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Blue Lights on the Runway

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The Ribs of a Broken Umbrella
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How Your Heart is Wired
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The Great Defector
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Blow Ins
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Amelia
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A Better Band
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Breastfed
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Light Catches Your Face
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One Stringed Harp
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The Curtains are Twitchin'
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 10   Total Length: 54:32

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Green Light for Blue Lights

CalOF

Like others, heard Great Defector (on Npr) and was hooked by the hooks--irresistible! Wife heard and asked "is that David Byrne/TH? Love it." Hadn't heard of these guys, but have downloaded from both albums and really like 'em. If you want to try just one, I'd go with GD

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Rockit

BKHorse

Take off and listen to all of the pain and music here. Great stuff and a nice advance from there first effort. This group is growing.

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Another Pandora+eMusic winner

katieandchris

Same story as fontmaven. Heard 'Great Defector' on Pandora and immediately opened up an eMusic tab. Catchy stuff. GD could fit in on Paul Simon's Graceland.

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not revolutionary, but very listenable

MickyJ

there are some very strong moments on this - 'A Better Band' develops nicely, and 'Amelia' is worth hitting the download button alone.

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Nice melodic rock album

Plainpawl

Nice to hear a new group with such a god sound. "The great defector" hooked me immediately.

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How Your Heart is Wired

CreamJalapeno

Awesome song. Perfect for so many different listening moods.

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Once again, eMusic has it

fontmaven

Heard "The Great Defector" on the radio this morning, thought it was David Byrne, DJ announced who it was: found it on eMusic minutes later! So far so good—I'm digging these Irish fellas.

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Icon: Beck

By Sean Fennessey, Contributor

Beck Hansen has always projected a wayward confusion. He is handsomely blank-faced, talented but never effortful, obscurantist but impossibly pop. In the early '90s, to think that this Los Angeles County dust bum would become a generational weather vane or a music superstar or even just a guy with a mortgage would be a stretch. He barely even knew how to tune his guitar. And yet, his disaffection couldn't have been much more than a… more »

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Icon: Beck

By Sean Fennessey, Contributor

Beck Hansen has always projected a wayward confusion. He is handsomely blank-faced, talented but never effortful, obscurantist but impossibly pop. In the early '90s, to think that this Los Angeles County dust bum would become a generational weather vane or a music superstar or even just a guy with a mortgage would be a stretch. He barely even knew how to tune his guitar. And yet, his disaffection couldn't have been much more than a… more »

They Say All Music Guide

Established fans of this scrappy Irish quartet may be startled by the band’s slight turn toward electronica on its fourth studio album, but there’s no need to fear: the focus is still on bittersweet melody and whimsical lyrics. Lines like “Bring your canary, bring your flame” and “I’d say life’s a different story when you’re facing certain death” and entire songs like the snotty, raunchy “One Stringed Harp” offer an interesting counterbalance to what are often delicately beautiful arrangements and tunes; on “The Great Defector” a slightly off-kilter verse slides into a startlingly simple and lovely hook in the chorus, all the while flirting with a ska beat. (It also features the couplet “You’re the chocolate at the end of my cornetto/I love the way your underwire bra sets off that X-ray machine.”) “Blow Ins” is subtly lounge-flavored until the gentle vocals come in and change the whole mood; “Breastfed,” oddly enough, is written in 7/4. If you’re looking for more cowbell, then try the relatively rockish “A Better Band,” and if you’re looking for less melody, try the weirdly tuneless “How Your Heart Is Wired.” Blue Lights on the Runway is one of those rare albums that you can pretend to like for its alt-credibility while secretly just enjoying it for the hooks. – Rick Anderson

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