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All Music Guide - J. Allen
In 2008, the first album from These New Puritans appeared, presenting a band of young Brits who had clearly soaked up the lessons of brainy post-punk outfits like the Fall, Wire, et al., not only in terms of the Burroughs-esque, cut-and-paste approach to composition and the terse, angular riffs and rhythms, but in the tendency to approach an album like an art-school project, with an armful of theories behind each decision. Fortunately for all concerned, These New Puritans -- like all powerful musicians -- operate on a level that connects emotionally and viscerally before the cerebral side is even engaged, so the whole thing plays out in a non-pretentious way. That's how it is ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - J. Allen
In 2008, the first album from These New Puritans appeared, presenting a band of young Brits who had clearly soaked up the lessons of brainy post-punk outfits like the Fall, Wire, et al., not only in terms of the Burroughs-esque, cut-and-paste approach to composition and the terse, angular riffs and rhythms, but in the tendency to approach an album like an art-school project, with an armful of theories behind each decision. Fortunately for all concerned, These New Puritans -- like all powerful musicians -- operate on a level that connects emotionally and viscerally before the cerebral side is even engaged, so the whole thing plays out in a non-pretentious way. That's how it is on their second album, Hidden, as well, but the band hasn't been standing still in between releases by any stretch of the imagination. Where the first album was full of blaring guitars and powerful drums -- however minimally arrayed and artfully deployed -- Hidden is a different beast entirely; in fact, it's tempting to say that it's barely even a "rock" album, except for the fact that no other descriptor seems to fit any better. In place of those Fall/Wire riffs of old, Hidden offers a greater emphasis on electronics; in fact, there seem to be scarcely any guitars at all. And where its predecessor hit you over the head and knocked you down with its ideas, Hidden -- true to its title -- prefers to sneak up on the listener. Some of the most striking features of the album are the brass and wind orchestrations. Three atmospheric, orchestral instrumentals subdivide Hidden -- one at the top, one at the middle, and one also including Steve Reich-like percussion, wordless choral vocals, and a brief dash of spoken word at the end. The wind players pop up at a couple of points in the "band" tunes, too, and it's a fair guess to say that co-producer/former Bark Psychosis frontman Graham Sutton has something to do with it all. Sutton's presence is also significant in that his old band's sui generis art rock is as close as you'll come to a precedent for what's happening here, aside from perhaps late-period Talk Talk. Besides the brass and winds, the synths and programmed beats that mix hip-hop, dubstep, and drum'n'bass styles are the dominant sonic presence. "Fire-Power," meanwhile, finds singer Jack Barnett spitting out a restless tumble of words over a beat that wouldn't sound out of place on an M.I.A. record, while "Hologram" takes things in yet another direction, using jazz piano in combination with winds and more of those Reich-like lines. Ultimately, Hidden is the sound of an ambitious young band as eager to use every tool at its disposal as it is to avoid studiously doing what's been done before.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/2/2010
  • Label: Domino
  • UPC: 801390025525
  • Catalog Number: 255
  • Sales rank: 110,636

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Time Xone (2:07)
  2. 2 We Want War (7:23)
  3. 3 Three Thousand (2:49)
  4. 4 Hologram (2:22)
  5. 5 Attack Music (4:48)
  6. 6 Fire-Power (3:20)
  7. 7 Orion (4:30)
  8. 8 Canticle (1:12)
  9. 9 Drum Courts - Where Corals Lie (6:14)
  10. 10 White Chords (3:42)
  11. 11 5 (4:32)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
These New Puritans Primary Artist
Ronald Corp Conductor
Silke Steidinger Vocals
Sophie Sleigh Johnson Group Member
Mark Rudland Trombone, Bass Trombone
Thomas Hein Electric Guitar, Hand Clapping, Roto Toms, Tamborim, Group Member
Kamil Dolezal Bass Clarinet
Katy Pryce French Horn
Robert Heger Alto Flute
Lubomir Maryska Tuba
Jiri Novotny Baritone Horn
Tomas Hustoles Clarinet
Ales Hustoles Clarinet
Robert Brauner Conductor
Zdenek Vasina French Horn
George Barnett Drums, taiko, Tamborim, Toms, Group Member
Hynek Dolezal Flugelhorn
Tomás Frantis Bassoon
Pavel Jirásek French Horn
Daniel Trodden Tuba
Jacki Hayter Contrabassoon
Vit Korinek Trombone
Petr Cihák Bass Trombone
Pavel Rytina Contrabassoon
Heather Marlatt Vocals
Hugh Wilkinson Glockenspiel, Vibes
Faith Leadbetter Piano, Prepared Piano
Katie Emma Black Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
Technical Credits
Graham Sutton Producer
Stuart Hawkes Mastering
Phill Brown Engineer
Ross Orton Guitar Producer
Alex Gibson Direction
Thomas Hein Composer
Ryan Lott Arranger
Richard Garnett Composer, Lyricist
George Barnett Art Direction
Edward Quarmby Design Engineer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Not for the musically conservative

    The music behind the Victoria's Secret ad "The Nakeds" is from the second track on this CD. I know the VS version is edited a bit, and may even be remixed -- but it's definitely recognizable, and I REALLY LIKE IT! The entire CD is not your (or anyone's) usual bill of fare -- odd keys, tempos, instruments, rhythms, lots of percussion and brass, not so much typical song structure (verse-chorus-verse-chorus or ABAB-bridge-AB) as more often than not ABCEDEF....Z. If you're looking for something very different, try this CD. If you like percussion (with or without dance music beats), interesting song structure, being surprised, try this CD. If you thrive on mainstream top-40 radio, you'll probably run away screaming.

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