|Studio album by Islands|
|Released||May 20, 2008|
|Producer||Ryan Hadlock and Islands|
|Drowned in Sound||(9/10)|
|Tiny Mix Tapes|||
Arm's Way is the second studio album by Montreal-based Indie rock band, Islands. It was released on May 20, 2008 on CD and download. The album's title is a play on the words "harm's way". The album leaked online on April 11, 2008.
Concept and Production
Drummer Aaron Harris outlined the album's concept and the band's songwriting approach thus:
We took a different approach with this album in that the music is focused on the band members - there are not any special appearances. Arm's was conceived in Montreal, we wrote the songs in a room with old NOFX and Insane Clown Posse posters on the wall. As a band we put the music together and then singer Nick Thorburn wrote the lyrics.
The musical style of Arm's Way represents a departure from the Graceland-inspired sound of debut album Return to the Sea. Rebecca Raber of Pitchfork writes, "Gone are the guest rappers, the acoustic nuevo-country twang, and the sunny Afro-Caribbean flourishes ... In their place are theatrical string arrangements, layers of silvery, minor-key guitars, and lots of gothy synthesizers." Most lyrics include references to death and violence, themes which are shared with frontman Nick Thorburn's previous project The Unicorns.
|2.||"Pieces of You"||4:06|
|3.||"J'aime vous voir quitter"||3:23|
|6.||"Kids Don't Know Shit"||5:11|
|7.||"Life in Jail"||5:27|
|8.||"In the Rushes" ((contains a portion of "A Quick One While He's Away" by The Who))||7:00|
|10.||"To a Bond"||7:47|
|11.||"I Feel Evil Creeping In"||5:31|
|12.||"Vertigo (If It's a Crime)"||11:01|
Produced by Ryan Hadlock and Islands
Engineered by Ryan Hadlock
Assistant Engineering by Mathieu Roberge
Mixed by Rob Schnapf and Doug Boehm
Mix Engineer Assistant: Chris Constable
Mastered by Greg Calbi and Steve Fallone
Songs written by Nick Thorburn
Music arranged by Islands
Drum programming on track 5 by Corn Gangg
Recorded at Mixart in Montreal & Bear Creek in Woodinville, April & May 2007
Mixed at Sonora in LA, September & October 2007
Mastered at Sterling Sound in New York, December 2007
Artwork by Rebecca Bird
Photography by Alexander Wagner
Layout and Title Design by Philip Laslett
- Islands sign to ANTI-Records Archived February 19, 2008, at the Wayback Machine., article on Pitchfork Media's website
- Allmusic review
- Drowned in Sound review Archived May 13, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
- Pitchfork Media review Archived May 21, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
- PopMatters review
- Rolling Stone review
- Spin review
- Tiny Mix Tapes review Archived May 23, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
- Arm's Way leak thread, on The Secret Unicorns Forum
- "Islands Interview". FMLY.
- myspace.com/islandsareforever, Islands MySpace page