The Light the Dead See

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The Light the Dead See
Studio album by Soulsavers
Released 21 May 2012
Recorded 12 November 2010 in Los Angeles, New York, London, Berlin, Sydney & Stoke-on-Trent
Genre Alternative rock, blues rock, acoustic rock, electronica
Label V2 Records, Mute US
Producer The Soulsavers
Soulsavers chronology
Broken
(2009)
The Light the Dead See
(2012)
Dave Gahan chronology
Hourglass
(2007)
The Light the Dead See
(2012)
Singles from The Light the Dead See
  1. "Longest Day"
    Released: 2 April 2012 (2012-04-02)
  2. "Take Me Back Home"
    Released: 20 August 2012 (2012-08-20)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Consequence of Sound 3.5/5 stars[2]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[3]
NME (8/10)[4]
Spin (8/10)[5]
Sputnikmusic 4/5 stars[6]
Uncut (7/10)[7]

The Light the Dead See is the fourth full-length studio album from English electronica production duo Soulsavers, released by V2 Records in the UK on 21 May 2012,[8] and by Mute in the US on 22 May 2012.[9] The album title comes from a poem by Frank Stanford[10] The album is a collaboration with Dave Gahan, the frontman of Depeche Mode, as guest vocalist. Gahan sings and has also written lyrics to all songs on the album.[11]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Dave Gahan, all music composed by Rich Machin, Ian Glover.

No. Title Length
1. "La Ribera" (Instrumental) 1:51
2. "In the Morning"   3:33
3. "Longest Day"   4:14
4. "Presence of God"   3:45
5. "Just Try"   4:03
6. "Gone Too Far"   3:12
7. "Point Sur Pt. 1" (Instrumental) 1:41
8. "Take Me Back Home"   4:06
9. "Bitterman"   4:51
10. "I Can't Stay"   5:02
11. "Take"   3:45
12. "Tonight"   3:58

Release and promotion[edit]

The album was released as CD and digital download on 21 May 2012. The LP version was delayed to 2 July 2012, due to quality problems in the vinyl pressing.[12][13]

The first single taken from the album, "Longest Day", was released as digital download on 2 April 2012. A limited etched 7" vinyl version of the single, with only 300 copies pressed, was released on Record Store Day 20 April 2012.[14]

The second single "Take Me Back Home" was released as digital download on 20 August 2012.[15] An official music video was released from the track, directed by High 5 Collective. The video doesn't feature the artists themselves, but a story of life and loss.[16]

Originally there were no plans to tour in support of the album, since Dave Gahan was going to the studio late March 2012 to start working on the next Depeche Mode record.[11] However, the band played an invite-only "secret show" at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles on 21 July 2012. According to Depeche Mode manager, Jonathan Kessler, further one-off shows are possible. The full set of seven songs at Capitol was recorded and the 30-minute concert video "Live in Hollywood" has been streaming exclusively at the Rolling Stone website since 13 December 2012.[17][18] According to Rich Machin, it will be available as a limited edition DVD in Europe early 2013.[19]

Soulsavers premiered a music video for the track 'Take' . It was released on 28 February 2013 via Clash Music. The video was directed by filmmaker Bernhard Wittich.[20]

Critical reception[edit]

The album received generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 73, based on 11 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".[21]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
position
Austrian Albums Chart[22] 49
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[23] 35
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia)[24] 37
French Albums Chart[25] 120
German Albums Chart[26] 12
Swiss Albums Chart[27] 30
Polish Albums Chart[28] 23
UK Albums Chart[29] 69
US Top Heatseekers Albums Chart[30] 28

Credits[edit]

