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Pale Saints - Slow Buildings Album

Pale Saints - Slow Buildings Album
  • Performer: Pale Saints
  • Title: Slow Buildings
  • Genre: Rock
  • Cat #: CAD 4014 CD
  • Label: 4AD
  • Country: UK
  • Date of release: 30 Aug 1994
  • Style: Indie Rock, Shoegaze
  • FLAC size 1792 mb
  • MP3 size: 2939 mb
  • Record From CD, Album


1Gesture Of A Fear7:05
2Little Gesture2:26
Strings – Hugh Jones
Piano – Hugh Jones
5Fine Friend
Written-By – J. Watson
6One Blue Hill
Organ [Hammond] – Jon Turner
7King Fade4:17
8Under Your Nose2:52
9Angel (Will You Be My)3:03
10Song Of Solomon
Engineer [Assistant] – Dave Buchanan
11Always I3:46


CategoryArtistTitle (Format)LabelCategoryCountryYear
9 45625-4Pale Saints Slow Buildings ‎(Cass, Album)Warner Bros. Records9 45625-4US1994
7243 8 39897 2 0Pale Saints Slow Buildings ‎(CD, Album)Labels7243 8 39897 2 0France1994
CAD 4014Pale Saints Slow Buildings ‎(LP, Album)4ADCAD 4014UK1994
CAD 4014 CDPale Saints Slow Buildings ‎(CD, Album, Promo)4ADCAD 4014 CDUK1994
9 45625-2Pale Saints Slow Buildings ‎(CD, Album)4AD, Warner Bros. Records9 45625-2US1994


  • Art Direction, DesignPaul McMenamin
  • Bass [Basses], VocalsColleen Browne
  • CelloCaroline Lavelle
  • Drums, PercussionChris Cooper
  • FluteSimon Clarke
  • Guitar [Guitars]Graeme Naysmith
  • Guitar [Guitars], VocalsMeriel Barham
  • Instruments [All Except Where Noted]Pale Saints
  • Mixed ByHelen Woodward, Hugh Jones
  • Mixed By [Assistant]David Browne, James Brown
  • Photography ByDominic Davies
  • Producer, EngineerHugh Jones (tracks: 1 to 6, 8 to 11), Mark Freegard (tracks: 7)
  • TrumpetRoddy Lorimer
  • Written-ByCooper, Browne, Naysmith, Barham


Recorded at Palladium Studios, Edinburgh, except for track 7 recorded at Parr Street Studios, Liverpool.
Mixed at Master Rock and Maison Rouge.

All songs published by EMI Music Ltd except track 8 published by EMI Music Ltd/Copyright Control.

℗ & © 4AD Limited
Made in England

Most of the durations printed in the booklet and on the back sleeve are wrong.
These are the printed durations:
1. 4:17 / 2. 3:03 / 3. 5:05 / 4. 10:47 / 5. 2:52 / 6. 2:37 / 7. 6:23 / 8. 6:23 / 9. 6:48 / 10. 5:05 /11. 10:47


  • Barcode (Text): 5 014436 401428
  • Barcode (Scanned): 5014436401428
  • Matrix / Runout (Mirrored): CAD 4014 CD · 1:1 .MASTERED. BY NIMBUS
  • Mould SID Code: ifpi 2305


  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – 4AD Ltd.
  • Copyright (c) – 4AD Ltd.
  • Published By – EMI Music Ltd.
  • Published By – Copyright Control
  • Recorded At – Palladium Studios
  • Recorded At – Parr Street Studios
  • Mixed At – Master Rock Studios
  • Mixed At – Matrix Maison Rouge Studios
  • Glass Mastered At – Nimbus
  • Designed At – v23


Slow Buildings is the third and final studio album from Pale Saints, released by 4AD on 29 August 1994. This was the band's first album following the departure of original singer and bassist Ian Masters and addition of Colleen Browne on bassvocals guitarist Meriel Barham, who had joined Pale Saints for their previous album In Ribbons, also took over lead vocal duties. Slow Buildings features the single Fine Friend which was adapted, with new lyrics, from the 1981 song Poison in the Airwaves by. Yet Slow Buildings doesn't do much to dissuade listeners from the general opinion that Masters was the band's creative center. Though containing a couple excellent songs the breezy, BreedersLush-like Angel and Under Your Nose, the sleepy Fine Friend, Slow Buildings sinks under the weight of lengthy dirges that don't stick and general overindulgence. Album 1994 11 Songs. Slow Buildings Pale Saints. Critic Score. Based on 1 review. User Score. Or consider a donation More Albums. View All. The Comforts of Madness. In Ribbons. Flesh Balloon. Listen full album. View all Pale Saints albums. Slow Buildings. Pale Saints. 11 tracks. Released in free to Pale Saints Slow buildings King Fade, Angel Will You Be My and more. 11 tracks 62:49. Посмотреть сведения об участниках альбома, рецензии, композиции и приобрести альбом 1994 CD от Slow Buildings на Buildings. Pale Saints - Slow Buildings 1994. To favorites 0 Download album. Listen album. Alternative Rock Indie Rock. Songs in album Pale Saints - Slow Buildings 1994. Pale Saints - King Fade. Pale Saints - Angel Will You Be My. Pale Saints - One Blue Hill. Pale Saints - Henry. Pale Saints - Under Your Nose. Pale Saints - Little Gesture. Pale Saints - Song Of Solomon. Pale Saints - Fine F. This category contains all articles about enterable, or mission-related, buildings in Saints Row. For a list of usable stores for customization, see Stores. Slow Buildings, 1994. King Fade, 04:15. Angel Will You Be My, 03:02. One Blue Hill, 05:26. Henry, 10:50. Under Your Nose, 02:53. Little Gesture, 02:28


