Fingers Crossed

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Fingers Crossed
Studio album by Architecture in Helsinki
Released 9 February 2003 (2003-02-09)
Recorded 14 July 2001 (2001-07-14) – 18 December 2002 (2002-12-18) at Super Melody World, Melbourne
Genre Indie pop
Length 37:21
Label Trifekta
Producer Cameron Bird
Architecture in Helsinki chronology
Fingers Crossed
In Case We Die

Fingers Crossed is the first album by Australian indie pop band Architecture in Helsinki, which was released on 9 February 2003 by independent record label, Trifekta.

It is known especially for its gentle, high-pitched synthesizers and an ambitiously wide array of musical instruments, many unconventional and prominent.[1] The instruments used include glockenspiel, woodwinds, xylophone, flute, four different kinds of guitar, trumpet, tuba, trombone, melodica, thumb piano, clarinet, recorder, bass, and various drums and percussion including hand claps, finger snaps, and the taps of tap shoes.[1] It also uses a variety of voices, mainly in gender and age.

In 2007, "Souvenirs" received attention for its use in a Sprint Nextel commercial.,[2] and in 2009 excerpts from the song were used in a popular commercial for Fanta in the United Kingdom.


Critical reception[edit]

Allmusic's Heather Phares felt the album showed a "very appealing collage of electronic and indie pop."[1] Dan of BigYawn initially "had some trouble deciding whether or not I really enjoyed the debut album" but ultimately declared "The songs are catchy enough, and their unique instrumentation and feel for textured sounds show great promise."[3] Jenny Yuen of Prefix Mag noted "[it] should be categorized as a kids' soundtrack. It captures innocence at its best moments by using a ridiculous amount of instruments (thirty-one, to be exact) that could keep a marching band happy, all of which makes up fourteen very shiny and happy songs."[4] However, Stylus Magazine's Akiva Gottlieb "[found] their puerile, psychologically regressive child's play boring and self-absorbed".[5]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
BigYawn (7.7/10)[3]
Pitchfork Media (8.2/10)[6]
Prefix Mag 4.5/5 stars[4]
Stylus Magazine D−[5]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "One Heavy February" 0:59
2. "Souvenirs" 2:26
3. "Imaginary Ordinary" 2:17
4. "Scissor Paper Rock" 2:30
5. "To and Fro" 2:33
6. "Spring 2008" 2:52
7. "The Owls Go" 3:35
8. "Fumble" 3:07
9. "Kindling" 1:49
10. "It's Almost a Trap" 2:22
11. "Like a Call" 3:06
12. "Where You've Been Hiding" 2:41
13. "City Calm Down" 2:50
14. "Vanishing" 4:13

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Phares, Heather. "Fingers Crossed – Architecture in Helsinki". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2 July 2011. 
  2. ^ You Ain't No Picasso noting of commercial use of AiH,, retrieved 2-25-08
  3. ^ a b Dan (1 December 2004). "Architecture in Helsinki – Fingers Crossed". BigYawn. Archived from the original on 2 June 2009. Retrieved 2 July 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Yuen, Jenny (6 April 2004). "Architecture in Helsinki – Fingers Crossed". Prefix Mag. Prefix Media. Retrieved 2 July 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Gottlieb, Akiva (10 June 2004). "Architecture in Helsinki – Fingers Crossed". Stylus Magazine. Todd Burns. Retrieved 2 July 2011. 
  6. ^ Petrusich, Amanda (19 April 2004). "Architecture in Helsinki – Fingers Crossed". Pitchfork. Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2 July 2011.