No Need to be Downhearted

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All Music Guide - Margaret Reges
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Margaret Reges
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/24/2007
  • Label: Better Looking
  • UPC: 676347102624
  • Catalog Number: 71026
  • Sales rank: 190,951

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Electric Soft Parade Primary Artist
Joe Bennett French Horn, Trombone, French Horn
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
Tim Turan Mastering
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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