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The Runaway Found

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Led by 20-year-old New Zealand expatriate Finn Andrews, this London-based quartet have a thing for high drama, and, like forebears such as U2 and the Verve, they aren't afraid of extending themselves in the pursuit. The Runaway Found is rife with what Waterboys' frontman Mike Scott once called "the big music," from the buoyantly orchestrated sweep of "Lavinia" to the sneakily building, emotionally draining ballad "The Valleys of New Orleans." Andrews spikes his songs with dark, brooding lyrics that can either give pause, as on the downcast folk paean "The Tide Left and Never Came Back," or offer uplift, as on the Starsailor-gone-Motown "Guiding Light." The band are ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Led by 20-year-old New Zealand expatriate Finn Andrews, this London-based quartet have a thing for high drama, and, like forebears such as U2 and the Verve, they aren't afraid of extending themselves in the pursuit. The Runaway Found is rife with what Waterboys' frontman Mike Scott once called "the big music," from the buoyantly orchestrated sweep of "Lavinia" to the sneakily building, emotionally draining ballad "The Valleys of New Orleans." Andrews spikes his songs with dark, brooding lyrics that can either give pause, as on the downcast folk paean "The Tide Left and Never Came Back," or offer uplift, as on the Starsailor-gone-Motown "Guiding Light." The band are less than convincing when they try to kick out the jams with no-frills rock, but that flaw only crops up on the brief "More Heat than Light." Terra firma being as constricting as it is, it's nice to hear that some bands are still reaching for the stars.
All Music Guide - MacKenzie Wilson
The Runaway Found is a weathered debut album. With less focus on making an eager first impression than most bands emerging from the post-grunge era, the Veils consume themselves with a rock canvas rooted in singer/songwriter Finn Andrews' folk upbringing. An unjaded view of romance and desire is cast, and the Veils' sincerity is far from hidden from the stormy design of the album's atmospheric backdrop. The Runaway Found basks in its glorious pop spotlight simply because it enjoys the heat, and such a surefire introduction is bound to be impressive. Andrews, who was just 17 and 18 when he composed the songs found here, is confident and sensitive, much like Richard Ashcroft and the late Jeff Buckley. Whether his heart is broken or mended, Andrews' songwriting is reflective of hope and regret. Andrews' lyrics and the Veils' mature presentation complement one another, further indicating the Veils' sharp ear for keeping things just so. From the majestic melodies of "Guiding Light" and "The Leavers Dance" to the thunderous clamor of "More Heat Than Light," The Runaway Found never loses its momentum. The dry roar of "Vicious Traditions" is close behind the latter's hungry disposition, adding to the album's burning flesh; however, it's "Lavinia" that carries the weight of The Runaway Found. Like the Manic Street Preachers' "If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next" and Mansun's "Wide Open Space," "Lavinia" is classic. Andrews' aching vocals are the center to the lilting string and piano arrangements. Oliver Drake's wispy acoustic guitars add a nice flair to the song's beautiful melancholy. The Veils may be a young band, but they're hungry for their craft. The Runaway Found is an incredibly focused first album, giving evidence of how serious the Veils are about composing a stylish, quality sound.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/25/2005
  • Label: Rough Trade Us
  • UPC: 883870013529
  • Catalog Number: 135
  • Sales rank: 85,632

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Veils Primary Artist
Gini Ball Violin
Dinah Beamish Cello
Sally Herbert Strings
Claire Orsler Viola
Jacqueline Norrie Violin
Brian G. Wright Violin
Finn Andrews Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Ben Woollacott Drums, Group Member
Adam Kinsella Bass Guitar, Group Member
Oli Drake Guitar, Group Member
Iron John Hand Clapping
Ellie Gray Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Dinah Beamish String Arrangements
Chris Blair Mastering
Bernard Butler Producer
Michael Hunter Engineer
Matthew Ollivier Producer, Engineer
Nick Terry Engineer
Sean Magee Mastering
Finn Andrews Composer
Mike "Captain Mikey" Hunter Engineer
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