Beat Happening - Look Around

Double Album 2LP 180 Gram Vinyl + Digital Download

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Look Around is a compilation album by American indie rock band Beat Happening, released in November 2015 by Domino Records.

A career-spanning collection was certainly long overdue and thanks to Domino Records, the band finally started to get the reissue treatment many bands of their stature had been getting for years.

The 23 tracks chosen by the band themselves include their first single, 1984's "Look Around", and tracks from their five albums and singles, and ends with their surprise 2000 single "Angel Gone".

It's the perfect starting place for someone who maybe heard about the band and wants to check them out, and it's also a reminder for long time fans of just how many brilliant songs they had. It's almost staggering when they are all collected in one place like this.

The trio of Calvin JohnsonHeather Lewis, and Bret Lunsford were able to create a sound from the very beginning that was inviting in its simplicity and deceptively deep lyrically, with tunes so catchy that they stick halfway through the first listen.

Sometimes called twee or child-like, their songs are actually quite often dark and brooding with undercurrents of death and sex lurking just below the crashing and strumming surface. Check the thundering crunch of "Bad Seed" or the noir strut of "Nancy Sin," then try to make the case they are anything less than a great rock band.

Listen to the aching beauty of "Cast A Shadow" or "Fortune Cookie Prize" and they are a sweet pop band. On the epic "Godsend" or the truly enchanting "Tiger Trap" they are indie rock at its best and most moving. Their greatest almost-hit, "Indian Summer", was covered by R.E.M., Luna, and Benjamin Gibbard. Between Johnson's deadpan vocal delivery, his lovingly crafted persona, and his creepy and humorous lyrics, Lewis' less theatrical, open-hearted singing and writing, and Lunsford's steady musicianship, the band formed the kind of complementary bond most bands would kill to have. Their pieces fit together perfectly and their songs are short bursts of pop music that at their best come as close to perfection as anybody's ever have.

This collection is full of heart-warming, life-affirming moments that reinforce the band's status as one of the best American indie pop bands to ever pick up guitars and as such, it's vital listening for pretty much anyone and everyone interested in that style.

Check out the tracks: “Our Secret”; “Look Around”; “Red Head Walking”; “Nancy Sin”; “Bad Seeds” and “Angel Gone”.

This double LP housed in a gatefold sleeve with remastered audio and digital download is pressed in Europe on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl.

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Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Our Secret

2:47

A2

Foggy Eyes

2:40

A3

Bad Seeds

1:49

A4

What’s Important

2:00

A5

Look Around

2:53

A6

Bewitched

3:05

A7

In Between

2:20

B1

Indian Summer

3:02

B2

Other Side

3:34

B3

Black Candy

2:56

B4

Cast A Shadow

2:28

B5

Nancy Sin

2:32

B6

Knock On Any Door

3:28

B7

Left Behind

2:51

C1

Red Head Walking

2:07

C2

Fortune Cookie Prize

3:45

C3

Hot Chocolate Boy

2:19

C4

Pinebox Derby

3:05

C5

Tiger Trap

6:51

D1

Godsend

9:25

D2

Teenage Caveman

4:34

D3

Noise

3:21

D4

Angel Gone

3:11

SKU 887830010016
Record Label Domino
Label / Model # Universal
Catalogue Number REWIGLP100
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 20 November 2015
Original Release Date (Year) 20 November 2015
Barcode # 887830010016
Shipping Weight 0.5300kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000986m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition Double Album 2LP Records, 180 Gram Heavyweight Virgin Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve, Digital Download Code, Compilation Album, Remastered Audio
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Indie Rock
Genre Alternative Rock
Format VINYL LP

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