Bell X1: The Lillywhite Session : World Cafe The Irish rock band Bell X-1 has just returned with a new album of catchy pop and electronica, Blue Lights on the Runway. It's also back on World Cafe for a special session with legendary producer Steve Lillywhite.

Bell X1: The Lillywhite Session

Bell X1 in Studio on World Cafe 2/18/09

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Set List

"The Great Defector"

"How Your Heart Is Wired"

"The Ribs of a Broken Umbrella"

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The Irish pop-rock band Bell X1 has brought its catchy riffs and smart lyrics to America in recent years, long after it had already become a reliable hitmaker in its homeland. The group was initially led by singer Damien Rice under the moniker Juniper, but Rice left the group and was replaced by vocalist/drummer Paul Noonan.

With its danceable hooks and electronic textures, Flock found critical success in the U.S. a few years ago. Bell X1's follow-up, Blue Lights on the Runway, finds the group expanding on its increasingly confident sound. As Noonan sings, "I want to be a better band / and shoot fire from my hand."

Bell X1 joins host David Dye for a special World Cafe Lillywhite Session from Avatar Studios. During its visit, the group discusses how the new album marks a departure from its predecessors, with changes in both production and personnel.

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