by The Mary OnettesThe Mary Onettes


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The Mary Onettes' second album is a marked improvement over their debut. That self-titled record had an icy synth pop sound that did little to help the songs come to life; the few that did hit were so in thrall to the band's obvious heroes, Echo & the Bunnymen, that it was almost embarrassing. Islands has a much warmer sound, with the jagged beats and cold keyboards replaced by warm strings and softer, more epic-sounding percussion. The arrangements are fuller, richer, and more organic as well. Vocalist Philip Ekström cuts back a bit on the Ian McCullough croon, just a bit, but enough to make it less obvious who he's cribbing his style from. The reduction of affectation adds extra emotional power to his singing and makes it expressive and effective, instead of jarring. Islands is truly an emotion-packed record filled with missed connections, failed plans, heartbreak, and death.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/03/2009
Label: Labrador Sweden
UPC: 7332233001251
catalogNumber: 30012

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mary Onettes   Primary Artist
Philip Ekström   Group Member
Henrik Ekström   Group Member
Petter Agurén   Group Member
Simon Fransson   Group Member
Karin Hagström   Strings
Lina Molander   Strings
Isa Almgren   Background Vocals
Hanna Maria Backvall   Background Vocals
Agnes Evertsson   Background Vocals
Sara Mårtensson   Background Vocals
Ebba Sahlin   Background Vocals
Majja Sahlin   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Petters Erik Eriksson   Artwork
Philip Ekström   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Henrik Ekström   Arranger,Producer,Engineer

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