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21st Century Man "Limited 2CD"

Luke Haines Audio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (2 Nov 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Republic of Music
  • ASIN: B002P9HL5G
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 155,515 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Suburban Morning
2. Peter Hammill
3. Klaus Kinski
4. Love Letter To London
5. Wot A Rotter
6. Our Man In Buenos Aires
7. Russian Futurists Black Out The Sun
8. English Southern Man
9. White Honky Afro
10. 21st Century Man
Disc: 2
1. Achtung Bonus CD
2. Mother Bonus CD
3. The Great Brain Robbery Part 1 Bonus CD
4. Ex-Teds Bonus CD
5. The Great Brain Robbery Part 2 Bonus CD
6. Playground Dread Bonus CD
7. Greenwich Observatory Bonus CD
8. The Great Brain Robbery Part 3 Bonus CD
9. Fag BreakBonus CD

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars English Southern Genius 6 Nov 2009
Format:Audio CD
The Haines does it again.

More instant classics from the country's finest songwriter.

Try to catch him live this November.

Be warned that the "Bonus" CD, Achtung Mutha is weird to say the least (think Velvet Underground's "The Gift" meets the UK art scene)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Return to form 12 Nov 2009
Format:Audio CD
Deep,dark, and weirdly life affirming -check the opener 'Suburban Mourning,' where the twist is that there is no twist. The title track, 'Klaus Kinski' and 'Love letter to London' are instant classics. In short, Haines best work since the late '90's.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If the bonus is limited, get in now 8 Dec 2009
Format:Audio CD
Like everyone else who reviewed this I'm a Luke Haines freak and completist since forever. Unlike - I think - the others I'm not from England, which made Off My Rocker... a little to much English heritage for me, thematically. This is a great comeback to intellectual form.

I'd give 21st Century Man four stars if it wasn't for Achtung Mutha. Many tracks on 21st are great, Our Man in Buenos Aires especially. Achtung Mutha is pure gold. The Great Brain Robbery of course presupposes that the listener is safe in the knowledge that were in good hands. As it is, it shows that Mr Haines really is a man for the 21st Century. Of course it isn't hit material. Greenwich Observatory on the other hand is, and it really is idiosyncratic to put such a strong song on the bonus.

The safe way to go would have been to make a single album of this, dropping The Great.. trilogy, and it would have been his most consistent album of many years. But that would have been less interesting, so get it while you can (and the remaining single album will be incomplete without Achtung Mutha).
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Too clever for his own damn good 8 Nov 2009
By jwmuk
Format:Audio CD
People who write music and lyrics this good should have a special place in your life. This album has the kit and the kaboodle, songs to make you laugh and cry sometimes with ball-peen hammer glam rock other times with gentle jesus swaying folk-pop. Klaus Kinski is genius and should really be the benchmark song for x-factor. Wot a rotter needs to be blasting out of every school disco in the country, inform the kids that this the benchmark for success in the music industry. Buy, listen, enjoy, destroy, buy again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 1970's man 1 Jan 2010
Format:Audio CD
I very nearly got put off by some of the reviews and that I wasn't overly impressed with previous LP Off my Rocker but took a risk as a present for the missus...and I'm glad I did.
More true to form stuff with brilliant lyrics and very glam rock riffs.
Some people felt that the experimental stuff on the bonus CD was boring or too weird for their tiny ears but they are good if a little different than 'normal' songs.
So what??
Expand your ears and your mind.
It's good stuff to my ears
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3.0 out of 5 stars SOLID 14 Dec 2009
Format:Audio CD
Good stuff from Mr. Haines, as usual. The only problem is that as he states so eloquently in the wonderful title track, his masterpieces were in the 90s. Only for him I think it is multiple masterpieces in the 90s.. NEW WAVE, AFTER MURDER PARK and BAADER MEINHOFF. I would also include ENGLAND MADE ME. It seemed after the first BBR album things went a bit south. This album coming off the equally good OFF MY ROCKER and LEEDS UNITED ep, I find it has some great songs and a few just ok. The bonus EP "Achtung Mutha" has some great stuff too but the pseudo art experiments literally might push the envelope too far when listened to in contrast with the rest of the quality stuff. Like drinking a fine wine and eating a donut with it, doesn't always work. At least he does what he wants but i think "Ex Teds", "Playground Dread" and "Fag Break" are too good to be lost when this limited edition version ends.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Still growing 20 Nov 2009
Format:Audio CD
Buy Haines always on day of release. Was at first underwhelmed. We expect a lot from him, and he used to deliver innovation where perhaps now there is more of the same. But then on further listening it gets better and better. Wot a rotter I now love - it makes me smile. There are other very good songs here, but they don't jump out. Achtung Mutha is patchy. I can't be bothered with the spoken word thing, which I think I read somewhere online about a year or more ago anyway. Haines should know this of his real fans. The tracks here are less good too, which explains why they didn't make the album proper.
His book was great. Concentration perhaps recently diluted.
Saw Mr Haines live and it was great. Electric guitar, good band. Like the old days.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars More Touches Of Brilliance From The Haines-Meister
This 2009 solo release from ex-Auteurs, Black Box Recorder, Baader-Meinhof, etc, front man, and eccentric genius, Luke Haines, is another acerbic and witty (albeit somewhat... Read more
Published on 1 Aug 2012 by Keith M
4.0 out of 5 stars Much better than I first thought
I bought this at the time of release, but found it underwhelming and didn't really give it a chance. It sounded like an uninspired retread of 'Off My Rocker ... Read more
Published on 16 Oct 2011 by Against the 80s
3.0 out of 5 stars Born in the 60's stuck in the 70's and 80's.
21st Century Man is musically outstanding; its just so lyrically depressing as it feels like another concept album; but this time about not fitting in with the world. Read more
Published on 27 Mar 2010 by Chris Hoare
2.0 out of 5 stars Underwhelming
I agree with the 'Middling' review. I've only fairly recently gotten into Luke Haines - I checked out 'After Murder Park' because of David Peace's recommendation in an interview... Read more
Published on 12 Nov 2009 by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Middling
I love Luke Haines. I own practically everything he has. And I was terribly disappointed with this. I found it boring, and, just not very good. Read more
Published on 9 Nov 2009 by markw999
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Wonderful
There's only one artist whose recordings I have to have on day of release - and that is Mr Haines.

This is another great recording, following on from 2006's 'Off my... Read more
Published on 2 Nov 2009 by simonpeggfan
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