Musicians
  • Dave Gahan: lead vocals, all lyrics; harmonica on tracks 11 12
  • Rich Machin, Ian Glover (Soulsavers): all music
  • Daniele Luppi: string arrangements on tracks 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 9
  • Dustin O'Halloran: additional piano on track 11
  • Kev Bales: additional drums on tracks 2 3 6 8 9 10 12
  • Martyn LeNoble: additional bass on tracks 2 3 8 9 12; additional guitar on tracks 8 12
  • Sean Read: additional organ on tracks 2 4 6 8 9 12
  • Tony Foster; additional guitar on tracks 1 2 3 5 6 9 10 11 12; additional harmonica on track 1
  • Ed Harcourt: additional harmonium & piano on track 3; additional guitar on track 12
  • Mark Lanegan: backing vocals on track 2
  • Wendi Rose, Janet Ramus; backing vocals on tracks 3 5 6 8 9 10 11
  • Tjae Cole: backing vocals on 3 5 8 9 10
  • Sonus Quartet: strings on tracks 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 9
  • Anne Carruthers: cello on tracks 10 12
  • Hannah Philip: violin on tracks 10 12
  • Rosa Agostino: backing vocals on track 12
  • Ben Edwards: flugel on tracks 3 & 9; trumpet on track 9
  • Mike Kearsey: trombone on tracks 3 & 9
Production
  • Produced by Soulsavers
  • Mixed by Danton Supple & Soulsavers
  • Mastered at Abbey Road Studios by Geoff Peche
  • Recorded at:
    • Sunset Sound, Selma Sound, 11AD – Los Angeles
    • The Mouse House, Casa G, Mute hq, Strongrooms – UK
    • Schlaf Klänge Studios – Berlin
    • Studios 301 – Sydney
  • Dave Gahan vocals recorded at Madpan Studios NYC & Blanco Studio NYC by Kurt Uenala
  • Engineered by Kurt Uenala, David "Saxon" Greenep, Anton Riehl, Michael Morgan, Vincent Jones, Jay Marcovitz, Hannes Plattmeier, Alain Johannes, and Tony Foster

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jeffries, David. The Light the Dead See at AllMusic
  2. ^ Consequence of Sound review
  3. ^ The Guardian review
  4. ^ NME review
  5. ^ Walters, Barry (31 May 2012). "Soulsavers, 'The Light the Dead See' album review". Spin. Retrieved 23 July 2012. 
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  7. ^ Thomson, Graeme (June 2012). "Soulsavers: The Light The Dead See review". Uncut: p.83. 
  8. ^ "Soulsavers stream their new Dave Gahan featuring album". NME. 14 May 2012. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  9. ^ "Video: Dave Gahan to Sing on Soulsavers' New Album". Rolling Stone. 1 March 2012. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  10. ^ Soulsavers Pt.1: Rich Machin, Clash (magazine), 9 August 2012, Retrieved 10 August 2012.
  11. ^ a b Sam Spokony: The Thirteenth Step: Soulsavers Interviewed, The Quietus, 16 May 2012, Retrieved 22 May 2012.
  12. ^ "Soulsavers - "The Light The Dead See" is released!". V2.com. 21 May 2012. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  13. ^ "Soulsavers Facebook status from 2 July 2012". Facebook. 2 July 2012. Retrieved 20 August 2012. 
  14. ^ "Depeche Mode's Dave Gahan collaborates with Soulsavers on 'Longest Day'". NME. 27 March 2012. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  15. ^ "New video for single, 'Take Me Back Home' out 20th August". Top40 Charts. 18 July 2012. Retrieved 19 July 2012. 
  16. ^ Fleischer, Norman (12 July 2012). "Soulsavers – Take Me Back Home". Nothing But Hope And Passion. Retrieved 23 July 2012. 
  17. ^ Baltin, Steve (22 July 2012). "Dave Gahan Joins Soulsavers for L.A. Show". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 23 July 2012. 
  18. ^ "Soulsavers and Depeche Mode's Dave Gahan Perform Intimate Set in Los Angeles - Premiere". Rolling Stone. 13 December 2012. 
  19. ^ "Soulsavers/Rich Machin's Twitter status 11 December 2012". Twitter. Retrieved 17 December 2012. 
  20. ^ "Soulsavers-Take Video". Clash Music. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  21. ^ "The Light the Dead See (2012): Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 18 December 2012. 
  22. ^ "Soulsavers – The Light The Dead See" (in German). IFPI Austria. Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 June 2012. 
  23. ^ "Soulsavers –The Light The Dead See" (in Dutch). Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 June 2012. 
  24. ^ "Soulsavers – The Light The Dead See" (in French). Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 June 2012. 
  25. ^ "Soulsavers – The Light The Dead See" (in French). lescharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  26. ^ "Soulsavers: The Light The Dead See" (in German). Media Control. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved 3 June 2012. 
  27. ^ "Soulsavers – The Light The Dead See". Media Control. Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 June 2012. 
  28. ^ "Oficjalna lista sprzedaży". OLiS. 11 June 2012. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  29. ^ "Soulsavers - The Light The Dead See". Official Charts Company. Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 2 October 2012. Retrieved 6 March 2011. 
  30. ^ "The Light the Dead See > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Retrieved on 26 June 2012.

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