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  • Audio CD (6 Dec 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deltasonic
  • ASIN: B000FQ5ELY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 160,349 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. A Last Act Of Desperate Men
2. Gravity In Crisis
3. Transition
4. Holy Funk
5. A Tried And Tested Method
6. A Quiet Life
7. The Kiss Off
8. Lonesome No More!
9. Vitamin C
10. Spires

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It’s a funny thing that those who try to innovate tend to date the quickest. With their anarchic genre-shredding and futureproof technology hi-jacks. Or at least an acquaintance with a drum sequencer. Look at Pop Will Eat Itself now – cute, huh? Even The Music’s recent bid to make indie music surge and groove turned out misguided in two deflated dimensions. But with Manchester’s musical electrode addicts The Longcut things feel different, we sense an untamed live wire. Which isn’t to say they’ll be immune to remaining locked up in 2006, just that there’s more visceral beat mining here than you can shake an excited Peter Hook at, and that’s not so easy to write off or tie down.

They’re essentially The Music, but with materials beyond a mere blueprint. From a goggle-eyed Hacienda loving pace to the searing near-toneless expression of The Rapture’s liberal funk, the heightened blazing drone of Sonic Youth, the sterility of New Order and a post-rock knack for arranging opposing aspects and rocketing toward a climax, they are loaded to extremes, immaculately. They are Come On Die Young dancing, and with an album that can handle the association.

"The Kiss Off" is a delightful melding of the Beta Band’s low altitude trundling, the KLF’s sense of awe and a finale touchpaper lit under Thurston Moore. "Lonesome No More!" is first album Stone Roses interfacing with Mogwai and worthy of its exclamation mark. And if it is genuine innovation that dates a record, you’ve probably got about a fortnight to get this while it’s hot.--James Berry

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. J. Waldron on 16 Jun 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Its great to see 2006 throwing up as many surprises as 2005 and Longcut is definately one not to be missed this year. There are so many influences here that it is hard to pin down what style Longcut fit other than to say "it sounds great". Its not quite what you expect if you've heard the beautiful single "Holy Funk" though haunting tunes do underpin the whole cd. The stomping "A Quiet Life" is potentially one of the best moments of music this year with the intensity of Arcade Fire. And "Vitamin C" is the sort of music The Cure should be doing these days - melodic and painful all at once. I'm sure by next week other tracks will stand out more than those mentioned, such is the depth of the music. From the catchy "A tired and tested method" to the Disintegration like "the kiss off", this is fresh and unlike most things you'll hear this year.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ben Stephenson VINE VOICE on 13 Jun 2006
Format: Audio CD
A long time in the making (the single Transition was first heard in Novemeber 2004), this album has fully realised the promise of Manchester's The Longcut, synonymous with the famous Hacienda club. An interesting line up, with the lead singer Stuart both singing, and playing the drums (extremely intriguing when one sees them live on stage!). Their sound is relatively unique, with strong emphasis on the use of instruments, which I feel is key to offer something unique, fresh and exciting within the saturated 'independent' market. This aspect illustrated by songs such as 'A Last Act of Desparate Men', and 'Holy Funk'. Overall, an infectious album with a unique sound, fully capable of cementing their status as a truly superb band.
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Format: Audio CD
The Longcut are indie rock band from Manchester, who use bass, guitar, drums, keys , & drum machines to create a sound that bring to mind the ghosts of many great bands.

It can be loud, heavy, atmospheric rock at times, but when the guitars let go, and the drum machines give way to the noise of real drums, it can be extremely euphoric and uplifting...

Stuart's shamanic style vocals are on the edge of the mix at times, and are used more as an additional instrument, however all three members parts combine brilliantly to ensure a fantastic debut.

Check out A Quiet Life for sheer unadulterated indie dance joy... its a cracker.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rosie on 7 Jun 2006
Format: Vinyl
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I bought this album on itunes and as the description reccommends that they are post-grunge i would suggest that this band is not too far off the mark from sounding like bands such as Sonic youth, Mogwai, Joy Division & Neu. Definately worth the purchase!
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Great in parts, but . . . 19 Nov 2006
By Nobody - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
. . . the vocals, yecch. He sounds like a singer for a teen garage band, just awful. Too bad, because this modern shoegazer type rock really works in places, songs like "Last Act" really kick the speakers out with big swirling guitars and a pounding drum track in long surging sequences, just the thing. And the melodies are good, there are hooks, which matters. But it's all a little too amateur night in arrangement and production ("Last Act" for example veers off in one too many directions), and the singer . . .
The Longcut: A Call and Response 18 July 2012
By Judith J. Brown - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
After making a firm impression in early 2005 with some high energy live performances and strong debut single Transition, an incessant whirlwind of furiously strummed guitars, mechanical drumming and electronic beats - a cocktail which equated to something which could easily be described as dance prog, Manchester trio The Longcut disappeared.

They finally recorded a full-length album, entitled A Call And Response. And what they've given us is 11 tracks that largely fit into the above description - dance prog - songs that call to mind the intensity of Joy Division, the dance sensibilities of New Order, the frenzied excitement of The Rapture, particularly on singer Stuart Ogilvie's monotone, shouty vocals, and the expansive, epic qualities of Sigur Ros.

Yes, it is quite a heady mix, the formula to an album of the year.

Easy listening this is a million miles removed from, and those with any affinity towards The Feeling, Orson, et al, may as well look away now.

There are some real shining points: Opener A Last Act Of Desperate Men declares war with the proggiest of them all - an arresting statement of intent, it clocks it at just under seven minutes with guitars racing towards a finishing line before imploding, whilst Gravity In Crisis goes some way to suggesting as much with its cold, otherworldly and hugely entrancing feel.

Transition is still the best thing they've done, a densely atmospheric, powerful, roller coaster of a piece that fuses the best parts of their influences in the closest thing here to a pop number. Elsewhere, A Tried And Tested Method is a moment of serene brilliance, the sound of the sun coming up after a particularly heavy night on the town, whilst A Quiet Life bulldozes all in front of it with its sheer power and aggression.

The musicianship is never less than impressive- relative calm followed by a storm of epic proportions seems to be their primary forte.

A very good debut, one that was worth the lengthy wait, with some moments of true magnificence.
the longcut 15 Nov 2006
By Aerobliss - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I think this band has a great sound. Reminds me of New Order, kinda like a mello Fugazi, new edgy like Kiaser Chiefs.
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