June 15th, 12 replies Release Date: A timeless classic of jangly indie rock. I fell in love with music when I was sixteen years old, and my interest was born out of the electric guitar and all of its shimmering, crunchy possibilities.
Chris White Nearly 20 years ago, with Madchester at the height of its popular appeal, a band about as far removed from The Happy Mondays as it was possible to be briefly rivalled Bez, Shaun and friends as the new darlings of the independent music scene.
With the release of their debut album Reading, Writing And Arithmetic, The Sundays received a flurry of euphoric reviews comparing the London quartet to The Smiths, and it's fair to say that David Gavurin builds his songs around the same peculiarly British melancholy yet achingly pretty guitar jangle immortalised by Johnny Marr.
But the most distinctive ingredient about the Sundays was always Harriet Wheeler's voice, which positions the group as a kind of missing link between the ethereal soundscapes of the Cocteau Twins and the more chart-friendly indie-pop of The Cranberries.
Like Liz Fraser and Dolores O'Riordan, Wheeler's vocals transfer effortlessly from a fragile whisper to a passionate shriek, taking often simple melodies and leading them on a merry dance across her whole impressive range.
The two best known tracks on Reading, Writing And Arithmetic are the singles Can't Be Sure and Here's Where The Story Ends, and two decades later these remain the best examples of The Sundays' appeal with their instant, breezy hooks and delicate, shuffling rhythms.
The rest of the album is a little less immediate, but gradually tracks like Hideous Towns and I Kicked A Boy work their way insidiously inside your head, with Wheeler's angelic, almost hypnotic voice leading the charm offensive. The Sundays never again recaptured the heights of their debut record, fading slowly into obscurity as the world they inhabited gave way to the brash, confident swagger of Britpop.
|About The Sundays||The Sundays released the much beloved and treasured Reading, Writing and Arithmetic in January of|
|Cookies on the BBC website||Following graduation they wrote music in their free time while collecting unemployment benefits.|
|srmvision.com: Customer reviews: Reading, Writing, And Arithmetic||Also Available in iTunes About The Sundays Building on the jangly guitar pop of the Smiths and the trance-like dream pop of bands like the Cocteau Twins, the Sundays cultivated a dedicated following in indie rock circles, both in their native England and in America, in the early '90s.|
While Reading, Writing And Arithmetic is perhaps a little too fey and lightweight to warrant true classic status, it is nevertheless a sweet, beguiling piece of work that is utterly of its time, yet still fresh and enjoyable today.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Licence. If you choose to use this review on your site please link back to this page.The two best known tracks on Reading, Writing And Arithmetic are the singles Can't Be Sure and Here's Where The Story Ends, and two decades later these remain the best examples of The Sundays.
Listening to Reading, Writing and Arithmetic is like going outside on a totally average day - overcast skies, people aren't any happier than they normally are, bears don't suddenly turn into happy Disney characters, etc.
- /5(K). Reading, Writing and Arithmetic is the debut studio album by English alternative rock band The Sundays. It was released in the United Kingdom on Rough Trade Records, and in the United States on DGC Records.
The album name is a reference to the band's hometown, Reading, Berkshire.5/5(50). Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for Reading, Writing, And Arithmetic at srmvision.com Read honest and unbiased product reviews from our users. I was already a fan of The Sundays but my collection was incomplete so I wanted their other albums.
out of 5 stars Reading Writing and music. By melkents on February . referencing Reading, Writing And Arithmetic, LP, Album, RE, B To those who are disappointed with the awful Sundays debut RSD re-issue, please send an email to: [email protected] to let them know about this issue/5().
The Sundays / Reading, Writing & Arithmetic (/Rough Trade) This debut album from The Sundays is guaranteed to make you smile and feel happy all over.