Chop Chop!

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Re: Chop Chop!

Postby Eoin » Tue Jul 02, 2013 8:59 pm

Mully wrote:
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Eoin wrote:
It's obvious to most people that after Flock, Bell X1 stopped making "radio friendly music" they took chances and made the music they wanted which is admirable but I just don't think the quality has been there in the last 3 albums. It seems like Bell X1 have driven down a cul de sac with the last 3 albums and show no signs of getting out of it. A thousand little downers is probably the only song that grabs you by the balls and makes you think "maybe Bell X1 can still write a decent song.." I think personally Brian leaving the band is the reason for their downfall. init.


Doesn't stop you whoring yourself to them on twitter :wink:


You managed to make it look like I said that, Mully. :P
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Re: Chop Chop!

Postby Mully » Wed Jul 03, 2013 7:50 am

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It's obvious to most people that after Flock, Bell X1 stopped making "radio friendly music" they took chances and made the music they wanted which is admirable but I just don't think the quality has been there in the last 3 albums. It seems like Bell X1 have driven down a cul de sac with the last 3 albums and show no signs of getting out of it. A thousand little downers is probably the only song that grabs you by the balls and makes you think "maybe Bell X1 can still write a decent song.." I think personally Brian leaving the band is the reason for their downfall. init.


Doesn't stop you whoring yourself to them on twitter :wink:


You managed to make it look like I said that, Mully. :P



Said what? Ahem ...
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Re: Chop Chop!

Postby peepingtom » Wed Jul 03, 2013 2:44 pm

lilac*mess wrote:A flurry of Bellyboard activity.. holy Cribbins. Nice to see some of you old monikers, feels a bit like a school reunion. Hello :)

I've only listened through once, but I really like it. I havn't much enjoyed the direction the band went after (and including) Flock, just didn't really speak to me, but Chop Chop is lovely, I very much approve.

Oh and Matt - kids?!? WTF



haha yes plural .... 2 magnificent boys :)

Yeah my interest in the bellies wained after Flock, but the field recordings brought me back ... and this new album has a similar vibe... love it
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Re: Chop Chop!

Postby Darren » Wed Jul 03, 2013 4:55 pm

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Darren wrote:It's obvious to most people that after Flock, Bell X1 stopped making "radio friendly music" they took chances and made the music they wanted which is admirable but I just don't think the quality has been there in the last 3 albums. It seems like Bell X1 have driven down a cul de sac with the last 3 albums and show no signs of getting out of it. A thousand little downers is probably the only song that grabs you by the balls and makes you think "maybe Bell X1 can still write a decent song.." I think personally Brian leaving the band is the reason for their downfall. init.


BLOTR saw more radio play than any other album. It sounds like that was the intention, which is part of why it was my least favourite album.

Bloodless Coup is more original and distinctive than Flock in my opinion, so I'm dubious of your Brian theory. Not being privy to their creative process, it seems presumptuous to speculate.


Take the Great Defector away from BLOTR and it's not so much a radio friendly album. If BLOTR was intended to be their most commerical album to date then Bell X1 should probably go kill themselves. I do like Bloodless Coup, it's a very chilled out album but it doesn't have the same consistency of say Flock. I'm just a presumptuous little panda. :) One can't help but notice the massive change Bell X1 took musically after Brian left.
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Re: Chop Chop!

Postby Eoin » Wed Jul 03, 2013 9:03 pm

Nah, Bloodless Coup is the more consistent album for sure. It has a clearer artistic vision. The composition in Flock is less congruous and the production doesn't suit the songs as well as it could have. I think the last two are great in that regard - the production reminds me of Music in Mouth.
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Re: Chop Chop!

Postby peepingtom » Thu Jul 04, 2013 12:27 pm

I agree with Eoin
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Re: Chop Chop!

Postby Darren » Thu Jul 04, 2013 3:15 pm

Got tickets for the gig tonight, haven't seen them since their last SAVOY appearance. Come to think of it, this is my first gig in probably a year.. :(
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Re: Chop Chop!

