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Haha Sound

Broadcast Audio CD
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1. Colour Me In
2. Pendulum
3. Before We Begin
4. Valerie
5. Man Is Not A Bird
6. Minim
7. Lunch Hour Pops
8. Black Umbrellas
9. Ominous Cloud
10. Distorsion
11. Oh How I Miss You
12. The Little Bell
13. Winter Now
14. Hawk

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Birmingham-based-trio Broadcast (Trish Keenan, James Cargill and Tim Felton) have carved a nice little niche with their intriguing brand of pop music. HaHa Sound is the band's second album and it steadfastly continues their mission to walk the tightrope between wilfully obscure experimental sounds and melodious, accessible pop, fusing obscure cinematic influences with the kind of sounds others would try and lose--analogue synths, grainy feedback, scratchy electronica, etc. Via these ensnaring soundscapes, the band veer mellifluously from the fairy-tale escapism of "Ominous Cloud" to rhythmically pulsing material like "Pendulum" (which sounds like Kraftwerk colliding with their fellow Teutonic innovators Can), via a host of carnivalesque atmospheres and hall-of-mirrors style contours. There's a spot of darkness and contrivance to prevent us getting too comfortable, but Broadcast still make us feel as if we're looking at our own world like aliens peering through a sonic goldfish bowl, with everything seeming familiar but surreally warped and alluringly weightless. With Keegan's glacially delivered vocals providing the pure-white icing on the crazy cake, Ha Ha Sound is a consistently beguiling album--and is certainly no laughing matter. --Paul Sullivan

