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  • Audio CD (22 Jan. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Redeye (Cargo Stock)
  • ASIN: B00AIZ2HE4
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,246 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Cat Fantastic
  2. Havoc in the Forum
  3. Left Aligned
  4. In The Branches of Yggdrasil
  5. I'll Take the Minute Snake
  6. 2 Birds, 1 Stone And An Empty Stomach
  7. Nice Riff, Clichard
  8. Triptych
  9. Pygmy Polygamy
  10. A Different Kind of Tall (small)
  11. +3 Awesomeness Repels Water

Product Description

Product Description is their first album featuring Their new vocalist Henry Tremain following the amicable departure of former lead singer Stuart Smart in 2011. The lineup shows considerable growth and cohesion with Tim Collis' signature bluegrass style finger-picking electric guitar lines weaving around brother and drummer Chris Collis' stop 'n' go syncopated rhythms ad Tremain's rich vocals glide across the proceedings. But it's the band's earnest songwriting that really shines herein.

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Having been a fan for a few years now, my expectations were high for this record. Luckily, I was not let down - stronger vocal melodies, lovely production and the usual insane instrumental work will please any TTNG/Math Rock fan in general. Any lingering skepticism I had about their first record as a 3 piece was immediately quelled as opener 'Cat Fantastic' paves the way for things to come. New vocalist Henry sounds great and the tapped melodies and frenetic drum work haven't taken any downturn as riffs plough through time signature changes with a beautifully familiar ease.

All in all, the record sounds more thought out and perhaps more rounded than previous releases. Definitely my favourite math rock album of the new year.
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This album is definitely listened to at it's best on summer days. 'Cat Fantastic' is especially one of my favourites, you can just sit back and relax. Definitely need more publicity.
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Fantastic Album & really easy listening. Why did I not discover this band sooner?
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Excellent quality & service
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HASH(0x9e5af468) out of 5 stars New Band, New Era, Still Talented 23 Jan. 2013
By NRW - Published on Amazon.com
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Like the Mayan calendar the cover depicts, the album marks a new start for TTNG after the loss of two members. Although they explore different styles of songwriting, this growth in a new direction is welcome, and does not lack any of the complexity that TTNG fans have grown to love. The album has a heavy feeling to it, not because it has a slow pace, but because of the way the songs are written as well as the lyrical content. The more prominent bass parts and Henry's take on vocals make a lot of the sounds sound like slow, ancient yet majestic beasts.

General reactions to each song, for those who crave more:
The album opens with "Cat Fantastic", a song style we are familiar with, but by its close we start to hear the role the bass plays in creating their new trademark sound.
"Havoc in the Forum" is pretty accurately described by its title. Frantic extended riffs are played over heavy bass and a thundering, stompy beat.
"Left Aligned" continues to explore this style (cue bass "chords"), while incorporating more rhythmic irregularities and classic TTNG volume swells/diminishes.
"Yggdrasil "is the first "short track" on this album. It succeeds in pounding weird electronics, a consistent bass riff and ambient noise into your head. By then end, the track is reduced to bass, revealing to the listener a melody they had been listening to all along without realizing it. I can't help but think of Tera Melos's short, more electronic tracks when listening.
By time we reach "Minute Snake" we feel acclimated to TTNGs new style, so in certain ways it seems more like an old familiar song than a new. The extended instrumental harmonic jam at the end helps reinforce this. That being said, it still retains the more in-your-face and march-like percussion that seems to feature.
"2 Birds" is the first of three acoustic tracks on this album and is probably the most like older songs such as "I'll forget about you throwing that rock...."
"Nice Riff, Clichard" has a similar feel to "Yggdrasil"....Tera Melos's Melody 1 anybody? Not that they sound the same, but its a cool comparison.
"Triptych" does a nice job of transitioning back to the more up-beat songs, alternating between sections with percussion and without. Following it, "Pymgy Polygamy" is the second acoustic track and perhaps the most intriguing to me; simple yet complex-giving an aura of mystery to something that the listener feels he/she already has "figured out."
"A Different Kind of Tall" and "+3 Awesomeness" close the album with a bang, and are real standout tracks. They represent a perfect marriage between a growth as a band and elements that long time TTNG fans will drool over (the guitar melodies are infectious). In fact, by time the final track hits, named after the album (or vice versa?), it seems more like an afterthought because the listener is still digesting the previous tracks. It is probably a good thing that the final track is so mellow....or else all of our brains would be burnt to a crisp instead of being moderately fried.
HASH(0x9ece8f30) out of 5 stars This Town Needs Censorship 23 Sept. 2015
By icykyl - Published on Amazon.com
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3 stars denotes "it's ok" according to Amazon, and that's the score I give it. I LOVE This Town Needs Guns. "Animals" proved to be their magnum opus, and alas, that's where they left us- at their peak. In comes TTNG, a censored version of This Town Needs Guns. Exactly why they changed their name had an air of controversy, but it coincided with a recent (at the time) public shooting in America before their US tour. The new lead singer claimed he had deep, sickening disdain for the "violence" that "guns" in their name entailed. Jeez, we lost Stu AND we have a killjoy? But a rose by any other name would still smell as sweet, even if it's no longer as fun sounding...

