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  • Audio CD (March 10 2015)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00009V8WD
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #25,270 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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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

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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on June 27 2004
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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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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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. They were known as the United States of America, and if you can find their one full length album then you'll discover the inspiration for this band. But believe me, I've been listening to HaHa Sound far more than the USA album, far more than any previous Broadcast disc and even more than the dozen Sterolab albums that I own darn near put together! Why? Because this 45 minute masterwork has carried me beyond any part of my existence. Your ears are all that are required, no need for pstumbling about on any psyche altering fungus, this is the real deal. Thanks to the band's flawless pursuit of melody combined with Trish Keenan's Karen Carpenter as a toddler from Alpha Centuri vocals and guest pstarring psome of the crispyest most authoritative psyche-lounge drumming I've ever heard (kudos galore to drummer Neil Bullock), we have the paradigm for journeys to a netherworld of existence -- albeit one of dayglo colored balloons and lyrical phantasmagora that even poor ol' PSyd Barrett was too psnoggered to realize (though he had some doozies anyway)! Right from the get go psimple kindergarden psingalongs like "Colour Me In" take on a haunting otherwordly intensity that ushers in more incendiary cyber-raveups like "Pendulum" only to chill out for the lush dreamy and at the same time profound renderings on hum drum things like relationships in "Before We Begin" where Keenan's breeze juxtaposes perfectly with the brash drum fills in the chorus.Read more ›
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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 beatles". I think this is a good obervation given their unique sound and potential mass appeal. The stuff definitely reminds me of airplane and other 60's groups (recommending here os mutantes ASIN: B00004RD1T) because of the drumming (in the style of Michael Giles from early King Crimson), the carnival and calliope keyboard stylings and of course the dreamy vocals almost carefully spoken. It all combines to harken back to an age when there was a dream of freedom and adventure, but with a new twist of technology providing texture and ambience. The difference with music of 35 years ago, however is that this group obviously has no need for restraint (exception being the early King Crimson). This one is a keeper i know i will be enjoying for many years but I can't make the connection to stereolab. Maybe some more older folks should be listening to Broadcast.
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