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Rialto
Rialto
Rialto
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
 
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Pretension and melodrama have been key ingredients of British pop for years, but while many bands have sported the right pout, listened to the right soundtracks, and written the right kind of populist lyrics, their music h...  more »

      
   
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All Artists: Rialto
Title: Rialto
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 3
Label: Sire / London/Rhino
Original Release Date: 9/15/1998
Release Date: 9/15/1998
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Styles: Indie & Lo-Fi, British Alternative
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 643443102223, 5021732108623, 706301974513, 706301974520, 766484754623

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Pretension and melodrama have been key ingredients of British pop for years, but while many bands have sported the right pout, listened to the right soundtracks, and written the right kind of populist lyrics, their music has been sorely lacking. Enter Rialto, whose lush self-titled debut threatens to reverse the trend. The record impacts with the drama of Pulp and the melodic thrust of Oasis. Strings glide, harpsichords twinkle, and guitars cut lonely, aching swaths across the band's sonic vistas. Even when the vocals croon about unfaithful women and missed opportunities, Rialto's songs are never too precious or self-important to forsake the kind of hooks that keep listeners hitting the rewind button. --Jon Wiederhorn

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CD Reviews

One of the most underrated, and best, CD's ever
Margaret Eppstein | USA | 04/15/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Rialto is the self-titled debut album of the British pop band Rialto, released in September 1998. They have since made two new albums, Night on Earth and Anything Could Happen. I heard about Night on Earth first, and it has the best reviews. However, all the sample songs I liked best came from Rialto.
Rialto is often compared to and undermined by Pulp's famous album This is Hardcore, but I listened to that entire album and wasn't impressed by a single song. Rialto is criticized for having too much filler. The feature songs are Monday Morning 5 19 (the first song on the album, and Rialto's best-known song), Summer's Over, and Untouchable. All three songs are excellent; Monday Morning has a great resigned-love tune, Summer's Over is reminiscent of yet better than Strawberry Field's Forever, and Untouchable's bold disco-style lyrics are on par with Mansun. However, the reviewers have got their summary of this CD all wrong; the songs mistaken for filler are simply more subtle. They don't all start out with a catchy tune, and are easily skimmed over through the first few listenings. However, they all develop with unique twists of tune that will keep you coming back for more. In the end, it is always the more subtle songs that grow on you. After repeated listenings, Quarantine, Lucky Number, and When We're Together surface as the dominant tracks. Lucky Number is a true gem; the violent funky beat is a true surprise, and has become one of my favorite overall songs. Most CD's have only one or two quality songs, but this album has at least six really compelling songs - and the others aren't bad (by any means), they just aren't Earth-shattering."
One of my favorite CDs
Des N. | San Francisco, CA United States | 09/13/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Most albums have 1 or 2 good songs in it but this album has more than that. I keep playing this album over and over and I never get sick of it. Their songs have classic melodies. It gives you a sense of being in European cinema. Film Noir Music. It's dark, moody and cinematic but the melodies are so catchy. This is one of my favorite albums!"
Dazzling...
Des N. | 11/08/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"One of the best albums no one will ever hear. Rialto is terribly underrated, but worth checking out. The songs are beautiful, and not overbearing. A good mix, decent lyrics, and incredibly sexy. 'When we're together' is tops. That's all I can say. Buy it and see for yourself."