Postby Nathalie » Sun Jul 07, 2013 1:17 am

I've now given the album a few proper listenings and it's the album of my summer. the piano intro is genius (Darren how can you not like it??). it grabs you by the hand, and you go run with them. i like its more mellow pace, with some heavy moments here and there (brass + big drums = :D) (spot the non musician). Dave brings yet another heart stopping melody with Diorama. Silky. Motorcades is my least favourite. Feint praise has now fully grown on me. And the End is nigh is a sure gig anthem. Fantastic live.

brian's left, they've moved on and it's great. new styles, new tunes, new sounds and still so bellexian. back with Flock they've been compared to radiohead (no offense but i thought that was a bit much), but now. with quite a few albums, i can see how, like radiohead, they manage to evolve and remain very good. basically, they keep delivering. they're solid.
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Re: Chop Chop!

Postby peepingtom » Tue Jul 09, 2013 9:12 am

motorcades is lovely .... Faint Praise could have been an alternative motown classic!
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Re: Chop Chop!

Postby Darren » Tue Jul 09, 2013 5:10 pm

I take back what I said about CHOP CHOP.. the album is fantastic.. only shit BX1 album is blue lights now imo.

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Re: Chop Chop!

Postby Mully » Wed Jul 10, 2013 1:38 pm

Darren wrote:I take back what I said about CHOP CHOP.. the album is fantastic.. only shit BX1 album is blue lights now imo.

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Soooooo, Brian can stay locked up in Nath's cellar, no need to return to the band ?
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Re: Chop Chop!

Postby Niftium » Thu Jul 11, 2013 1:21 am

Eoin wrote:Nah, Bloodless Coup is the more consistent album for sure. It has a clearer artistic vision. The composition in Flock is less congruous and the production doesn't suit the songs as well as it could have. I think the last two are great in that regard - the production reminds me of Music in Mouth.


Yeah, so my system died this weekend and don't have a good way to listen to it for its technical merit. I had a few quibbles with BC, if you remember. How do you think this compares?
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Re: Chop Chop!

Postby Eoin » Tue Jul 16, 2013 12:45 pm

I actually can't remember what the quibbles were - was it about the mastering?

Chop Chop is relatively dynamic overall (more than BC I would say), though it still seems to slow into the brickwall in the way that all records of the day do. I think it comes out of it quite well - you can hear it perfectly well listening on the bus, but it retains respectable transients and dynamic range if you're listening somewhere more conducive to the enjoyment of nuance. There's no sign of digital clipping through my portable player, though I haven't listened through my studio DAC yet - I might give it a go at the weekend. The Mytek reveals all.
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Re: Chop Chop!

Postby Darren » Tue Jul 16, 2013 1:34 pm

Mully wrote:
Darren wrote:I take back what I said about CHOP CHOP.. the album is fantastic.. only shit BX1 album is blue lights now imo.

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Soooooo, Brian can stay locked up in Nath's cellar, no need to return to the band ?


I still think Brian needs to return. He adds that extra dimension init.
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Re: Chop Chop!

Postby Niftium » Thu Jul 25, 2013 12:52 am

Eoin wrote:I actually can't remember what the quibbles were - was it about the mastering?

Chop Chop is relatively dynamic overall (more than BC I would say), though it still seems to slow into the brickwall in the way that all records of the day do. I think it comes out of it quite well - you can hear it perfectly well listening on the bus, but it retains respectable transients and dynamic range if you're listening somewhere more conducive to the enjoyment of nuance. There's no sign of digital clipping through my portable player, though I haven't listened through my studio DAC yet - I might give it a go at the weekend. The Mytek reveals all.


Yeah, mostly about the way Haloumi sounds - clipping or over-compressed, I don't think we ever quite nailed it down. I noticed it later, to a lesser extent, on a couple others too...The Trailing Skirts of God and 74 Swans, I think. But the strain in Haloumi can be heard even when I'm driving on the freeway. I haven't heard anything similar in CC yet (and I'd rather keep it that way!).
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