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Slow Club
Complete Surrender [De Luxe, 2014]

Slow Club — Complete Surrender [De Luxe, July 15, 2014]

 Slow Club — Complete Surrender 

♠   Obsazení: Charles Watson a Rebecca Taylor. Hlavní postoj: snaha o emocionální přístupnost. Přesunuli se ze svých dřívějších postupů (jejich příběhy byly předtím bagatelizovány chytrými lyrickými zvraty, sdílením narativních perspektiv a lock–step vokálními harmoniemi)..., k rozeznatelným zjednodušením a zpřesněním jejich songwriterství směrem k ‘nákladovému nádraží’ R&B ovlivněného různými epochami. Rebecca Taylor je zpěvačka vzácné jemnosti a dovednosti. Slow Club expanduje do čtveřice (a někdy i více) v živém prostředí na pódiích. I když to není retro album, hedvábí 60´ je přece jen občas cítit. Po skončení “Wanderer Wandering” budete přesvědčeni, že jste slyšeli jedno z nejlepších alb roku. Podobně, když Taylor zpívá v “Dependable People And Things That I’m Sure Of”: “Musím být neustále v pohybu, není možné se zastavit.” —  můžeme ji stavět bok po boku s lidmi jako Amy Winehouse  anebo Adèle z alba “21”..., je to také album, které vynáší Slow Club do zcela nové úrovně. Cítím vibrace emocionálního jádra, což je druh písně, která nechce stále dokolečka jen shrnovat pocity, ale ve skutečnosti docílit, aby posluchač svůj vlastní cit sdílel společně s nimi. Skutečná síla však spočívá v tom, že každá stopa je vybavena potenciálem ujímat se vedení, když ta druhá současně nabízí lyrické, instrumentální a emocionální kontrapunkty. Tak britské!!!
Formed: 2006 in Sheffield, England
Location: Sheffield, Britain, UK
Album release: July 15, 2014
Record Label: Caroline International/Wichita Recordings
Duration:     55:34
01. Tears Of Joy      4:05
02. Everything Is New      3:42
03. Suffering You, Suffering Me      3:25
04. Not Mine To Love      4:17
05. The Pieces      3:22
06. Number One      4:40
07. The Queen’s Nose      4:38
08. Complete Surrender      3:24
09. Paraguay And Panama      2:30
10. Dependable People And Things That I’m Sure Of      3:44
11. Wanderer Wandering      7:44
12. Don’t Call Me Kid     3:28
13. Not Mine to Love (Acoustic)     3:10
14. Wanderer Wandering (Acoustic)     3:25
2014 Slow Club, licensed to Caroline Music International Limited
Critical reception:
   Metro said “Charming two–part harmonies, scruffy pop melodies and bitingly aware lyrics mark out this endearing two–piece”.

