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Noise 6:43
Fuck U 5:14
Waste 9:57
Sleep 6:50
Here 1:02
Get Out 4:30
Conscience 4:17
Pulse 4:50
Wrong 0:56
Love Song 6:20
Me And You 7:57

Versions (13)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
2564 61435-2 Archive Noise(CD, Album) EastWest 2564 61435-2 France 2004 Sell This Version
2564614221 Archive Noise(2xLP, Album, Ltd) Warner Music France 2564614221 France 2004 Sell This Version
DY2-1948 Archive Noise(CD, Album) Enregistrements D7 DY2-1948 Canada 2004 Sell This Version
5050467567320 Archive Noise(CD, Album) Warner Music France 5050467567320 France 2004 Sell This Version
2564614222 Archive Noise(CD, Album, Enh, M/Print, Ope) East West France, Warner Music France 2564614222 Europe 2004 Sell This Version
2564614222 Archive Noise(CD, Album, Enh, Ope) East West France, Warner Music France 2564614222 Europe 2004 Sell This Version
5046-75673-2 Archive Noise(CD, Album, Enh, Ope) EastWest, Warner Music France 5046-75673-2 France 2004 Sell This Version
2564 61435-2, 2564614352 Archive Noise(CD, Album, Enh, ope + DVD-V, PAL + Ltd, Sup) EastWest, EastWest 2564 61435-2, 2564614352 France 2004 Sell This Version
PR04534 Archive Noise(CD, Promo) EastWest PR04534 France 2004 Sell This Version
none Archive Noise(CDr, Album, Copy Prot., Promo) EastWest, Warner Music France none France 2004 Sell This Version
none Archive Noise(CDr, Album, Promo, Saf) EastWest none 2004 Sell This Version
none Archive Noise(Cass, Album, Promo) EastWest none Germany 2004 Sell This Version
ARC2-3607 Archive Noise(CD, Album) DEP ARC2-3607 Canada 2008 Sell This Version

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bullfinchart

bullfinchart

March 27, 2017
referencing Noise, CD, Album, Enh, M/Print, Ope, 2564614222
After three albums of dramatic changes in line-up and sound, Archive settles down somewhat on Noise. Craig Walker is still in place on guitar and vocals, the same logo adorns the cover, the largely one-word titles are present and correct.

The shift this time is much more subtle. Noise is very much the least electronic Archive record to date. Effects, processing and synths are largely used to decorate the songs here, rather than drive them. 'Pulse' is the only notable exception, with its synth and breakbeat backing. The song also features Craig Walker attempting a very ill advised falsetto throughout.

The rest of the album finds Archive sounding very much like an arty, electronic-tinged indie-rock group. The guitars are fuzzy, the drums pound, and a string section adorns the slower songs. Frequent appearances of electric piano and organ hint at the band's past in trip-hop and progressive rock, but the sound is much rawer.

Walker's ear for melody holds this new sound together. Singles 'Noise' and 'Fuck U' are repetitive, but tuneful enough, and performed with enough gusto, to stand up well. 'Sleep', 'Conscience' and 'Me and You' are all beautiful ballads that hold up brilliantly against the bulk of You All Look the Same to Me. 'Waste' and 'Love Song', on the other hand, jarringly contrast mellow opening sections with heavily distorted climaxes that might be too disjointed for a lot of listeners.

Not all is great. The middle of the album definitely sags, with two needless interlude tracks, the aforementioned terrible vocals of 'Pulse', and 'Get Out', which channels Oasis in a very bad way. Some of the longer tracks would probably benefit from being trimmed by a minute or two. The album's biggest weakness, however, is there's no 'Londinium', 'Cloud in the Sky' or 'Again'. Nothing here leaps out as a classic. 'Fuck U' is almost there, but it let down by its adolescent lyrics.

Noise is a decent album, but it seems the lack of shake-up between records has led to a hint of complacency behind the scenes. Shifting to a rawer, more live sound, evocative of the album's title, gives the album some identity of its own, and there are plenty of songs to enjoy. But after three excellent, unique albums, it's hard not to feel a little disappointed by this record.
vettevis

vettevis

July 8, 2016
referencing Noise, CD, Album, 2564 61435-2
Isn't it time to re-release this on vinyl? Would be awesome imho.....