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Holes in the Wall Import

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  • Audio CD (Feb. 18 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Bmg/Db Records
  • ASIN: B00005UDVK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
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1. Start Again
2. Empty At The End
3. There's A Silence
4. Something's Got To Give
5. It's Wasting Me Away
6. Silent To The Dark
7. Sleep Alone
8. This Given Line
9. Why Do You Try So Hard To Hate Me
10. Holes In The Wall
11. Biting The Soles Of My Feet
12. Red Balloon For Me

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Picked out by NME as 'one of the ten hottest guitar bands in the UK' & nominated for a 2002 Mercury Music Prize Award. The long awaited debut for the British indie act influenced by Buffalo Springfield, the Beach Boys, the Boo Radleys & Charlatans. Tracks include, 'There's A Silence', 'Red Balloon For Me', 'It's Wasting Me Away', 'Silent To The Dark', 'Something's Got To Give' & 'Empty At The End'. 2002.


Brighton brothers Alex and Tom White may still be fresh-faced teenagers, but Holes In The Wall, their commendable debut album, could have been recorded at any time in the last 20 years. It bristles with the mysterious melodic chemistry that made Boo Radleys' Giant Steps and Teenage Fanclub's Bandwagonesque such endearingly retrodelic prospects: a wide-eyed expansiveness, a sonic playfulness, and tunes ("Start Again", "There's A Silence", "Why Do You Try So Hard To Hate Me") with hooks so immediate they swagger into your head, grab the comfy chairs and start writing out party invites before they've even reached the second chorus. While on the surface this is traditional guitar fare, beneath the veneer this bares all the subtly applied hallmarks of a rock masterwork--the work of the White brothers themselves, who undertook much of the recording in their bedroom with an iMac, a bank of vintage synths, and all manner of digital mixing programs. The next album, doubtless, will be even better. But right now, as "Silent To The Dark"--think Graham Coxon in full pop Technicolour--phases back in after five minutes of majestic electronic psychedelia, Alex White cooing "When I needed someone to talk to / You were the only one around" it's clear you'd have to have a heart of stone to not be immediately sold. --Louis Pattison

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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa3bb1abc) out of 5 stars 12 reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3eb2f54) out of 5 stars Young Group Deliver Very Mature Debut! Feb. 18 2002
By Ian Creamer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This very youthful duo from Brighton have delivered to us an album of great promise,they really sound like they could go on to become one the bigger acts over the next few years.It's amazing to think that two such young guys could produce such a mature and accomplished debut.There is nothing on this debut that makes them sound immature from both a musical or lyrical point of view.Don't be fooled by the name of the group as this album may have it's "softer" moments but there are plenty of louder parts too!
Their influences seem to be pretty numerous (as well as showing they're a group with excellent musical tastes) and they seem to change from track to track.Basically the tracks fall into 2 categories-basic up tempo rock songs or paired down new acoustic movement laidback tracks.In fact the first track manages to draw in both influences together.At times you think it sounds like Air and then when the louder chorus kicks in thiere is a real Pixies feel to it.The next 2 songs are very uptempo standard rock tracks.They're loud yet they have retained enough ear-catching melody that reminds me of Ash or Supergrass-especially as the group seem to be having plenty of fun into the bargain.Painful angst is kept down to a minimum.The next 2 tracks have a more laidback atmospheric feel to them.It's all got a late night sound-some acoustic,keyboards and some glorious vocal harmonies.Track 6 "Silent To The Dark"-the current single has a great mixture of sounds also.Acoustic sounds and vocoder vocals during the verses give way to a louder more up-beat and poppy chorus.It's a great choice as first single though it doesn't really warrant being 9 minutes long.The first 6 tracks are amazingly good-the quality takes a temporary dip during the next few tracks.Track 9 is a good return to form-the sound is more alt/rock from the U.S. then anything British.The chorus has an almost west coast punky feel without all the ....!The title track is a gentle ballad that almost has a Gallic sound to it.At times the vocals sound like an early Thom Yorke-in fact this track would be quite at home on Radiohead's "The Bends!"Of the 12 tracks I'd say 9 of them are excellent which is a good return.
The reports from the British music press has been very positive and they are beginning to get plenty of airplay on alternative radio.The Electric Soft Parade have shown on this c.d. that they have already begun to illustrate some of their enormous potential!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa42addd0) out of 5 stars NME actually got this one right! March 27 2002
By Pinecone Man - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The best thing about this is the way your sister picks up all the words from the next room without even knowing the band's name, any of the song titles or having any previous interest in any of the music you like. 9 out of 12 tracks are original, spunky and perfectly produced to leave a really stylised, yet still cutting edge sound. The only disappointments are the three cloying ballads (It's Wasting Me Away (Track 5), Sleep Alone (Track 7) and Red Balloon For Me (Track 12)) that serve as reminders of why this band need to look before they leap in the future. I have also seen them live, and this facet of the band will be telling if they are to become the equivalent of Ash or Supergrass for the new millenium's Brit pop and rock lovers. They stank when I saw them, but I have the faith in this fine collection of sing-along anthems-in-the-making to expect that we will see more of the White brothers.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3a7aedc) out of 5 stars Excellent debut album for Brtiains'newest kids on the block! July 6 2002
By Moraal - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
What makes an album unforgettable? Well, I guess everyone has a different opinion on that, but for me balance is the main criteria while evaluating an album. Oke, so an album has a couple of nice songs on it, but that makes it legendary? No, an album becomes legendary when ALL songs reach a certain admirable level. This is definitely the case with ESP's Holes in the Wall album. Fans of Muse, The Verve & Mercury Rev should pay attention because this album might just represent the coming out of a band that might just give these bands a run for their money! Can't wait for their follow-up!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa38bc93c) out of 5 stars Best Release of 2002 So Far... Feb. 12 2002
By MC - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Anyone who can appreciate the simple joy of a well produced great pop/rock tune and isn't too wrapped up in the White Rebel Strokes Club posturing 'indie' garage rock scene will appreciate every single song on this record.
Look, it's not brain surgery here. Just good hooks, good verses, good choruses, you know, good music. Not too predictable, definitely not too experimental. Elements of Teenage Fanclub, Fountains of Wayne and, dare I say it, Supergrass.
I hate their name. I hate their album cover. I LOVE their music.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa38c61d4) out of 5 stars Worth shelling out the cash... Nov. 19 2002
By J. Losset - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
A good friend of mine started on about these guys about 3 months ago. I started spreading the word about a week later. They're young, and there's only two of them, and "Something's Got To Give" is just, well, excellent. And so is nearly every other track. This has been firmly entrenched in my Top 5 of 2002 list and looks to make the cut within the top three.
Trust me. Shell out the bucks for the import. If you've found this review, you'll like it. A varied, rocking, sometimes soft, good-for-a-party disc that you can definitely sing along with. In fact, your next party will be that much better with this on the hi-fi. Guaranteed.