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Barnes & Noble - Lydia Vanderloo
Like Stereolab, Broadcast are a rock band that tinker with the familiar rock-band formula. Although they have a singer and they play guitar, bass, and drums, their sweetly haunting sound is defined by atmospheric keyboards and spooky samples more than by a great hook. On THE NOISE MADE BY PEOPLE, the British quartet's debut album following the singles collection WORK AND NON-WORK, the overall effect is like a mesmerizing movie soundtrack bubbling with nice melodies and the soothing, even-toned vocals of Trish Keenan. The influence of cinematic composers like Ennio Morricone is palpable in the keyboards and vaguely jazzy, noir-ish feel, and the band is fond of citing ...
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Barnes & Noble - Lydia Vanderloo
Like Stereolab, Broadcast are a rock band that tinker with the familiar rock-band formula. Although they have a singer and they play guitar, bass, and drums, their sweetly haunting sound is defined by atmospheric keyboards and spooky samples more than by a great hook. On THE NOISE MADE BY PEOPLE, the British quartet's debut album following the singles collection WORK AND NON-WORK, the overall effect is like a mesmerizing movie soundtrack bubbling with nice melodies and the soothing, even-toned vocals of Trish Keenan. The influence of cinematic composers like Ennio Morricone is palpable in the keyboards and vaguely jazzy, noir-ish feel, and the band is fond of citing late-'60s synth-rock band the United States of America as a key precursor. It's remarkable both how consistent THE NOISE is in mood and how distinct the individual songs are. The calming "Echo's Answer" could almost be a lullaby, while the instrumental "Minus One" could easily set the tone for an eyebrow-raising "Twilight Zone" episode. On "Papercuts," Keenan urges, "Don't be so afraid/You're bound to make mistakes/No matter who or where you are/You've got to be willing." Spacey and spacious, Broadcast's musical landscapes invite interpretation and welcome open minds.
All Music Guide - Heather Phares
After being mired in the studio for nearly three years, Broadcast returned with their first proper full-length album, The Noise Made by People, a collection of more shimmering, weightless pop that is nostalgic for yesterday's visions of the future but remains on the cutting edge of contemporary music. Where their early singles collected on 1997's Work and Non-Work painted small, quaint portraits of their retro-futurism, The Noise Made by People delivers their sound in widescreen, filmic grandeur. Richly layered yet airy pieces like the album bookends, "Long Was the Year" and "Dead the Long Year," seamlessly blend symphonic, electronic, and pop elements into smoky, evocative epics, while synth-based interludes such as "Minus One" and "The Tower of Our Tuning" present Broadcast's more detached, scientific side. Likewise, Trish Keenan's air-conditioned vocals sometime suggest a robotized Sandie Shaw or Cilla Black, but her humanity peeks out on "Come on Let's Go" and "Papercuts." "Echo's Answer" and "Until Then" are two of the other highlights from the album, which despite all of its chilly unearthliness, is a noise made by very talented people.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/18/2000
  • Label: Tommy Boy
  • UPC: 016998141328
  • Catalog Number: 1413

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Long Was The Year (3:38)
  2. 2 Unchanging Window (3:48)
  3. 3 Minus One (2:02)
  4. 4 Come on Let's Go (3:17)
  5. 5 Echo's Answer (3:12)
  6. 6 Tower Of Our Tuning (4:30)
  7. 7 Papercuts (4:32)
  8. 8 You Can Fall (4:24)
  9. 9 Look Outside (3:53)
  10. 10 Until Then (3:51)
  11. 11 City In Progress (3:37)
  12. 12 Dead The Long Year (4:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Broadcast Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Keith York Drums
Steve Perkins Drums
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