Brittle Heaven

by Adrian Borland

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In 1981 Adrian Borland's epic pop band The Sound looked like they might make the populist leap about to be pulled off by U2 and Echo& The Bunnymen. It never happened. Borland, an unfashionably left-handed guitarist somewhat unplagued by glamour, buried himself deeper in his songs until the band split in the late '80s. Now exiled in Amsterdam, at the helm of this on/off combo that includes ex- Waterboys sax man Anto Thistlethwaite, he's still blessed with a young man's voice and still aiming stoically for daytime radio. Those close to him speak of alarmingly debilitating depressions, but the songs on Brittle Heaven are punchy, immediate in an understated kind of way and-on "Faithful", "All The Words" and the title track-possessed of a strange, dizzy optimism that proves that little guys can have anthems too.

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released January 12, 1992

Producer, Written-By, Lead Vocals, Guitar – Adrian Borland
Bass – Thijs Vermeulen
Drums, Other [Cacaoui] – J.J. Vrenegoor*
Guitar, Backing Vocals, Other [Barf System Processing] – Wouter Planteydt*
Keyboards, Backing Vocals – Victor S.J. Heeremans*
Backing Vocals – Juliette Van Dijk
Backing Vocals, Engineer – Wilmer Schouten
Saxophone, Mandolin, Harmonica – Anthony Thistlethwaite

Mixed By – Rob ten Bokum
Engineer – Jim Barf, Sander Janssen
Producer – Don Victor

Artwork By [Design] – Pop X

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Adrian Borland Greater London, UK

Although it is primarily for the 1979-1987 group THE SOUND that Adrian Borland is remembered. THE SOUND, who released several records between 1979 and 1987 that deserved the popularity of Echo & the Bunnymen but failed mostly due to the lack of a marketable image. Nonetheless, the Sound were the missing link between Joy Division and Echo; perhaps time will help acknowledge this. ... more

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