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THERE ARE NO NEW CLOUDS

There Are No New Clouds


Surely the members of this young Australian band are fibbing when they tell the public this is their first record. They also must be carving out some sort of figment of reality when they say they had been together less than two years prior to making their "debut." Yeah, right -- and effects pedals might fly out of Kevin Shields' backside. There Are No New Clouds is too assured, too focused, and too good to be a debut. (Technically, it's not their first record; it's a compilation of two EPs released in their native land.) Any rough edges the band might have had have been lopped off, any bum songs the band might have had kicking around have apparently been jettisoned. Admittedly, it's not as if their sound is all that revolutionary. They don't appear to be heading down any new or bizarre paths, at least not yet. Take the best elements of early-'90s shoegaze bands from the U.K. and add the best elements of mid-'90s indie bands from the U.S. That's what you essentially have here, and it's far less boring than what it appears to be on screen or paper. What impresses most is the fact that there are no endearing "new band syndrome" foibles here, as heard in most of the debut (or even second) records released by the bands Ides of Space is carrying the torch for -- no off-key vocals, no limited musicianship, no bungled mixing jobs. Guitars soar, boyish multi-part harmonies are effortlessly offered, and good old-fashioned hooks breeze through on more than a few occasions. Just what is this band missing? Apparently nothing. Ides of Space might be something of a throwback, but this sounds too fresh, not dated. Needless to say, this is a band with a very bright future ahead of it. ~ Andy Kellman, Rovi

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  • Format: Compact Disc
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  • Label: Better Looking Records
  • UPC: 676347101023
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Track listings

  • 1. This Side Of The Screen
  • 2. Arthur's Car
  • 3. Keep Writing
  • 4. No Trace Of Fading
  • 5. Switchboard
  • 6. Citrus
  • 7. Random Noise Generator
  • 8. I Promise Not To Notice If You Promise To Pretend
  • 9. Computer World
  • 10. Movie Ending
 
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  • Very Good (VG): Shows some signs of wear and is no longer fresh. Attractive. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
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HPB condition ratings
  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
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  • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
  • Fair (FR): Basically plays, but may be obviously well-worn with some scratching or tape distortion.
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