Spin (5/00, pp.160,162) - 8 out of 10 - "...Feathery, undulating songs [which] have the balm of Burt Bacharach about them - the 7-layer-parfait chords, the comfort with un-rockish meters....they don't want to obliterate your defenses, just slip through the cracks."
Alternative Press (5/00, p.77) - 5 out of 5 - "...Should appeal to electronica fans, indie rockers and everyone in between. NOISE is a fantastic debut..."
The Wire (3/00, p.45) - "...Plunders the rock musical heritage of TV and film themes that fed off the '60s pop explosion....transforming them into something strangely modern."
CMJ (5/8/00, p.5) - "...An unusually evocative album that simultaneously looks to the future and the past....deliberately echoes the sounds of the late '60s - namely the United States Of America and John Barry..."
Melody Maker (3/28/00, p.48) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Good....mood music and sounds like one of the best things you'll hear all year..."
Mojo (Publisher) (4/00, p.95) - "...Oddly infectious. Imagine the Bronte sisters trying to play Yo La Tengo music on Air's instruments with Joe Meek producing."
NME (Magazine) (12/30/00, p.78) - Ranked #23 in NME's "Top 50 Albums Of The Year".
NME (Magazine) (3/18/00, p.33) - 8 out of 10 - "...an album so autonomous and remote it sounds like it's being beamed from a deep-space probe....for all its detached self-sufficiency, this is a warm, mysterious and very human record..."
Personnel includes: Stephen Perkins (drums).
Engineers: Broadcast, Paul Glave, Kenny Patterson.
Like all the best groups, Broadcast exists in a bubble, oblivious to passing trends. Mixing dusty old musical instruments with the latest technology, they sound as if they're gliding across the galaxy in a second-hand spaceship. Lazy comparisons to Stereolab (on who's Duophonic label Broadcast released two 1997 singles) are only relevant in terms of both groups' almost scientific approach to music making. It's obvious that the long gestation period of this debut album paid off. THE NOISE MADE BY PEOPLE is at once strange and beautiful. Trish Keenan's clear voice slices through the psychedelic waltzes and eerie soundscapes with a strident simplicity.
The jaunty "Come On Let's Go" is a distant relative of Petula Clark's "Downtown," and an obvious pop highlight of the album. But it's in the dark corners where some of the most innovative and melodic moments occur. "Echo's Answer" is hauntingly sparse and unexpected. Ennio Morricone is an obvious inspiration, and this partly explains Broadcast's knack for imaginative arrangements. THE NOISE MADE BY PEOPLE is destined to become a cult classic. Don't miss out.
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