Empire Of The Sun - Ice On The Dune (CD)

Empire of The Sun

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Categories
RockPopMusic
Category
  1. Performer
  2. Rock & Pop
Number of Discs
1
Number of Items
1
Title
Ice on the Dune
Media
CD
BarCode
602537375462
Country of Origin
USA
Label
Virgin
Distributor
Universal Music
Format
Audio CD
Barcode
602537375462
Tracks
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Lux
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] DNA
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Alive
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Concert Pitch
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Ice On The Dune
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Awakening
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] I'll Be Around
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Old Flavours
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Celebrate
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Surround Sound
  11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Disarm
  12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Keep A Watch
Country
USA
Genre
Pop / Rock
Songs / Tracks
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Lux
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] DNA
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Alive
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Concert Pitch
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Ice on the Dune
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Awakening
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] I'll Be Around
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Old Flavours
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Celebrate
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Surround Sound
  11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Disarm
  12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Keep a Watch
Notes

Recording information: Avatar Studio, New York, NY (2012/2013); Circle House, Miami, FL (2012/2013); Down Town Music, New York, NY (2012/2013); Fogotten Valley Studio, Lower Mangrove (2012/2013); John Hills Studio, Los Angeles, CA (2012/2013); Linear Studios, Sydney (2012/2013); Nicks 9th Street, New York, NY (2012/2013); Pulse Studios, Los Angeles, CA (2012/2013); Sage And Sound, Los Angeles, CA (2012/2013); Sear Sound, New York, NY (2012/2013); The Chateau, Coromandel Peninsula (2012/2013); The Dungeon, Perth (2012/2013); The Muse, London (2012/2013); West Lake Studios, Los Angeles, CA (2012/2013).
After experiencing a worldwide hit with the title track of their 2009 album, Walking on a Dream, Empire of the Sun did the sensible thing and made a follow-up album that capitalizes on the glossy, sunny pop of that song. Instead of exploring some of the more esoteric avenues they started down on their debut, on Ice on the Dune the duo of Nick Littlemore and Luke Steele focus with laser-sharp intensity on creating an album that is 110 percent POP with no sharp edges and all glittering sunshine, blown out to gigantic proportions. In less skilled hands, such a tactic could lead to an over-produced trinket that's good for maybe half a listen and then gets tossed aside. Instead, Ice on the Dune ends up being everything a good modern pop record should be, and then some. The songs have super-sharp choruses, incessantly listenable arrangements built on acoustic, electric, and programmed instruments, and icy-cold but immediate beats, sometimes sounding like Katy Perry produced by Jeff Lynne, sometimes sounding like ELO produced by Katy Perry. Everything feels like a radio hit; everything feels custom made for listeners who like the sound of modern pop but are put off by the surfacy distractions that come along with it. Here you only have to deal with crazy headgear (check the cover) and the OTT ballad that ends the album in an overwrought splash of powdery tears. Otherwise, it's all perfectly crafted songs that draw on disco influences ("Old Flavours"), soft rock ("Ice on the Dune"), throbbing Madonna-inspired club jams ("Celebrate"), and Daft Punk ("Awakening"), along with a couple that give "Walking on a Dream" a fair run in the catchiness stakes ("Alive" and the incredibly bouncy and fun "Surround Sound"). Too many times having a big hit can send a group off the rails as it pursues the spotlight and tries to catch lightning again. The guys in Empire of the Sun manage to not only catch the lightning again, but their skill at crafting perfect pop, the depth in their songs, and the emotion their voices transmit make this record better than one might have ever expected. Modern pop doesn't get any better than this. ~ Tim Sendra

Duration
42m 52s
Audio Format
PCM Audio
Video Disabled
0
Performer
Empire of the Sun
Producer
Donnie Sloan; Empire Of The Sun; Peter Mayes
Artists
  1. Empire Of The Sun
Date Released
2013-07-01 00:00:00
Engineer
Peter Mayes
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