Alone Aboard The Ark

The Leisure Society - Alone Aboard The Ark
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Based on 8 reviews
2013 Ratings: #399 / 955
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Based on 3 ratings
April 1, 2013 / Release Date
LP / Format
Full Time Hobby / Label
Indie Folk / Genres
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I think I may have just listened to a piece of perfect music. Beautiful, melodic and with the lovely bit of “crackle” that only my turntable can provide when listening to vinyl.

Alone Aboard The Ark, while remaining unabashedly low-key, seems to embrace a more commercial sound, expanding on their more folky origins to create some gorgeously well-crafted chamber-pop music.


As has become customary for The Leisure Society, Hemming's lyrics and gift for storytelling once again stand out, his wonderful couplets and warm voice helping to lift many of the weaker moments here above torpor.

The 405

While there are some tentative aspects of this record, it is hard to imagine too many similar releases this year which have such a ballsy intelligence to their songs. 

Drowned in Sound

The Leisure Society have certainly woven a kind of magic here, but with all their era-hopping it falls a little short of the climaxes of their live performances.

Consequence of Sound

Alone Aboard the Ark doesn’t tackle any major challenges that might have elevated The Leisure Society above an expanding pool of indie folk artists they’re now swimming amongst.

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Track List

  1. Another Sunday Psalm
  2. A Softer Voice Takes Longer Hearing
  3. Fight For Everyone
  4. Tearing The Arches Down
  5. The Sober Scent Of Paper
  6. All I Have Seen
  7. Everyone Understands
  8. Life Is A Cabriolet
  9. One Man And His Fug
  10. Forever Shall We Wait
  11. We Go Together
  12. The Last In A Long Line
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Added on: April 1, 2013