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101. The People Who Grinned Themselves To Death
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5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding pop.
Heaton and co. has marked their place in the music history by doing "The People Who grinned Themselves to Death". The voice of Heaton is like a save by Peter Schmeikel and the music is like a penalty score by Andy Cole. The album as a whole is like Man U. at the first place in Premiere league. I can't help it but I think "Build" is a song so close to Beatles that is possible. I usually don't compare any artists with the B. And the clothes they wear! Where can I buy them?????? If someone knows or want to share their inner thougts about The H. please write and tell me. The Pusjkins is also a good band. It's a swedish female band. But Oasis sucks!!! The 90th century sucks. Please bring me back to 1984.

4-0 out of 5 stars Eighties pop guilty pleasure with a message
The Housemartins were one of the most brilliant and underrated bands of the 1980's and this is their masterpiece. From the anthemic title track to the eerie closer "Build", the Housemartins show why they were absolute masters of a sound that was unmistakably British, unabashedly political, and undeniably pop. In an era of conservatism, the Housemartins addressed class issues with a double edged sword of soaring harmonies and biting sarcasm. What really sets this album apart from the band's lesser work though, is its variety. Slower numbers like "The Light is Always Green" and the album's gem "Johannesburg" mesh beautifully with uptempo rockers like "Me And The Farmer" and "I Can't Put My Finger On It", which contains one of the most infectious guitar hooks ever written. A true classic of eighties British pop, "The People Who Grinned Themselves to Death" is a must-have for anyone who appreciates English guitar pop, liberal politics, and harmonies that would make Lennon and McCartney jealous. I'll give it four stars, only because its sound is unlikely to win over someone who ordinarily does not listen to this type of music. You'll give it five.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Stuff
This is one of my favortite recordings. It always cheers me up to hear it. If you like this as much as I do, you'll also likely enjoy the quirky sound of The Balancing Act, Three Squares and a Roof, another great, albeit obscure, album.

5-0 out of 5 stars Pop mastery at its best! Run and find this one now!
'TPWGTTD' is one of the best brit-pop releases ever! If you want a good example of wry, tongue-in-cheek, up-tempo, quality pop muzik (talk about, Pop Muzik!), look no further. It is bands like The Housemartins and The Church that made me realize most good pop rock occured years ago, compared to the mostly garbage that's out now.

5-0 out of 5 stars Quite Good Pop
I can't remember how I got to first listen to the Housemartins, but I remember I liked them from the beginning. They don't have so deep lyrics, but they are great with melodies (check out Pirate Aggro). This is definitely a must have, I haven't listened to other Housemartins records, but this is album is good enough to love their music.

I'd say the highlights on this album are "The People Who Grinned...", "Pirate Aggro" and "Bow Down", but still you can listen to it as a whole over and over again.

The most funny thing about it is that their bassist was the man we now know as Fatboy Slim (aka Norman Cook aka Quentin Cook). ... Read more

102. Cast of Thousands
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Most bands, when they want more attention, pump up the volume. Not Elbow. The Manchester quintet's second full-length is quieter than their debut, Asleep At the Back, luring listeners into its clutches with weird sonic details: the twinkling electronics that open "Ribcage;" stuttering guitar feedback on "Not A Job." Equally seductive are singer Guy Garvey's vocals, full of hushed gravity as he mutters thumbnail sketches of characters ranging from nasty buggers ("I've Got Your Number") to his band mates ("Snooks"). Underlying all the subtle touches are some deceptively catchy tunes: the clap-along shuffle of "Buttons & Zips;" a love song from the other side of the world ("Fugitive Motel"), and another that spins as slowly as a lonely satellite ("Switching Off"). Thousands also includes cameos from members of Doves and Alfie, and, on the final bars of the swelling "Grace Under Pressure," a Glastonbury festival audience--the second time through, you'll probably join in, too. --Kurt B. Reighley ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars "Thousands" is worth it
Manchester band Elbow rose to fame in the UK with their moody debut "Asleep in the Back." In "Cast of Thousands" Elbow takes a slightly different tack. The music is a little smoother, the album altogether a bit more cohesive, and its lovesick melancholy brings to mind a sunny day temporarily obscured by clouds.

The opening track, "Ribcage," is a gradual buildup accentuated with a gospel choir, followed by the vaguely funky "Fallen Angel," the brilliantly bluesy "Fugitive Motel," the magnificent "Grace Under Pressure," the African-inspired "Snooks (Progress Report)," the insanely catchy "Buttons and Zips," before rounding off on the same solid note it started with on the brief "Flying Dream."

"Cast of Thousands" somehow manages the impossible: it hangs on to frustration and dreariness , while managing to shift into a more optimistic space. Basically it's a collection that has retained its edginess, but is able to sing a little wistfully, "I blow you a kiss/It should reach you tomorrow/As it flies from the other side of the world..."

The more typical drums'n'percussion are joined by string sections in such songs as "Fugitive Motel," which adds an extra dimension to it. Not to mention barking dogs, tambourines, accordians and sprawling synths. Only the African drums start to drag. And the music is layered in a peculiar way, shifting the guitar and bass over one another. As a result, the instrumentation is richly layered like a gourmet cake.

Singer Guy Garvey is rather reminiscent of Radiohead's Thom Yorke, but a little more hesitant. He sounds unsure in many tracks, as if he isn't sure how he should sing with the music flowing behind him. And in some of the tracks, the London Community Gospel Choir provides a panoramic sweep of backing vocals.

Elbow is still in fine form in "Cast of Thousands," a rich slice of lovelorn pop-rock that will appeal to fans of diverse, intricate music. A must have.

5-0 out of 5 stars Moody Ethereal Music for the Soul
Having been turned on to British music for some time, and having purchased many outstanding albums from bands like Travis, Coldplay, Radiohead, Beck, and Oasis, I felt there had to be more bands that so enthusiastically celebrated classic rock sounds. Thankfully, Amazon catalogs people's purchases so that we in the states can sample music that other like-minded people bought. That's how I found Elbow. Cast of Thousands is an outstanding album that deserves to have its tracks analyzed here goes:

1. Ribcage - (*****): Like the mantras offered ala their previous album, this song builds from quiet and unassuming lyrics and music into a multi-layered experiment in cobra-swaying grooves and gospel choir shimmies. Outstanding track.

2. Fallen Angel - (*****): This ruckus romp is as close to mainstream rock as I've heard from Elbow. It does remind me of Peter Gabriel as other reviewers have mentioned. I love the bass sax sound that is achieved by the guitar player. This song would be best played at high volume while cruising the strip in a convertable...

3. Fugitive Motel - (*****): Fugitive Motel is a beautiful song that has superb music provided by a mix of piano, orchestration, upright bass, guitar, and jazz-style drumming. Simply breathtaking in its breadth of emotionally inspired lyrics and music, this song is a standout among the album.

4. Snooks - (*****): The driving beat of this number is enough to drive an already shaken soul into spiritual submission...then when the Ennio Morricone-inspired guitar and orchestration with interesting synthesized sounds begin, the tune just speaks and the music erupts into sonic jolts--parts of this song belong in the cinema--outstanding.

5. Switching Off - (****1/2): This song begins with simple drum beats accompanied by a tamborine and what I would swear is an old-style reed organ. This motiff is repeated for the primary verses, while the chorus builds musically with excellent instrumentation and wonderful use of volume to evoke emotion.

6. Not a Job - (*****): Probably the most uptempo song on the album, Not a Job is also one of my favorites. The layers upon layers of music and vocals are expertly composed and performed. This track definitely showcases the band's musical and lyric prowess and could be a hit single if great music were better appreciated these days.

7. I've Got Your Number - (****): This is one of the most bluesy/jazzy number on the album. I can almost see the smoke taking various form in the spotlight while the bandmembers, wearing sunglasses, drop ash from quickly disappearing cigarettes. Moog intermission is disruptive, but welcome in this slow-groove. Good track.

8. Buttons and Zips - (*****): Almost a return to the Snooks groove, this ditty is probably the most infectiously groovy one on the album. I immediately loved the way the lyrics are sung in the same pace and notes of the musical accompanyment--the effect is one of voice actually being used as a musical instrument...having all of the same percussive and tonal qualities. This one is definitely a head-bobber. Tops

9. Crawling with Idiot - (***1/2): This is a return to the bluesy/jazzy sound of I've Got Your Number. If you like one, you'll like the other. All in all, not the best track, but one that fits well among the others. I sometimes skip this one.

10. Grace Under Pressure - (*****): Just like the mantra of the first song, this one also builds into a crescendo of magnificent proportions; and just like the first song, accompanying the Peter Garbriel-like crooning is a full gospel choir. This is a standout track on an already outstanding album. An instant favorite of mine, this is bound to be a fan pleaser.

11. Flying Dream - (****): A punctuating song that is brief, to the point, but yet maintains the feeling and musical greatness of the rest of the album.

There you have it. An album that has more than enough 5-star rated tunes to require an overall 5-6 star rating. If you like British bands mentioned in the opening paragraph then you'll love this album. Pick it up today and you won't be disappointed.

4-0 out of 5 stars a thousand times better
This band should never work. It is a band of misfits. They are from Manchester. They have been playing for years. They put out a very good album a few years ago. They have played to millions. Now they are doing the music that they always wanted to do. Guy Garvey is one of the most interesting dudes in music right now. He sounds a lot like Peter Gabriel. Garvey is no nonense. "Ribcage" comes on like a song played after the party is over. "Fallen Angel" is Elbow at their most intense. There is a lot of noise and experimenting on this record. Elbow is a hybrid of many conflicting ideas. "Not A Job" is a fine song. It combines quietness and mood. They have always been about making beautiful sounds and beauty.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Absolutely amazing. Intensely atmospheric, haunting, moving, mysterious, beautiful. I am so glad to have discovered Elbow thru Amazon's "people also bought..." lists! Much more interesting to me than South or Doves, and light-years beyond wanna-be's like Starsailor. I'd class them with Coldplay, though that group is far more pop-oriented; where Coldplay's music washes over you with its lyricism and grace, Elbow's got a deeply quiet forcefulness that makes you lean forward and listen hard. One of the best albums I've bought in years.

2-0 out of 5 stars Great band, bad album
I'm not sure how anyone who has listened to this band's debut, "Asleep at the Back," could give "Cast of Thousands" five stars. Elbow have taken a decidely different direction with their second album, and that's all well and good. The music, however, is not.
There is nothing on this record that even comes close to the musical, lyrical and ethereal qualities of songs like "Newborn" that made the first album so engaging.
There are a few songs on Cast of Thousands (Ribcage, Not a Job) that merit repeated listens. The rest is simply boring.
"Fugitive Motel" might have great production, but what good is that if the song doesn't go anywhere?
Experimenting is one thing. But making something out of that experiment is something entirely different. I think Elbow have really missed the mark this time. ... Read more

103. Trouble: Norwegian Live
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Extremely limited tour EP from these Brits who won the 'Best British Group' & 'Best British Album' for the 2001 'Brit Awards'. Includes 5 tracks all recorded live at the 'Rockefeller' in Norway. Tracks, 'Trouble', 'Sparks', 'Shiver', 'Yellow'& 'Everything's Not Lost'. All 5 tracks are exclusive and unavailable on any single released thus far! 2001 release. Standard jewel case. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Definately the best second Coldplay purchase
As with all of the live Coldplay stuff I have heard the renditions of their songs are pretty straightforward; however, as with all live music it has an energy that is only felt when a band is on stage. Chris uses his voice to accent songs bringing the majority of their uniqueness and variation.

Audience participation is sparse, but a fun addition when it can be heard. The recording quality on this recording is B+ for a live rock concert. Could stand to be tightened up a little bit, and I don't think the concert went without a clip or two (Shiver is the least amiable of the tracks.)

In the end this CD is for Coldplay fans, collectors, or people who just buy too many CD's, such as myself. But I promise that you won't be disappointed with the purchase. This is an excellent live performance and is a fun rediscovery of one of our new favorite bands.

5-0 out of 5 stars YES!
What can I say, I was there! In Norway at the concert, great(!), buy it now! By the way you can hear me whistle in the background:)

5-0 out of 5 stars Norway Welcomes the Woderful Music of Coldplay.
This is a great CD for anyone who is a fan of Coldplay. The CD starts with the song that I see as their best display of songwriting to date, "Trouble". The live feel of this song makes it greater than it is on their CD, "Parachutes". On this song as well as the other four, Chris emotes great emotion in his voice.

