Paul Hartnoll ‎– The Ideal Condition



Haven't We Met Before? 4:26
For Silence 4:03
Simple Sounds 4:55
Please 4:04
The Unsteady Waltz 4:30
Nothing Else Matters 4:09
Patchwork Guilt 4:48
Aggro 4:20
Dust Motes 5:22

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ACP001 Paul Hartnoll The Ideal Condition(CD, Album) ACP Recordings ACP001 UK 2007 Sell This Version
88088-21615-2, ATO0053 Paul Hartnoll The Ideal Condition(CD, Album) ATO Records, ATO Records 88088-21615-2, ATO0053 US 2007 Sell This Version
none Paul Hartnoll The Ideal Condition(CD, Album, Promo) IHT Records none UK 2007 Sell This Version


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November 15, 2014
referencing The Ideal Condition, CD, Album, ACP001

Paul Hartnoll, the non-bald brother of Orbital steps out for his debut solo outing with THE IDEAL CONDITION. And how ideal is it? Well, the melody of "Haven't We Met Before?" has hints of the Nat King Cole classic "Nature Boy" with extra orchestration and beats for a soundtrack-like effect (though the full choir and operatic soloist towards the end might be overkill). "For Silence" starts much simpler, with some bell-tones, aided by Lianne Hall's fragile vocals, until the track goes over the top again. And there's the issue: it's simply too much. Overly orchestrated and occasionally overwrought. Hartnoll seems intent to imbue many tracks with a sense of grandeur, even when it's not necessary. Compare, for instance, the simplicity of the folk-like "Simple Sounds" and the stately classicism of "The Unsteady Waltz" to the bland and bloat of "Nothing Else Matters." Robert Smith of The Cure offers his vocals to the spry "Please," which again loses sight of itself with the chorus, but at least "Aggro," with Joseph Arthur on vocal duties, lives up to its title with a rock strut, though it too goes overboard, as does the closer, "Dust Motes," which switches from a simple violin to a big mess. Maybe not quite as ideal as it should have been.