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  • Audio CD (Sept. 28 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: SCD / FatCat
  • ASIN: B000N3SSS0
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1. Cold Days From the Birdhouse
2. That Summer, At Home I Had Become the Invisible Boy
3. Walking For Two Hours
4. Last Year's Rain Didn't Fall Quite So Hard
5. Medley: Talking With Fireworks/Here, It Never Snowed
6. Mapped By What Surrounded Them
7. And She Would Darken the Memory
8. I'm Taking the Train Home
9. Fourteen Autumns And Fifteen Winters

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Twilight Sad ~ Fourteen Autumns Fourteen

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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When you see that you're all mine... with a knife in your chest April 12 2007
By Kevin Satterwhite - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Here they are, after hearing my cries for a great, new band, The Twilight Sad release one of the best albums of the past few years. From the start, the listener is draped within TTS's atmospheric sound and with it they promote a wondrous landscape. It's the perfect blend of Scottish folk, distortion and ambiance. All the post-modern, sonic guitars; slow, melodic drum beats; and piercing, droning sounds are blended perfectly with the soft vocals and acoustics. Imagine if you will the sonic, ambient sounds of a modern day, experimental band such as Explosions In The Sky but more traditionally structured with Scottish influences, such as how Big Country took the music of their era and conjured their sound. That is the picture you should envision when considering the sound of The Twilight Sad.

"Cold Days From The Birdhouse" serves as the ideal introduction for "Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters". Beginning with acoustic guitars, a repetitious piano note and soft vocals, it ends after a climax of loud distorted sounds and perfectly demonstrates to the listen exactly what to expect throughout the rest of the album. "That Summer, At Home I Had Became the Invisible Boy" is one of the best songs of this year. It's the true gem of this wonderful album. In the song, singer, James Grahams' narratives explain a tragic tale that the narrator caused. "These walls are filled with blame" Graham expresses on "Mapped By What Surrounded Them".

The overall mood of the album as you should tell is melancholy. How could it not be when you name your band `The Twilight Sad' and have song titles such as "And She Would Darken The Memory" and "Last Years Rain Didn't Fall Quite So Hard" on your debut album "Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters"? There are nine tracks on this album; the majority of which are over five minutes in length, none of them lackluster. There isn't a skippable track on here and none of them feature minutes of filler sounds or noises like most experimental bands will induce on the listener.

Without needing to get into too much more detail, this is my personal choice for album of the year at this point in early April. If for some reason another band comes along and knocks this from my top spot, I will more then welcome it. I would love to meet the artist(s) that can relinquish my obsession with this album.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters May 31 2007
By Andrew Vice - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Yes, singer James Graham has a thick accent. Get over it. Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters is a lush, beautiful soundscape of pulsing, droning guitar haze layered with bright, rhythmic drumming, and poetic, heartfelt lyrics. Graham sings every word with import, convincing the listener that his words are truly his own, and not just the rambling bull of a man strapped for lyrics to put to his songs.

The songs are heavy. They are very, very heavy, but that in no way compromises their beauty. Despite the wall of sound that assaults the listener, the instruments are still apparent, the melody still perceivable, and the overall theme of the music is not lost. Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters is an album to listen to as you cruise the highway in the dead of night. Listen to this album when you have time to ponder, and time to appreciate the effort that these lads and lasses from Glasgow have put out in order to make a gorgeous record for all of us to wallow in.

Though the songs are primarily dark in lyric and in music, the album is compelling, and somehow, uplifting. Give the Twilight Sad a chance, and I doubt you'll be disappointed. Don't be turned off by Graham's accent like I was at first. Give him time, and I assure you his voice will grow on you, and you'll realize that these songs couldn't be sung by any other voice.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Uneven but promising Aug. 8 2007
By D - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
After hearing the first two stunning tracks of this CD for the first time, I started thinking this album might be the Next Best Thing...and it's not. Unfortunately, a couple songs follow that lack melody and aren't that fantastic. At times these guys make beautiful noise, and at other times, well, they just make noise. There's lots of room for improvement, but it's a very impressive debut. And I love the guy's voice! (Yes, I laughed at the Groundskeeper Willie crack below, and there's an element of truth to that, but he can't help having an accent for crying out loud! And I happen to love it and think it makes them sound unique.)

At their best, these guys remind me a bit of the James album "Laid". And I wish they'd go just a bit more in that direction...slightly more melodic and less thrashy. I definitely look forward to hearing what these guys do next.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Promising debut album Sept. 20 2009
By Paul Allaer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
The Twilight Sad hail from Glasgow, Scotland (home of such other indie-buzz bands like Glasvegas and We Were Promised Jetpacks). On the basis of a four song demo that the band send in to Fat Cat Records, they were signed to the label, and after issuing a debut EP in the Fall of 2006, the band released this debut album in the Spring of 2007. Musically, certainly Mogwai comes to mind when listening to these guys, although the Twilight Sad's sound is certainly their own.

"Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters" (9 tracks; 45 min.) starts off gently as a lamb on "Cold Days From the Birdhouse" which then ultimately comes crashing down with a searing wall of sound, and with that the stage is set for the entire album. Guitars are awash in reverb and the thundering drums keep things on a heavy pace. "That Summer, At Home I Had Become The Invisible Boy" is 1 of 3 tracks from the earlier EP that were retained for the album, and one of the highlights of the entire album (notwithstanding the unsettling lyrics such as "Kids are on fire in the bedroom"). Another highlight is the gentle "Last Year's Rain Didn't Fall Quite So Hard". But the best tracks for me towards the end of teh album: "And She Would Darken The Memory" and "I'm Taking the Train Home" are both long, hypnotizing pieces of music, just brilliant. The instrumental title track closes things off nicely.

In all, this is quite the promising debut album from these guys. Their follow-up album "Forget the Night Ahead" is slated to come out later this week. I had the good fortune of catching the Twilight Sad in concert at the Monolith festival at the Red Rocks in Colorado not long ago, and they put on a blazing performance, mixing songs from both the debut album and the soo to be released new album. Finally, if you wonder where you can here these guys, check out WOXY (BAM! The Future of Rock and Roll), the internet-only station that brings the best indie-music in the country, bar none.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of 2007's top albums June 22 2007
By P. Lundquist - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I can't stop listening to this album. Singer James Graham's thick brogue is startling at first, then heartily endearing- much like much of the album's material. The thick layers of noise, overdriven guitar, and accordion pull you into a wash of atmosphere and emotion, where the epic scope of the songs buried underneath tear through to your very core. Anyone who knocks this album for Graham's accent either simply didn't give him a chance or has no taste in music.

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