The First Days of Spring (album)

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The First Days of Spring
Studio album by Noah and the Whale
Released 31 August 2009 (U.K.),
6 October 2009 (U.S.)
Recorded January 2009
Genre Indie folk
Length 42:53
Label Vertigo (U.K.),
Cherrytree Records (U.S.)
Producer Emery Dobyns
Noah and the Whale chronology
Peaceful, the World Lays Me Down
(2008)
The First Days of Spring
(2009)
Last Night on Earth
(2011)

The First Days of Spring is the second studio album by the English band Noah and the Whale. It was released on 31 August 2009.[1] The band began playing the new material at concerts in 2009 to a favourable response. The First Days of Spring notably differs from Noah and the Whale's debut album, Peaceful, the World Lays Me Down, by the presence of a running narrative describing the break-up of a relationship and by the lack of female vocals.[2] The break-up addressed on this album is the break-up between lead singer Charlie Fink and former member Laura Marling, whose departure from the band led to the absence of female vocals. The Deluxe Edition of the album includes the film which is also titled The First Days Of Spring. A trailer of the movie is available on their official website.[3]

Singles[edit]

"The First Days of Spring" is the first single release from the album and it is already available on the band's website. The first official single is "Blue Skies" which was released on 24 August 2009.[4]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[5]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[6]
MusicOMH 2/5 stars[7]
NME (9/10)[8]
The Observer 4/5 stars[9]
Pitchfork Media (5.2/10)[10]
Spin 2/5 stars[11]
Sputnik Music 4.5/5 stars[12]
The Times 5/5 stars[13]

The First Days of Spring has been met with very positive reviews, showing more critical acclaim than their previous release. NME called the album "immense" and gave it a strong 9/10, whilst The Times awarded the album a full five stars.

Towards the end of 2009 The Guardian newspaper put it at number 7 in their top albums of 2009. The Times newspaper put the album at number 9, and was also in Amazon's top albums of 2009.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Charlie Fink.

No. Title Length
1. "The First Days of Spring"   6:39
2. "Our Window"   5:48
3. "I Have Nothing"   2:43
4. "My Broken Heart"   5:11
5. "Instrumental I"   1:33
6. "Love of an Orchestra"   2:03
7. "Instrumental II"   1:36
8. "Stranger"   5:18
9. "Blue Skies"   4:08
10. "Slow Glass"   3:18
11. "My Door Is Always Open"   4:35
Total length:
42:53

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
Position
UK Singles Chart 16
US Top Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[14] 19

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