Archive ‎– You All Look The Same To Me

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Tracklist

1 Again 16:19
2 Numb 5:47
3 Meon 5:43
4 Goodbye 5:38
5 Now And Then 1:22
6 Seamless 1:43
7 Finding It So Hard 15:33
8 Fool 8:26
9 Hate 3:41
10 Need 2:27

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Apparently same as Archive - You All Look The Same To Me (barcode, label ref, etc..) but with different cover (the faces are not the same, the logo place is not the same).

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  • Barcode: 8 09274 50562 0
  • Matrix / Runout: [Warner logo] 092745056-2.2 V01 JTX
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L011
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 052S

Other Versions (5 of 16) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
HMRCD001 Archive You All Look The Same To Me(CD, Album) Hangman Records (3) HMRCD001 UK 2002 Sell This Version
0927450565 Archive You All Look The Same To Me(CD, Album, Enh) East West France 0927450565 Europe 2002 Sell This Version
5249806312 Archive You All Look The Same To Me(CD, Album, RE, Met) East West France 5249806312 Europe 2010 Sell This Version
PRO 2837 Archive You All Look The Same To Me(CD, Album, Promo) EastWest PRO 2837 France 2001 Sell This Version
none Archive You All Look The Same To Me(CDr, Album, Promo) Not On Label none UK Unknown Sell This Version

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bullfinchart

March 27, 2017

In some ways, You All Look the Same to Me is a consolidation of everything Archive had achieved so far: the electric pianos, organs, mellotrons and analogue synths of Londinium back to the fore, whilst blending in some elements of rock music they'd learned from Take My Head. Yet it's also a huge step forward. Lead single and album opener 'Again' runs to over 16 minutes, with little else on the album falling into conventional pop/rock structures. The Pink Floyd comparisons are unavoidable.

And then there's Craig Walker, the band's new lead vocalist. There's a certain angst present in his voice that's a contrast to the more restrained performances of the band's previous singers. Walker's voice cracks and strains (on 'Goodbye' he falls flat of notes entirely at times), lending the group an indie-rock authenticity totally at odds with the more polished tone of their first two records. Archive mk 3 is most definitely Archive, but they're doing something very different.

The elephant in the room is always going to be 'Again'. The closest thing to a hit single they've ever had, and building to a dramatic crescendo over its 16 minutes, it's never going to be an easy song to follow. Opening the album with it is a brave move. Following it with 'Numb', however, is a stupid move. A repetitive, tuneless piece that aims for Neu! but misses the mark dramatically, it's hard to not feel incredibly deflated - never a good thing two tracks into an album.

Thankfully, most of the rest of the album is much stronger. 'Meon' is a melodic mid-tempo piece with a rousing, soulful chorus that, instrumentally, is heavily reminiscent of debut album Londinium. 'Fool' is a bluesy, melancholic song with a rolling drum beat. 'Hate' and 'Need' close the album on a beautiful, intimate note. Ambient interlude 'Seamless' reunites the band with their electronic roots. Jane Hall and Maria Q provide beautiful backing vocals that help soften the edges of Walker's ragged yelp. Ok, so nothing else here is quite as good as 'Again' (least of all the other side-long epic 'Finding it So Hard', which tries to find a bizarre mid-ground between prog rock and early '90s rave), but the weak spots are few and far between.

As a fan of the band when the album came out, I found lots to love in You All Look the Same to Me. The band's continual progression and experimentation without losing their core sound is hugely admirable, but what's given the album its lasting magic is the quality of the songs themselves. Craig Walker is undoubtedly an excellent songwriter, and his melodies here help Archive achieve their third timeless album.