Beirut
Lon Gisland


4.0
excellent

Review

by IsItLuck? EMERITUS
May 14th, 2007 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Beirut's follow up release, Lon Gisland, provides a clear and present improvement of their previous release.

Long Island is a part of New York that is not too far away from me. When I saw the title of Beirut’s latest album, Lon Gisland I was not sure if he was poking fun or simply appreciating what Long Island is about. Regardless, I was not too worried what Zach Condon’s view would be. After listening to the album, it is clear some songs on this album represent his feeling of what Long Island should sound like, feel like, and be like. The first realization of Lon Gisland is overall, there is a much brighter and bolder sound. The band that Zach Condon plays with during shows was featured on this recording and the impact is huge. The horns are spectacular, blaring out notes of triumph with a lazy slur to shape the sound. The non-use of electric guitar remains to keep a more intimate feel by using ukuleles and mandolins without any sort of distortion. Zach’s vocals have not changed much from their debut album but the recording is immediately proven better with mesmerizing hymns. The songs have a much cleaner sound and every instrument is rightly represented.

The EP begins with the self-proclaimed single “Elephant Gun,” which runs just under six minutes. Unfortunately, it starts out with just simple strumming; it seems as if Zach repeats this trend with many songs on the debut release. Not too long after, the song gradually speeds up into something magical. Soft hymns and precisely placed horns create perfect blend of varying sounds in marching band-like atmosphere. The underlying problem is that it can become somewhat repetitive as it fades out with an accordion and a single horn. The remake of “Scenic World” is gorgeous. The first recording pales in comparison. Immediately, the accordion drives the melody instead of the cheap Casio keyboard. The percussion work is soothing and pulsating to a hypnotic beat. As the lyrics close, the song is truly ‘breath-taking.’

Between the full-length songs, the instrumental works “My Family’s Role in the World Revolution” and “The Long Island Sound” provide a charging atmosphere. “My Family’s Role in the World Revolution” begins with a bouncy piano introduction followed by a medley of beautiful and delicate horns blasting at a forte volume. “The Long Island Sound” is simply the accordion and horn theme at the end of “Elephant Gun” to spin the record to its ultimate close with “Carousels.” This song provides spot-on imagery. It is hard to think of anything else besides a carousel spinning and twirling in a dizzying frenzy. With a minute remaining, all that is left are the accompanying horns, violins, and pianos as it fades out into the faint sound of a busy street. It will only be a matter of time before that busy street has some of the best work that Zach Condon produced blaring out of their speakers. The development is almost overwhelming. The accompanying horns, vocals used as an instrument, and pounding drums make Lon Gisland a short, yet exquisite release. I hope that that Long Island sound will be heard everywhere, because it is truly worth a listen.



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GleamInRanks
May 14th 2007


298 Comments


Excellent review, it makes me want to listen to this band. I feel a cd shopping spree coming soon so would you recommend this over their first full length or are they pretty much even?

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
May 14th 2007


4947 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Tough call. I would probably suggest this, because the sound of this album seems to be the direction they are going in the future, but the debut is still excelelnt.

The Jungler
May 15th 2007


4826 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I need to listen to this again. I didn't like it as much as the LP last time I listened to it though.



nice reviewThis Message Edited On 05.15.07

Slaapkamers
May 15th 2007


596 Comments


which ep?

FlawedPerfection
Emeritus
May 15th 2007


2806 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The fact that you do not say "euphonium" once in this review makes me sad .

The Jungler
May 15th 2007


4826 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

[quote=slaapkamers]which ep?[/quote]skrewed up

the video for elephant gun is kinda cool.

Slaapkamers
May 15th 2007


596 Comments


what you just edited you rcomment and beirut hasn't released anything called skrewed up

FlawedPerfection
Emeritus
May 15th 2007


2806 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

He screwed up, he meant LP.

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
May 15th 2007


4947 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

The fact that you do not say "euphonium" once in this review makes me sad .




I'm sorry I like to be general when I'm not sure of the exact instrument being played is

80vs90
October 11th 2007


14 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i would most definitely recommend this over the full length. while gulag orkestar is great, i think that lon gisland is AMAZING! definitely pick it up.

julesequalslove
February 28th 2010


14 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Best version of Scenic World on Lon Gisland. The version on Gulag Orkestar sounds like the Little Mermaid...

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
November 7th 2011


22485 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Proving that Beirut should not have begun their career with an LP, the 5 track 17 minute follow-up EP 'Lon Gisland' is arguably the best release of their career. While the horns, accordion, piano, ukulele & percussion return, this contains greater diversity than its predecessor. Mastermind Zach Condon varies pace & mood better here & is undoubtedly assisted by superior production & an enhanced feel that this is now a full band. In addition to an improved version of 'Scenic World', these are all strong tunes with only an 80 second instrumental approaching filler. Recommended Tracks: Elephant Gun, Scenic World & My Family's Role in the World Revolution.

Parallels
April 18th 2016


8858 Comments


elephant gun and that cover of le moribond are just emotionally devastating

theyre beautiful

MistaCrave
July 31st 2016


2487 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Can anybody rec me bands that are similar to these guys in terms of their implementation of unusual instruments (trumpets, whatever tf that thing is on Scenic World, etc.) into indie rock?



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