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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.
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  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
    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
    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
    This score reflects the fact that I listened to the album after hearing them live. They are fantastic live.
  4. SeanT
    Dec 11, 2005
    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
    Solid album, see them live, it's fantastic.
  6. ldavidson
    Nov 16, 2005
    Good but a little boring in spots.
  7. coolerstillr.muckfluck
    Feb 6, 2006
    yeah...not quite. no.