ALBUMS

Bell XI
Chop Chop

Released: 1st July 2013
Label: Belly Up Records

If you want an album that will instantly take your breath away then ‘Chop Chop’ the sixth album from Irish trio Bell X1 is an album that will do exactly that and more.

As soon as you press play on this album and the haunting piano and hypnotic drums that introduce ‘Starlings Over Brighton Pier’ will leave you stunned with disbelief, then when the fragile vocals start singing “Starlings over Brighton Pier, what do they know, what do they hear?” you will become completely at one with the album, everything else around you will fade into insignificance. ‘A Thousand Little Downers’ has the very difficult task of following the incredible opener, well I can assure you the melodies, beautiful vocals, infectious percussion, and chaotic brass section will ensure every ounce of your attention is firmly fixated on the sounds emerging from your speakers. ‘Careful What You Wish For’ is a song that conjures up images of beautiful landscapes that go on for an eternity.

These opening three songs leave you in no doubt that this is a truly special album that will be treasured by anyone who gives it the time and attention it deserves. The album proceeds with one great song after another, with further highlights being ‘Diorama’ another piano driven song that will have you hanging on every word that is being sung, I especially love the lyric “In love with the memories, when its all that’s left”. ‘Drive-By Summer’ a great pop song held together tightly with passionate drums. ‘The End Is Nigh’ a fantastic anthemic song that gives this perfect album the perfect ending.

‘Chop Chop’ is an album that has everything and more I could ask for, a combination of beautiful carefully put together songs, by musicians who clearly care about the end product, and at 37 mins this is an album that does not overstay its welcome.

Steve Tay

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