Dark on Fire [Bonus CD]

Dark on Fire [Bonus CD]

by Turin Brakes

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Dark on Fire [Bonus CD]

Though a departure from their previous works, Dark on Fire is a welcome change for Turin Brakes that should appeal to fans old and new. The group flirts with both garage rock and new wave/post-punk revival on this offering, but don't settle on either style. Rather than sounding inconsistent, the approach emphasizes the indie rockers' versatility and showcases Olly Knights' haunting, unconventional vocals. Dark on Fire is evenly divided between introspection and more upbeat (if not cheerful) numbers, though their ability to work as a well-honed ensemble is a constant throughout. The album does tend toward the lighter side -- even the more rollicking songs aren't particularly hard or heavy -- and has a certain transparency to it, with each layer (vocals, guitar, bass, drums, and occasionally piano, strings, or keyboards) clearly audible and given equal weight. Nowhere is this more evident than on the album's title track. Beginning with muted guitar chords and a nearly androgynous vocal delivery from Knights (who is matched by the tight harmonies from fellow guitarist/vocalist Gale Paridjanian), "Dark on Fire" builds slowly, eventually integrating strings and understated percussion. It's ethereal, moving and quietly powerful, with a chorus that ebbs, flows and lingers even after the song is over. Its placement in the middle of the album seems deliberate -- preceded and followed by more guitar-driven numbers, the song is set apart, making its stark emotion even more pronounced. Beyond the album's centerpiece, Dark on Fire has much more to offer. Each of the album's tracks is strong enough to stand on its own; there is enough variation among the songs to keep things interesting, but enough stylistic cohesion to avoid any jarring inconsistencies. The first two tracks, "Last Chance" and "Ghost," immediately make the case for Turin Brakes' strengths, highlighting both the band's refined approach and cool attitude. The combination does make for a misstep with the somewhat overwrought "New Star" ("Here Comes the Moon" would have made a fine closer), but it's forgivable for a band that branches out with beautiful results. [A bonus CD version was also released.]

Product Details

Release Date: 10/16/2007
Label: Emi Import
UPC: 5099950740727
catalogNumber: 74072

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Turin Brakes   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Ethan Johns   Mandolin,Percussion,Drums
Paul Kegg   Cello
Anthony Pleeth   Cello
Rob Allum   Drums,Background Vocals
Peter Lale   Viola
Perry Mason   Violin
Rachel Bolt   Viola
Warren Zielinski   Violin
Olly Knights   Guitar,Vocals
Gale Paridjanian   Guitar,Ukulele,Background Vocals,Mellotron
Eddie Myer   Bass

Technical Credits

Ethan Johns   Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements
Turin Brakes   Composer
Olly Knights   String Arrangements
Gale Paridjanian   String Arrangements

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