like "The Invitations" go a little off the expected menu, starting in familiar territory but soon morphing into something organic and filmic. The heavily processed vocals and keys drift away while a half krautrock/half Malian groove takes over. The acoustic "Harbor Bridges" is revelatory in its stripping away of the usual atmospherics and synths. Claridge keeps sneaking in variations on the venerable Thriller bassline throughout the album.
While their consistency can at times be maddening, the true strength of the band is not in "hey lookit me" stylistic twists or overt shifts. Instead, Sea And Cake reward listening with lots of subtlety and interesting yet understated layering.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this album. It was what we where hoping for and more. Thanks Sea & Cake. You never let us downPublished on April 3, 2014 by SB
and is a continuation of a discernable change in direction for the band (see also "The Moonlight Butterfly"). Read morePublished on October 17, 2013 by Joe Sever
Is not the best work of The Sea and Cake, but is very good, especially the first two tracks. The second one (Harps) is wonderful. Read morePublished on March 9, 2013 by Rui Novais
Very spacey, complex songwriting and instrumentation without being in your face about it. Kind of like early Arcade Fire meets The Republic Tigers.Published on February 11, 2013 by Shawn