As the CD progresses from song to song, Chris' voice starts to wear a little bit, all the while becoming a bit strained. However, this brings real poignancy to each song and makes each one sound all the more personal.

By the time of the fifth track,"Everything's Not Lost", you almost begin to feel as if you were there in Norway, on the front row, cheering and singing along to the band's performance.

5-0 out of 5 stars Coldplay at Peak Live Performance
This 5 songs CD, recorded in December 2000 in Olso, brings us Coldplay in peak live performance.

"Trouble" is a faithful version of the "Parachutes" track, wiht Chris at piano. The song remains one of Coldplay's better tracks.

"Shiver" finds Chris at accoustic guitar. Because of the layered instrumentation found on the "Parachutes" studio version, this live version sounds quite different. The energy jumps out at you.

Before starting "Sparks", Chris dedicates the song "especially to the guys that don't have a girlfriend", after which he starts questions some guys in the audience whether they have a G/F. Finally ("Do all Norewegians have girlfriends or are they just lying?" Chris jokes), he finds someone without a G/F, and Christ jumps in the song. At times, I thought Chris would not be able to reach all the heights of the tune live, but he did.

"Yellow" gets the greatest applause from the audience, of course, but otherwise is a straight rendering, no more, no less.

Before starting the last song, Chris asks for the audience's help to sing the last part of "Everything's Not Lost". Chris then takes a false start to the song, prompting him to start over. Coming towards the end of the song, rather than ending with a crescendo, we hear the audience repeating the last verses as the band is heard leaving the stage. Beautiful!

This CD is a fantastic memento for anyone that's been to a Coldplay concert recently. For those not so lucky, it is a superb live record, period. Good value too: at 25+ min., it runs (almost) half of an actual concert (the show I saw on their recent US tour ran barely over a hour). Finally, the sound quality is superb as well. BUY IT! ... Read more

104. Free All Angels
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Tim Wheeler is a young songwriter who loves the themes of summer and girls almost as much as the young Brian Wilson did. The difference is Wheeler grew up in Downpatrick, Northern Ireland, instead of Southern California. Nevertheless, Free All Angels kicks off with the refrain "We've been walking barefoot all summer," continuing Ash's tradition of what Wheeler has termed "North Irish surf punk." The band have matured since the release of their last couple studio albums, 1977 (named for the year several band members were born, as well as the musical era the album emulated) and the more rock-heavy Nu-Clear Sounds (which often out-Stroked the Strokes), but they still deliver a sonic summer pop-rock delight here. "Candy" unashamedly samples Scott Walker's version of Burt Bacharach's "Make It Easy on Yourself," and Ash's pop culture references also include the Buzzcocks, John Barry, Phil Spector, Nirvana, T. Rex, Dr. Dre, and the Jesus and Mary Chain, to name only a few. "Pacific Palisades" (which name-checks Brian Wilson and all things Beach Boys) is almost self-explanatory, title alone, while the delicious "Shining Light"--a huge hit in the U.K.--should warm its way into the hearts of all guitar-based power-punk-pop aficionados after only several listens. --Bill Holdship ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Burn Baby
I have liked Ash for many years now. I even saw them play in late 1998 during CMJ. This was during the time of Nu-Clear Sounds which many people now think is they worst album. Ash was formed in Belfast around 1993 when the three fellows were still in school: Tim Wheeler, Mark Hamilton, and Rick McMurray. Their first mini-album Trailer was released in 1994. The band released their best album two years later called 1977 when they were all still teenagers. They were called Bratpop. Songs like "Kung Fu" and "Girls from Mars" made them famous. They got much more attention in 1998 when they added guitarist Charlotte Hatherley. Their record Nu-Clear Sounds tanked and their fans moved on to JJ72. Their experiment with being into New York City and heavy rock and being like an Irish Jonathan Fire Eater failed. They were quiet for three years. The drug addiction then started and Ash was getting calls from Behind The Music. They have come back with one of the biggest albums of the past year with Free All Angels. It beat out the new one by Janet Jackson in the UK charts.

"Walking Barefoot" still reminds us of Ash's fascination with NYC punk. It's a return to their earlier sound and is a very good summer song. Once you get to "Shining Light" you know that the excitement is back and all is forgiven. A catchy tune that is certainly has thoughtful lyrics and very catchy guitar playing. The big chorus of "Burn Baby Burn" reminds us of all we loved about Ash in the first place. "Candy" is a slow song that samples Scott Walker. It is really a step forward from heavy rock. "Cherry Bomb" and "Submission" are other songs that name checks some past punk songs like Runaways and Sex Pistols. It is classic Ash. The latter is the closest thing to a Primal Scream track I have ever heard them do.

"Pacific Palisades" is like a punk Beach Boys. It is about their experiences in California and sort of an echo of the opening tack. "Shark" is like The Ramones or The Damned. Apparently as a live act they are much like those early punk bands. Bring out the leather jackets and Flying V's please. "There's A Star" is another great slow song. Tim Wheeler has taken the reigns of the band's songwriting and has made something beautiful and lovely. Some bands get to their fourth album and it's a public burning. Ash has evolved. The album ends with the all out rocker "World Domination" which sums up all their last album in one song. The American release also includes a DVD and three bonus tracks. The tracks add nothing and are probably B-sides. I haven't seen the DVD but that sounds like a treat. We can all look forward to seeing Ash on this year's Area 2 tour.

4-0 out of 5 stars Nothing new, but great nonetheless....
Just like another fellow reviewer, while watching late night MTV I saw the video for "Burn Baby Burn." The song was great, straight-up punk rock, with catchy melodies. I bought the CD the next day, not sure what to expect. And after listening, I think that I made a good purchase. Now, Ash does nothing new. What they do has been done before, and I wouldn't say that they have a particularly distinctive sound. But that's not to say that they don't play good music. They do the whole pop-punk thing very well. Many other reviewers have compared them to a punked out Beach Boys and I would agree. The highlights of the album are the first three tracks, "Walking Barefoot," "Shining Light" and "Burn Baby Burn." The song "Someday" is stellar as well. What sets Ash apart from most other pop-punk groups of today is a; they actually have musical talent, especially the guitarist, who is also female, b; many songs include other instrumentation such as strings, adding atmosphere to the music, and c; there is an intangible quality about their music that just makes it fun to listen to, especially while driving. Ash isn't breaking new ground, but there are a few attributes about them that can set them apart from the pack.

4-0 out of 5 stars Ash "Free All Angels" 2002
I was really surprised with how good this album was. In fact I had never even heard of Ash until I heard their single "Burn Baby Burn." I wasn't that impressed with it, but I was looking to find some new music so I bought the CD anyway. Probably one of the best modern day albums that I have ever heard. I'm a sucker for catchy Pop/rock music, and baby, this one is full of it. If you are looking for something to sing to in the car for an hour, or just love good music, this is the album

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5-0 out of 5 stars I strongly recommend it
This CD is something new and it is brilliant! i strongly recommend it, at least listen to the sample tracks on amazon and see what ash are like...

5-0 out of 5 stars This is a great CD
Ash is a great band that hardly receives the recognition they deserve here in the U.S. They erupted right out of high school with their debut, "Trailer". Their follow-up, "1977" was semi-successful here in the U.S., possibly due to the supporting tour with Weezer. Their third release, "Nu-Clear Sounds" was almost completely ingored here in the States with the execption of the title track to the film "A Life Less Ordinary."
"Free All Angels" is the fourth major album from Ash. On this album they have really come into their own. Tim Wheeler wrote so many great songs for this CD, practically every one of them has also been released as a single. Charlotte, Mark, and Rick have also matured very well as musicians, and the band sounds as good as ever.
Nearly every song on this album is a masterpiece. If you love finding albums that may have been overlooked by mainstream America, this album is a good place to start. Actually, any album by Ash is a great place to start, but this album is probably their most accessable and listener-friendly album to date. Give it a spin and you will probably end up buying the rest of the Ash catalog. ... Read more

105. The Optimist LP
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Although this British duo draws effectively on early-'70s rock--mainly warm SoCal folk pop, à la America, and shimmery-cool British space glam, à la T. Rex--what makes them distinctive are their modern easy grooves and their uneasy emotional nakedness. "I panic at the quiet times, decisions at the door," sighs vocalist-guitarist Ollie Knights in "The Door," but throughout The Optimist, he and coconspirator and slide guitarist Gale Paridjanian resist the alt-rock urge to bury anxiety in walls of noise. Their debut full-length (comprising five tracks from earlier EPs and seven new originals) is rife with subtle, contemplative moments that often turn lyrically dark ("I'm sick and I'm twisted/ Like a Sunday massacre") or get carried away by cresting rhythms, like the post-breakup lament "State of Things" ("You and me used to be on fire/ There ain't no straight lines in this state of things"). Although Turin Brakes can rock when they care to (here most effectively on "Mind over Money"), their strength comes from exploring the tension in life's deceptively calm shadows.--Lisa Gidley ... Read more

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I bought this record after catching the band live earlier this year, and marvelling at the rich and deep sound the pair could make without need for electronics. I was expecting an fine album created out of acoustic guitars and an excellent voice. However, i wasn't expecting the sheer brilliance scaled by this record.

From the opening piano chord of Feeling Oblivion, the record contains that most important of ingredients, it really connects with you. In the same way that Jeff Buckley, New Order and Coldplay evoke a feeling of glory and optimism from a melancholy yet uplifting sound, Turin Brakes deliver heartbraking, yet positive songs.

The opening five numbers, must rank as one of the best starts to a guitar bands career in recent times. The magnificient Underdog(save me) which has recently gained plentiful radio exposure in the UK, and is perhaps the finest tune of the album, begs with a future lover to 'Save me from myself, I can't be the only one stuck on the shelf'. In Feeling oblivion, he pleads 'If things get real, promise to take me somewhere else'. However this seemingly helpless longing is served by a fantastic delivery in terms of voice and sublime songwriting mastery.

If you are looking for a record to carry on where Travis and Coldplay have previously stepped, this is the one to buy, and is personally my favourite of the three. To sum up in one sentence, The Optimist LP is a gently earthshattering experience, so kick back, don the headphones and connect with the glorious melancholy.

5-0 out of 5 stars A new band takes the helm of the British invasion
NME were right when they said that 'the Turin Brakes inhabit a space that is entirely their own' and indeed this CD should be reserved none other than pride of place in your hi-fi. Continual listening leads only to one conclusion: this album is truly awesome.

Turin Brakes are Radiohead without the depressing aspect, with an unprecedented degree of heart-warming brilliance in their upbeat benevolence and inspired (if slightly bizarre) lyrics.

Turin Brakes are Travis without the whining and downbeat dullness, possessing a true sense of climactic energy as embodied by the incredible eleventh track Mind Over Money.

Turin Brakes are Coldplay taken to a new level of supernatural overpowering being, evoking a sense of wonder that forces you to stop what you are doing and simply kneel before your CD player in worship, demonstrating your true awe of their talent.

Turin Brakes are Belle & Sebastian without the repetive monotony and underlying naivety, presenting a nigh on rock-and-roll image of Radiohead-esque spontaneity (as demonstrated by the centrefold of the album inlay) whilst combining Kings of Convenience style folky acoustics with a newfound incredible energy that recurs through all of the important tracks, namely: Feeling Oblivion, Underdog (Save Me), The Door, Emergency 72, Future Boy, State of Things and Mind Over Money and, to a lesser extent, some others.

Deriving a great deal from its impressive British counterparts as listed above (except Kings of Convenience who I realise are Norweigan), the Turin Brakes, are in conclsuion absolutely incredible. I have every reason to be optimistic about their future releases. Albeit a cliched phrase, I utter this with all sincerity: to those who haven't already, BUY THIS ALBUM. NOW.

