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Ballboy Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (21 April 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sl
  • ASIN: B00006W2UM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 141,469 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. Where Do The Nights Of Sleep Go To When They Do Not Come To Me 4:160.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. You Can't Spend Your Whole Life Hanging Around With Arseholes 3:330.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. I Wonder If You're Drunk Enough To Sleep With Me Tonight 2:460.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. I Lost You, But I Found Country Music 1:260.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. A Europewide Search For Love 5:120.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Something's Going To Happen Soon 4:200.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Nobody Really Knows Anything 4:260.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Sex Is Boring 6:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Meet Me At The Shooting Range 4:560.99  Buy MP3 

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Leap Forward! 28 Nov 2002
Format:Audio CD
Ballboy make a huge leap forward in this, their second album. The sound is bigger, more lush and more varied than Club Anthems 2001. The song titles, as always, are a treasure. It is impossible not to love a song called 'i wonder if you're drunk enough to sleep with me tonight'. The album starts off pop, and then turns on a two song section in the middle (acoustic "i lost you, but i found country music" followed by the grand orchestral spoken word hypnosis of "a europe-wide search for love") into a heavier, darker affair. Any hopes of redemption from the penultimate song "sex is boring" (next lyric "with me") are dashed with an achingly beautiful, but desperately dark final song - "meet me at the shooting range" where acoustic guitar and sombre cellos tell a tale of despair. I don't know if all is well in singer Gordon McIntyre's world, but he and Ballboy have given us an album to love.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magic 16 Jan 2013
Format:Audio CD
As with all Ballboy stuff, you will either love it, or you are an idiot with no taste and should give you're ears to someone who can not hear.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good idea to get this i think 2 Aug 2004
Format:Audio CD
There is no doubt this is a good album. It is like The Wedding Present with possibly better lyrics and a nicer voice. By nicer voice i mean the 'Trainspotting' style social commentary you get from the singer. It marks the band out well, and it fits, it fits with the whole tone of the thing which is... Trainspotting like social commentary - about people and places and relationships. It is about love of course. I often like these sort of albums, the type that say 'look, what do people write about - love - that is all they write about, ever.' Bob Dylan said 'I write all love songs' in response to questions about his relationship to politics. And i think it is great when a band are aware enough to realise that an be up front about it. Hence the long song titles. They are not pretentious, they are an acknowledgement that love needs long song titles becasue it is complicated(Doh). It is also essentially very simple (doh) and Ballboy know the paradox like the back of their hands (the back of the ballboys hand?) Anyway - the result is songs about love an loss but songs overtly about love and loss- and for this awareness and for the lyrics 10/10. The Music still has to live up to the ethos though, and it does mostly. It doesnt just rip off The Smiths and The Wedding Presents' jangly guitar-conveys-a-sense-of-awkward-love-hate-sad-happy-where-am-i-in-the-world-ness. It has a bit of that, but you are left feeling this is an album in its own right musically, as well as lyrically. Will it have a right to classic status? Possibly not because it isn't REALLY original, but it is a subtle, clever and articulate slice of sad-happy brilliance from Scotland.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scotland loves Ballboy... 27 Jan 2003
By paul w.
Format:Audio CD
Well I do anyway! Having been lucky enough to see Ballboy play live a few times I was hoping that the new album would live up to the live set and they have managed it in style. From the glorious put down of the first track through to the sad, dark cellos at the end, Ballboy give us more wit and invention than most bands do in their whole lifetime. Stand out tracks for me:
'I lost you, but I found country music' which manages to be funny, sad and beautiful whilst only being about a minute long.
'a europwide search for love' with its wall of strings.
'avant garde music' with the previously mentioned f*** you to a girl who works in a record shop.
'where do the nights of sleep go to when they do not come to me?' which reminds me of new order with its drum machines and synths.
but as i say they are only my personal favourites. Buy this album, and you can pick your own!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre, probably from trying too hard... 27 Jun 2004
By Jack Dempsey - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Trying to hard to emulate what are obviously very profound influences on these lads. To wit, first and foremost, Robin Hitchcock. Definitely. Try as ye may, you won't be able to match his wit, lyricism or ability for clever banter. The second, early Violent Femmes. Trust me, the influence is there as well. The sort of self-depricating, slightly off-kilter humor that the VF's were so known for, and which got me through so much of my early adolescence. Third, The Beautiful South - risen from the fall-out of what were once The Housemartins. Pick anything by them, pay particular attention to the black-humor within the lyrical content, as well as the poppiness of the music and you'll see the strive by these lads to match it. What is perhaps fourth, fifth and sixth all mish-mashed in some great jumbo stew, are the apparent tendencies for appreciation of Jarvis Cocker, early Morrissey (though not quite as morbid or melancholic) early Elvis Costello (though without the pop-sensibility) and, I don't know, take your pick of someone else (say, for instance, Tim Booth and the lads from James).
The bottom line is that these boys are good at what they do. But, if it hadn't been done 20 years previously (and done much better mind you), this would be absolutely novel and earth-shattering. As it is, it just amounts to a stalwart "good." "Good" for listening to as you pine over a few pints of McEwan's, but beyond that, nothing that will be with you a very long time now from now.
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