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  • Summary: The follow-up album from the trio headed by Zach Condon.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. 91
    There’s a melancholic beauty in the melodies of Zach Condon that conjure a cinematic romanticism.
  2. Credit Condon with a vivid imagination to go with his intuitive songwriting ability, and embrace The Flying Club Cup as one of the best albums of 2007.
  3. Condon's theatrical croon and rich string arrangements hold the album together while it tells a musical story about the acculturation of the boozy.
  4. It might not be indie (whatever that means these days), and it’s certainly not rock, but The Flying Club Cup is consistent in its idyllic, perhaps idealistic charms.
  5. Condon's rich, barrel-aged croon is buffeted by a whirl of brass, accordion, ukulele and Owen Pallett's fleet-footed strings, sweeping towards a finale so magnificently moving that the only correct response is a standing ovation.
  6. Even if The Flying Club Cup is slightly less vital than the debut, Condon remains an ever-growing talent that bears plenty of notice. [Fall 2007, p.72]
  7. On this disc, Beirut is a one trick pony, albeit one with a pretty good trick.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. TiagoF.
    Oct 14, 2007
    One of the best albums this year by far.
  2. Aug 3, 2014
    Less exuberant than the previous project, but with a much deeper and sadder meaning, it is hardly possible to imagine that an even more versatile and joyful album could be done by Beirut. But they did it. At the end, it feels like a congruent, medieval and superb fairy tail that is (ironically) very real. Expand
  3. dg
    Nov 7, 2007
    Just beautiful music, with so many different sounds!
  4. Sep 4, 2010
    To this day, this is the most beautiful album I have ever heard. It thrives on swelling melodies that reach deep down into you and pull every emotion out. Zach Condon is a prodigy. Expand
  5. Nov 3, 2010
    This album has to be among my top 5 favorites of all time. What a beautiful masterpiece. Every song leads to the other perfectly and ends with such an amazing journey of a song with "The Flying Club Cup". Expand
  6. EricC.
    Nov 29, 2007
    Well, they found their own sound and use it extremely well, something very few bands can say. The lack of guitars is bound to turn off more mainstream listeners, but once you get in to it, you realize that they don't need them, at all. A little over the top at times, but the mournful vocals are a strength in the end. Though very different, they somehow remind me of the Arcade Fire, a band that never lacks critical and public acclaim. So I can't help but be excited when I listen to this album, easily one of the year's best, because I hear endless potential. These guys are bound to produce a classic that will blow the indie scene away. Until then, we have two very good releases that will hopefully get them noticed. Expand
  7. matta
    Oct 16, 2007
    Not quite as gorgeous as his debut but still mostly wonderful. It's currently hovering right outside my top twenty of the year.

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