Posted in MP3 | music on September 20, 2010

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: The 1900s - Babies (MP3)

1900s

In 2007, Chicago's The 1900s dropped their full-length debut, Cold & Kind, on the world. Mixing baroque pop, '70s excess and a little VU chug, the album was one of that year's more underappreciated LPs. Three years, a lineup change, a stopgap EP and a side project later, The 1900s are back with Return of the Century. From the press release:

After parting ways with two founding members and shelving the Fleetwood Mac-esque romantic drama, Chicago pop band The 1900s spent the years since their Cold & Kind updating their line-up and trademark sound. Now a sleek 6-piece, singer/guitarist Edward Anderson, vocalist Caroline Donovan, singer Jeanine O'Toole, bassist Charlie Ransford, and violinist Andra Kulans are all about the journey.
Return of the Century downlplays Cold & Kind's grandiosity just a touch (no oboe interludes this time) but hangs onto that album's strong points -- classically-constructed pop, gorgeous harmonies and sparkling arrangements. And while the romantic drama may be gone, they smartly retained a little of Fleetwood Mac's musical influence. With everyone and their mother covering "Dreams" this year, it's certainly not a bad reference to hold onto. (The album's "Overreactin'" owes more than a little to Buckingham/Nicks.) If you dug "Cold & Kind" and "Two Ways" off the first album (or "Collections" off last year's Medium High EP), you're really going to like Return of the Century.

While Return of the Century's doesn't hit till November you can get an early taste with first single, "Babies," at the top of this post. With lush strings and harmonies and rave-up vibe, it's pretty indicative of the rest of the album.

The band promise a tour announcement imminently but will be playing the Belle & Sebastian-curated Bowlie 2 in Summerset, UK. Their 2008 show at The Bell House with Stevie Jackson was one of my favorites of that year, and their live shows should not be missed if you get the chance to see them.

Cover art and tracklisting for Return of the Century, plus a live video, are below.

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1900s

The 1900s - "Two Ways" live on WGN 2008

The 1900s - Return of the Century
1. Amulet
2. Lay a Ghost
3. Kidnap Runaway
4. Lions Fur
5. Tucson
6. Zerkalo
7. Bmore
8. Babies
9. Overreactin'
10. Jean Demon
11. Sanzimat

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Comments (15)

do you want to play dress up?

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2010 3:48 PM

looks like someone ate the brunch crowd at 5 leaves and then threw up.

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2010 3:49 PM

more like the every single second of the day crowd of Pies N Thighs

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2010 3:53 PM

This band is great. amazing songs / harmonies. Ok not crazy about some of the fashions.. but most of you live in Brooklyn so I'm sure you've seen much worse... I know I have

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2010 4:03 PM

it's funny that they must have spent a lot of money to look like they don't have money

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2010 4:06 PM

I pretty into that OU818 era mr bungle t shirt as a fashion.

Posted by Jm Airis | September 20, 2010 4:06 PM

A singer and a vocalist!

Seriously, The 1900s rock!

Posted by Bob | September 20, 2010 4:11 PM

There style seems Pretty straight forward nothing wrong with a Mister Bungle T-shirt and little cutie pies in short skirts.

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2010 4:24 PM

I hope they tour with Fleet Foxes.

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2010 4:24 PM

I'm so into this band right now. Seriously, the best one in Chicago. Can't wait until they make it big.

Posted by Babs | September 20, 2010 4:40 PM

wow they're so great! they're not my friends i swear!

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2010 9:53 PM

fantastic band, playing with Belle & Sebastian seems appropriate. they should tour with Essex Green...

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2010 9:38 AM

at least the one had the sense to cut his hair

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2010 2:14 PM

sigh. yea lets talk about how they look. music is only secondary.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2010 2:21 PM

Mercury Lounge Nov 11 boo-ya !


http://www.mercuryloungenyc.com/event/5396


Be there or be rectangular !

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2010 2:34 PM

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