5-0 out of 5 stars A New Obsession
Last summer, I became obsessed with Turin Brakes. They're not as predictably depressing as Radiohead, they've got more of a kick than Coldplay, and they're not as obsessively melodious as Travis. If you like anything about any of these bands, you will love Turin Brakes. Oh, and if you get the chance, definitely see them live. There are too many good songs on this CD. The best is probably "State of Things" a delicious breakup song that starts out, "blindfold me, tie me up or tie me down", followed by "Underdog" and "The Optimist". "Mind over Money" is also understatedly cool. Ignore any bad reviews for this album and just spend the money. You won't regret it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfection!!!
Beautiful, haunting, perfect, raw, emotional... everything a debut should be. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS ALBUM and I truly adore this band. Their music is like a therapeutic massage. I just wish I had discovered them sooner.

5-0 out of 5 stars YAY turin brakes!!
ok, i'll make it simple: pouty pop, juicy and full of...juice i guess...don't'll love me, i did... ... Read more

106. Asleep in the Back [Bonus Track]
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Asleep in the Back, Elbow's frighteningly competent debut album, presents 11 tracks of rain-sodden misery blown up into the breed of gracefully elegiac fatalism that once formed the essence of, say, Joy Division. Elbow's foggy psychedelic swirl and sewer-deep dub bass lines might recall the prog-rock indulgences of Radiohead, but their grievances are unmistakably aired from the far end of a welfare line. "Any Day Now" veritably fidgets with small-town frustration, with lead singer Guy Garvey (a man with the voice of an angel and the face of a brickie) repeatedly hissing a mantra of desperation: "Any day now / How's about getting out of this place / Anyways?" Should we take it as a given that Elbow will break out of this rut of depression and despair? Asleep in the Back is good enough to suggest so, while also suggesting that fate can be awfully cruel. --Louis Pattison ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Could be the start of something great
"Red" and "Powder Blue". Even if this album just consisted of these two songs it would be worth the price of the disc. Elbow's debut is a spacey, layered collection of songs and sounds that are poppier than most British progressive music, yet much more intricate and less immediate than many of thier Brit-pop counterparts. The "typical" rock instruments intertwine with A variety of strange instruments (wine glasses, horns) to create, at times, delicately beautiful soundscapes that suddenly become interrupted with well placed harder guitar and drum excursions. The first half of the album is not too far off from perfect, starting with the brooding "Any Day Now" (in which the vocals sound a little too much like Pink Floyd's "Astronomy Domine") which leads into the first masterpiece of the disc, the aformentioned "Red". "Little Beast" takes it back down a level, sort of a rest before you reach the real highlight "Powder Blue". A beautiful ballad lead by a pretty piano riff and ending with a sudden breaking of a glass, this song makes me think that there is tremendous potential for this band and pretty much guarantees that I will be looking out for thier next release. "Bitten by the Tailfly" is a strange, climaxing journey that is even better in a live setting, and the disc peaks with the most immediate song on the disc "Newborn". The second half leaves a lot to be desired, but there is ample proof here that this is a band you should keep your eyes on for a while. Thier approach is similar to Doves, but the music has a different sound to it. If you are a Brit-pop fan, this is definitely worth checking out.

5-0 out of 5 stars The future of British music is in Elbow's hands.
Elbow's "Asleep in the Back" has been described as the first great album of this century.
And it is hard to disagree because this album, when given time, is the most haunting yet beautiful release from a British band for as long as I can remember.
Garvey and co have managed to produce a finally-crafted, multi-layered piece of work packed with gorgeous melodies and spooky effects, all of which are amplified perfectly by Garvey's inimitable voice which is simultaneously husky, tuneful, powerful and subtle.
With "Asleep in the Back", Elbow have mastered the art of subtlety (except in their choice of band name!).
Powder Blue, said to be a love song about two heroin addicts, is a song which I cannot see being bettered for a long long time. Despite its morbid theme, its build up is gradual, centered around a falling piano sequence and a melody which floats along effortlessly, carrying the track to its goose-pimpling conclusion.
To pick out all of the strengths of this hugely promising band would take me all day.
Quite simply, I have only one piece of advice to you all - BUY IT!

4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty Awesome
I would give this album 4.5 stars. Not too many people have heard of these guys, and I just happened to stumble upon them one day. I picked this album up at a Newbury Comics, and I must say that the sky is the limit for this band. Their songs are so patient and beautiful, while not lacking a sense of urgency (Bitten by the Tailfly comes to mind). I would say that anyone who is a fan of music should get this. Comparisons to Radiohead and Coldplay are common place, but Elbow IS their own band. Check it out.

5-0 out of 5 stars face value: wonderful
This album is a good listen if you like alternative rock music. I could say if you like Radiohead, or Coldplay, or any of the other ten thousand brit alt rock bands that have been taking the world by storm, but I simply say rock because when inspected and listened to multiple times closely, you will notice that Elbow is their own band, not just a cheap knock off. Every song is complex, and endearing, and interesting. If you're one who simply labels music by what it reminds you of, you may notice a plethora of analogous bands, but that's because of the archetypal nature of rock in the first place.

So long story short, just because some band sounds like Radiohead doesn't mean it sucks. This album is awesome no matter how you slice it, and no matter what amazing band you compare it to.

1-0 out of 5 stars this cd is terrible
you have to be a seriously warped elbow junkie to like this misconstrued nonsense. this band could have done so much better. ... Read more

107. Thirteen
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1998 Japanese reissue on Geffen of their 1993 album with sixhidden bonus tracks: 'Genius Envy', 'Don's Gone Columbia', 'Chords Of Fame', 'Weird Horses', 'Golden Glades' & 'Older Guys'. 19 tracks total. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars A few good songs, but nothing special.
Thirteen marks the last full length Fanclub record with drummer/resident jokester Brendan O'Hare. There are a few good songs here (Radio, Hang On, The Cabbage) but after that, the album seems to fall apart. The production seems to get looser and the songwriting seems to sputter into uninspired, boring rock songs. After this album, the band went on to make "Grand Prix", and "Songs from Northern Britain" which are both stronger and more serious releases in my opinion. Fanclub is a severly under-rated band in North America. Which is a dam shame because they never tour here anymore. There are 2 version of "Thirteen". I'm not sure which one this is, but one of them has about 6 bonus tracks. It's very hard to tell the difference because the tracks aren't listed on the back and they are both DGC releases. The songs aren't that great, but they add value. If this is your first Fanclub purchase, try "Grand Prix" or "Songs From Nothern Britain" instead. Also, keep in mind that "Howdy" is just around the corner: October 23rd, 2000.

5-0 out of 5 stars Much better than Bandwagonesque
Am I the only one who recalls Rolling Stone originally giving the beloved Bandwagonesque one star? While it is indeed a great album, Thirteen is 100 times better. Yeah, it's self indulgent, but so what? Fanclub made this album for themselves, not the fans or the press. Production-wise, it's a lot warmer than its predecessor, and with songs like "Escher", "Hang On", and "The Cabbage", what could be so horrible? Wake up and listen to Thirteen again.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great album throughout!! I could listen another 100 times.
If this was still the day and age of records or cassettes, I would have worn this album out. I've listened to it completely through a few hundred times over the last 7 or so years, and I'm still not tired of it. It's that good! Get it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Underrated
Thirteen really was a good record, and at the same time it is easy to understand some of the poor reviews. I like it because it is long and has a lot of great ideas. I can imagine this as being a classic if possibly some parts were re-written or changed. Some of the songs somehow sound like the tape speed has been slowed down. But with these faults aside, you have to admit that it makes an interesting listen and it ages well. And as always with Teenage Fanclub, there is some truly great guitar playing and songcraft.

4-0 out of 5 stars Fanclub's the Heat
It is true: this record takes more than one listen to reach you. So much the better, I say. After years of ambivalence, I have come to consider Teenage Fanclub a 'top 5' band -- somewhere just below the Beatles, Kinks, and Big Star. All of their records are good, and all have idiosyncrasies. Missing out on Thirteen is a mistake. The extra tracks belong on their own, but they are amazing, too. ... Read more

108. The Holy Bible [10th Anniversary Edition]
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Hailed in the UK as worthy rivals, and often the superiors, of Oasis and Blur during the 90's Britpop boom, Manic Street Preachers saw their momentum stumble and stateside potential wither away when troubled guitarist/lyricist/designer Richey Edwards pulled one of rock's most enigmatic vanishing acts in early '95. Their American label then hastily cancelled the US debut of what remains one of the decade's most urgent, riveting albums. This 10th anniversary edition goes a long way towards redressing that error, offering up a now-ironic, three disc "deluxe" package including the original UK album, its heretofore unreleased American edition (featuring a punched-up, mostly successful remix by Tom Lord Alge), and a collection of demos, live cuts and BBC radio sessions. The bonus DVD is filled with television and live performances of some of the album's key tracks (including blistering takes of "Faster" and "Yes"), videos and a full half-hour interview with the band. Edwards' uncompromising, often politically damning lyrics recall a more oblique, artistically accomplished take on the passions of London Calling era Clash, yet tumbling from the sweet, muscular pipes of James Bradfield they bristle with an energy and melodic pop verve that often belies their acid nature. One of post-alt rock's greatest achievements, and an album that sounds more like ten minutes old than ten years-plus.--Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Yes, yes indeed.
One of the great albums of the last two decades. Makes Kurt Cobain's shrieks of "a denial, a denial" seem rather middlebrow. I have played this music to um death over the years so the new package was a nice way to revisit...what stuck me most on listening with fresh ears were the dicey politics of some of what Richey is saying. "Archives of Pain" for instance is perhaps the best plea for the death penalty I've ever heard. And his argument is coming from an almost primal place...though ultimately he confesses "I preach extinction" so it's hard to go down this road too far. Take also "Walking Abortion" which seems to be a brutal assault on abortion yet Richey also points out that those who do make it onto "life" are little better than again perhaps a moral dead end but that's not the point anyway, this is poetry, raw visions of the world...and who but Richey would dare to put into a song about the holocaust the notion that even if many of those slaughtered by the Nazis had lived their lives might never have amounted to much - and he means this in the sense that most people crawl meekly to humdrum reality. Richey also notes that Churchill wasn't that different than Hitler since both chained the worker to a machine. To say these are provocative points would be the sort of understatement the British might appreciate.

The US mix is well worth hearing. "Yes" with the pumped up guitars may even work better than the original (and the notion talked about on the DVD that this might have been a single is utterly hilarious) and even when it doesn't it's like having another snapshot another way to scale this masterpiece.

Easily one of the greatest albums of the 1990's, The Holy Bible has been given the same kind of treatment The Clash's London Calling got on its 25th anniversary.I much prefer what they've done with The Holy Bible.There are just two demos, but they sound great!There are 3 live radio sessions and 4 live concert tracks - all are excellent!There is not a whole lot of difference between the U.K. and the U.S. mixes of the album, but there's enough to notice, and on a few tracks, ("Yes", for example) the U.S. mixes are superior, but the original U.K. mix is the best, and it has been beautifully remastered here.The DVD is excellent, but I admit I was a bit disappointed - I wanted to see more of Richey, and the DVD shows he was very much not needed in the band as a musician - he looks like a spazz playing the guitar, and it's obvious he's not really playing much of anything.His lyrics, of course, are superb!And he is very good-looking.But the boy can not play guitar!Still, I wanted to see more of him in on the DVD, and the main focus is on James and Nicky (not a bad thing!).Otherwise, the DVD is very satisfying in length and content.Overall, an excellent package!!!Couldn't have been done much better.While I have your attention, check out the Manic's latest, Lifeblood (2004),It's a very strong album, very melodic and emotional, and their best since The Holy Bible (though it's nothing like The Holy Bible - NOTHING is!!!) ... Read more

109. The Hush
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5-0 out of 5 stars Hail Texas!!!
I must say I disagree with some previous reviewers who say Texas sold out and went pop with this album. That is completely false. There was plenty of pop on White On Blonde, the group's previous work, and everyone agrees that album is a masterpiece. But enough about that. The Hush is a fantastic album! In fact, it's one of the strongest statements I've heard in recent years. Sharleen Spiteri's voice is a wonder! Gorgeous to listen to and very expressive. The Motown influences are apparent with songs like "When We Are Together" and its Supremes-esque sound. "Saint" is simply gorgeous! Catchy AND eloquent. "In Our Lifetime" is one of my all-time favorite songs: funky and gets your toes tapping with every listen. The title track has a wonderful hypnotic quality. This may be one of the best pop albums around. There's plenty of beats, but they never overshadow Sharleen's vocals and are combined with guitars and pianos in such a way that the sound remains organic. There is a warmth to this music that is painfully absent from other performer's output. With pop like this, who needs Britney or J-Lo? This is sophisticated music for the discerning listener. There is no excuse for not buying this album!

