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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.
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
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
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 morePublished on March 29 2004 by Mike
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 morePublished on March 10 2004 by Brian Tepper
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 morePublished on Feb. 13 2004 by Brett D. Carter
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 morePublished on Feb. 12 2004 by Leclerk
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 morePublished on Jan. 22 2004 by Charles Greenfeld
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 morePublished on Nov. 23 2003 by Amazon Customer
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 morePublished on Sept. 23 2003 by hyperbolic squiggly
I heard this album in a coffeehouse and had to ask what it was. It completely enthralled me from start to finish. Read morePublished on Sept. 15 2003 by C. Gardner
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