The Figgs

Palais

The Figgs - Palais

2004

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All Music Guide Review

The double-disc Palais might seem a bit sprawling at first, but rather like Nellie McKay's Get Away from Me or Wilco's Being There, these two discs actually clock in under 80 minutes; they could have gone on a single CD, but by being split over two roughly 35-minute discs, they actually come off a lot better. The Figgs' brand of power pop was made for the 7" single, or failing that, for the LP side. The admirably diverse Palais takes on the sound of a well-constructed double album; the band even divides the album into four sides in the liner notes, and three different versions of a sort of theme song at the beginning, middle, and end increase the effect. It works well, giving the album an overall shape that allows the group to stretch out into styles a bit removed from its usual brash guitar pop, like the synth-based atmospherics of "Attack VCA" and the Elvis Costello-like new wave nerviness of "Your Only Hope." As always, the album's songwriting is about evenly split between singer/songwriters Pete Donnelly and Mike Gent, with drummer Pete Hayes throwing in the rocking "We'll Be Doing Time" (which, probably coincidentally, seems to be based on the riff from Billy Squier's "Everybody Wants You") for the George Harrison slot. All concerned come out well, although Donnelly's tunes are just a hair more immediately appealing than Gent's. Overall, though, Palais is probably the best Figgs album to date. ~ Stewart Mason, Rovi

Palais Track Listing

  • #
  • Title
  • time
  • 4
  • Simon Simone
  • 2:38
  • Sound Clip for Simon Simone from Palais

  • 5
  • Taking Turns
  • 2:59
  • Sound Clip for Taking Turns from Palais

  • 11
  • Je T'Adore
  • 1:45
  • Sound Clip for Je T'Adore from Palais

  • 12
  • Termites
  • 2:36
  • Sound Clip for Termites from Palais

  • 13
  • Attack VCA
  • 3:53
  • Sound Clip for Attack VCA from Palais

  • 14
  • Intermission
  • 2:22
  • Sound Clip for Intermission from Palais

  • 15 (2)
  • Nothing But Fear
  • 3:10
  • Sound Clip for Nothing But Fear from Palais

  • 16 (2)
  • Kill Me Now
  • 2:49
  • Sound Clip for Kill Me Now from Palais

  • 17 (2)
  • Bristol Sisters
  • 2:41
  • Sound Clip for Bristol Sisters from Palais

  • 18 (2)
  • I Know Where You Are
  • 3:39
  • Sound Clip for I Know Where You Are from Palais

  • 19 (2)
  • Please Hold On
  • 3:02
  • Sound Clip for Please Hold On from Palais

  • 20 (2)
  • Longing for You
  • 3:42
  • Sound Clip for Longing for You from Palais

  • 21 (2)
  • Your Only Hope
  • 2:43
  • Sound Clip for Your Only Hope from Palais

  • 22 (2)
  • Come On Tonight
  • 2:33
  • Sound Clip for Come On Tonight from Palais

  • 23 (2)
  • Inside the Disco
  • 3:57
  • Sound Clip for Inside the Disco from Palais

  • 24 (2)
  • Embrace the Train
  • 3:56
  • Sound Clip for Embrace the Train from Palais

  • 25 (2)
  • End Credits
  • 2:58
  • Sound Clip for End Credits from Palais

  • Credits of Palais

    • Pete Hayes
    • Percussion, Drums, Vocals, Sound Effects
    • Mike Viola
    • Bass, Guitar (Bass), Vocals, Keyboards, Guitar
    • Mike Gent
    • Organ, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Composer, Guitar (Bass), Vocals, Engineer, Wurlitzer, Mixing, Moog Synthesizer, Keyboards, Drums, Reeds
    • Pete Donnelly
    • Organ, Composer, Guitar (Bass), Wurlitzer, Mixing, Fender Rhodes, Engineer, Moog Synthesizer, Vocals, Keyboards, Drums, Reeds, Bass, Guitar, Percussion


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