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24/7 [VINYL] [Import]

Gus Gus Vinyl
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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  • Vinyl (15 Sep 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: IMPORT
  • ASIN: B002HD5FO4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 470,976 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Thin Ice
2. Hateful
3. On the Job
Disc: 2
1. Take Me Baby
2. Bremen Cowboy
3. Add This Song

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There's hope left! 26 Sep 2009
Format:Audio CD
The return of Daniel Agust was a major turning point for Gus Gus, I felt they were a bit wayward without him and without being bad, Earth leaving is also a good move for the band. Their last album strayed far too close to mainstream house really. What appeals about Gus Gus is their creative electronica, madness and different appeal.

First thing to take into account, their debut album 'Polydistortion' was a magical place in time, they will never recreate it. For many of us Gus Gus fan's, it was the pinnacle, but we should always be open and is unfair of us to expect a recreation.

So, what of this new album? I'm more than happy. It's slimlined, polished with the typical Gus Gus elements such as a more creative techno-ish sound and incredible vocals from Daniel too. They've clearly also adapted to the sound of their German label, Kompakt. Reykjavik has always had a great techno scene and this goes along well with the etiquette and style of Kompakt.

As for the songs, 'Add This Song' is the main single, and builds and builds. 'Bremen Cowboys' is the only totally instrumental track but not boring by any means! 'Hateful' is a vicious verbal attack on an ex-lover, partner or friend, tied to a hard techno beat and is one of those songs that gives you power when you're in a bad mood! 'On The Job' is slightly wacky in the traditional Gus Gus style, it shows they haven't lost it!

The synth and keyboard work is minimal yet adds great depth to the songs. It will have you dancing, and if you're just listening to it home, twitching and nodding!

Overall, it's fantastic to see the boys from Reykjavik back and in such style too, in both sounds and vision, check the natty threads inside the album cover.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Add this album 15 Sep 2009
Format:Audio CD
I was a little disappointed with "Forever". Not only did it take forever (boom, boom) to come out, but the tracks dragged on with lots of filler (like Demo 54 - not sure what that track was doing on the album!). The best tracks were with Earth's wonderful vocals - I really loved You'll Never Change, and Sweet Smoke. Fast forward to 2009 and Earth has left, her place taken by Daniel Agust (or rather he came back to reclaim his place). So what does Gusgus 2009 sound like? Well, in a word, fabulous, to my ears. I add that caveat at the end as this album will definitely polarise fans. It has much in common with T-World output pre Gusgus in that the songs run around 125bpm and are very analogue based. I don't like putting music into tiny genres, but I think that the word "minimal" might have been invented for the sparse arrangements on this disc - no lush string sounds here. Just ared down lean mean analogue heaven.

Album highlights are "Hateful", whose lyrics gain Gusgus their first "Parent Advisory" sticker, and "Take Me Baby", featuring Jimi Tenor. Daniel's vocals are sublime, as always, and his silky smooth voice act as a stark counterpart to the album's harsh techno environment.

Perhaps the intros and outros are a little too long. These songs could have been trimmed a little and maybe another song tacked on the end.

It has been a while since I have seen Gusgus live. The Gusgus live sound is truly amazing, and if there is a criticism to be levelled at this album (including the above), it would be that once again, the live Gusgus sound that I remember so well (and is excellently captured on the live rendition of Lust) does not shine through. Still, play this album often, and play this album loud, as it stands up to repeated listenings.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The epitome of Icelandic electronic cool 31 Oct 2009
By Mr. Stuart Bruce TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
"24/7" is a mix of Gus Gus old and new. The real sign of the 'old' Gus Gus is the return of their original male vocalist. The 'new' is in the way they continue to develop their electronic sounds, drawing both on their older rockier attitudes and the colder, more fragile-sounding noises that could be heard on previous albums "Attention" and "Forever".

The result is an album that's brimming with confidence and style. Forgive the cliche but this isn't just cool, it's Icelandic ice-cold. It builds slowly, it twists and turns gradually but always brims with attitude. "On The Job" and "Add This Song", both over ten minutes long, are stripped-down electronic journeys.