5-0 out of 5 stars Texas have found their sound and it is beautiful.
There's one thing you can always say about Texas - never underestimate them. That so many people do is why White On Blond came from nowhere to become, quite possibly, the most accomplished album of 1997. In spite of that awe-inspiring album, and as succesful as it was, people still thought nothing of them for two years. Now, The Hush has arrived with minimal fanfare and is, whilst not the best of the year, certainly one of the most comfortable, developed and secure sounding albums you'll ever hear.

Spiteri and Co. have found the music they've always wanted to make and work it to breaking point. The evolution from Southside to WoB to this is so obvious you'll wonder why you didn't see it coming. Listen to Summer Son and you'll hear Abba bubbliness mixing with Springsteen grit. Move In is Motown smoothness combined with Spice Girl sass. Day After Day is every beautiful emotion you've ever felt sung by the voice of an angel. Spiteri of course takes centre stage on all of them but after hearing the songs you wouldn't have it any way. Whether breathing the words on the title track or piercing them into you on Tell Me The Answer she remains the glue that keeps the tracks together. And yet listen to Saint. This one track is quite possibly the finest song they've ever produced and is the combination of all the bands efforts. That should serve to remind people that although Sharleen gets all the press she's merely the most visible member of an extremely accomplished band that are making the music they want to and are damn good at it.

Blasphemous as this will sound I don't think the album is as good as WoB. That album was almost musical perfection and the majority of tracks here are just slightly weaker. There isn't a single bad track but there's no Halo or Black Eyed Boy to rush the adrenalin, no Put Your Arms Around Me to sway to or Polo Mint City to chill to.

Not that it really matters. Texas are the band that will push British pop music into the next millenium. Not Steps, Billie or anyonee else. They're as essential to the genre as Madonna and they're finally doing what they've always wanted to. The future is bright. The future is Hushed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous (obviously, it's Texas!)
'The Hush' was the very first album from Texas that I ever bought. I was instantly hooked, and since have--to be blatantly honest--become obsessed with the Scottish band. I have rushed out and bought all of Texas' albums I could find. No matter how the band's music has evolved, they still manage to produce hit albums (and, frankly, surprise a large majority expecting their creativity and talent to fizzle away anytime now). Thankfully, Texas continues to impress me, and millions of other fans around the world, and I am eagerly awaiting even more from them.

The album starts out strong with 'In Our Lifetime'. A pure pop track, it's upbeat, fun, and completely infectious. With simple, yet meaningful lyrics ("Understand that it is hard to tell you/That I've given all I have to give..."), it is among the best on the album. 'Tell Me The Answer' is one of my favourite songs off of 'The Hush'. The vocals are simply amazing, with Texas' lead singer, Sharleen Spiteri, singing in a voice so high it rivals that of the Brothers Gibb. The third track, 'Summer Son', contains not only a clever play on words, but also delicious lyrics, and a terrific uptempo beat. True to it's title, it's a great song for any summer soundtrack. The smooth sound of 'Sunday Afternoon' provides a steady transition from the uptempo tracks found closer to the begining of the album, to the more mature, relaxed tracks 'The Hush' fades into. The vocals are calming and beautiful, and they're suited perfectly for the song.

'Move In' is another of my favourite tracks on the album, and with good reason. Simply said, it's sexy, reminiscent, and absolutely flawless. The halfway point of the album is found in 'When We Are Together', and it's very well done. It starts out slowly before developing into a true upbeat, pop track. I find 'Day After Day' to be both soothing and sad. The music is relaxed and calming, but the lyrics refer to being away from a lover for too long a time. 'Zero Zero' is a short, well-done instrumental, and provides a great introduction for one of my all time favourite Texas songs, 'Saint'. With stunning lyrics ("...The meaning of me/Is something to pursue"), beautiful music, and fabulous vocals. It is, quite plainly, a masterpiece.

Nearing the end of the album, 'Girl' has a playful edge not found in the other songs. Although the album is pop-infused, this seems to be the standout upbeat track on 'The Hush'. The album's title track lives up to all that it should. Spiteri's voice is almost haunting in this brilliantly put together track. The lyrics are simple, as is the music. 'The Day Before I Went Away' is the last track and provides the perfect closure for the album. It's a slow, heavenly ballad that radiates so much emotion, and feeling.

'The Hush' is definitely an album worth checking out, especially if you're a pop music fan. If you haven't yet heard any of Texas' albums, well, what are you waiting for! This is one of the most talented, genius bands to come around in a long time, don't miss out on this amazing group.

4-0 out of 5 stars Texas
I dont want to talk about money, or something else (about the change of music between ricks road and white on blonde), I could call it "evolution", they just decided to update their music, I see no crime. MAybe the change was a bit too fast, but this is the way things are. Ricks road is a superb album, and the hush (after white on blonde) gave us a different Texas (not better not worse, just different). Nice production, electropop sounds, the blues influences are long gone, electronic arrangements, the guitar is no longer the star in Texas sound. The result is a pleasant one anyway, the melodies have the right arrangements, above all....they sound natural.
You have been warned, but I will never regret I bought it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Never Underestimate The Power Of Texas
Texas had been around as a group for eight years when their 1997 album "White On Blonde" really broke them into the mainstream, so the success must have been a great surprise and relief. That album made Texas the biggest band to come out of Scotland in years as millions of adoring British public snapped up a copy. The sound was very much pop/rock with some highlights of the fading Britpop that was slowly dying at the time. This sound is carried further with more R'n'B influences in their 1999 follow-up, "The Hush." The album features a lot of variety in terms of music and production. Also the album is somewhat more accessible than its predecessor.

The Hush went straight to No.1 in the UK upon its release, making it their second No.1 album. For me, this is a good follow-up album, but it doesn't nearly match the genius of White On Blonde. The Hush is a very contemporary album, which seems aimed more so at a mature audience of middle-aged women. That sounds a bit harsh, doesn't it? Especially considering Texas are one of the best and most cutting-edge bands to come out of Scotland in years. However, White On Blonde was fresh new and funky.

"In Our Lifetime" opens the album in superb fashion. A fantastic and traditional slice of pop perfection, this song became a huge hit in the spring of 1999 and had an eye-popping video to accompany it! The beats on this song are fresh, clean and open whilst Sharleen Spiteri's understated vocals work in delicious harmony with the up-tempo, happy feel to the song. "Tell Me The Answer" is a brilliant up-tempo song in which Sharleen attempts a high-pitched vocal effect. She pulls it off, but any more could be disastrous. "Summer Son" was the second single to be taken from this album in August 1999 and was another Top 5 hit for the band. The saucy video was racy and hot and totally banned from MTV UK throughout the day! Go Sharleen! The chiming beats on this song just sizzle and the rocky bridges make this one of Texas' best ever songs. "Sunday Afternoon" is a really chilled-out, laid-back mid-tempo track from Scotland's finest. Sharleen's vocals are soft whilst the piano works well too.

"Move In" is an average song, which features a more sexier vibe to Sharleen's voice. There is also a hint of R'n'B in the background. "When We Are Together" was the third single to be taken from this album back in the fall of 1999. The song starts off superbly and quietly before breaking out and totally assaulting your ears with the infectious beat. The melody and lyrical co-ordination of the composition is particularly memorable, whilst the swimming pool influenced video was one of my favourites for quite some time. "Day After Day" is an album highlight as Sharleen approaches her song in a classy and extremely sultry way. This is highlighted enormously by the brilliant violin in the background and the summery, dreamy beat that infects the song. "Zero Zero" is a fantastic interlude with an electronic kind of beat that separates and divides the album. It's a brilliant interlude and works in stark contrast to the ones we find on White On Blonde.

"Saint" is quite possibly one of the finest songs that the band have ever produced, with its chilled and picturesque mood. This song paints many vivid images in my mind of open landscapes and the beautiful Earth - I guess I'm just mushy like that! "Girl" is a Motown style up-tempo pop song, which places Sharleen's vocals at the forefront of the composition. The beat is striking and jumpy - very typical of the band, yet you couldn't see it coming. "The Hush," the album's title track has a hint of "Good Advice," the sultry track from the last album. The production here is really impressive as Sharleen's vocals echo all over the arrangement. "The Day Before I Went Away" is the album's true ballad, a slow and entrancing composition, it totally completes the album in the best way. Sharleen seems tired on this album, as if she's travelled a long road and has learned so much, yet has such a long way to go. The future is bright.


I own four Texas albums - White On Blonde, The Hush, Greatest Hits and Careful What You Wish For. White On Blonde is easily Texas' greatest album, and one of the best albums I have ever listened to. Their latest effort, Careful What You Wish For, is a severely underrated masterpiece in the pop rock genre. This leaves the Greatest Hits which was one of 2001's biggest sellers, whilst The Hush is probably their 'worst' album, and I use the term 'worst' very lightly. The Hush is nothing short of a brilliant album that defines Texas as a band, yet it simply can't compete with it's genius predecessor or their latest gem. Still, if you want to listen to some superb mature pop music, buy this. ... Read more

110. I Should Coco
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Sporting sideburns almost as big as himself, Gaz Coombes more or less led Supergrass as the trio charged through a very goofy selection of pop-punk; think of them as the Who influenced by 1977 punk, or a British version of Green Day and you're getting somewhere close to the sound. The kids were more than alright, however, having more fun than was probably legal, with choruses that velcroed themselves to the brain ("Alright," "She's So Loose") while still being decidedly off-the-wall. The album included their first two singles, "Caught by the Fuzz" and "Mansize Rooster," just to add to its top pop quotient. --Chris Nickson ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An unexpected diamond in the rough...
This was my first Supergrass album, bought solely for "Caught By The Fuzz". I had written off Supergrass as just another Britpop band, comparable with the likes of Travis, but once I listened to this album I realised how talented the band really is. Gaz's lyricism isn't going to win him a Pulitzer anytime soon, but strung together with their refreshingly bouncy melodies, they create excellent songs. Every track is a good listen, but in particular I would like to point out "She's So Loose", which is largely forgotten. It is the most melancholy song on the album, and also one of the best. Definitely worth the money.

5-0 out of 5 stars Super
Supergrass are classic oldies in the format of punk--Caught by the Fuzz and Alright, which grooves happily into a little Hawaiian guitar solo toward the end, are spectacular songs that are represent what the band can do. I Should Coco is truly a fun album to listen to. Supergrass deserve to be included in the same category as Pearl Jam, as one of the best bands of their time. A super album.

5-0 out of 5 stars coco makes me want to stay home
Like good music should, this CD makes you want to listen to it without thinking about washing that needs to be done, homework etcetera. Well, this is a relatively young band and so they are not perfect.

Negative: the outro of 'I'd like to know' is a bit useless, the intro of 'Mansize Rooster' is a little bit too much Madness-alike, 'We're Not Supposed To' is on the one hand a very funny and catchy song, on the other hand after some time you're starting to wonder how the song would have sounded at normal speed. And finally, 'Sofa ( Of My Lethargy )' is over 6 minutes long where it should have been only 4...

Most CD's in my collection have one, two or three songs I actually listen to but this CD has a lot of songs of equal quality. Favourite songs nevertheless: 'I'd Like To Know', 'Caught By The Fuzz' and 'Sitting Up Straight'.

5-0 out of 5 stars best Britpop album of the '90s
I like Blur, the Charlatans, Oasis, etc. But none of those guys ever released anything as amazing as this. I Should Coco is quite possibly the most energetic album ever made, it's like these guys subsided on nothing but sugar packets while in the studio. The songs are about running around with your friends, getting caught by the cops, riding the bus, and who knows what else? All that matters ultimately is that the hooks are fantastic, the energy level never flags, and the band is obviously having a great time. You listen to this, and then you hear that Creed sap moaning on the radio, and you can't understand why anyone would prefer that tripe over music like this. If you don't own this, you should have acquired it 7 years ago.

