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    The Impossible Thrill

    Alpha - The Impossible Thrill

    2001

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    All Music Guide Review

    The duo behind England's Alpha -- Andy Jenks and Corin Dingley -- combines groovy synth sounds, live string arrangements, acid jazz, and torchy flair to create the atmospheric lounge numbers found on their second album, The Impossible Thrill. Three singers -- Wendy Stubbs, Helen White, and Martin Barnard -- all lend their vocal stylings to the disc's 11 airy confections, which recall Portishead and Massive Attack (who, incidentally, own Melankolic, the label to which Alpha is signed). There is no hidden agenda here -- what listeners get is about an hour's worth of sublime mood music, England-style. To that end, Alpha is at the top of their craft, delivering trance-inducing songs, note for note. The three featured singers must be equally credited, because without their contribution, Alpha's songs may have easily lacked distinction. In fact, it's due largely in part to the hypnotic and ethereal sounds of Stubbs, White, and Barnard that comparisons to Portishead and others can be drawn. All players combined, Alpha successfully continues on the path pioneered by their forebears and adds their own unique imprint to this style of music. The Impossible Thrill is woozy, trance-like, and sublime, and its thrill is far from impossible. An enjoyable listen, indeed. ~ Liana Jonas, Rovi

    The Impossible Thrill Track Listing

  • #
  • Title
  • time
  • 1
  • Still
  • 4:07
  • Sound Clip for Still from The Impossible Thrill

  • 2
  • Eon
  • 3:49
  • Sound Clip for Eon from The Impossible Thrill

  • 3
  • Dim
  • 4:57
  • Sound Clip for Dim from The Impossible Thrill

  • 4
  • South
  • 3:42
  • Sound Clip for South from The Impossible Thrill

  • 5
  • Almost There
  • 4:36
  • Sound Clip for Almost There from The Impossible Thrill

  • 6
  • Wise
  • 6:23
  • Sound Clip for Wise from The Impossible Thrill

  • 7
  • Especial
  • 5:26
  • Sound Clip for Especial from The Impossible Thrill

  • 8
  • Wishes
  • 3:29
  • Sound Clip for Wishes from The Impossible Thrill

  • 9
  • Clear Sky
  • 5:20
  • Sound Clip for Clear Sky from The Impossible Thrill

  • 10
  • Al Sation
  • 3:22
  • Sound Clip for Al Sation from The Impossible Thrill

  • 11
  • Fort
  • 5:44
  • Sound Clip for Fort from The Impossible Thrill

  • Credits of The Impossible Thrill

    • Alpha
    • String Arrangements, Choir Arrangement


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