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A Sleep & A Forgetting

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Islands' 2012 album A Sleep & A Forgetting continues the band'spenchant for crafting adventuresome and infectious state of the art pop music. But this time band leader Nick Thorburn has infused the songs with a personal introspection that gives the record a new and powerful emotional resonance. Recorded live with hardly a single overdub, tt's a strippeddown process and beautifully understated sound which onlyreinforces the confessional content of the lyrics.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 14, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ANTI Records
  • ASIN: B006GK2WUO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #242,359 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Rudolph Klapper on February 15, 2012
Format: Audio CD
As a Break-Up Record, A Sleep And A Forgetting checks off all the boxes quite nicely. The story has been written a thousand times before, but trust Nick Thorburn to inject some high drama into it: A Sleep And A Forgetting comes after Thorburn endured a messy end to a relationship last Valentine's Day and spent much of the past year in the care of a wealthy older patron (a woman, natch), who gave him a place to stay and a piano to pontificate on, the modern-day Romantic come to translate his tears to the ivories. It's a record that wallows in clichés, be it in its release date or in its backstory or in its straight-to-the-gut lyrical matter, and for a band that's always been the indie pop standard-bearer of bombast and glam, it all feels oh so very tragic and more than a little contrived. Yet for maybe the first time, A Sleep And A Forgetting gets at the heart of an artist who, over years of project changes and name switches, has remained frustratingly opaque.

Thorburn has always been a hard guy to pin down, but on Islands' 2008 triumph Arm's Way, it was this creative shiftiness that made his genre-mashing experiments work so well. Here, Thorburn is as direct as he's ever been: "Sounds forming words / from the well spring of concern / while my boat in that ocean turned / on the hull I watched the city burn," Thorburn whispers on opener "In A Dream It Seemed Real," and it's this portrait of a shattered relationship that is possibly the most heartfelt song of Thorburn's career. Looking back on Islands' discography, it has always been his music that managed to connect with me on a fundamental level - it wasn't until the music itself became unremarkable that I really took to Thorburn the lyricist.
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I am a big fan of Nick Thorburn and have loved everything he's put out and this is no exception. This time around the music is more mid-tempo and less quirky than previous releases, creating a more laid-back and reflective experience. Though the Islands best album is still Return to the Sea, A Sleep and a Forgetting is full of great songs and will not disappoint.
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I love the raw appeal of this album
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