The High Llamas

Hawaii

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Sean O'Hagan has a gift for orchestral pop, creating lush soundscapes that are awash with sonic detail. He clearly owes a lot to Brian Wilson, and Hawaii, the High Llamas' third album, falls somewhere between Pet Sounds and SMiLE. Sonically, the rich, orchestrated production is reminiscent of the former, but Hawaii is paced like SMiLE, with brief instrumentals and song fragments framing the full-fledged songs. Each is carefully arranged and recorded, offering an inviting tapestry of strings, guitars, keyboards, brass, and percussion. For much of Hawaii, the sound of the record is intoxicating, but the album drags over the course of 77 minutes. Among the 29 tracks, there are some beautiful moments and gorgeous songs, but Hawaii winds up being too much of a good thing, lacking the focus of Gideon Gaye. [The American edition of Hawaii contains a 40-minute, six-track bonus disc, containing material previously unreleased in the U.S., including the B-sides for the Nomads single.]

Track Listing - Disc 1

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 0:53 Spotify
2 4:53 Spotify
3 4:58 Spotify
4 4:03 Spotify
5 0:34 Spotify
6 3:40 Spotify
7 0:44 Spotify
8 4:40 Spotify
9 0:23 Spotify
10 4:37 Spotify
11 0:25 Spotify
12 4:56 Spotify
13 2:21 Spotify
14 0:37 Spotify
15 4:17 Spotify
16 4:45 Spotify
17 0:59 Spotify
18 1:18 Spotify
19 4:47 Spotify
20 0:37 Spotify
21 3:12 Spotify
22 2:16 Spotify
23 3:43 Spotify
24 0:34 Spotify
25 3:22 Spotify
26 0:31 Spotify
27 1:58 Spotify
28 2:48 Spotify
29 3:47 Spotify
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