Noah and the Whale The First Days of Spring
3.6 Release Date: 08/2009
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4.5 superbDavid James Young | September 5th 10

If you don't like this album, you're just not getting what's going on. If you don't like this album, you're missing the point. If you don't like this album, you've more than likely never experienced heartbreak. If you don't like this album, you can't appreciate the delicate, serene beauty created in every song's atmosphere. More to the point, if you don't like this album, you're Adam Knott. And, frankly, that's just knott going to stand.

5 Bumps | Bump

1.5 very poorAdam Knott EMERITUS | January 10th 11

This is probably the worst thing I've ever heard.

4 Bumps | Bump

0.0 Sam Feldman's Rating | September 5th 10

I honestly can't remember an album of this gentle curiousity that literally can suck the air out of any room your in. Completely suffocating.

3 Bumps | Bump

2.0 poorNeutralThunder12 | February 24th 10

Noah and the Whale? More like Noah and the Fail. Pathetic pussies.

3 Bumps | Bump

4.5 superbErik Bailey | November 1st 09

Beautiful. Haunting. Tranquil. Inspiring. These are just a few of the words that describe "The First Days of Spring". Turning a complete 180 from their first album, Noah and the Whale bring us to a place far removed from the peppy and light feel of "Peaceful the World" to a place much more in touch with the raw emotion that comes with heartbreak, but never in a way that is overbearing.

3 Bumps | Bump

4.0 excellentLargeTuna | September 3rd 09

Superb. Lay down, close your eyes and listen to this album. Just really freaking good. Relaxed, but never boring. Superb.

3 Bumps | Bump

5.0 classicDielikehussayn | January 7th 10

If you listen to this album in it's entirety and don't shed one tear, then you're a heartless, soulless bastard.

2 Bumps | Bump

2.5 averageCaleb McAlpine | January 6th 10

Allow the sincerity of Charlie Fink's lost love tug at your heartstrings for just a moment. Sure, the lyrics tend to be clich? at times and the concept of a heartbreak record is well worn by now - but from the first notes of the climactic, haunting title trick to the closing acoustic guitar patterns of the conclusive 'My Door Is Always Open', The First Days of Spring is an often harrowing, but never hopeless heartbreak phenomenon from a band nobody expected could create something nearly this good.

1 Bumps | Bump

4.0 excellentBrandon E.L. Magnuson | December 18th 09

With Noah and the Whale's acclaimed sophmore release The First Days of Spring do not lack the main component that makes an amazing record; inspiration. Lead vocalist Charlie Fink arrives on the first track with a heart-on-his-sleeve approach, baring his heart, holding nothing back. As the major concept is Fink's broken heart, he has the ability to make or break the band's 2009 release. And with the band on his shoulders he walks the line between heartbreakingly beautiful and irritatingly self loathing. Though his vocals can get bothersome at times, and the subject matter can get corny, this is still a grandiose and gorgeous indie folk record.

1 Bumps | Bump

4.0 excellentbrainsheldis | November 27th 09

First time I listened to this was last night in the cold. I think that added a .5 to my rating. Such a great sad album for Christmas time.

1 Bumps | Bump

4.0 excellentGiantBoyDetective | October 11th 09

If "Peaceful, The World Lays Me Down" was the fun, lets get together and see how this goes album, then this is certainly the break-up and getting over it record.

It's certainly the same band but with different elements added and others taken. Relationships, or a single one, is the main theme. That is to say the end of one. The album itself is a journey, from the signs of fragility, through the break-up to the getting over it part. The fun, quirky music and lyrics have been replaced by a matured, grown and serious adult vibe which is darker, moving, sorrowful and uplifting at differing times.

The title track is the stand out one I feel and the line, " I do believe, that everyone, has one chance, to *** up their lives", resonates for a time. But it's this quiet, uncomfortable beginning of the song, which is almost saying "This isn't working we need to talk, I don't love you", that leads to an instrumental, almighty build up that climaxes superbly, embodying passionate yet saddened love.
The two Instrumental pieces book mark "Love of an Orchestra", which is fun and reminiscent of the first album.

Other songs encompass love, uncertainty, depression, heart break, hope and honesty.

A great album that the band really stepped up for. 4/5 but possibly 5/5 if you've recently been dumped or dumped


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