Until the Earth Begins to Part

Until the Earth Begins to Part

by Broken Records


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Until the Earth Begins to Part

Edinburgh-based indie rockers the Broken Records' penchant for arena-sized anthems peppered with violin, cello, and accordion caused U.K. music behemoth NME to dub them the "Scottish Arcade Fire", a notion that holds more than a little weight upon digging into their bigger-than-life 2009 debut, Until the Earth Begins to Part. Like their American counterparts, the band sports an enigmatic front man (Jamie Sutherland) with a voice that is as unhinged as it is passionate (his throaty brogue casts a smoky Heart of Saturday Night-era Tom Waits/Darkness on the Edge of Town-era Bruce Springsteen pallor to the whole affair), a love for all things orchestral, and an unhealthy obsession with semi-apocalyptic, social melodrama, but while the comparison is apt, the Broken Records have more in common with early, "Big Music" -era Waterboys. Like Mike Scott, Spencer Chamberlain doesn't wear his heart on his sleeve, he's barely holding on to it with his fingertips. He's looking to connect, and on stand-out cuts like "Nearly Home," " Thoughts on a Picture (In a Paper, January 2009)," and "Slow Parade," he lands a knockout blow, but more times than not, that conviction is nullified by long bouts of midtempo balladry and a sense that all of these songs would sound far more grandiose in a live setting. As far as debut albums go, Until the Earth Begins to Part may not be as important as it thinks it is, but it certainly delivers the promise of greatness.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/07/2009
Label: 4ad / Ada
UPC: 0652637292121
catalogNumber: 72921
Rank: 156436

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Performance Credits

Broken Records   Primary Artist
David Fothergill   Track Performer,Group Member
Andrew Keeney   Track Performer,Group Member
Ian Turnbull   Track Performer,Group Member
Rory Sutherland   Group Member
J. Pippen   Trombone
J. Bayley   Viola
E. Havard   Tenor Horn
D. Guy   Double Bass
C. Sefton   Tuba
Jamie Sutherland   Track Performer,Group Member

Technical Credits

Ian Caple   Producer,Audio Production
Jim Sutherland   Composer
Sarah Foley   Art Direction,Illustrations
Broken Records   Composer,Audio Production
David Fothergill   Composer,Writer
Andrew Keeney   Composer,Writer
Barry Saint   Management
Ian Turnbull   Composer,Writer
Rory Sutherland   Composer
Arne Kolb   Composer
D. Smith   Composer
Jamie Sutherland   Writer

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