HIT THE WAVES

Hit The Waves


Following up from their excellent album under the name Det Vackra Livet in 2011, the Ekstr?m brothers apply the improvements they made to their musical approach to the third Mary Onettes record, 2013's Hit the Waves. The first two Mary Onettes efforts were weighed down by overblown arrangements and somewhat derivative songwriting (and an overarching Echo & the Bunnymen fixation), but Det Vackra Livet was better because the arrangements were more organic and the songs had sharper hooks. Seems simple enough, but it was a big breakthrough for them. The songs on Hit the Waves are similarly catchy, scaled down to human size instead of arena size, and Phillip Ekstr?m's anguished croon sounds better than ever delivering them. The band shared the production chores with fellow Swede Daniel Lissvik (formerly of Studio), and as with most of the jobs he has undertaken, his skillful layering and sculpting adds all kinds of dimension to the sound, and he and the band draw from a wider, more interesting sonic palette this time. His style is a perfect fit for the songs Phillip Ekstr?m wrote for the album. He can make things sound huge and dramatic (as on the title track and the elegiac "How It All Ends"), but he and the band shine when they pull things back and underplay the emotion, as on "Years" and "Can't Stop the Aching." These tracks have a feel very similar to the quieter, achingly desperate songs on the Cure's Disintegration. There are even a couple songs that tap into Lissvik's background as a cosmic disco producer ("Black Sunset" and "Don't Forget (To Forget About Me)"), a song that taps into a dreamy Fleetwood Mac vibe complete with Buckingham-style guitar lines ("Unblessed") and one that sounds shockingly like a spacy Cure-meets-Harry Nilsson piano ballad ("Blues.") The combination of strong songs, Lissvik's inspired production, and the chances they take (and nail every time) make this the best Mary Onettes record yet, and the first to sound like they have their own voice. ~ Tim Sendra, Rovi

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  • UPC: 7332233001459
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Track listings

  • 1. Intro
  • 2. Evil Coast
  • 3. Hit The Waves
  • 4. Years
  • 5. Don't Forget (To Forget About Me)
  • 6. Black Sunset
  • 7. Blues
  • 8. Can't Stop The Aching
  • 9. Unblessed
  • 10. How It All Ends
 
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  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
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