Reading, Writing And Arithmetic (album) by The Sundays
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Interesting compositions, cool groove, laid back but plaintive and engaging vibe. And really, really nice vocals. I’m smitten.
Ok album. Best 10 songs average is 81,2/100 and the album can get ok 80/100. Far away best song is "Here's where the story ends" very good 90/100. All other songs only ok 75-80/100.
Genre: Indie Pop, Jangle Pop
Such a beautiful sound.
Ultimate post Smiths album. Brings me back to uni days when everyone was playing this. To be cherished.
Amazing album. What a lovely voice!
This album was a gem. In the wake of The Smiths demise this album was as good as any inspired by the now legendary Manchester Lafds. Beautiful voice Harriet Wheeler and its a shame she fell off the music radar very quickly
I've always had this mentally filed in the same vicinity as The Smiths. You have the same jangly guitars, and the decidedly English lyrical style. And Harriet Wheeler has one of the best voices ever. I think this is their best album, a collection of good songs, with two outstanding tracks: "Skin and Bones" and "Here's Where the Story Ends."
'Here's Where The Story Ends' is the highlight but overall it's a top album!
I kicked a boy.
What words can I use to sum up this album?
Melancholy, romantic, jangly, dreamy & feminine will do quite nicely.
Harriet Wheeler's vocals are the obvious focal point, and I think you'll either love or loathe them, I personally love them. They're enchanting and extremely feminine & sweet, yet also very moody with a hint of sadness to them. She sings in a high (not Kate Bush high, but still high), sometimes breathy, almost teenage-like voice that is unique. On this album they sometimes lack a little restraint which is present on their later albums. Still, when you take into account that she had no musical background and this album was done only a year or so after the band formed, it is amazing how well she does.
Guitar work is of a high standard and quite similar to The Smiths in sound, maybe not as aggressively rhythmic as Johnny Marr's playing but nonetheless pleasant and ethereal, they suit the voice well. The melodies do a good job of capturing a quaint and melancholy mood that is uniquely British.
Production is not bad, though maybe a little heavy on the reverb. I both like and dislike it for the same reasons as albums by The Chameleons, which are similarly reverb drenched. Bass is a bit low in the mix for my tastes. I think they did a better job on their second album, it's a bit more cleaner but also less overwhelming and more detailed.
Lyrics are a mixed bag. In one of the best songs on the album, "You're Not The Only One I know", they rhyme lavatory with lavatory in the first verse. I know toilets are cool, but that's just annoying when you use the same word like that. While the vocals themselves are fantastic, the words overall are kind of forgettable.
I'll give this one 7.5/10. Two or three excellent songs, and a bunch of OK songs. That's kind of the pattern on their other two albums as well, though in my opinion Static & Silence is their strongest overall album.
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