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BELL X1

Blue Lights on the Runway

2009-04-13

Bell X1, named after the first supersonic airplane, is an Irish band. They were originally known as Juniper and included Damien Rice as a member. This is their fourth studio album and their sound has changed a bit since Mr. Rice's leaving. Their sound has been compared to that of Talking Heads. I don't buy the comparison, unless you are talking about the track, "The Great Defector". As the lead single from the album, it offers a lot of similarities, right down to the David Byrne-sounding vocals of Paul Noonan. Otherwise, this is electronic-infused pop with the best songs being the upbeat "A Better Band" and "Breastfed". "Amelia" is a good one as well, it being about none other than Amelia Earhart. The liner notes mention the ballad, "Light Catches Your Face", as a focus track that was once featured on a television show called One Tree Hill. Reviewed by Rebecca Ruth.

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