Comments: (5)
This album is a masterpiece. Just missing the "Parla!" in the end.
As their third and final album, Slow Buildings is a fine one. It might be too slick and over-produced in parts. They should have kept going as a band after its year of release, but there's no arguing with business and finance -- not to mention the (often stupid) traditionalism of early audience converts who later began dissing the band. I won't say that Slow Buildings tops what they did before. However, it's my favorite of their three albums (especially the song Fine Friend).

No, I did not know about them until just before they stopped. No one I knew back then had ever talked about Pale Saints. Then eventually I got to see them play live, opening for Cranes in November of 1994. I was a student living in Florence, and the small venue was on the outskirts of town. They came on stage unadorned, cast in white light, and proceeded to play amazing rock music with no trace of pretension or ego. As a live act, they were capable of bringing an astonishing amount to the table........ lively energy, charisma, strong unity, and great musicianship (they rocked hard with glee). Then there was Meriel's beautiful voice, and consistent songs that were really hooky. I took in their whole set with a beginner's mind, and loved it. I did't think many of the Italians in the audience knew Pale Saints any better than I did that night. (They liked what they saw.) Later I got to chat with Colleen (Ian's bass-playing replacement) after the show. She told me to buy this album.

At nearly an hour's length, I'm surprised to find here that Slow Buildings has never been published as a double album. Initially, I was turned off when I first heard it. King Fade, the first track, is far from being a winner. Yet, without a doubt, the rest of the album reveals the live prowess that they had........ which can only have been increasing through the years. Much later I realized the set list I witnessed in Tuscany consisted of mostly that material, plus Sight of You and two from the In Ribbons period. As I recall, it resembled the one from this bootleg: http://www.discogs.com/Pale-Saints-Live-In-Philadelphia-Fall-1994/release/5479409

My supposition for the live experience of Ian with his mates is that it stunned a lot of people (in the UK). In the recordings however, it seems to me that a certain cynicism, however attractive coming from him, got replaced in the end with an earnestness that didn't sell. Slow Buildings is a heartfelt album with a heavy edge. It's not dissonant or ironic, overall. The band might have been able to win newer fans in the rock business by playing it live, but didn't -- besides me, I guess. They disappeared shortly thereafter, but not before playing one of my favorite concerts.

Maybe this album will get its critical due.
Rolling Flipper
Good piece of rubbish. No Ian Masters= no Pale Saints.
Slow Buildings is an odd one to throw away. Anyone revisiting the complete Pale Saints Discography will maybe notice a little bit missing from this album.

However much Ian Master purists might scoff this album as a waste; it was however one of my most cherished. If you look at the credits on previous Pale Saint's records, it does not say Ian Masters; it says Pale Saints. This band is a collective of creative musicians, and it lost and important original member, yet did not fail to impress me. This album has some of my favourite Meriel Barham vocals. The lyrics are fantastic, and it seems that each song uniquely passes on to the next, and there is something gracious and original about each song. Just the transition from the dark emotional song Henry into the catchy fuzzy-poppy Under Your Nose, was a whole level of bliss to me. Some of Slow Buildings stronger songs are the heart pounding get away song, Angel (Will You Be My), To the lengthy droney masterpiece Henry, to Slow Buildings final song, Suggestion, which turns off the light of the career and discography of Bliss rocks quickly forgotten band.

There is one final song that I must comment on in closing. That song is Fine Friend. Going back and listening to every Pale Saint album, this is the best song they have ever written (and by best I mean like Ride - Vapour Trail, excellent). What this shows to me was that Masters wasn't the only talent in the band, and the replacements had lots of fresh ideas that never got into the ears of the fans of apparently one musician out of a collective.
Slow Buildings, the third album from Pale Saints, suffered enormously from the loss of bassist and vocalist Ian Masters. Masters was also apparently the primary songwriter; without him, the band descends into generic mediocrity.

Edited 2/22/2020:

I'm not saying this because I am a purist, or traditionalist, or that I think that Ian Masters did everything in this band up until his departure. I'm saying it because the music produced when Ian Masters was in the band was high quality, and when he left, that ended. I'd be pleased as punch if this record lived up that that legacy. What reasonable person wants a bad record instead of a good one?

Listening to the new repress of "The Comforts of Madness," I'm reminded once again that "Slow Buildings" not only doesn't measure up, it doesn't come close.
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