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Vehicles & Animals marked the band's major-label debut in April 2003, eventually spinning off four singles and garnering the band a prestigious nomination for the Mercury Music Prize. Athlete's sophomore effort, Tourist, was an even bigger success. Displaying similarities to Coldplay's reflective songwriting, the album rose to the top of the U.K. albums chart upon its release in 2005, with "Wires" peaking at number four and the follow-up single, "Half Light," reaching number 16. Tourist eventually went double platinum, and Athlete toured in support of the record until spring 2006. Upon returning home, the bandmates opted to build a personal studio and remain close to the friends and family they'd left behind on the previous tour. Sessions for Athlete's third album began in May 2006, and the self-produced, experimental Beyond the Neighborhood arrived in September 2007. Black Swan appeared two years later, with an American release following in early 2010 courtesy of Original Signal Recordings. ~ Andrew Leahey, Rovi