The View - Bread And Circuses (CD)

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    Categories
    RockPopMusic
    Category
    1. Performer
    2. Rock & Pop
    Number of Items
    1
    Title
    Bread And Circuses
    Media
    CD
    BarCode
    886978509925
    Country of Origin
    USA
    Label
    Naxos
    Department
    Music
    Distributor
    Sony BMG
    Mono / Stereo
    Stereo
    Format
    CD
    Barcode
    886978509925
    Tracks
    1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Grace
    2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Underneath The Lights
    3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Tragic Magic
    4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Girl
    5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Life
    6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Friend
    7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Beautiful
    8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Blondie
    9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Sunday
    10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Walls
    11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Happy
    12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] The Best Lasts Forever
    Songs / Tracks
    1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Grace
    2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Underneath the Lights
    3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Tragic Magic
    4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Girl
    5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Life
    6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Friend
    7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Beautiful
    8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Blondie
    9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Sunday
    10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Walls
    11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Happy
    12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Best Lasts Forever
    Genre
    Pop / Rock
    Release Date
    14 March 2011
    Country
    Notes

    Personnel: Kyle Falconer (vocals, piano, glockenspiel); Pete Reilly (guitar, background vocals); Darren Rennie (omnichord, keyboards, background vocals); Steven Morrison (drums, spoons, percussion, background vocals); Kieren Webster (background vocals).
    Audio Mixers: Clive Goddard; Tim Bran.
    Photographer: Andy Willsher.
    Indicative of the increasing apathy toward traditional guitar bands, Scottish quartet the View became the poster boys for skinny-jeans indie with their 2007 Mercury Music Prize nominated debut, Hats Off to the Buskers, yet their follow-up, Which Bitch?, came and went without anyone really noticing just two years later. Hoping to steady their rather rapid decline, their third effort, Bread and Circuses, eschews the rather self-indulgent experimentation of the latter in favor of the rousing student-friendly rock of the former on a more focused and uncharacteristically sober affair that saw producer Youth (the Verve, Primal Scream) ban the notorious party animals from consuming any alcohol during its recording. The band hasn't completely abandoned its penchant for the bizarre, as evident on the kazoo-led oompah band finale "Witches" and the faux-inspirational spoken word intro from anarchic poet John Sinclair on the bravado-fueled "Best Lasts Forever," while there are unexpectedly brief flashes of synths on "Sunday" and disco-funk on the anti-religion tirade "Friend." But for the most part it's business as usual, as frontman Kyle Falconer wraps his distinctive and often unintelligible Highland tones around tales of life on the streets of Dundee, accompanied by an array of swirling guitars, ramshackle rhythms, and singalong choruses. "Underneath the Lights" is a raucous Fratellis-esque knees-up based on the suitably hedonistic theme of pulling a groupie; "Tragic Magic," a festival anthem in the making complete with waltz breakdown, recounts a weekend drug binge; and "Girl" is a pub rock hoedown that deals with an irritating and weed-thieving neighbor. So despite its teetotal circumstances and the orchestral torch song "Life," an emotive dedication to Falconer's late mother that sounds like a potential X Factor winner's single, Bread and Circuses does little to dispel their mischievous gang mentality reputation. It's not particularly big or, indeed, clever, but it's a return to form that might just stop the rot, even if it's unlikely to reverse their fortunes dramatically. ~ Jon O'Brien

    Date Released
    2011-03-01 00:00:00
    Audio Format
    PCM Audio
    Studio / Live
    Studio
    Video Disabled
    0
    Performer
    The View
    Artists
    1. The View
    Duration
    50m 14s
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