5-0 out of 5 stars Super Psycho Pop
Their sound on this album has been likened to Green Day and early Who, both of which are right-on- but I would also add they have the sound of Sid Barret-era Pink Floyd (i.e. their poppier but still wierd days)- "Strange Ones" indeed! Great post-punk UK rock with great pop hooks and cool lyrics. ... Read more

111. Twisted Tenderness
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5-0 out of 5 stars Refreshing
I was raised in the 70s on some pretty heavy music. I'm pleased to find there are some contemporary artists with an equally heavy edge. "Twisted Tenderness" by Electronic is refreshing. The British clearly know how to rock.

The first 8 cuts are excellent, the remains simply fine. "Make it happen" is a good opener, setting the mood for the rest of the album. "Haze" is tasty. My two favorites from the disc are "Like no other" and "Late at night", hard, fast, and addictive.

Musically Electronic is pop. You'll not find deep complexities. Yet, it is good pop. The recording is aurally clean, the overall sound never lacks. Lyrically they are also pop. Again, so what? It's done so well. It is urgent, it is hot.

I first heard this album at Borders from one of their listening stations. I'd never heard of Electronic before. After a scan of the disc, I bought it; I'm glad I did.

5-0 out of 5 stars This Twisted Tenderness Doesn't Leave Me Cool!
Only picked this up about 2 weeks ago, over a year after its UK release - more fool me! It's the first Electronic album I've bought and I wasn't disappointed. Usually I'm a straight-ahead dance diva but I need to rock sometimes and I'll be more than happy to rock out to this.

From beginning to end the quality doesn't let up. The Chem Bros-esque 'Make It Happen' provides a brilliant introduction and it's all uphill from there on in. 'Haze' is one of the highlights (it always reminds me of Nirvana for some reason; I'm not entirely sure why), 'Vivid' is a real sing-along number with a dash of humour thrown in and 'Breakdown' is a pure attitude song with some really vicious lyrics.

Elsewhere you get the blissed-out 'Can't Find My Way Home' (the most chilled track on the album), one concession to dance in the form of the title track (which sounds like it belongs on New Order's Technique), the upbeat vibes of 'Like No Other' and the excellent 'Late At Night', the spooked-out vibe of 'Prodigal Son' (don't listen to this with the lights off!), a heart-melting moment with 'When She's Gone' and the glorious closer that is 'Flicker'.

In short, TT has style, class and sheer brilliance dripping from its every groove. Most importantly, however, it also possesses a spark and vitality which is sorely lacking from the majority of indie-rock releases these days. The new young bands should listen to this and weep as two of the older hands show them how it should be done. Bernard and Johnny, I salute you.

3-0 out of 5 stars Lacks feeling and depth, too-long songs, overproduced
Some constructive criticism to Electronic for your next album: Put the best track first, especially if it is the title track of the album (as should be the case for Twisted Tenderness). And get rid of the 18-bar intros, geez! (3 1/2 minute songs made into 7+ minutes.) Lastly, try dumping the computer wizardry and going back to more analog equipment, as the 'je ne sais quoi' has taken a backseat to perhaps the most anal retentive production style I've heard from an independent band -- lengthening the distance from the core fanbase which prefers the gritty (even if electronic) "essential" sound over canned samples of black guys saying "rock it! rock it! r-ro-r-ro-ro-rock it!" (Make It Happen).

The Good News: the title track is a wonderful, memorable song, something which can emotionally pinch your heart "never let this feeling die / all you have to -- do is tell is tell a little lie" (I assume mocking his not-so-white-lying girlfriend -- we've all had one of those, right guys?), if overproduced (even using a Cher-like voice-pitch overcorrecter SFX). If you're a true New Order/Electronic fan, you still will not be complete without this album.

The Bad News: For fans, I don't mean to be a contrarian here, but if you only have one (or none) of their 3 albums, start with their self-titled first album, then Raise the Pressure, then go for this their 3rd if you still have a taste for these guys & New Order. Though some reviewers will give 5 stars here and fewer for raise the pressure (their first being an indisputable classic), what they are giving 5 stars to is the production, not the songwriting. And to me, songwriting is the most important, and Electronic's production has never been anything less than stellar, in fact, "overproduced" is the word which goes through my mind when I listen to the last 2 albums. The anal-retentiveness of the production is made stranger when you consider NO/JD's old wonderful (best?) but terribly-produced material (i.e. Low-Life). TT lacks the deep feeling and emotional depth and heart-wrenching New Order chords. I know Elec. is not NO, but a lot of the favorite NO element shone through more on the previous albums. Thankfully, Elec. continues to be 'more new order than smiths' here... and, as always, has its own unique character.

Though the music is loud and "bombastic" as one reviewer said, that is usually a cover for lack of depth elsewhere, as is the case here. Though "loud", the music is not "hard". (1st album is nowhere near as "loud", yet so much better in every way. Coincidence? No.) In fact, I have only listened to the album to the end twice, it's just that difficult for me, especially since most songs, even the ones which don't seem to go anywhere, are typically over 5 1/2 minutes long. The 1st track is almost 8 minutes long and has an unbelievably long 18-bar (37 measure) intro (!), which makes the album hard to just put in and press play and enjoy without pressing "skip fwd". Inexplicably, the 1st track appears to be the 'full' or 'extended' version, while the last (seemingly 'bonus') track by the same name, actually appears to be the 'edit', weighing in at "only" 6 minutes. I love long songs if they're justified by great content, don't get me wrong; that just doesn't hold up here, making an overall good album difficult to enjoy regularly.

P.S. For those who are wondering, the image on the cover appears to be a photograph of Grigory Rasputin.

5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely pure electro-rock-pop brilliance
Electronic's debut was a good record with some excellent songs, but sounded a bit too similar to New Order to establish Sumner's side-project as anything really new. On their third album they hit their real stride. Johnny Marr swaggers to the fore to make it considerably rockier than before, Arthur Baker lends his incredible production skills, Sumner brings his trademark melodies, and Jimi Goodwin, who surfaced as frotman with Doves a year later, is on bass. Its one big party really, an incredible sound with really complexity in its production and layering yet a strong, catchy core melody.

There's the brilliant 1-2-3 opening of the epic 'Make It Happen', the catchy, jump-up-and-down chorus of 'Haze' and the simply brilliantly constructed and angsty single 'Vivid', which is a fantastic lyrical turn from Sumner. 'Can't Find My Way Home' sees the return of Marr's trademark jangling simultaneous lead-and-rhythm guitar style that he popularised with the Smiths and 'Twisted Tenderness' ploughs a great, poppy, New Order-like furrow, with its stabbing keyboards and aching melody. 'Like No Other' starts funky and rocky, but its chorus could have been written for a boyband - which sounds awful, but they pull it off by keeping the musicianship accomplished. Finally 'Flicker' is a simply incredible yearning pop song again with touching lyrics.

This ranks as highly as almost anything done by either Sumner or Marr and proves that Electronic can add up to sum of its parts, as supergroups so often can't. Its one of the most vastly under-rated records ever made, and is highly reccomended to either fans of The Smiths or New Order, particularly those who liked their last record Get Ready, which seems to have been highly influenced by this album. Its in turn life-affirming, beautiful, cools, complex and catchy. 5 stars.

5-0 out of 5 stars Impressive, moody pop album
I've always loved Barney Sumner's little boy singing and his peculiar lyrics which always sounded as if he made them up as he went along. I thoroughly enjoyed the first and second Electronic albums - as well as this one, but Twisted Tenderness is a little harder to get to, a little more experimental. Raise the Pressure was simply sparkling and sweeping synth pop. It may have sounded too '80s, but deserved to be called "music for pleasure." Twisted Tenderness is the work of two masters and rewards repeated listenings. One comment: the title track is a flawless pop song - but somehow was never released as a single. It is #1 material and should be re-released. ... Read more

112. Rings Around the World (Bonus CD)
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The fifth album from Welsh pop prodigies Super Furry Animals is their most ambitious work to date. Featuring everything from status quo-style boogie-rockers to technofied drill and bass meltdowns, this is an immaculately conceived pop masterpiece that has more in common with the excitable genre-crushing of 1999's Guerrilla than with their previous album, the respectable but defiantly firework-less Welsh-language folk outing Mwng. One of the great joys here is that, though the lyrics are imbued with dippy fun, closer inspection reveals a satisfyingly off-kilter--and frequently inspirational--intelligence. The gorgeous "Presidential Suite"--which, incidentally, features John Cale tickling the ivories--marries the classic SFA psychedelic shimmer to a weary lyric concerning the Monica Lewinsky scandal that rocked the Clinton presidency. Frontman Gruff Rhys questions the event sadly, as if it's the most passé thing he can comprehend. Perhaps that's so: when you're playing with the sort of magic that's scattered liberally over Rings Around the World, even the salacious exploits of world leaders pale into tedium. --Louis Pattison ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Cripes, This Is Good!
You know, with this release and the last couple Gorky's Zygotic Mynci albums, I'm starting to suspect (nay, hope) that the best, and most influential, pop music right now is coming from strange Welsh bands with brilliant names. Not only is RINGS AROUND THE WORLD a teriffic album, it's arguably the best new album I've heard in a very long time (maybe since Sigur Ros). Everything about this album is great, from the production to the vocals to the pop culture references, to the songs themselves, it's all top-notch.

The most intriguing thing about this album is the way it combines so many different influences, from so many different genres, and makes it all sound both unique, and perfectly natural. Beyond the obvious Beatle/Beach Boys nods, I pick up references to Elvis Costello, Beck, Neil Young, Harry Nillson, the entire Stax catalogue, the list goes on and on. Basically, any semi-popular, semi-influential band in the last 30 years seemed to make an impression on this band, and they turn up here in various ways, sometimes within one song ("Receptacle For The Respectable," for instance, opens with a bouyant 1964-era Beatle romp, then slows things down to a nice mid-70's Elton John ballad, takes a brief excursion into "Cool Cool Water"-era Brian Wilson-- complete with Sir Paul McCartney munching on veggies-- before finally bringing it home with Chemical Brothers-esque sonic textures and a bit of Korn grumbling), and the effect is both staggering and really, really neato.

The lyrics are a treat as well, usually inventive wordplays ("You came to me in piece, and you left me in pieces"), a couple very nasty turns ("Don't try me for sympathy; I don't feel sorry for thee; You deserve to die"), and really interesting takes on religious fanatacism ("Run Christian Run," a somewhat cynical tome set to a tune that's pure Pink Floyd) and even the whole Monica Lewinsky debacle ("Presidential Suite"). There are a few moments when the music does get rather cheesy ("Juxtaposed With U" has some nice lyrics but the melody is quite gewwy), but by and large this is a remarkably consistent album. The second CD of bonus tracks is great to, icing on an already gourmet cake.

So, in other words, I really reccommend this one! You won't be disappointed, unless you're expecting something like Radiohead, which this isn't (it's better, frankly), or if you're not really into impossibly catchy ear candy with substance. There's nothing really new here, and other bands have attempted this before, but one thing's for sure-- these guys got it right.

5-0 out of 5 stars Super Furry Animals Most immediately accessible album.....
Considered to largely be their most accessible album (& the most overproduced), My entry into the world of the Furry animals was via this album. And admittedly other albums have a more abrasive, Experimental sound, but the impact of the songs here are no less worthy than ones found on previous albums. In fact with the lush psych-pop of "Alternate Route To Vulcan Street", or the Warped beach boys melodies of "(Drawing) Rings Around the World", and sensitive ballads "It's not The End of The World"....Its hard for me not to give this album the same critical acclaim that I'd deservedly heap upon its predecessors. Purists will argue that "Fuzzy Logic" & "Radiator" are the bands best work and there are largely right, but if your new to the band, this makes for a fantastic starting point and eases you into their Quirky / Psychedelic sound...before progressing onto their more Experimental albums. But for me...the easiest (& occasionally most enjoyable) starting point is here.

3-0 out of 5 stars good album, great bonus
This is the first SFA album i ever bought, and it pretty much ruled my summer. The entire album is entertaining, but Sidewalk Surfer Girl is my favorite. A lot of the songs are just silly, but backed by very interesting electronic music. I give the album 3 stars. The bonus disc is another story, though. The best songs, Tradewinds, Edam, All the Sh*t U do, are there. If these songs had replaced some of the weaker tracks on the album, i'd have a hard time not giving it a 5-star-classic status. With all the good tracks broken up, though, the experience is somewhat less enjoyable. But just like their amazing follow up, Phantom Power, only The Flaming Lips can out-do this kind of cool electronic pop.

