The First Days Of Spring

Noah And The Whale

The First Days Of Spring

Second album from London indie pop act fronted by Charlie Fink

ADM rating[?]

6.6

Label
Mercury
UK Release date
31/08/2009
  1. 10.0 |   The Sunday Times

    There’s a feature-length film to go with the CD, but this album is visual enough. It is also a masterpiece.
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  2. 9.0 |   NME

    The band have changed their tune to that of a sunny swoon, filled with regret, pain, poignant optimism and fewer zany instruments… An immense album
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  3. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    I find it difficult to fault this album. Granted, this album does have the occasional essence of Snow Patrol about its aura but I’ve listened repeatedly since it plopped onto my mat and I’m yet to tire of it
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  4. 8.0 |   The Times

    Any spot-the- poignancy game playing is quickly erased by the sheer universal grandeur of this record.
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  5. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Once a knock-about indie act from central casting, they're now full bodied and sophisticated, skilled with massed choirs, pedal steel, church bells and anything that comes to hand
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  6. 8.0 |   Observer Music Monthly

    This is a beautiful album. Moving rather than maudlin, uplifting rather than depressing. Impressionistic symphonic-pop maestro Sufjan Stevens, back this autumn with a new album, had better watch his back. Belle & Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch, cooking up his own long-gestating, musical-film project, has been served notice
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  7. 8.0 |   Mojo

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  8. 8.0 |   Q

    Print edition only

  9. 8.0 |   Clash

    Impressive, thoughtful and frequently beautiful, The First Days of Spring is one of those records that asks for the hard work of the listener but rewards ten times over
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  10. 8.0 |   The List

    Elevates Noah and the Whale from punctuation-denigrating indie poppers to philharmonic alt.rockers with a winning line in lyrical solace.
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  11. 7.0 |   Blurt

    They made an album that outshines their first in spades. Show the boys some love
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  12. 6.0 |   The Scotsman

    They channel the hangdog Americana of Will Oldham and Lambchop, with singer Charlie Fink's delivery so low-key it is more mutter than vocal; elsewhere, they take a leaf out of Elbow's knowingly uplifting book on the single Blue Skies.
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  13. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    The album falls down only on the words he sings with it. Cliches are forgivable in break-up records ... but The First Days of Spring is carpeted with them wall-to-wall.
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  14. 6.0 |   The Independent

    One's impatience with Fink is tempered somewhat by the band's inventive sonic strategies
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  15. 6.0 |   Uncut

    Closure is finally achieved on the gorgeous “My Door Is Always Open” and only an ill-advised mid-section (where it all goes a bit Godspell) spoils the mood
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  16. 5.2 |   Pitchfork

    As a lyricist, Fink's too reliant on indistinct yearn, and while you might relate to some of Spring's bummed-out bromide, Fink's moping seems too scopic to hit anyone very deep for very long. Sometimes you just put it in a letter
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  17. 4.0 |   musicOMH

    Filled to the gills with sentiments of loneliness (My Broken Heart) and defeatism (I Have Nothing), placed on top of a monochromatic batch of sluggishly-strummed coffeeshop acoustics
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  18. 4.0 |   Daily Telegraph

    Fink’s unlovely vocals bespeak only all-consuming misery and despair, with fleeting chinks of optimism
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  19. 4.0 |   Spin

    Long on droning strings and meandering melodies, Days is a major downer even by the dejected standards of indie-rock breakup albums
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  20. 4.0 |   The Irish Times

    The band’s folksy-fiddly sound and Fink’s chirpy West Country tones and lonesome-pine lyrics lack the necessary depth to fully convey the feeling of having your heart run through a combine-harvester,
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  21. 4.0 |   musicOMH

    Bring back Marling and spice up the lyrical themes, and we might be back on track. At the moment, though, it appears as though this is one twee-pop album that simply doesn't pop.
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