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Where did they go wrong from there on in? :(
I'd go with Plans, Hero or Blue Light. I used to be a massive fan and I still think you could make an album as good as Silent Alarm from their B-sides/EP tracks released during the first two albums.
I reckon Little Thoughts is the weakest of all their pre-SA material.
i would find them a bit cringy and cheesy like some other indie bands i used to love and have gone back to. But their first album is still amazing, and indeed compliments is the cherry on the cake, just one of those songs that is in the perfect place on an album, and also probably their only really good "slow" song.
Got to agree the band took a backseat, and so much of the atmosphere sounds comes from the production (which explains why i've heard they're duff live)
i was expecting the same thing. it's funny, the 'production' isn't something that would have ever crossed my mind when i first got this album, but listening to it back now, the production job is INCREDIBLE. having said that, i think quite a few of their pre-silent alarm tracks are pretty great too.
such a good song
Am I still the only one that loves The Marshalls Are Dead?
that, Plans and So Here We Are often go massively unnoticed.
This thread reminded me to listen to their early stuff again. Still sounds as great as when I first heard it.
Some of their earlier stuff is easily my favourite. 'Alarming New Depths: B-sides and rarities' works so well as an album even though it was just assembled by some fans online. Gordy seemed to be allowed so much more freedom back in those days. I miss his vocals and real basslines.
Was amazing. Shame they did nothing with it. And it was in 5/4 time.
compliments is pretty special
but i used to LOVE positive tension, how it slowly builds up then releases. I think this is one of those albums where the cover really gets the mood of the sound across (goes to start spin off thread)
There was a delicacy to their music then. Before it was being pummeled by melodrama. Though listening to those tracks again and Compliments, his voice still has a bit of the cheesy forced sincerity that I find so grating now but which I didn't mind then because you've got the irregular drumming and spiky guitar which I found so fresh.
Is there anything else that sounds like Helicopter?
— SHV, Banquet, Helicopter, So Here We Are — the real pick of the bunch is Always New Depths.
I love Silent Alarm to bits, but if they had've dropped The Pioneers for Always New Depths I would consider it utterly flawless.
Tulips was quite special I thought. Something very 'raw' and 'real' about Marshals too. All bangin' stuff.
Russell's Guitar Solos On Silent Alarm Are All Brilliant And Add To The Mood Of The Songs. On The Later Albums His Guitar Playing Is Either Secondary To The Electronics, Or Just Showing Off, Which Is A Shame.
when the newer songs were played live surprisingly well. Poor lad really should have taken up keys as well as guitar as a kid
hearing Always New Depths for the first time and thinking they would be The Beatles of my generation or something. Such an amazing song from a band that hadn't even released an album at the time.
Pun and that.