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The Bell & the Hammer


Download links and information about The Bell & the Hammer by This Day & Age. This album was released in 2006 and it belongs to Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative genres. It contains 12 tracks with total duration of 58:38 minutes.

Artist: This Day & Age
Release date: 2006
Genre: Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative
Tracks: 12
Duration: 58:38
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No. Title Length
1. Always Straight Ahead 5:11
2. Second Star to the Right 4:48
3. The Bell and the Hammer 5:14
4. More of a Climb, Less of a Walk 6:34
5. Sara, Poor Sara 4:47
6. Eustace 4:40
7. Walking Contradictions 4:45
8. Building a Home 4:28
9. Winter Winter Spring 3:47
10. Practice Makes Better 4:07
11. Of Course We've All Seen the Sun 4:42
12. All We Thought We Could 5:35



The second album by suburban New York quintet This Day and Age comes across as post-rock's answer to Coldplay and Keane. This is not the insult it might appear to be at first blush, because The Bell and the Hammer does something surprisingly few albums in this style are able to achieve: these songs fuse atmosphere and style with substantial pop song hooks in a way that diminishes neither side. Kelly Sciandra's fluid piano is at the heart of the band's sound on most of the album, but guitarists Mike Carroll and Jeffrey Martin support the keyboard parts with varied guitar lines that alternate between driving rhythm parts, melodic leads, and the judicious use of moody near-ambient drones used as counterpoint for Sciandra's strong melodic sense. So far, that sounds suspiciously close to the Autumns or any number of other low-key post-rock acts, but the difference is that This Day and Age have a better than average knack for writing compelling choruses, catchy hooks and strong vocal lines, which Martin delivers with considerably more confidence than the usual weedy indie-boy simper that so many similar bands feature. As a result, "Sara, Poor Sara" and "Walking Contradictions" are genuinely great pop songs that happen to have complex, atmospheric arrangements. Fans of Pablo Honey-era Radiohead will love this.