Stu, the original, quite expressive (look up live shows on YouTube to see his moves) lead singer of This Town Needs Guns departed from the band to pursue the traditional life of raising a family instead of being on tour. Henry Tremain replaced him, but he isn't quite the same. And hey, can't expect him to be. I loved This Town Needs Guns not only musically, but also lyrically. I felt like Stu sang the pains of relationships I could relate to almost too well. Tremain isn't nearly the spokesman he was. His new inclusion yields most of my disdain for the new direction of the band. Musically, however, the record is quite good. Tim Collis is, without question to me, the greatest guitar player of our generation. His speed with technicality and accuracy are astounding and have always been integral to the band's sound, if not its absolute signature (much like Zach Smith's unconventional bass playing in the band Pinback). It's hard not to appreciate the musicianship on this album, which justifies its release. However, it won't quite be like the old days. And that's fine. I know I'm "that guy" that has to criticize when a band changes directions, but I don't necessarily think I'm in the minority here. Metaphorically, TTNG are smooth jazz in comparison to the freestyle bebop of Animals and everything before. No longer do we have the lengthy choruses of "If I Sit Still Maybe I'll Get Out Of Here" or the punch of "Lemur". But hey, at least we still get silly song names the band has always been known for.

I don't hate this record at all. It's just ok.
HASH(0x9eb374ec) out of 5 stars The world is yours... 25 Jan. 2016
By Leroy - Published on Amazon.com
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Second album by the UK math rock outfit TTNG formally known as This Town Needs Guns. This is also the debut for their new singer/bassist Henry Tremain with their old singer leaving the band to spend time with his family. In my opinion he is a better singer and he plays his bass well while penning some thoughtful lyrics. The rest of the band consists of two brothers Tim(guitar) and Chris(drums) and they are VERY gifted musician's who have vastly improved since their first album. And about that first album...even though I enjoyed it I noticed that they struggled writing "songs" ,though the music was great there was a lack of structure. This album doesn't have that problem at all in fact I really could find nothing wrong with this record. To me the sign of a great record is when you can play it from start and stay engaged until the final note is played and you come away from it with a good feeling and that's what I got.
HASH(0x9e5af5b8) out of 5 stars Fantastic! 14 Dec. 2014
By Caleb O - Published on Amazon.com
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I accidentally stumbled across this band on audio tree live's youtube page. After listening to one song I wanted more. I decided to buy the album and I was not disappointed. I love the complexity of their music. If you enjoy math rock or complex music, this band is worth your time.
HASH(0x9e5afa50) out of 5 stars Buy the CD, not the Vinyl 7 April 2015
By Dan S. - Published on Amazon.com
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The album is great - I love it for the music. My 3 star rating is for the vinyl pressing only. I got one copy and returned it because it was warped. The second copy I got was also warped in the same way. If you like this artist, buy the CD, not the vinyl LP.
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