REVIEW by JEM ASWAD, July 07, 201410:05 AM ET
   Sheffield, England — the setting for The Full Monty and part of the British equivalent of the Rust Belt — seems an unlikely spawning ground for the wistful pop of this duo with a deceptively static name. But from the youthful, acoustic–and–harmony–based pop of their early material to the more elaborate arrangements of 2011’s Paradise, Slow Club’s music has always had an upful sheen that’s sometimes belied by melancholy lyrics and melodies.
   For “Complete Surrender”, their third full–length, singers and multi–instrumentalists Charles Watson and Rebecca Taylor have moved on from their earlier releases, streamlining and refining their songwriting while hauling in a truckload of R&B influences from several different eras. Northern soul has been a strong tradition in the north of England since the 1960s, and here the duo has brought a crate–digger’s expertise to their soulful sounds.
   There’s a heaping spoonful of Motown in “Suffering,” some Supremes/Bacharach flourishes on the title track, Philly soul strings in “Not Mine to Love” and a giant Stax Records/Otis Redding influence and a bring–the–house–down vocal from Taylor on ... er ... yes, a song actually called “The Queen’s Nose.” (The title, which comes from a children’s book and 1990s BBC TV series, will be baffling to anyone who isn’t a Brit of a certain age; the song’s lyrics address heartbreak, music and, apparently, pregnancy but not the book or show, at least not overtly).
   While not a retro album, there's definitely a silky ‘60s groove to much of Complete Surrender.
   “We wanted to make a straight record — drums, bass, organ, guitar, maybe strings,” Watson says. “The idea behind it was to be a bit more reserved.” Indeed, Taylor is a singer of rare subtlety and skill. She doesn't bowl you over with showboating and Aguilera–style pyrotechnics. You just suddenly realize, wow, she's killing it on that chorus.
   The duo has already released a pair of videos from the album: the title track, which finds Taylor unexpectedly glammed up and dancing, and the Rocky–themed “Suffering You, Suffering Me,” where she's anything but.
   The group — which has toured with Mumford and Sons, KT Tunstall and Florence and the Machine, among others — did a quick Stateside run last month but will be back for a full tour in September. Slow Club expands to a quartet (and sometimes more) in a live setting, and while the group’s show is dazzling for any number of reasons, the sight of Taylor playing the drums in a cocktail dress while belting out a soulful ballad is particularly not to be missed. (http://www.npr.org/)
   "Complete Surrender is pretty much the perfect adult pop album. It’s full of great, big, swooning arrangements, swaggering horn sections and, at the heart of the record, a deep, aching sadness. For, as the old adage goes, all great art stems from great pain, and if this record is anything to go by, Rebecca Taylor has been through the emotional wringer somewhat. And while that’s always a pretty terrible thing to go through, it’s resulted in some of the most heart–wrenchingly honest songs you’ll hear all year, revealing Taylor to be something close to the missing link between Sharon Van Etten and Taylor Swift."
By John Murphy | posted on 8 Jul 2014 | Score: ****½
:: http://www.musicomh.com/reviews/albums/slow-club-complete-surrender-2
By Laura Studarus  |  July 15, 2014  |  11:30am  |  Score: 8.7
:: http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2014/07/slow-club-complete-surrender-review.html
By SAMMY MAINE  |  July 8th, 2014  |  Score: 8
:: http://drownedinsound.com/releases/18313/reviews/4147976
By Killer Ponytail · July 8, 2014 · Result: 4.1 / 5.0
:: http://killerponytail.com/2014/07/08/review-slow-club-complete-surrender/
By Harriet Gibsone  |  The Guardian, Thursday 10, July 2014, 23.45 BST  | Score: ****
:: http://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/jul/10/slow-club-complete-surrender-review
:: http://www.baeblemusic.com/albumreview/Slow-Club-Complete-Surrender.html
By Jamieson Cox  |  July 14, 2014  |  Score: 7.6
:: http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/19553-slow-club-complete-surrender/
By Hannah Rank  |  Posted on July 14th, 2014 (12:03 pm)  |  OUR RATING: 67 / 100
:: http://inyourspeakers.com/content/review/303-slow-club-complete-surrender-07142014
By Joe Goggins  |  02 July 2014  |  Rating: 8/10
:: http://www.thefourohfive.com/review/article/slow-club-complete-surrender-140
Audiostereo: Score: 7.5
:: http://audiostereo.wordpress.com/2014/07/13/slow-club-complete-surrender-album-review/
:: http://eveonatinroof.com/2014/07/13/review-slow-club-complete-surrender/
In french:
   Nouvel album du duo de Sheffield. Pour amateur de pop “so british”.

   Although hailed as “the next White Stripes” upon the release of their debut album, Slow Club folded elements of folk, twee, and ‘60s pop into their music, creating a sound that was far brighter and less raucous than the Stripes’ garage rock. Charles Watson and Rebecca Taylor formed the duo in 2006, following the dissolution of the Sheffield–based band Lonely Hearts. With Charles handling guitar duties and Rebecca manning the drums, Slow Club began playing regional venues alongside groups like Tiny Dancers. They also opened for Tilly and the Wall, which brought them to the attention of that band’s European label, Moshi Moshi. Slow Club eventually signed with the label and issued their debut album, Yeah So, in 2009. An American release followed in early 2010. The duo’s second album, 2011’s Paradise, boasted a more expansive sound. For their third release, the band teamed up with Richard Hawley’s co–producer Colin Elliot for the boldly retro and romantic Complete Surrender which arrived in July 2014.
   Yeah So 6 July 2009
   Paradise 12 September 2011
   Complete Surrender 14 July 2014
   Let’s Fall Back in Love 1 September 2008
   Christmas, Thanks for Nothing 14 December 2009
Website: http://slowclubband.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SLOWCLUBHQ
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/slowclub
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/SlowClubHQ
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/slowclub
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Director: Stephen Bass —
Can’t help but hide it from you
Call it what you want
And maybe once or twice
The words rolled off your lips and I was paralysed
Behind the camouflage and the naked eye
I knew there was a place for us to compromise
You call me out
A true pretender
what you want
Complete Surrender
Can’t help but hide it from you
Two foolish figurines
Dancing on a disc
Welcomed with open arms
Baby you knew the risk
Oh I was happy then
Cradled in your arms
You knew just how to look
To get what it is you want
You call me out
A true pretender
What you want
Complete Surrender
Can’t help but hide it from you
You let me have your heart
And let me turn it over too
You knew this from the start
Why did you have to wonder
A true pretender
What you want
Complete Surrender
Can’t help but hide it from you
Complete Surrender

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Complete Surrender [De Luxe, 2014]




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