5-0 out of 5 stars a remarkable achievement
In describing this album it is a quite simple question/phrase that would illustrate what the furries did here, Do you like enjoyable yet (but not to an inaccessable degree)"experimental" music? before you answer consider the recent acheivements of radiohead, with OK computer they made throngs of new fans yet they ,in a very self destructive nihilistic fashion ,commited suicide with their next release, the severely innaccessable "kid A" dont get me wrong , I really look up to such a "triumphant jump off of a high rise for the sake of art" move they did with that album and I am sure there are plenty of Post modern minimalists out there who love "Kid A" and are fuming from there abercrombie collars right now over my comments, but let us value what the furries have done here, a true work of art, an album that is as much beatlesque as it is worthy of a couple of spins at youre local neighborhood rave, a marriage of modern art in the ilk of Jackson Pollock with the venerable beauty of a Leonardo "Madonna" so let us say Bravo to rings around the world, I say "Bravisimo!"

4-0 out of 5 stars A fine step
Rings Around the World is the worst release by Welsh britpoppers Super Furry Animals, but it still warrants a 9/10. This says a lot about the magic of this group. "Alternate Route to Vulcan Street" and "Shoot Doris Day" are gorgeously wistful ballads, while tracks like "Sidewalk Serfer Girl" and "(Drawing) Rings Around the World" encapsulate the fun, rocking atmosphere which characterizes so much of this band's work. The album is slightly let down by some dreary instrumentals and the frankly rubbish "Presidential Suite," but the rest of it more than makes up. This may not be the best place to start with Super Furry Animals, but it's certainly a great place to go. ... Read more

113. 1977
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4-0 out of 5 stars Some Great songs, Some Boring ones
Number 4 and 5 aren't listenable for me, Some of the songs on here go on too long without a sound from Tim, This happens in about 3 songs so basically You just have to click "next song" It is a good album though otherwise I wouldn't of gave it 4 stars. "Girl from mars" is a must have single with a great punky sound. "Goldfinger" is another brilliant song with good chorus. Lose Control isn't that good either, It was on Gran Turismo 1 and Don't think much of it. All the rest is listenable and Good though with the fast "Kung Fu" and the very catchy "Oh Yeah", "Angel Interceptor", "Let It Flow", "Lost in you" and "Darkside Lightside" are also great songs. 4 worst songs = "Lose Control", "i'd Give you anything", "Gone the dream" & "Innocent Smile" 4 best songs = "Oh Yeah", "Girl From Mars", "Goldfinger" & "Kung Fu" - All Their Releases. Can I say that the releases from "Free all angles" are also the best choices. They make the best choices for releases.

2-0 out of 5 stars Non-descript
1977 is my only Ash album, and I have to admit, I bought the album for what is IMHO its high-point: Kung Fu. Hold on to that thought.

One of the reviewers said that many people would consider Ash punk, or worse, pop punk. Well, I have to agree with that. With "people" that is, not the reviewer.

Tim Wheeler's guitar work and sound is nearly indistinguishable from Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong or Blink 182's Tom Delonge. And like these two bands, Ash's Mark Hamilton's bass work is ... well, doesn't do anything for the music.

So that's what Ash is. Pop punk. Musicians who are inspired by 70's era punk yet want to "make it" in the corporate 90's and 00's. If you like that stuff, Ash is definitely for you.

What makes them unique, I think, are the lyrics. Tim Wheeler writes most of the songs, and the lyrics range from witty to sappy. When he writes about women, it's sappy. When he doesn't write about women, it's witty.

Speaking of Tim Wheeler. He tries to sings anthems and ballads and falls flat on his face. His vocals simply can't support that soft touch. It sounds funny. Or maybe sad. Ash should really play up their strength: punk inspired pop, raw playing and just having a good time with the music. Their strength is NOT ballads and anthems. They seriously need to let that go. It's not them.

Lastly, they do have one song on this album, Kung Fu, which is quite wonderful. I think they really played up all the band's strengths on this one track. Wheeler's lyrics are wittier than ever. His guitar playing is more like a talented Johnny Ramone than a 90's pseudo-punk guitarist.

All in all, this album shows the band has talent but is simply not focusing it in the right direction.

5-0 out of 5 stars Do you like drunken Irish teenagers?
This is one of the best CD's I own. And you haven't heard it yet?! Don't worry, there's still time to save you from your sins.
This album is truly, truly great. 1977 is also really hard to define. Some reveiwers tend to think it's some kind of punk or even worse, pop punk. I tend to think there's more to Ash than that. Just try and picture this: drunken Irish teenagers with time to kill and an obsession with Star Wars. Throw in some really great anthems about...well...girls, a song about Kung Fu, and a hidden track where Mark pukes his guts out (no...seriously), and you get 1977.
"Oh Yeah" is quite possibly the best song about girls from the 90's (and how many songs is that, do you think?)
"Goldfinger" and "Girl From Mars" are equally great girl-inspired anthems.
The rest of this album is just as amazing as any of the tracks above. 1977 is a great-sounding, hard-driving, life-changing album from the best band you've never heard. Buy this album and it is guaranteed to please.

4-0 out of 5 stars "I haven't been the same since my teenage lobotomy."
Ash's 1977 opens with the cheesy roar of a Star Wars TIE-fighter (did they have to pay royalties to the Lucas empire for that audio clip?), launching itself into a high-octane, quick energy groove, where it happy sits for its entirety. Infectious pop hooks, loud guitars, and a heavy punk influence characterize this album. The lyrics are what you'd expect -- nothing terribly deep, but good enough not to distract from the music. Who wouldn't want to sing along to the teenage-angsty "Girl From Mars" while head banging to its slick riffs?

1977 subscribes to philosophies that have served rock and roll well over the years -- never learn four chords when three will do, and when you're playing the drums, hit them as hard as you can. There's a fair amount of distortion and fuzz going on. The songs are fast and relatively short. It's a punk album that hasn't forgotten that punk is supposed to be fun. This is music to jump around to. The track, "Kung Fu", is wonderfully typical. It's a song featuring muffled lyrics with only the bridge being easily understandable: "Come on, Jackie Chan, a oh oh oh ah oh!" Listening to this song with its quick beat and catchy guitars will tempt even the most out-of-shape music lover to attempt a few martial arts moves on the furniture.

However, like other successes in this field, you get the feeling that these aren't just throwaway punk songs with a limited shelf life. Now, I'm not trying to justify my enjoyment by claiming this is grand art or anything. But I've listened to this album countless times and I dig it just as much now as I did the first time. The songs stay fresh even after one has memorized every second of the audio. That's impressive.

Now as much as I like this album, I simply cannot force myself to listen all the way to the end. Not because of any musical deficiencies, but because the hidden track is a long and really nasty sound byte of one of the Ash band members being loudly and violently ill after a night of heavy partying. Listen to the album all the way through once and you'll never again forget to leap for the stop button once the final musical selection has played.

1977 is a fun album full stop. It encompasses all the fun things about being a teenager: martial arts films, science fiction, love angst, and loud music. In fact, while quickly typing out this review, I've managed to listen to "Kung Fu" three times. Excuse me, but I've got to go off and practice my karate chops on my hat stand.

4-0 out of 5 stars Their best release to date....
One of the best straight forward rock and roll releases of the 90's. The perfect mix of melodic pop, high voltage punk, and young lads puking their guts out. Superb! ... Read more

114. Workers Playtime
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Even as a very young man, Billy Bragg tempered his socialist politics with songs about affairs of the heart, a combination that's served him well. But no matter how lovey-dovey he may croon, Bragg can't help but rail at oppression in its many manifestations. On Worker's Playtime, producer Joe Boyd (Fairport Convention, Nick Drake) frames Bragg's ragged voice with sympathetic folk-rock arrangements. But the real strength of this 1988 collection lies in Bragg's songwriting. The album may boast the pedantic "Capitalism Is Killing Music," but Bragg's sense of humor is in evidence throughout. "Waiting for the Great Leap Forwards" mixes Mao with Mott the Hoople, while the heart-stopping sincerity of "The Short Answer" suffers not a whit for bringing up Karl Marx. --Rob O'Connor ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Billy Bragg's Plastic Ono Band... Read On!
Folk-Punk Socicalist Billy Bragg's fourth album finds him in a contemplative mood. Dispite the politically charged cover and "Capitalism is Killing Music" logo, this is his more lovelorn and sad album. Starkly produced and powerful, this album waxes and wains with piano flourishes, jangly guitars and understated vocal harmonies. Songs like "She's Got a New Spell", "Little Time Bomb", "The Short Answer" and "The Price I Pay" display the lyrical theme of rocky relationships and the simple but melodic musical approach. "Rotting on Remand" adds steel guitar to one of his three political songs, along with the moving a cappella "Tender Comrade", and climactic and booming "Waiting for the Great Leap Forwards". The other notable break from the folky silence of the album is the peppy country beat of "Life With the Lions", with repetition of the lyric "I hate the arsehole I become", which runs contrary to the smile you might develop from the music. Great album, but how can I compare it to John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band? How not? Billy Bragg gives a stirring, uncluttered, introspective epic, which gives the listener a window into the soul of the artist. And that, of course, is the true goal of the singer-songwriter.

5-0 out of 5 stars insightful lyrics, songs that stick with you
I first heard this album at 3am with an old boyfriend. The boyfriend is long gone but I couldn't get Billy Bragg out of my head as easily! His songs on this album are achingly beautiful at times, and the sharp contrast between the melody and his strong Birmingham working class accent is addictive. "Must I Paint You a Picture" is probably my favorite, including the memorable and accurate line "Most important decisions in life are made between two people in bed", but his inimitable phrasing is brilliant throughout the album, particularly in "The Price I Pay". (unfortunately the clip doesn't include the refrain). For Bragg die-hards the album also includes a few political commentaries with stark criticism hidden in oh so cheery music. "Waiting for the Great Leap Forward" has some especially witty lines:"The revolution is just a tee shirt away". I listen to this album at least once a week (usually in rotation with "The Essential Pogues", Morissey's "Say Uncle", and either Miles Davis "Kind of Blue" or Dave Brubeck in case you want to judge my musical taste) and 9 times out of 10 the song I have stuck in my head all day is one from this album. I agree it's a must have for any eclectic music connoisseur.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
This CD is absolutely flawless. Every song is passionate, beautiful and truthful. I never ever get tired of listening to it. Definitely one of the very best CDs I have evr owned. Billy Bragg is unique and outstanding. This is by far my favorite album of his.

4-0 out of 5 stars Politics and poetry
Billy Bragg will always mean this album to me and this album to me will mean Billy Bragg to me always. Songs from his other albums -- "The Saturday Boy" from the "Brewing Up With Billy Bragg" EP, "A New England" from "Between The Wars," "Moving The Goalposts" from "Don't Try This At Home" -- seem souveneirs or holdovers from this marvelous album, even though the first two songs predate "Worker's Playtime" by at least a decade. "WT" is that seminal and epochal, at least to my rather pointillistic mind: all the half-baked cleverness and busker brio and all the awkward adolescenty crushes on huffy girls and Socialist causes that Bragg made his own genre with occasional success throughout his early records is brought to full-baked wit and gorgeous melody here. Don't be misled by the first track, "She's Got A New Spell," a poppy piffle in G Major heavy on wordplay and girlywitch paranoia; before you've finished wincing from the airy chorus "I go to put the cat in/ But she's muttering in Latin," the next track begins, an electric guitar gently weeps down the fretboard, and the next thing you know one of the most gorgeous love songs in pop music is cascading down the front of your shirt. "Must I Paint You A Picture?" is the anthem of long-distance lovers, "prisoners of geography," gawky youths who moon over their girlfriends, talk about the impossibility of truly talking, and combat the urge to masturbate at every opportunity: like them, "Picture" is winsome and gawky and clever and above all sincerely sincere. As if abashed by this petit-bourgeois emoting, the next track, "Tender Comrade," is a spare ode, sung Cockney acapella, to Bragg's past comrades and brothers-in-arms; awash in a eulogistic sincerity (Billy Bragg is never insincere, except when it's funny), it suffers a little from being indistinct in its identifications and sympathies, though its earnestness prevails. And there you are: the songs on "Worker's Playtime" alternate from earnest political songs in vernacular styles and simple lyrics suitable for the marching worker to love songs of unbelievably more profound feeling: the rote outrage over violated habeas corpus in "Rotting On Remand" (with its curiously polite disgust in the line "It stinks as here as well") segues to the heartfelt "Valentine's Day Is Over," a bitter song about breaking up, and oh Billy doesn't sing by rote here. You know, Billy Bragg may want to be an anthemist for the proleteriat but IMHO he'll always be the standardbearer for the lovelorn and the separated; they would be hardpressed to find a song more pretty and apt than "The Only One" (imaginary self-disclosure: my Other started guitar lessons whilst I learned viola so we could play this song).

