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A New Athens [CD]

The Bluetones Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (31 May 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: CIA
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,005 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Notes Between the Notes Between the Notes
2. Firefly
3. A New Athens
4. Culling Song
5. Into the Red
6. Golden Soul
7. The Day That Never Was
8. Carry Me Home
9. Half the Size of Nothing
10. Haunted By You
11. Pranchestonelle

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bluetones on top form 13 May 2010
Format:Audio CD
The Bluetones have produced some very goood albums over their time, but I think this one is something special. It's got the maturity of their later albums combined with the passion and energy of Expecting to Fly. As the album opens I will be honest my first thoughts were I was looking at a bit of a dud. Within a few minutes I was hooked and the rest of the album swept along brilliantly. There's a healthy mixture of electric and acoustic guitars backed up by solid drums and overlayed with Mark's gentle voice and lyrics that are sometimes sweet, sometimes amusing. It's hard to pick a favourite track, but I do enjoy "Carry me Home" quite a lot.

I think the Bluetones may have had a bit of dip in form with albums 4, 5 brought it back up a notch and this one is right back on top form. I can't stop listening to it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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In my view The Bluetones are massively underrated - A New Athens is their 6th album proper and it doesn't disappoint. The wondrous 'Firefly' and utterly uplifting 'Carry Me Home' are my two picks from the album but in all honesty there's not a duff track to be found. I'd recommend to dedicated fans and new listeners alike (and then to seek out the back catalogue). As an aside the band still play to decent size venues (to a seriously loyal and friendly following) and they are fantastic live if you ever get the chance.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Bluetones continue to deliver 11 Jun 2010
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While they still haven't topped the sheer majesty of "Expecting To Fly" (possibly my favourite album of the last 20 years), The Bluetones still deliver a superb overall package. "Firefly" is a brilliant track both lyrically and musically and "A New Athens", "Golden Soul" and "Carry Me Home" are also particularly noteworthy. The opening and closing tracks could probably have been left off the album without any tears being shed, but other than these the album is a gem.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Back to their Awesome Best 1 Jun 2010
Format:Audio CD
After watching them live in Oxford 4 weeks ago and listening to their new tracks i just could not wait to buy this album. A New Athens is a belter of an album. Carry me home is brilliant, the title track is pure bluetones at their very best. It seems the Bluetones are really back to their best with this offering (although i do agree that there is a bit of a slow start). Long live the 'tones!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Carry This Home! 27 Oct 2010
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The Bluetones are a strange commodity; despite being largely ignored by the hip music press and the vast majority of the general public (their last self-titled album barely worried the top 100), they have a core of fanatical support who seem to encourage the band to keep churning out records year after year. How they still seem to remain invisible to a wider audience is beyond my comprehension. They have a knack of being able to write witty, intricate and often dark tales into their infectiously upbeat music, and that ability shows no sign of diminishing on the strength of this album.

Again, I find it difficult that given the relative obscurity of the band these days, it's highly unlikely that a newcomer to the band will stumble upon this particular album purely by chance. And the opening track wouldn't encourage a Bluetones novice that there were great tunes ahead. "The Notes Between The Notes Between The Notes" is one of the least accessible beginnings to an album I've heard in a long while. The electronic inflected song has a simple vocal refrain, "Be different like everyone else" - but the song doesn't really go anywhere to me. It's a strange way to kick proceedings off, especially given the quality of some of the previous album openers such as "Talking To Clarry, Zorrro, Here It Comes Again and Surrendered". To paraphrase Alan Partridge, "Straight away, you've got them by the Jaffas". Unfortunately this track doesn't deliver on that score.

I was a bit worried what might be in store for the rest of the album; I needn't have been. The second track, "Firefly", is as good a song as they've done since their heyday for me. The track is wondrously uplifting, and the layered vocals on the chorus never fail to get me singing (badly) along.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the bluetones get better and better 5 Aug 2010
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I`ve always loved songs with good lyrical contents and the bluetones have ever let you down in that department. There songs are rich and full. You can listen and listen over and over again and hear something new. There get better and better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Album of the year? 14 Jun 2010
Format:Audio CD
This arrived about a week ago and hasn't been off the CD player since. I'd second some of the other comments in that I think the first track is not the greatest effort that the Bluetones have ever produced -- but then they do set a very high benchmark for themselves, having churned out a string of hits since the mid 1990s. "Firefly" is an absolute gem of a track and "Into the red" is a clever (if slighty downbeat) take on the economic/financial tailspin that we now find ourselves in.

In all a great album. If you've never heard of the Bluetones, it's probably best to get "Expecting to Fly" or perhaps "A Rough Outline" to start off with, but this is a fantastic effort and will undoubtedly be one of the best albums this year or indeed the next few years. The Bluetones are troubadours of the old school, and we should cherish them in an age of Pop Idol/X Factor banality.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Return to form 1 Jun 2010
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A New Athens, the brilliant new album from The Bluetones, should be on your playlist. Stand out tracks include the anthem Carry Me Home, Into The Red, Half the Size of Nothing and a New Athems. Sadly, in my humble opinion this album is never going to get The Bluetones riding back up the charts but that is more a reflection of the current commercial plastic fodder that is out there than the quality of this album. Buy it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
From the first bars to the last, this album proves to me why I've been a fan for so long. Summer vibes and some killer lyrics.
Published 12 months ago by Lizzie Doll
4.0 out of 5 stars Thanks for the music lads
This is my first review on amazon but felt I had to write something. My beloved Bluetones have finally split and this is their final album. Way to bow out lads. Read more
Published on 9 July 2012 by leebtish
5.0 out of 5 stars Ending on a high.
Well this album was bought after seeing Mark Morriss perform some of the songs on a solo show shortly after the band finished their farewell tour. Read more
Published on 3 Jan 2012 by Mr. K. J. Armstrong
4.0 out of 5 stars found at the end
only heard this the same day as going to the farewell tour definite growers need a bit more time to be faves
Published on 11 Oct 2011 by troll
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh
All good things must come to an end, and for someone who's loved them since the late 90s, I'm sad that the stalwarts are splitting. Sadly this album isn't a swansong. Read more
Published on 11 Sep 2011 by Mark M
5.0 out of 5 stars A New Athens - Bluetones
The Bluetones never fail to impress and this album is no exception to that rule. Excellent music and sadly I hear this may be the last album from them... going out on a high note.
Published on 1 Aug 2011 by Kim
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
What a fantastic album this is! i.m so glad i discovered it. The songs are catchy and full of hooks, the album reminds me slightly of some of Crowded houses earlier albums in... Read more
Published on 2 Nov 2010 by Peter
5.0 out of 5 stars Guess who're back - THE BLUETONES!
What a fantastic surprise this album is. Personally not a massive fan of the first track, but then every single one afterwards is a an absolute belter. Read more
Published on 31 Aug 2010 by C. A. Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as ever!!
This album reminds us y we first became fans of the bluetone, great tunes!! The bluetones are back on form!
Published on 2 July 2010 by smarchant
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