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    ArchiveNoise

    Label:East West France – 2564614222, Warner Music France – 2564614222
    Format:
    CD, Album, Enhanced, Misprint, Opendisc
    Country:Europe
    Released:
    Genre:Electronic, Rock
    Style:Psychedelic Rock, Trip Hop, Prog Rock

    Tracklist

    1Noise
    Bass [Additional]Lee Pomeroy
    DrumsSmiley (6)
    Organ [Hammond]Steve 'Keys' Watts*
    6:43
    2Fuck U
    BassLee Pomeroy
    DrumsSmiley (6)
    Guitar [Additional]Steve Harris (5)
    5:15
    3Waste
    BassCarl Holt
    DrumsSmiley (6)
    Guitar [Additional]Pete (Cluff)
    Organ [Hammond]Steve 'Keys' Watts*
    9:57
    4Sleep
    BassLee Pomeroy
    DrumsSmiley (6)
    Organ [Hammond]Steve 'Keys' Watts*
    6:51
    5Here1:03
    6Get Out
    Guitar [Additional]James Tonkin
    4:29
    7Conscience
    BassLee Pomeroy
    DrumsSmiley (6)
    4:17
    8Pulse
    Organ [Hammond]Steve 'Keys' Watts*
    4:50
    9Wrong0:57
    10Love Song
    BassCarl Holt
    DrumsSmiley (6)
    Guitar [Additional]Steve Harris (5)
    6:19
    11Me And You
    BassCarl Holt
    DrumsSmiley (6)
    7:56
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    Notes

    Issued in a standard jewel case.

    The booklet mistakenly contains the tracklisting & the credits of the Noise Ltd Edition DVD.
    Opendisc: Get exclusive content: insert this CD in your CD-rom drive.

    ℗ 2004 Archive
    © 2004 Archive

    Barcode and Other Identifiers

    • Barcode: 0825646142224
    • Rights Society: GEMA/BIEM
    • Matrix / Runout: [Warner logo] 256461422-2 02/04 V01
    • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L011
    • Mould SID Code: IFPI 05N5

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    Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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    Noise (CD, Album, Enhanced, Opendisc, DVD, DVD-Video, PAL, All Media, Limited Edition, Super Jewel Case)EastWest, EastWest, Warner Music France, Warner Music France2564 61435-2, 2564614352Europe2004
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    Noise (CD, Album)Enregistrements D7DY2-1948Canada2004
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    Noise (2×LP, Album, Limited Edition)EastWest, Warner Music France2564614221France2004
    New Submission
    Noise (CD, Album, Enhanced, Opendisc)EastWest, Warner Music France5046-75673-2France2004
    New Submission
    Noise (CDr, Promo, Album, Safetycopy)EastWestnone2004

    Reviews

    bullfinchart's avatar
    bullfinchart
    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.