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Bell X1 On World Cafe

Bell X1 On World Cafe

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For its sixth album, last summer's Chop Chop, Bell X1 simplified its recording process and ended up with some of its strongest songs. The Dublin band formed out of another group led by Damien Rice, but when Rice went solo, Paul Noonan took over songwriting duties and Bell X1 was born — named after the first airplane, Bell X-1, to break the sound barrier. Hear a full live set from the band on World Cafe.

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Set List

01Starling Over Brighton Pier

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02Motorcades

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03Faint Praise

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04The End is Nigh

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