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The Flying Club Cup was the second album by Balkan influenced folkster Beirut (aka Zach Condon) following his lauded debut Gulag Orkestar. There seems to be a somewhat French influence to the music here, Condon was finding musical inspiration from the likes of Jacques Brel and each song is supposed to reference a French city. It's big and bold orchestral pop using all kinds of brass, string and woodwind to ensure Condon sounds something like a thousand piece European orchestra rather than a lad from Santa Fe.  

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The Flying Club Cup by Beirut
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9/10 Phil 04 October 2007
Beirut Beirut Beirut eh. Where on earth do you start. I guess this is one of the years 'important' releases after the last album blew everyones collective socks off and ended up in loads of end of years polls. Possibly the biggest acolation awarded to the album was in fact the Norman Records album of the year which wasn't something given lightly. Oh no. We're a right ole set of fussy sods here. So here's 'The Flying Club Cup' on 4AD and it has a lot to live up to. I can't imagine the pressure of trying to follow up such a great highly praised debut. Zach did lose it a bit I believe, but he's back all sorted out and with a brand new album. What's it like?? Put simply it's amazing. From the start to the end it's cocking marvellous. He's not gonna win over any new fans here at all but he will consolidate his fanbase as people who loved the last album will love this. The strength of the songwriting is as remarkable as it was last time. The pure emotion in his voice will have you reaching for you hankies. It's not a happy record at all though it's more cheery than the last miseryplate. One thing that is different is there's a real Mexican vibe going through some of the songs.... that coupled with the Parisian vibe and the Eastern European vibe makes this a real mish mash of different cultures which somehow glues together effortlessly. I guess this is his secret. Great trumpets as well. Fantastico!!



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