Return to the Sea

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This article is about the Islands album. For the Nightwish song, see A Return to the Sea.
Return to the Sea
Studio album by Islands
Released April 4, 2006
Genre Indie rock, indie pop
Length 55:45
Label Equator Records/
Rough Trade Records
Islands chronology
Return to the Sea
(2006)
Arm's Way
(2008)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
The A.V. Club (B+)[2]
Pitchfork Media 8.4/10 stars[3]
PopMatters 8/10 stars[4]
Prefix Magazine 8/10 stars[5]
Sputnikmusic 4/5 stars[6]
Stylus Magazine (B)[7]
Tiny Mix Tapes 2.5/5 stars[8]

Return to the Sea is the full-length debut by indie rock band Islands. It was released April 4, 2006 on Equator Records.

The cover painting is "The Sea of Ice" by Caspar David Friedrich, 1824.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Swans (Life After Death)" – 9:31
  2. "Humans" – 4:58
  3. "Don't Call Me Whitney, Bobby" – 2:31
  4. "Rough Gem" – 3:36
  5. "Tsuxiit" – 3:05
  6. "Where There's a Will There's a Whalebone" feat. Busdriver, Subtitle – 3:56
  7. "Jogging Gorgeous Summer" – 2:48
  8. "Volcanoes" – 5:26
  9. "If" – 4:31
  10. "Ones" – 5:40
  11. "Renaud" (hidden track) – 16:20/9:38

Trivia[edit]

  • "Swans (Life After Death)" contains references to Nicholas Thorburn's last album 'Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone?' with The Unicorns. Parts of the lyrics are similar to the song 'Ready to Die' on the same album, and features the same opening riff seen on The Unicorns' song "Thunder And Lightning".
  • Peach Moon, a song featured on The Unicorns' album Three Inches of Blood, is also referenced in the "Swans (Life After Death) lyrics: "Till the morning dawned on us/ And the sun-smudged peach moon still hung loose".
  • "Don't Call Me Whitney, Bobby" was featured briefly in a scene in episode 5, season 2 of How I Met Your Mother.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sendra, Tim. Return to the Sea - Islands at AllMusic. Retrieved 2 June 2012.
  2. ^ Murray, Noel (19 April 2006). "Islands: Return To The Sea". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2 June 2012. 
  3. ^ Motley, John (5 April 2006). "Islands: Return to the Sea". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2 June 2012. 
  4. ^ Raper, Dan (2 June 2006). "Islands: Return to the Sea". PopMatters. Retrieved 2 June 2012. 
  5. ^ Sheppard, Justin (4 April 2006). "Album Review: Islands - Return to the Sea". Prefix Magazine. Retrieved 2 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "Islands - Return To The Sea (album review)". Sputnikmusic. 2 August 2006. Retrieved 2 June 2012. 
  7. ^ Love, Josh (17 April 2006). "Islands - Return to the Sea - Review". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved 2 June 2012. 
  8. ^ Jay. "Islands - Return to the Sea". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved 2 June 2012. 

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