- Record Label: Rough Trade
- Release Date: Nov 15, 2005
- 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.
- Record Label: Rough Trade
- Genre(s): Indie, Rock, Instrumental
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[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.
MagnetCapacious, 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]
Under The RadarRecording's musical vignettes display equal parts languor and incitement. [#11, p.105]
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.
MojoThere's a beguiling musicality at play that puts pleasing melody at the centre of even the most outre detour. [Dec 2005, p.102]
SpinFlavorless chamber pop. [Jan 2006, p.91]
kurttMar 5, 2006I 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!!!
TaylorENov 22, 2005These 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 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
RaphaelANov 22, 2005This score reflects the fact that I listened to the album after hearing them live. They are fantastic live.
SeanTDec 11, 2005very excellent orchestral post rock. easier to listen to in one sitting than godspeed and its nice to see something really deeply musically 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… Collapse
davemOct 6, 2006Solid album, see them live, it's fantastic.
ldavidsonNov 16, 2005Good but a little boring in spots.
coolerstillr.muckfluckFeb 6, 2006yeah...not quite. no.
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