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Broadcast return from the depths of their Birmingham studio three years after the release of their first full length "The Noise Made By People". An album that was critically acclaimed and went on to sell 50,000 copies worldwide and confirmed Broadcast as a major cult band who have a massive potential to cross over to a wider audience. "HaHa Sound" is a stunning, beautiful album mixing Broadcast's pop sensibilities, through iconic singer Trish Keenan's unforgettable vocals with unique production and idiosyncratic instrumentation.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Broadcast's lovely "sound June 27 2004
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
What is Broadcast? Broadcast is dreamy, swirly indie-pop-rock that manages to be experimental and familiar all at once, with hints of jazz, trip-hop, and general melodic confusion. Does the British band's third release, "Haha Sound," pull itself together into a good album? In a word, yes.
A gently dischordant opener kicks off the entrancing, quirky "Colour Me In." Following it up is the slightly staticky rockers like "Pendulum" and the vaguely spooky "Man is Not A Bird," sparkly pop like "Lunch Hour Pops" and "Ominous Cloud," and offbeat ballads like "Before We Begin" and the ethereal "Valerie." Not to mention stately soundscapes like the shimmering "Minim" and experimental spazzing in "Distorsion."
You don't really expect rock to be pretty, or pop to explore new musical ground. But Broadcast manages both at the same time. They effortlessly switch from mellow to childlike to jaded. And their music is a neo-60s tangle that sorts itself out into simple, jangly melodies.
Trish Keenan's voice is well suited to the dreamy music; she has that sort of high, sweet voice that is often associated with schoolgirls. But in some songs like "Little Bell," her voice dips down and becomes much throatier. Okay, you can't really understand what she's saying, but if you dig down to the lyrics, you'll get some evocative, wintry songs with lots of references to sleep, snow, ice and cold. At times the lyrics can border on sappy ("You are the only one/To keep me sane when all is wrong") but it never quite crosses that border.
Psychedelic guitar riffs are the core of Broadcast's sound in this CD.
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4.0 out of 5 stars the noise made by people 2 May 8 2004
By emvb
Format:Audio CD
FOLLOWING NMBP- HA HA SOUND IS ANOTHER VERY GOOD RECORD THAT SOUNDS LIKE IT WAS RECORDED 30 YEARS AGO WITH MODERN RECORDING GEAR. THERES A REAL CREATIVE SPARK HERE AND SOUND THAT IS FUN AND SPOOKY AT THE SAME TIME. ULTIMATELY BROADCAST ARE THE CURRENT COOLEST AND MOST EFFECTIVE BAND AT MIXING ODD ELECTRONIC SOUND EFFECTS- WITH NEO PYSCHEDELIC POP ROCK AND THE FLOATY SWEET FEMALE VOCAL. THERES A COUPLE OF TRACKS THAT JUST GO NOWHERE FAST BUT OVERALL ITS JUST AS SOLID AS THEIR DEBUT- IF ONLY SLIGHTLY INFERIOR TO THAT RECORD. ***OF NOTE TO FANS SHOULD BE THE UNCANNY RESEMBLANCE TO THE RARE AMERICAN ELECTRONIC/ PYSCHEDELIC ROCK BAND UNITED STATES OF AMERICA WHO RELEASED ONE SOLE RECORD IN 1968( CD IS HARD TO FIND AND PRICEY CAN BE FOUND ON AMAZON AND EBAY- ATLEAST FOUR TRACKS OFF THIS EXCELLENT RARE SIXTIES PYSCH CLASSIC SOUND EXACTLY LIKE BROADCAST- ONE OF THE FIRST BANDS TO USE A RARE MODULATOR SYNTHEZIER AND SOUND EFFECTS- AN AMAZING RECORD THAT ANY FAN OF BROADCAST-STEREOLAB IS ESSENTIAL!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mo Pop April 21 2004
Format:Audio CD
I first heard Broadcast a few years ago. I heard one of their EPs and was disappointed. I had high hopes because other people mentioned them to me often. But recently I saw them play this year and heard this new full album. I was excited by it. It seems like everything you would want in a record: psychedelic, dreamy, and rhythmic... You often hear John Barry and Morricione mentioned when people talk about Broadcast. I think that Broadcast takes soundtrack music to a more interesting and darker place. "Pendulum" is a great song and it's great that they include it on this album. Where other bands like them have either went electro or loss their focus or even quit altogether, it's wonderful that Broadcast has come out this year seeming like one of the freshest, most original bands of the year. Songs like "Before We Begin" and "Valerie" show off their more subtle and mellow side. You then remember that they are on Warp Records and not some independent French label. The album length allows them to explore sound and use noise. They do this as well as more regular songs. It's important in music today to be original and not just rehash your record collection. Broadcast are definitely one of those special groups that have a distinct sound that looks forward and backwards, and celebrates everything great in music about right now. History is bunk. Hopefully more people will stop following trends and worrying about what is cool, and just listen to bands like Broadcast. Who cares about your haircut?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating! March 29 2004
By Mike
Format:Audio CD
Broadcast is one of the few current bands that I give two nickels about, and this disc proves that they continue to evolve and grow. I remember being a poor teen who could only afford (or convince his parents to purchase) one or two 'tapes' a month. Of course, I listened-the-heck out of those tapes, which is something I do less often now, seeing how I have more CDs and less time to listen to them (if only I could make the $ without working). Upon buying Haha Sound, though, I listened-the-heck out of it for five days straight - this disc reeled me in, and I was forced to explore what was going on. Come on!! You can't even tell what instrument is being played half the time, or how it's being played. Some moments on this disc are the poppiest Broadcast moments ever (pop='emotionally affecting', not 'sell-out'), yet others push the rollercoaster of weirdness to greater heights. Broadcast, like every great band, has influences and roots in the past, yet they continue to push forward and create music that couldn't have existed at any other time. This is what, years from now, will put Broadcast heads and shoulders above the legions of revivalists and imitators littering the scene right now. With this album, Broadcast continues to move ahead, while taking rock and pop with them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating!
Broadcast is one of the few current bands that I give two nickels about, and this disc proves that they continue to evolve and grow. Read more
Published on March 29 2004 by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond the United States of America
Way back in 1967-68 some UCLA college freaks got together and created an Album of electronic music to inspire hordes of musical gadget noodlers for generations to come. Read more
Published on March 10 2004 by Brian Tepper
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect pop
i totally love this record. the first time i listened to it, i was slightly disappointed because it wasn't quite what i wanted in a broadcast record. Read more
Published on Feb. 13 2004 by Brett D. Carter
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Three of 2003
I admit that 2003 was a lousy year for alternative rock...but at least Broadcast released this gem of an album that has discovered some new territory in the the... Read more
Published on Feb. 12 2004 by Leclerk
4.0 out of 5 stars Broadcast
I recently heard this band on a compilation or a website or something along those lines and at first I was not too impressed. Read more
Published on Jan. 22 2004 by Charles Greenfeld
5.0 out of 5 stars Glimmering pop wonder
How could you not get off on the audio feast that is Broadcast's "HA HA SOUND"? It sounds like Joe Meek taking an extended holiday to produce Can with a 60's schoolgirl... Read more
Published on Nov. 23 2003 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars I really like a few songs . . .
I recall the excitement with which I first beheld the refreshingly creative "Noise Made By People". Inside of me was seeded a hope of watching the unfoldment of a special band's... Read more
Published on Sept. 23 2003 by hyperbolic squiggly
4.0 out of 5 stars Music again gets Magic
I heard this album in a coffeehouse and had to ask what it was. It completely enthralled me from start to finish. Read more
Published on Sept. 15 2003 by C. Gardner
5.0 out of 5 stars psychedelic candy store
This band is definitely improving with age. My friend who introduced me to Broadcast (work no work; noise made by people) said her music professor called them "the new... Read more
Published on Sept. 12 2003 by soundsmith
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