5-0 out of 5 stars Billy's Best
This is the first Billy Bragg CD that I owned and have proceed to purchase almost all of his discs. By far my favorite as it stays away (mostly) from his political rants and deals with Billy's broken romances. But even his political tunes on this collection have redeeming qualities especially "Waiting For the Great Leap Forward" which is light and less than serious about itself. Favorite tunes include "The Only One" and "The Short Answer". Great stuff to learn on the guitar too. Buy this disc as you will find it enjoyable and intriguing at the same time. ... Read more

115. Studio 150
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After the Jam's Motown covers, the Style Council's appropriation of smooth '70s funk, and solo forays into white soul, what of Studio 150, an album of nothing but covers? It's certainly a brave move, and a mostly successful one, thanks to the eclectic, thoughtful selections and the Weller trademark sound. That's not to say it's just his usual rock style--"The Bottle" is Weller at his funkiest, and "Don't Make Promises" has some commendable Band-esque looseness to it. However Weller succeeds most when he puts a twist on household classics with new, mostly enjoyable arrangements. "Wishing on a Star" is twisted into downbeat nightclub rasp, while Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower" becomes a keyboard-heavy jam with arresting gospel vocalists. Similarly, the lesser known songs may well inspire his fans to check out the originals and win himself some new ones along the way; Neil Young's "Birds" is sympathetic to the original--Weller's gruff voice standing in contrast to Young's high tenor of the original. Add to this the general usual excellent musicianship (albeit slightly less guitar that you'd expect) and Weller's always-passionate voice, and you have an album that should appeal to fans of Weller and the original legends alike. --Thom Allott ... Read more

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A year and one album after being heralded as England's "next bigthing," The London Suede is hurting. Forced by a lawsuit to change its namein the U.S. and suffering from the mid-recording defection of wall-of-soundguitarist Bernard Butler, the band's second album makes you wonder what the fusswas about. dog man star is flaccid, melodramatic glam-rock that cribseven more heavily than the group's debut from vintage David Bowie. BrettAnderson's posing and emoting simply isn't enough to carry a tune, and none ofthe 13 songs here approach the fiery drive of the debut album's "MetalMickey" or "Animal Nitrate." --Jim DeRogatis ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Stars in the Firing Line
In 1994 the partnership Brett Anderson/Bernard Butler created this impressive masterpiece,an emotional tour de force brilliant in every possible way.
Still,they may not be for you,Suede are undeniably steeped in englishness to their necks and if you're fond of Nu Metal probably you won't find here much to relish.
Yet for the others this is one of those albms you gotta have and an obvious milestone in music history.Brett's one of a kind voice and Bernard's guitar sheen unite to create the perfect pop-rock songs.From start to finish every track exudes an unescapable aura of greatness.
Using their influences(Bowie,Smiths,T-Rex)they mould them to create an even greater sound unsurpassed until now.

5-0 out of 5 stars "the tears of suburbia drown the land.Introducing the band."
I really have fallen in love with this album. It wasn't as immediate as the debut album, but man, Dog Man Star has truly won me over. From the menacing opener "Introducing The Band", to the crunch of "We Are The Pigs", and "This Hollywood Life", to the glorious sing-song "The Power", this is rock and roll the way it was meant to be. Passionate, edgy, yearning. Listening to Bernards guitar swirl around under Bretts vocals in "The Wild Ones", is truly brilliant. Its such a shame that Suede will never make a record like this again, but Im glad we have these 2 records as a testament to their greatness. (3 including Sci-Fi Lullabies)

5-0 out of 5 stars The Bleakest English Album of the 1990's..... also one of the best! What's shocking is how Suede offered up this doom-laden, dreary look at English life circa 1994 in the same year that gave us Blur's Parklife. Killer cuts include Introducing the Band, We are the Pigs, and the beautiful The Wild Ones. Also worth multiple listens are the revenge-ist The Power, Daddy's Speeding, and brutal This Hollywood Life, and the 9-minute epic The Asphalt World. Sadly, Bernard Butler's ousting from Suede during the final phase of the album's recording marked the end of his influence on the band. These feelings certain enhance the gloom-and-doom feel, but this is still one of the best British albums of the 1990's.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Suede Classic.
If you want some easy listening Suede,
go Try A New Morning or Head Music,
In this album, Suede is more raw than now!
and This the darkest album of Suede.
This is a Suede Classic, no doubt,
with some classic songs like We Are The Pigs, Heroine, The Wild Ones, The Power, New Generation, The Asphalt World.
And I special recommend Daddy's Speeding,
The first time I heard this song,
I think this is crap,
a dull song, I think it's the worst song in DMS,
But after I hear few more times,

This song melody stick in my mind, I don't know why!
it's a dark, creepy and Depress,
but it's sound very well after listen more!

But it's not perfect album,
This Hollywood Life is a real Filler!
And I'm hurt to say about it..but I gotta say, Black or Blue is Terrible, the chorus is okay, so I'll still listen to it if I'm in mood!

Anyway, Go Get It for those Classic Suede songs
It's one of the best thing came out from UK at ninety!

5-0 out of 5 stars Alone but not lonely, you and me
Minneapolis/St Paul, Mary Kate/Ashley, Lennon/McCartney - some things were just born to be together. I wonder if the heavens opened and a shining beam of light engulfed Bernard when he first walked into the Suede rehearsal room, clutching a copy of the ad. from the NME and shook hands with Brett? Probably not, but this album showcases what the two of them could only do together. While the eponymous debut album was good, compared to this masterpiece it sounds hasty, shallow and cheap. Dog Man Star is the lush and expansive sound of a band at the height of their powers. Majestic without being overbearing, Butler was equally at home creating wide-screen soundscapes and crunching riffs, while Anderson wailed and emoted his way around lyrics that focused in on a society in decline, where even our dreams are worthless, and the lowlife glamour of an underdog was all that one could wish for.
The Suede manifesto is fully explored here - sex, drugs, corruption, failure and a future without hope - Brett himself describes the album as about "Living in the gutter and staring at the stars".
The opening menace of "Introducing the Band" sets the tone with its heavy use of alliteration, consonance and assonance ("So as the sci-fi lullaby starts to build...). The next section takes a run at the singles chart, with fast, sexy, catchy numbers that hook into the brain from the first listen ("Well the church bells are calling; Police cars on fire.
And as they call you to the eye of the storm, all the people say "Stay at home tonight""). The final third collects the slow numbers, with a series of hymns to a corrupt and secular world, drawing the parallels between a joyless life in the suburbs and a dangerous one in the inner cities with no chance of redemption and no hope for anything better.
To me this is almost the perfect album (although I've never heard the extra track 13 on the US version), however it could so easily have been the perfect album - all they needed to do was ditch the pointless and dull "Daddy's Speeding" (Yes, yes, another drug reference, very good Brett...) and replace it with either the majestic lost single "Stay Together" that appeared between the 1 st and 2 nd albums, or the fabulous B-side "Killing of a Flash Boy". Then this truly would be the perfect album. I'm still gonna give it 5 stars though, and lament a little for the future. Bernard's solo career never really went anywhere as he slid into a cozy domesticity. Throughout the early 90's he was the raw and emotional "Hendrix" to John Squire (Stone Roses, Seahorses, equally interminable solo career)'s technically better but less emotional and therefore less effective "Clapton". This works fine when next to an androgynous and depraved rake, but really doesn't cut it when you're singing your own songs about the joys of raising children. Suede without Bernard though have been equally unimpressive, the decent "Coming Up" saw them nosedive into self-parody, and their forsaking of the drugs and partying of old make "Head Music" equally uninspiring. Thankfully now the band have decided to call it a day and [ignore] the ghost of their past greatness.
Dog Man Star though remains the legacy of two geniuses feeding off each other, and making the horrible world a better place for 56 minutes. ... Read more

117. Travel Edition 1990-2005
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Since 1990, Saint Etienne has been putting out beautiful, high concept pop music that's as clever as it is catchy. This is their first compilation, collecting songs spanning the group's 15 year career to date and from multiple labels (Reprise, Sub Pop, Beggars Banquet, etc.) It includes their hits "Only Love Can Break Your Heart", "Nothing Can Stop Us", and "Avenue", domestically unavailable tracks like "He's On The Phone" and "Burnt Out Car", and a couple of unissued gems. ... Read more

118. A Hyperactive Workout for the Flying Squad
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119. The Holy Bible
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5-0 out of 5 stars Your Substitute Bible
The Holy Bible - Richey James' last work with the Manic Street Preachers. His influence will forever be missed by the Manics - no matter how great they continue to be.

None the less, this album has all the hallmarks of a classic, with dark and haunting lyrics standing side-by-side by some excellent guitar riffs [eg. at the end of "Archives Of Pain"]. The album begins with the wonderful "Yes" - a lyrical and musical masterpiece with a lot of anger conveyed in the lyrics - "Solitude, solitude - the 11th commandment", "In these plagued streets/Of pity you can buy anything/For $200 anyone can conceive a God on video". The album builds up from this song, exploding right away into the thought-provoking
"IfWhiteAmericaToldTheTruthForOneDayItsWorldWouldFallApart". From the beginning right through to "P.C.P" the album keeps its consistency - without any real stumbles.

Critics will be scratching their heads to look for weak tracks or 'fillers' on "The Holy Bible". My personal favourites from the album have got to be "Archives Of Pain" and "Of Walking Abortion", but the great thing with this album, as with any great work, is that any song could be a favourite.

All in all, if you want to get a taste of real opinion, without being forced to change lyrics here and there to suit the target audience - get "The Holy Bible".

5-0 out of 5 stars Genius, lyrically and musically
This is the album par excellence. More people live their life by this piece of music than any other, yet was it intended as such ? When recorded, co-lyricist Richey James was going through mental illness, anorexia and alcoholism. Other lyricist Nicky Wire was on the verge of leaving. Both of their lyrics are stark and to the point with a severe lack of humour. Subjects range from concentrarion camps, to political correctness, to anorexia to American Imperialism ansd are treated in a manner that could not be described as anything except vicious and passionatte.

The music (co-written by drummer Sean Moore and singer/guitarist James Dean Bradfield) is as stark and brutal as the lyrical contect. Most songs begin with an uncredited sample followed by vicious, furious and sometimes tragic music that captures the essencs of the lyricists' vision.

On a personal level, the song "Faster" means most to me. It deals with the impossibility of the soul to stand up to, and oppose the modern world, or something like that. Set to a furious neo-punk backdrop, with Bradfields powerful voice and guitar shining through It ends with these brilliant lines repeated 4 times "So damn easy to cave in / Man kills everything".

Superior. Especially in light of what the manics hve turned into.

