Tales From Terra Firma

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  • Summary: The self-produced second release for the British folk-pop band was mainly written in a camper van in Oxford.
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
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  1. Mar 7, 2013
    100
    Stornoway make unconvincing space rockers--but that's the only caveat about a triumphantly expansive album.
  2. Mar 11, 2013
    80
    It's an ambitious step forward for the band (who hail from Oxford, not the Outer Hebrides) and, though only 44 minutes long, it feels like a bit of an epic.
  3. [Tales from Terra Firm] ought to be the one that separates the Oxford quartet from the indie-folk bandwagon and kicks them a few steps up the ladder to being Mumfords-sized.
  4. Uncut
    Mar 7, 2013
    70
    Awash in plump brass, grainy mandolin and fuzzy warm electric piano, this solid second edges deeper into Fleet Foxes territory. [Apr 2013, p.78]
  5. 70
    It’s still occasionally a bit too ‘nice’ for its own good, but in a cynical world, sometimes a little hope and buoyancy doesn’t go amiss.
  6. Mar 8, 2013
    70
    Tales From Terra Firma offers a richer, fuller sound than the debut album and some tracks are tinged with an ever-so-gentle coating of sobriety and growing maturity but the important components of melody and subtlety are relatively unchanged.
  7. Apr 3, 2013
    49
    On their second album, Tales from Terra Firma, they continue to be almost crushingly dull, making well-appointed and cheerfully empty music that successfully communicates next to nothing.

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  1. Apr 2, 2013
    9
    This is a great album. I really love how Stornaway are progressing. I enjoyed their first album and Tales From Terra Firma is a definite stepThis is a great album. I really love how Stornaway are progressing. I enjoyed their first album and Tales From Terra Firma is a definite step up. You won't be disappointed if you buy this album Expand
  2. Apr 14, 2015
    7
    'Tales From Terra Firma' can be looked at as a continuation of an intriguing evolution from a band that has a LOT of potential to make great'Tales From Terra Firma' can be looked at as a continuation of an intriguing evolution from a band that has a LOT of potential to make great music that is unique to themselves.

    The three tracks in the middle of the album (The Bigger Picture / A Belated Invite to Eternity / Hook, Line, Sinker) justify price of admission for the entire album alone, and nearly 2 years later I am still coming back to these sublime tracks that you can sing along to at the top of your lungs. With their new album just around the corner we can only hope for more signs of the growth of their unique sound.
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