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  • Vinyl (25 Mar. 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Twisted Nerve
  • ASIN: B000062TKZ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,439,564 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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From Twisted Nerve, the perfectly-formed Manchester label that brought us Badly Drawn Boy, comes A Word in Your Ear, the debut album from acoustic troubadours Alfie: a snug, cosy 10 tracks of fluffy folksy ramble that wouldn't say boo to the proverbial goose, but somehow, manages to blow all your preconceptions about winsome indie-pop out of the window. Ambling in on the heels of 2001's rather fine EP collection If You Happy with You Need Do Nothing, A Word in Your Ear is certainly no radical update of the Alfie agenda. But let your ears relax around the florid "Cloudy Lemonade" and the gently rapped "The Reverse Midas Touch", blending sleepy hip-hop shuffle into bluesy campfire strum, and you'll hear everything from the rural poetry of Nick Drake to the gutsy swagger of The Stone Roses standing proud at the heart of Alfie's design. Meanwhile, singer Lee Gordon's laconic drawl still sounds uncannily like Tim Burgess at three-quarters speed. A beautiful subtlety, a lack of bombast, and a knowledge that sometimes, less is more--for anyone awaiting the continuing adventures of Badly Drawn Boy with bated breath, A Word in Your Ear is a must-have. --Louis Pattison

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J Lawrence on 8 Mar. 2002
Format: Audio CD
Let me take you to the beach. The suncream's applied, the empty cans are mounting up and whilst the temperature is warm, there is a breeze to cool a roasting. But wait! something's a miss! What the hell are you listening to?! Get rid of it, that was sooo last year. For whatever it was that was ruining this idyllic scene, it just wasn't Manchester's Alfie. Take a couple of guitars, apply some hazy brass with some lazy, lulling vocals and garnish with a distinctly Mancunian twang.
Where debut EP compilation 'If You Happy With You Need Do Nothing' found it difficult to draw you from a haze of smoke, this follow up takes you to where you belong - Wherever you want.
Opener 'A Word In Your Ear' acknowledges a distinctly calm Stone Roses, where as a brash 'Summer Lanes' kicks you up the arse when miserable. 'Cloudy Lemonade' lulls where 'Not Half' plinks, almost Beta Band'esque.
It's woozy and almost perfect.
Make this the soundtrack to your summer, finally somebody's got it just perfect
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "the_hairy_hippy2" on 26 Mar. 2003
Format: Audio CD
this is the sound of falling asleep on a summer's afternoon, and is the better for it.
opener and single of the title track is quietly hazy and is a benchmark in the New Acoustic Movement and the like. the listener is then enchanted with the fuzzy opening swoops of cloudy lemonade, the words of the summer with the sound. and it is only two chords, not bad for a band described as tramps.
all of the songs take on board a unique style which lasts throughout, and uses some interesting instruments (milk bottle on me & mine), the haze is particularly messed up on the almost aggressive reverse midas touch, which takes on a completely different role as a song, because it shows how the band have progressed from the first album, and shows how they will continue to develop now they are on parlophone records after leaving twisted nerve.
not half is another highlight as the jazz solo comes in it is clear that is no ordinary album.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Paul Courtney on 26 Mar. 2002
Format: Audio CD
Wake up Britain's black hooded skate boarding Greenday nerds. This is the sound of British Indie Rock and it should be speaking to the youth.
There is a wonderful thing going on in British Indie music scene at the moment in time. The current batch of bands ie. Alfie, January, Badly Drawn Boy, Clearlake etc. All these bands nod there heads in the direction of the Stone Roses, My bloody Valentine et al but they sound fresh, unhurried and NEW. This album picks up and runs with their previous EPs. It is 10 tracks of thoughtfull bliss. Buy it and play it loud. You may find, Mr Skateboard, that you trash your Limp Custard Cream Ant farm albums.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Different in Approach to the first album, but no less worthy 29 Mar. 2004
By fetish_2000 - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Those looking at this review will most likely have sampled the first `Alife' album and are curious to investigate more of the Psychedic pop/rock band, that push their blend of Stylish, whimsical pop, with the catchiness of the best pop songs have to offer. But it should be noted that although the quality contained, is of a incredibly similar high standard as their debut album ("If You Happy With You Need Do Nothing"), the band have taken a different (although not a radical) approach to the second album and largely dispensed with the sound that prompted comparisons with `Baldy Drawn Boy/The Flaming lips/Mercury Rev', and handed in something akin to peak ear `Beach Boys' and `Gorky's Zygotic Mynci', with a little of the subtle intricacy of "Belle & Sebastian", insofar as these collection of admittedly great songs are far more radio friendly in approach to the previous album, and focus less on the playful freewheeling sound of before, and seemingly have more a produced sound to them, the feel more ambitious (and while I'm being honest, more accessible) then before. If this is sounding slightly negative, then please don't make this review think that this is any less worth than the previous album, as "A Word in You Ear", "The Reverse Midas Touch" & "Summer Lanes" are a worthy as anything the band have previously done, with less of the wacky style that ear marked the first album, but more of a consistently strong indie pop approach throughout, that doesn't shift as dynamically as the first album, but smoothes off the rough edges and makes for a more coherent listen throughout. And so to sum up.....this album is more than worth your time and money if you're a "Alfie" fan. It's more sun kissed than the previous album, and shows a band following up their astonishing debut with something different enough to avoid accusations of the second album being more of the same. If your new to Alife, then pick up the first album, and if it manages to win you over.....leads beautifully onto this second helping of British Psychedelic pop.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
alfie einstein :) 30 May 2002
By Romen Painter - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Alfie is another british band with an unexplainable amount of talent. Unexplainable because it seems most british groups are ingenious in their own way. Where did they get it from? Who knows? But i do know that us rebels over here in the beautiful u.s., took only a bit of that musical ingenuity when crossing the big pond back in the day. Okay, all gawking aside, i must admit that alfie's lead singer reminds me slightly of the lead singer of "they might be giants". That's a good thing if you like (or can tolerate) "they might be giants". Luckily i grew up listening to my sisters collection of music, and t.m.b.g. happened to be in the mix. So alfie, like you might expect, is ingenious (on tracks 2 & 3 inparticular) and a bit quirky (especially the vocals(all tracks)). But don't buy this album because you want good, strange music, buy it because it's good, mellow music with great instrumentation and a unique sound.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Very good 19 Mar. 2003
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Bands along the same vein (in my musical taste):
Elliott Smith
Badly Drawn Boy (Hour of the Bewilderbeast)
If you like them, you'll probably dig alfie. If you like alfie and haven't heard of them - go check them out! I tend to prefer alfie over other Britpop bands like Coldplay and The Doves because their music is a little more complex (not just chord strumming in 4/4 over and over). Their chord progressions are pretty creative. Give them a shot!
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