Gallipoli (album)

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Gallipoli
Gallipoli (Front Cover).jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 1, 2019
Recorded
  • Midwinter 2016
  • October 2017
Studio
Length44:32
Label4AD
Producer
  • Zach Condon
  • Gabe Wax
Beirut chronology
No No No
(2015)
Gallipoli
(2019)
Singles from Gallipoli
  1. "Gallipoli"
    Released: October 22, 2018
  2. "Corfu"
    Released: October 26, 2018
  3. "Landslide"
    Released: January 10, 2019

Gallipoli is the fifth studio album by indie folk band Beirut. It was released on February 1, 2019 by 4AD. The album is named after the Italian town where the title track was written.[1] It is supported by the singles "Gallipoli", "Corfu" and "Landslide".[2][3] The band will tour in support of the album in 2019.[4]

Background[edit]

Work on the album began in late 2016, with Zach Condon holding recording sessions in various cities, including New York City, Apulia, Italy, and Berlin (where Condon lives). The album is produced by Condon and Gabe Wax, who also produced the band's previous album, 2015's No No No. It features Condon playing his old Farfisa organ from Santa Fe which was used on Gulag Orkestar and The Flying Club Cup.[4] The album was announced in a statement on the band's Facebook page that also explained the timeline of its creation.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?7.1/10[6]
Metacritic75/100[7]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[8]
Exclaim!6/10[9]
The Guardian3/5 stars[10]
Mojo3/5 stars[11]
Q4/5 stars[12]
NME4/5 stars[13]
Pitchfork6.6/10[14]
PopMatters8/10 stars[15]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[16]
The Times2/5 stars[17]

At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 75, based on 17 reviews.[7]

Ragan Clark of the Associated Press praised the album and called it a "return to vocal and expressive brilliance", saying, "Some of the zest lacking in the band’s 2015 album No No No is fully realized in this new album."[18] Will Hermes of Rolling Stone gave the album a favorable review, saying, "Condon's built an entire world with globetrotting horn charts at or near the heart, and Gallipoli revisits it with some of his most emotive songwriting and singing." Paddy Kinsella of The Line of Best Fit praised the album as the band's best to date, stating, "[Gallipoli] is the sound of one of our most talented musicians rediscovering his love for what he was born to do. It's Zach Condon's career highlight so far and shows that he's at his best when he enjoys making music and cares less about what critics and fans might think of it. Long may it continue."[19]

Writing for The Times, Will Hodgkinson gave the album 2 out of 5 stars, saying the album "never seems to get beyond its own sense of sophistication."[17] Alex Hudson of Exclaim! gave the album a 6/10, writing, "There's enough material here for a solid EP, but it's rather thin for a full-length."[9] Victoria Segal of Mojo said, "Gallipoli [...] is oddly unmoving, lacking range for all its seductive picturesque roaming".[11]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Zach Condon, except where noted; all music composed by Zach Condon.

No.TitleLyricsLength
1."When I Die"
  • Zach Condon
  • Ryan Condon
3:16
2."Gallipoli" 4:06
3."Varieties of Exile" 5:27
4."On Mainau Island" 2:13
5."I Giardini" 3:43
6."Gauze für Zah" 6:04
7."Corfu" 2:35
8."Landslide" 3:30
9."Family Curse" 3:23
10."Light in the Atoll" 3:59
11."We Never Lived Here" 4:12
12."Fin" 2:03
Total length:44:32[20]

Personnel[edit]

The following people contributed to Gallipoli:[21][22]

Beirut

  • Zach Condon – vocals (1–3, 5, 6, 8–12), backing vocals (6), piano (5–12), Rhodes piano (3, 12), Farfisa organ (2–4, 6–9), Hammond organ (1), pump organ (9), ukulele (1, 3, 5), trumpet (1–3, 6, 8–11), accordion (3), percussion (2–5, 7, 8, 10), synth (10), Moog Voyager synthesizer (1, 2, 4–9), modular synthesizer (7, 11, 12), bells (4), Roland keyboard (5), ROLI Seaboard keyboard (6), shaker (6), drum machine (9), vocal recording, production, mixing
  • Nick Petree – drums (1, 3–6, 8–10, 12), percussion (1–8, 10, 11), baritone ukulele (1, 6), backing vocals (6), hand drums (7, 10)
  • Paul Collins – bass (1–3, 7–10, 12), guitar (1, 3, 7, 10), Farfisa organ (2), double bass (6, 11), backing vocals (6), tape machine (6), drum machine (7), modular synthesizer (7, 11, 12), baritone guitar (8), percussion (8), synthesizer (9), space echo (12)
  • Ben Lanz – trombone (10, 11), brass arrangement (11)
  • Kyle Resnick – trumpet (10, 11)

Additional personnel

  • Gabe Wax – production, mixing, engineering
  • Francesco Donadello – mastering
  • Norman Nitzsche – mastering
  • Brody Condon – artwork
  • Ben Wilkerson Tousley – design

Charts[edit]

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[23] 10
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[24] 4
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[25] 74
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[26] 36
French Albums (SNEP)[27] 75
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[28] 21
Scottish Albums (OCC)[29] 26
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[30] 48
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[31] 21
UK Albums (OCC)[32] 61
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[33] 3
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[34] 42

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Beirut share new 'Gallipoli' track 'Corfu' | News". DIY. October 29, 2018. Retrieved October 31, 2018.
  3. ^ Minsker, Evan (January 10, 2019). "Beirut Release Video for New Song "Landslide": Watch". Pitchfork (website). Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  4. ^ a b Schatz, Lake (October 22, 2018). "Beirut announces new album, Gallipoli, shares title track: Stream". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved October 31, 2018.
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  7. ^ a b "Gallipoli by Beirut Reviews and Tracks". Metacritic. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  8. ^ Donelson, Marcy. "Gallipoli - Beirut". AllMusic. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  9. ^ a b Hudson, Alex (January 30, 2019). "Beirut Gallipoli". Exclaim!. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  10. ^ Beaumont-Thomas, Ben (February 1, 2019). "Beirut: Gallipolli review – Pinterest-friendly world indie". The Guardian. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  11. ^ a b Segal, Victoria. "Beirut – Gallipoli". Mojo (March 2019 ed.). p. 96.
  12. ^ "Beirut – Gallipoli". Q (March 2019 ed.). p. 112.
  13. ^ Mylrea, Hannah (February 3, 2019). "Beirut – 'Gallipoli' review". NME. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  14. ^ Kemp, Sophie (February 4, 2019). "Beirut: Gallipoli Album Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  15. ^ Stasis, Spyros (January 29, 2019). "Beirut Returns with Another Exquisite World Music Experiment in 'Gallipoli'". PopMatters. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  16. ^ Hermes, Will (February 3, 2019). "Review: Indie-rock Internationalists Beirut Return With the Haunting 'Gallipoli'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  17. ^ a b Hodgkinson, Will (February 1, 2019). "Beirut: Gallipoli review". The Times. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  18. ^ Clark, Ragan (February 1, 2019). "Review: Beirut's new album is a celebration of cultures". Associated Press. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  19. ^ Kinsella, Paddy (January 29, 2019). "Beirut's Gallipoli is their best album yet". The Line of Best Fit. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  20. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/gallipoli/1438312812
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  27. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Albums Fusionnes – SNEP (Week 6, 2019)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
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  29. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved February 9, 2019.
  30. ^ "Top 100 Albumes – Semana 6: del 1.2.2019 al 7.2.2019" (in Spanish). Productores de Música de España. Retrieved February 13, 2019.
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