The Golden Archipelago

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
On 2008's magnificent Rook, Shearwater finally delivered on the promise of previous albums with a taut, hook-filled batch of art rock singles that were as emotionally powerful as they were melodically sound. For their sixth full-length offering, Jonathan Meiburg and company have crafted an ambitious, occasionally maddening ode to the natural world that owes more than a little tip of the hat to mid-'70s Peter Gabriel and the quieter moments of Pink Floyd's The Final Cut. The Golden Archipelago, a toothy, epic examination of island life, both physical and metaphysical, is enigmatic to say the least the Deluxe Edition includes a massive sepia-tone 75-page ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
On 2008's magnificent Rook, Shearwater finally delivered on the promise of previous albums with a taut, hook-filled batch of art rock singles that were as emotionally powerful as they were melodically sound. For their sixth full-length offering, Jonathan Meiburg and company have crafted an ambitious, occasionally maddening ode to the natural world that owes more than a little tip of the hat to mid-'70s Peter Gabriel and the quieter moments of Pink Floyd's The Final Cut. The Golden Archipelago, a toothy, epic examination of island life, both physical and metaphysical, is enigmatic to say the least the Deluxe Edition includes a massive sepia-tone 75-page "dossier" that could have easily served as the foundation for an episode of ABC's Lost, but it lacks the magic of Rook's more muscular moments. Meiburg's rich falsetto is frailer here, opting for vulnerability over might. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but it makes for a sleepy voyage, albeit one fraught with enough emotional weight to render the weariness earned. Tracks like "Meridian," "Castaways," "An Insular Life," and "Hidden Lakes" are as good as anything he's put to tape thus far, blissfully reveling in their botanical, spiritual, and historical milieus without a care in the world outside of their feverish, dreamlike intents, but too much of the album is weighed down by slow, overly expansive numbers that would be great on a record that wasn't brimming over with them already. The Golden Archipelago succeeds more often than it fails, and it only fails when cast in the shadow of its predecessor. Still, Shearwater have vision they are indeed the lone voice of lofty, melodramatic, and undeniably beautiful progressive rock for the MP3 age, and with each record they prove themselves worthy of the graceful, long-winged seabird from which they drew their name.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/23/2010
  • Label: Matador Records
  • UPC: 744861086123
  • Catalog Number: 10861
  • Sales rank: 69,844

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Meridian (3:37)
  2. 2 Black Eyes (3:40)
  3. 3 Landscape at Speed (4:33)
  4. 4 Hidden Lakes (3:47)
  5. 5 Corridors (2:46)
  6. 6 God Made Me (4:23)
  7. 7 Runners of the Sun (2:53)
  8. 8 Castaways (3:16)
  9. 9 An Insular Life (3:09)
  10. 10 Uniforms (3:49)
  11. 11 Missing Islands (2:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Shearwater Primary Artist
Steve Bernal Cello
James Alexander Viola
Elizabeth Warren Violin
Charles Godfrey Shaker
Jacob Green Oboe
Erin Schneider Flute
Dan Chrisman Bassoon
Leah Hesla Violin
Tara Buentello Clarinet
Technical Credits
Brian Beattie Inspiration
Greg Calbi Mastering
Siobhan Inspiration
Bill Callahan Inspiration
Manuel Calderón Inspiration
John Congleton Producer
Rob Halverson Engineer
Jim Eno Inspiration
Will Sheff Inspiration
Lori Garcia Inspiration
Ryan Craven Inspiration
Travis Nelsen Inspiration
Mark Sonnabaum Inspiration
Kevin Schneider String Arrangements, Wind Arrangements
Miwa Okumura Inspiration
Sharon Van Etten Inspiration
Claire Taylor Inspiration
Paul Sommerstein Inspiration
Harmon Li Inspiration
Gary Drewien Inspiration
Domingo Farias Inspiration
Cathy Newman Inspiration
Casuarius Casuarius Inspiration
Birgus Latro Inspiration
Billy Possum Inspiration
Bernie Phillips Inspiration
Ben Goldberg Inspiration
Banjo Petterson Inspiration
Annie Phaneuf Inspiration
Annette Lee Inspiration
Ali Liddle Inspiration
Ali Hedrick Booking
Lea Clough Inspiration
Katie Angermeier Inspiration
Jerry Mission Inspiration
Jeff Pachman Inspiration
Jason Callahan Inspiration
James Tocher Engineer
Jack Niedenthal Inspiration
Hunter Giles Inspiration
The People of Kowanyama Inspiration
The People of Bikini Atoll Inspiration
The Last Human Inhabitants of Henderson Island Inspiration
Susannah Gill Inspiration
Steven Thomassen Booking
Robin Woods Inspiration
Peter Capainolo Inspiration
Paige Maguire Inspiration
Nick Flynn Inspiration
Natalie Judge Inspiration
Mary Anne Hoskins Inspiration
Marc Gerald Inspiration
Lisa Normand Inspiration
Lore Kessibuki Liner Notes
Vanessa Peda Inspiration
Tony Ranchich Inspiration
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