5-0 out of 5 stars Theres too much white in the stars and stripes
the manic street preachers are such an amazing band, that it's obvious they're not popular in the states. because hardly anyone in america knows the good music from the bad. well england still has the best badns to offer us, and the street preachers are no exception. the bands music is very heavy, yet melodic, and don't even get me started on richey james lyrics. they're some of the bleakest, yet best lyrics i've ever heard. if you really pay attention to the lyrics, you can figure out what most are about. heres a track to track run down:
yes- one of the best cuts on the album. about prostitiion, and some of the best lyrics. 5/5
ifwhiteamerica...- not much for the music on this one, but the lyrics are great. "there ain't no black, in the union jack/ there ain't enough white in the stars and stripes" pure genius. 4/5
of walking abortion- not exactly one of my favorites, but still a very strong song. 3/5
she is suffering- i still can't quite figure out exactly what this song is about, but its one of the best on the album. 5/5
archives of pain- about serial killers, and the medias coverage of them. kind of funky soudning in a very dark way. good lyrics though. 4/5
revol- i have absolutely no clue what this one is about, but its a pretty good song. 4.5/5
4st7lb- very creepy, and dark one, with very good music, and disturbing but great lyrics. one of the strongest album cuts. 5/5
mausoleum- very good cut, it gets better as it goes along. the "no birds" part is just amazing. 5/5
faster- pretty good cut. not one of my favorites, but still a good cut. 4/5
this is yesterday- about wanting to return to your child hood because everything is going wrong. happy sounding strangley enough, but very good cut. 5/5
die in the summertime- probably one of the darkest sogns i've ever heard, but its very good. this song and this is yesterday sound like a 2 song rock opera in the middle of the album. 5/5
intense humming- probably my least favorite cut on the whole album. the lyrics are alright, but i really can't stand the music. 2/5
pcp- great endning to one of the darkest albums in recorded history. 5/5
as most of you already know, after this album, richey james went missing, hasn't been seen to this day, and is presumed dead. these are his final words, but they're great.

5-0 out of 5 stars Guerrilla Rock
The Manic Street Preachers' "Holy Bible"is possibly the best rock album made in the last at least 15 years and only their geographic coordinates(they're welsh,not from Seattle)in tandem with their anti-americanism(one track is called"IfwhiteAmericatoldtheTruthforoneDayitsWorldwouldFallapart")and the extreme bleakness of some of their lyrics(the Holocaust themed "The intense humming of evil"has a chorus that goes"six million screaming souls,maybe misery,maybe nothing at all,lives that wouldn't have changed a thing")prevented this album from being placed among rock's modern classics like"Surfer Rosa","The Real Thing","Nevermind"or"New Day Rising".

The album is heavier,better produced and better played than their previous efforts so it ends up being a perfect mix of harshness and tunefulness(mostly due to J.D.Bradfield's excellent melodic instinct).Very rarely have punk angst and pop hooks been fused together with such incredible results.

Though the Manic's music circa "Everything must go"is pretty remarkable it's a shame they no longer posess Richey's manic edge("Know your Enemy"has its moments of unabashed power though)and disturbing lyrics.

Back to the album:

YES-My all time Manic's favorite.As fast and ripping as"You love Us"from their debut with the added bonus of having the great line"For$200 anyone can conceive a god on video"(watch out for Nicky's bass in this part)and an overall cool vibe.

IFWHITEAMERICA...-One of the album's best.The lyrics are deliriously funny.

OF WALKING ABORTION-Dark and frightening("Mussolini hangs from a butcher's hook")and all the better for it.

SHE IS SUFFERING-A tale about shattered beauty with a darkly beautiful musical backing.

ARCHIVES OF PAIN-A dense song which after a scary crescendo explodes while naming some obscure political figures such as Milosevic,Le Pen or Hindley.

REVOL-A parody of several politics,it's a welcome respite from the previous tracks due to its cheerful mood and nonsensical lyrics.

4st 7lb- Not since Joy Division's "She's Lost Control"had a riff been so utterly chilling as the one from this song.Tackling anorexia's effects it's impossible not to be moved by its graphic descriptions("I wanna be so skinny that I rot from view").A brilliant song by anyone's standards.

MAUSOLEUM-An explosive and brutal rocker.

FASTER-Why was this song the only cut from this album to be included in the Best Of?Probably because it's less dark than the rest of the album and blends better with their lighter material.It's a great track though.

THIS IS YESTERDAY-This is the only track that could belong to"Gold Agains the Soul"since it's musically and lyrically uplifting.An alien in the record's midst.

DIE IN THE SUMMERTIME-Violent, piercing and virulent-what more could you ask for?

THE INTENSE HUMMING OF EVIL-The Holocaust is the theme of this one in which they fire in all directions against a backdrop of

industrial noises and unsettling riffs.Can a song get any bleaker than this?

P.C.P.-Begins with a guitar lick reminiscent of Joy Divsion's "Incubation"and soon becomes a singalong while finger pointing the police's attitude.

Missing out on this album is missing out on one of rock's most vital recordings.Absolutely recommended to any fan of true rock in all its undimmable power.

5-0 out of 5 stars Yes Yes And Yes! I'm Not Suffering!
MSP' "Holy Bible" is very good album and not only musically but also lyrically. The lyrics are very good and tell mostly about the real life. The guitar songs are more heavier than in the other album they have. That's the main reason I like this album so much. There's very good songs, for example the opening track "Yes" has it good rock guitars. The second track "Ifwhite..." is one step better. I love the lyrics of it very much. "She Is Suffering", "4st 7Ibs", and "Faster" are the best MSP songs ever! They are very rockin', the lyrics are very intelligent. Especailly I like the song "4st 7Ibs" which tells about fat people. It touches me very much, cause I have been fat once. There's also other great songs and songs that aren't so great. "This Is Yesterday" and "Die in the Summertime" don't show the best MSP. This is defintely one of the world's most underrated albums. ... Read more

120. Suede
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Spelling the end of Happy Mondays laddishness, Suede were a southern Smiths transported back to the era of Ziggy Stardust. Their songs were vignettes of sad suburban dreamers, set to chords that came straight from the David Bowie songbook. Singer Brett Anderson exhumed Bowie's feyest Anthony Newley voice, while guitarist Bernard Butler took a major leaf out of the Johnny Marr simultaneous-lead-and-rhythm book, underpinning Anderson's wan languor with a gritty verve. "The Drowners" was a glam classic, and "Metal Mickey" as poutingly punky as any of the great T. Rex singles. --Barney Hoskyns ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Love and Poison...
Suede were a major band in the 90 (though you wouldn't know it from the lukewarm reception afforded to the mediocre Head Music). Their first album is a testament to the raw, disillusioned arrogance of a band that took the English music scene by storm back in 1993, and breathed some life (and some controversy) into a pretty stale period. Brett Anderson, with his cropped tops, floppy fringe and penchant for whipping his backside with the microphone when performing live, was every inch the glamorous, outrageously outspoken popstar that we had been waiting for, worshipped and reviled in equal measure. Bernard Butler was the guitar virtuoso with the talent and vision to back up Suede's grand statements of musical revolution. Though they wore their influences like badges of honour - Bowie, The Smiths, T-Rex are usually mentioned - they were no 70s throwbacks, with their distinctly 90s take on urban decay, disillusioned youth and drug-fuelled decadence, every day tragedies in the satellite towns of England.

So Young lights the blue touch paper in splendid fashion, the album's opening track ushering in a superb cocktail of frenzied Butler guitar playing and Brett's desperate falsetto in full flow. Animal Nitrate is another stomper, fulfilling Brett's ambition to see a song about dubious sexual practices reach the top ten. The real pearls on this album, though, are the slow ones: Sleeping Pills, Breakdown and She's Not Dead are gorgeously majestic tales of wasted youth and spiritual desolation.

While Dog Man Star can count some Suede classics among its number (The Wild Ones, The Asphalt World), it is the soundtrack of a band in crisis, and Bernard Butler departed before its release. Coming Up was a solid effort but not inspiring enough to really thrill. Head Music was disappointing, and could well mark the end of one of the great bands of the last decade. However, Suede, the debut album, is a powerful reminder of how great Suede the band once were and how great British music can still be.

5-0 out of 5 stars Britpop's defining album
Suede were the Britpop pioneers since their first singles"Be my God","The Drowners"and"Metal Mickey" hit the steets long before anyone had thought of reviving T-Rex's basic Rock'n Roll dumbness and festooning it with some Bowie-styled glam/alien/sexual glazing.

1993 was Suede's year since in addition to their colossal sales in the UK(they never did seem to appeal too much to the average american)they picked up a prestigious Mercury Award for Best Album with this,their debut.

This album is then the embodiment of the 90's Britpop movement, which after all tried to encapsulate in 3 minute songs 3 decades of music.Suede brought back the 70's Bowie as Oasis would do to the Beatles,Blur to the Kinks or Ocean Colour Scene to Paul Weller.
Using an old formula doesn't mean that you can't create good(or even great)music as Suede clearly prove.

"So Young" is the ideal opener for it is a perfect example of their sound and possibly their best song ever.

"Animal Nitrate" is sexy and raunchy and "She's not Dead" is an acoustic number that oozes the kind of feeling that would make,well,everyone swap a kidney for.

"Moving"is a ride from garage to pop in less than 3 minutes.

"Pantomime Horse" was the proof that Bernard Butler was the best english guitarist since John Squire or even Johnny Marr.

"The Drowners"was their breakthrough single.

"Sleeping Pills"is a gorgeous and is followed by the poignant ballad"Breakdown"("if you were the one would I even notice it at all").

"Metal Mickey"is a stellar rocker and shows Suede at the absolute top of their game.

""Animal Lover"is another fast one in the mould of the previous.

"The Next Life"closes the album in an unabashedly sentimental manner.

If you have any interest in Britain's 90's Britpop movement this album should be in the top of your list.
A modern classic.

5-0 out of 5 stars Drenched in Color
I can't describe this album except for "overwhelming the senses." Brett Anderson has this knack for conveying things in the album by describing sensations. Examples such as "smell of exhaust in her hair" and "your a water sign, I'm an air sign," along with so many other things make this album sound wonderful. I really wish the sound quality were better, but maybe that adds to the mystique. All of this aside, there are MANY hit singles on this album: So Young, Animal Nitrate, The Drowners and Metal Mickey. None of the songs on this album are weak. This is really a 6 star album, since rarely does a band pull off 11 masterpieces on one album, but Suede does it! Later works by Suede are great, but way more poppy and somewhat "too bright" sounding. This album is definitely for the mature listener and is a fine addition to any music collection.

5-0 out of 5 stars an aquired taste
suede are definitely one of my all time favourite bands, and in my opinion deserved alot more attention than they got outside europe. The strange thing is that the first time i ever listened to them (dog man star ) I was instantly repulsed. At first I found anderson's voice totally over the top and cringed every time he let loose. because most of their songs were multilayered and generally very complicated, I found it hard to like them right away.These both are probably the reasons that suede were virtually ignored in the USA. But for some reason I felt intrigued and instead of completely forgeting about them, I listened to their music over and over again until I really began to appreciate what a great band they were. (and what a great singer brett is). There are many ingredients that make a great band, and early suede definitely had them all, technichal ability, great tunes, poetry for lyrics, style and confidence , emotional honesty, . some people think early suede made really depressing music and I can understand how people feel that whay. Suedes stuff is defintely not party music or something u should listen to with friends. In terms of this album in particular, I dont think there is one bad song on it. The track pantomime horse(actually sings whore) would have to be my favourite track on the album. Its lyrics were apparently directed at his ex justine frischman after she had got together with damon albarn. anyway... the guitar arrangement on this track is completely mind blowing, the first couple of minutes of the track in particular could well be the best thing anyones ever done on guitar and even makes Johnny Marrs work with the Smiths look simple. To some things up, I would like to reiterate that suedes music is someting that Initially may put u off, but multiple listens will reward generously.
Heres a rough guide to suedes other albums

1) dogmanstar 5/5, only has 2 dodgy tracks (the 2 of us+ black or blue)
2) sci-fi lullabies 4/5, disk one is brilliant, but the second is very patchy
3) coming up 3.5/5, a tad radio friendly but generally very good
4) head music 3/5 , half the songs are good but the rest are crap
5) a new morning 2/5, what has brett done to his voice!, apart from the odd track, awful!.

5-0 out of 5 stars Killer debut from Britpop's darkest outsiders
Suede were the eternal outsiders of 1990's English rock, eschewing the happy pro-Englishness of Blur and instead focusing on the dark, seedy underbelly of British life, both urban and suburban. Led by the impressive songwriting of singer Brett Anderson and guitar genius Bernard Butler, Suede offer up 11 slices of disturbed English life in such masterpieces as So Young, Animal Nitrate, The Drowners, Metal Mickey, and Pantomime Horse. Included is Anderson's scathing attack on Blur's Damon Albarn and Anderson's ex, Justine Frischmann (who left him for Albarn), Animal Lover. ... Read more

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