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No Need to be Downhearted
     

No Need to be Downhearted

by The Electric Soft Parade
 

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The Electric Soft Parade began as a psychedelia-infused indie band that blended the post-grunge fuzziness of Silverchair with the troubled dreaminess of post-Syd Barrett Pink Floyd, and in many respects their third full-length, No Need to be Down-Hearted, shows how little they

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The Electric Soft Parade began as a psychedelia-infused indie band that blended the post-grunge fuzziness of Silverchair with the troubled dreaminess of post-Syd Barrett Pink Floyd, and in many respects their third full-length, No Need to be Down-Hearted, shows how little they've changed. "Woken by a Kiss" drifts, "Comfortably Numb"-style, through much of the same kind of reverb-heavy, druggy, fuzzy territory explored on their first album, Holes in the Wall. And "Shore Song/Surfacing," with its Elliott Smith-like lilt, recalls the dreaminess of American Adventure. But this is a far more commercial album than the second album ever hoped to be, and it's probably because No Need is an actual American adventure; it's the band's first U.S. release, and their desire to cater to American fans of handclappy Brit-pop is palpable. "Life in the Backseat" is bobble-headed and radio-ready, all organ wails and full-speed-ahead synth lines yanked from a video game. It's addictive, it's derivative, and it finds the ESP with the confidence and full-tilt momentum that were sorely missing from their previous releases. No Need to be Downhearted pulls the ESP's dreamy paisley-printed indie rock into sharp focus: this is the band at their most focused and most capable. The synth-heavy meanderings of their second album have been roughed up, and the Spacehog-like bounce of Holes has morphed into angular Brit-pop along the lines of Bloc Party or the Kaiser Chiefs. They've given up some of the whimsy and trippiness that marked their first two releases, but they've gained direction.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/24/2007
Label:
Better Looking
UPC:
0676347102624
catalogNumber:
71026

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Performance Credits

Electric Soft Parade   Primary Artist
Joe Bennett   French Horn,Trombone
Phil Summer   Cornet
Alex White   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Glockenspiel,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Vibes
Matthew Twaites   Bass,Casio
Thomas White   Acoustic Guitar,Violin,Drums,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Theremin,Vocals,Melodica

Technical Credits

Paul Fischer   Marketing
Sam Smith   Management
Jake Rousham   Engineer
Tom McKay   Producer
James Weiner   Illustrations
Kenny Weagly   Marketing
Iain Gore   Engineer
Alex White   Arranger
Thomas White   Arranger,Composer
Tom McKay   Audio Production

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