A really bold, neat album.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Back on the job 25 Oct 2009
By Catfood03 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Gusgus' 6th album "24/7" will be quite a shock to those of us faithfully following this Icelandic band's path since their origins. I've been yearning for Gusgus to return to the style-hopping craft of their debut album Polydistortion. No such luck. What we have on 24/7 is a homogenized work in both sound and style, yet is still the quality artsy pop music that the band does so well. This is an album as an artistic statement, rather than a batch of good singles with other tracks to fill it out.

Good news: Founding member Daniel Agust has returned for full vocal duties on this album, after making only guest appearances on the two previous albums Attention and Forever. Agust's return is very welcome. I always thought he was one of electronic music's most gifted vocalists. There is a quality to his voice I love that embodies both feminine and masculine. He even sounds sweet when threatening violence (as in "Hateful"). The one exception where he doesn't sing lead on is the track "Take Me Baby", which features Jimi Tenor on vocals.

Also of note is that entirely absent from 24/7 is vocalist Earth. I did miss her presence and thought it would've been an added boost to the music here if she could have contributed in some way. One of the strengths of Gusgus as a collective unit early on was to toss into the mix vocals from different band members, which kept the songs more interesting.

It is the music itself, however, that sets 24/7 apart from anything else in the band's cannon. One thing that will be immediately apparent, just by scanning the packaging, is that there are only 6 songs on this album. No, this is not an EP, but a generous 52 minute long-player. Yes, that means most songs are quite lengthy, two of which pass the 10 minute mark. This approach requires more patience on the listener's part, as songs seem to develop slowly and without the big bombastic finales a lengthy track time might suggest (Prog-Rock this ain't).

Gusgus was never a band for multi-layering, preferring to keep song structures minimal, and with the extended song format it's like moving into a mansion with only the furniture from your college dorm room. 24/7 fills this space with much deep bass and odd synth noises. The music progresses at a slow build, but the ideas are more engaging this time around than on more recent Gusgus outings. I'm glad the band decided to change things up again, had they not the same direction would have worn itself out quite thin by this point.

Final Rating 3.5 out of 5 stars
Favorite tracks: "Thin Ice", "Add This Song"

BTW, is it "Gusgus" or "Gus Gus"? (I've seen both used)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A slow burn intensity that requires patience on the listener's part 4 Mar 2010
By bowery boy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Think Gusgus vs. T-World but slow down the tempo a beat or two, lengthen the tracks to an average of 10 minutes each, and add slow burn vocals with angsty lyrics on top (I fight fire with fire when I'm in this state, If I can't find love then I guess I'll hate).

This is a solid 5 star disc but I gave it 4 stars because it could benefit greatly from one additional track to round out its length. Take Me Now/Bremen Cowboy is actually one song. Take Me Now is the 3 minute vocal half and Bremen Cowboy is the 7 minute instrumental dance half. So really you only get 5 tracks, but 5 really, really good tracks.

I've only been an iffy fan of gusgus (the aforementioned vs. T-World album and This Is Normal being my favorites) but I'm loving 24/7 and seemingly the direction they are heading in with their sound.

More please.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious Electro Dance Music 17 Jan 2010
By marriediimuzik - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I adore Gus Gus, my favorite album up to 24/7 was Attention since I really really really LOVED Earths voice. So soulful and smokey. I felt they faltered a little on Forever but 24/7 is something totally different. I cant even compare it to any other Gus Gus cd, to my ears its completely different. I cant stop listening to it, a must have for anyone who likes Gus Gus.
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4.0 out of 5 stars GusGus' most stripped-down effort to date 3 Jun 2010
By Little Bear - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The pop hooks from their earlier work are long gone, as are the more upfront dance sounds found in their last release "Forever". There's still plenty to like about 24/7, but it's mostly minimal and moody. Singles "Add This Song" and "Thin Ice" are by far the standout tracks, but fans of Jimi Tenor will enjoy his contribution on "Take Me Baby".
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! 18 Nov 2011
By Gregory T. Hardy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Incredible CD!. I can not believe I missed when it was released back in 2009.This is a must have for any GUS GUS fan or a person with good taste in music.
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