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The American Adventure

Electric Soft Parade Audio CD
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1. Things I've Done Before
2. Bruxellisation
3. Lights Out
4. Wrongest Thing In Town
5. Lose Yer Frown
6. The American Adventure
7. Chaos
8. Headacheville
9. Existing

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Brighton-based indie prodigies the Electric Soft Parade return with their second studio album. 'The American Adventure' is the follow-up to their 2002 debut album 'Holes In The Wall', which received considerable critical plaudits, a Mercury Music Prize nomination, & the title of Q Best Newcomer. Recorded in Brighton, Cowfold & Chiswick, & mastered at Abbey Road, the nine tracks on the 'The American Adventure' find the band dirtying up their indie jangle with elements of U.S. alternative rock. Packed full of crystalline melodies & guitar driven hits, standout tracks include the Radiohead-esque 'Lights Out', the anthemic 'The Wrongest Thing In Town' & the storming Sonic Youth-influenced title track. Includes the single 'Things I've Done Before'. Copy Controlled. Arista. 2003.

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The Electric Soft Parade's second album The American Adventure--the follow-up to the Mercury Prize-nominated Holes in the Wall--is an in-depth study into the widescreen possibilities of indie rock. The Brighton brothers' noses for a pop hook remain undiminished, branding the woozy slide guitar swagger of "Things I've Done Before" and brooding rumble "Lights Out" as instant anthems. But for the most part, The American Adventure's hummable melodies are soft and bleary and buried in swathes of atmospheric bric-a-brac. The title track is a vast and desolate soundscape of eerie echoes, unnerving bleeps, deranged strings and circular vocals, punctuated by pockets of the dreamiest of tunes, while "Chaos" and "Existing" are feather-light lullabies floating on twinkling xylophones, harps and an unspoken menace. Even the likes of "Wrongest Thing in Town" and "Lose YR Frown", which start as sweet and simple country plodders, mutate into vast and crashing expanses of dogged drums, accordions and all manner of analogue organs and noises to mesmerise and disturb. An indie-pop sequel with big ambitions, The American Adventure strives for the magnificent and finds it at every turn. --Dan Gennoe

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4.0 out of 5 stars Rambling Charm Feb. 6 2004
By WrtnWrd
Format:Audio CD
I wasn't crazy about this record the first time through -- it felt unfocussed and rambling. But then it crept up on me the same way The Libertines did. In fact, rambling is part of its charm. These 9 cuts are the sound of English boys figuring out their place in the world -- if they sound confused, it's because they are. But guitars and drums and bass help them find their way, especially on the confessional "Things I've Done Before", and the lover's kiss off "Lights Out".
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4.0 out of 5 stars A nice discovery Dec 30 2003
Format:Audio CD
It's the kind of thing you need to listen to when you think you must have heard all good music in the entire world ... once you've heard this record, you know there's hope and much more !!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rambling Charm Feb. 6 2004
By WrtnWrd - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I wasn't crazy about this record the first time through -- it felt unfocussed and rambling. But then it crept up on me the same way The Libertines did. In fact, rambling is part of its charm. These 9 cuts are the sound of English boys figuring out their place in the world -- if they sound confused, it's because they are. But guitars and drums and bass help them find their way, especially on the confessional "Things I've Done Before", and the lover's kiss off "Lights Out".
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly Brilliant Nov. 1 2003
By Sleepinthenudedude! - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This album is beyond words. It needs to be heard by everyone everywhere very soon because it is an amazing album. It is probably the best album since Radiohead's OK Computer.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A nice discovery Dec 30 2003
By Thomas Huyghe - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
It's the kind of thing you need to listen to when you think you must have heard all good music in the entire world ... once you've heard this record, you know there's hope and much more !!!
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