Recording A Tape The Colour Of The Light Image
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  • Summary: This is the long-in-the-making debut album for the instrumental Montreal band that shares two members (Sarah Neufeld and Richard Reed Parry) with the Arcade Fire.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. [Bell Orchestre] varies its cunningly sequenced, gratifyingly brief instrumental tracks with such old-fashioned amenities as textured melodies, pleasing dynamic shifts, and passages that, if they don't actually r-o-c-k, at least bound down the road in an excited manner.
  2. 90
    Capacious, intimate and brimming with both whimsy and tension, Recording A Tape is what classical music might sound like from some advanced alien civilization. [#70, p.86]
  3. Recording's musical vignettes display equal parts languor and incitement. [#11, p.105]
  4. The first third or so of Recording A Tape lags a bit, mostly because Bell Orchestre seems reluctant to show all its cards right out of the jewel case. However, once you reach "THROW IT ON A FIRE," the horns and percussion begin to drive, and the album grows progressively stronger.
  5. A timely twinkle of apple crisp bells, hearth-warming handclaps and belly-rubbing brass.
  6. A debut that sounds a lot like New York urbanites the Rachel's and the Clogs, but a little more dangerous.
  7. 42
    Flavorless chamber pop. [Jan 2006, p.91]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. kurtt
    Mar 5, 2006
    9
    I personally find it quite refreshing and I love how the album has a whispy unity that works as a whole. It really has grown on me!!!
  2. TaylorE
    Nov 22, 2005
    9
    These guys are awesome. The CD is a bit boring in parts, but I don't give, I don't have ADD or anything. Plus, they're essentially an instrumental branch of my favourite band, The Arcade Fire Expand
  3. RaphaelA
    Nov 22, 2005
    9
    This score reflects the fact that I listened to the album after hearing them live. They are fantastic live.
  4. SeanT
    Dec 11, 2005
    9
    very excellent orchestral post rock. easier to listen to in one sitting than godspeed and its nice to see something really deeply musically talented coming from a member of arcade fire. let's just hope he is just as good in Islands Expand
  5. davem
    Oct 6, 2006
    8
    Solid album, see them live, it's fantastic.
  6. ldavidson
    Nov 16, 2005
    7
    Good but a little boring in spots.
  7. coolerstillr.muckfluck
    Feb 6, 2006
    4
    yeah...not quite. no.