Last Night on Earth

Noah and the Whale


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2011, Mercury

Charlie Fink's refusal to rest on his laurels is admirable. Over the course of three albums, he has steered Noah and the Whale from winsome folk-pop through confessional misery and now to smooth and shiny drivetime rock. One might have feared the results of this latest iteration, but Last Night on Earth is a sparkling piece of work. There's a misstep in "Give It All Back," which hails "the kids who believed in rock'n'roll" only to mawkishly locate them in a school assembly, but even that song is saved by a fabulous arrangement, which – like many of the songs here – blooms in its final bars. In fact, the arrangements are delicious throughout: "Just Before We Met" opens with a pizzicato violin hook set against a synthesized bassline, before a harpsichord and electric guitar come in, the latter taking on the violin line. It's just one example of how Fink seems to have worked these songs until they are just so, without ever overdoing them. – The Guardian


Disc 1
1 Life Is Life
2 Tonight's the Kind of Night
3 L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.
4 Wild Thing
5 Give It All Back
6 Just Me Before We Met
7 Paradise Stars
8 Waiting for My Chance to Come
9 Line
10 Old Joy

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