Expecting to Fly [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
If anything, the Bluetones' debut album, Expecting to Fly, is too accomplished. Like their idols, the Stone Roses, the band has made a first album that is assured, low-key, and subtly charming. Unlike the Roses, they haven't made a consistently engaging album, but that isn't a major flaw, given the abundant hooks and melodies on Expecting to Fly. Lacking the dance inclinations of the Stone Roses, the band instead concentrates on perfectly crafted guitar pop songs, occasionally stretching out into long jams, like the opening "Talking to Clarry," which is too close to "Breaking into Heaven" for comfort. Nevertheless, when the Bluetones kick into a small, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
If anything, the Bluetones' debut album, Expecting to Fly, is too accomplished. Like their idols, the Stone Roses, the band has made a first album that is assured, low-key, and subtly charming. Unlike the Roses, they haven't made a consistently engaging album, but that isn't a major flaw, given the abundant hooks and melodies on Expecting to Fly. Lacking the dance inclinations of the Stone Roses, the band instead concentrates on perfectly crafted guitar pop songs, occasionally stretching out into long jams, like the opening "Talking to Clarry," which is too close to "Breaking into Heaven" for comfort. Nevertheless, when the Bluetones kick into a small, hook-laden song like the chiming, infectious "Bluetonic," they are at their peak. Most of the album has gems like "Bluetonic," whether it's the wonderful "Slight Return" or the liquid riffs of "Things Change," but the record could have used more sonic variety. Where their pre-album singles had several lovely acoustic numbers, there is an over-reliance on loud, fuzzy -- but certainly not heavy -- guitars that give the album an unfortunate sameness. However, that feeling begins to fade away as each of the song's melodies comes into focus with repeated listens. [The 2009 edition included a second disc made up of radio sessions recorded around the release of the album.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/19/2009
  • Label: Ume Imports
  • UPC: 600753165706
  • Catalog Number: 5316570
  • Sales rank: 85,579

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Bluetones Primary Artist
Caroline LaVelle Cello
Scott Morriss Bass, Vocals
Dan Crompton Harmonica
Adam Devlin Guitar, 12-string Guitar
Eds Chesters Percussion, Drums
Mac Felton Clavinet
Mark Morriss Vocals
Technical Credits
Miti Adhikari Producer
Hugh Jones Producer, Engineer
Mike Engles Producer
Geoff Pesche Mastering
Eds Chesters Composer
Lis Roberts Producer
Simon Wilcox Management
Nick King Engineer
Adrian "Spiceman" Mitchell Composer
Kevin Rumble Engineer
Alan Hale Management
Paul Cargill Engineer
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