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  • Vinyl (14 Oct. 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wichita
  • ASIN: B00006J4B0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,737,869 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Sound Of Wichita
2. Birth Of The Project
3. Stand Up & Fight
4. The Blair Bush Project Live At The Old Skool
5. Rod’s Got One
6. I Was A Teenage Death Squad
7. Bees Of The Left Bank
8. Dive
9. This Weight That You Have Wound
10. Kissinger
11. Betsi’s Beads
12. Fucking Sunday
13. Wreckers Off Message
14. Mobilise
15. Down Between
16. My Mind Pictures
17. Zr/Rifle
18. Release
19. Love Will See Us Thru

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Jan. 2003
Format: Audio CD
"I won't always be around, but I will live forever," declares Martin Carr on this album, "as long as I'm remembered as somebody who mattered." It would be nice if, in terms of his musical output, people did remember him like this. It's more likely he'll just be half-remembered as the man who wrote "Wake Up Boo", which is a shame because this (Carr's third album under the Bravecaptain name)deserves to be heard.
Following on from the rather more meloncholy 'Go With Yourself', 'Advertisements...' is a decidedly more upbeat listen. Plenty of tracks are still laden with horns and strings, but now they are joined by all manner of cold, mechanical effects, beats and elements of electronica. It's a move that works well, especially on 'Rod's Got One'which mutates halfway through into something not a million miles away from Death in Vegas' 'Dirt'. Only better. This approach serves much of the album, with many of the tracks taking the form of inspired electronic doodles. The best of these is the slightly creepy 'zr/rifle', which initially sounds like something indistinct crawling round in the shadows which suddenly decides it's coming after YOU.
Despite this, there are still a few tracks which wouldn't be out of place on any of Carr's previous albums, such as 'I Was a Teeange Death Squad' and the magnificent, summer-y 'This Weight That You Have Found'(If the afore-mentioned 'Wake Up Boo' is the sound of waking up with morning sunlight streaming through the curtains, then this song is that same day when it has reached evening).
Reassuringly, the song titles are as odd as ever ("Oh, not ANOTHER song called 'Bees of the Left Bank")and, frustratingly, the silver-on-blue tracklisting will be the most difficult read of your life.
This is easily the best of the Bravecaptain albums so far, which even finds room for a song that - strangely - sounds like Embrace's 'Hooligan'.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Everington on 13 Dec. 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is one of those albums that you just know is going to be brilliant as soon as the first song kicks in... - okay, having loved Giant Steps, C'mon Kid etc. I've always been a fan of Martin Carr's songs - but this is pure class. Impossibly to review obviously, like all great albums are. The style is all over the place - the closest Carr has got to Giant Steps in one way, just because it is all just a wonderful mismash: strange samples, distorted guitars, Beatles melodies, Aphex beats, short 'doodles' between tracks that are better than most band's best songs... As for the lyrics, well there's some angsty introspection, some boasting, some revolutionary politics, some love, and some... well, I dunno, you listen to 'I Was A Teenage Death Squad' and tell me what you think it's about. The quote on the album sleeve is from Orwell: "Advertising is the rattle of a stick in a swill bucket" so I doubt Brave Captain wants me to praise him too much. I'll just say: "Eat this, piggies, eat THIS!"
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wickerlove on 14 May 2004
Format: Audio CD
As the brains behind the music of The Boo Radleys, Brave Captain provides Martin Carr more artistic freedom, a wider latitude to experiment. 'Advertisements For Myself' combines everything from Aphex Twin/Mouse On Mars electronica and Flaming Lips psychadelia, to ringing industrial clanks and the Dandy Warhols-type fuzz-pop. You can sense Carr's musical thought process here, dabbling in different genres creating a pastiche of sounds and styles. Yet the CD has an undercurrent of The Boo Radleys' quirky structures and melodic wispful sound (sans trumpets and shoegaze tendencies) Martin Carr almost seemed liked a restless spirit with The Radleys, an unconventional musical visionary making music on 'his terms', which continues with side-project Brave Captain.
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Amazon.com: 1 review
Even the filler is interesting 9 Jun. 2010
By J. GARRATT - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Some of the Brave Captain stuff intimidates me. Not because it isn't Boo Radleys, but because it can be so very hard to approach. Looking at the back of this CD was certainly the case. 19 tracks! Where does one start? From the beginning I guess, and play it over and over.

That's what I did, and I have to tell you I enjoy "Advertisements..." much more than the "Nothing Lives Long..." compilation that Martin Carr released prior. I just couldn't get into that one, even though I tried. This one plays like a friendly concierge throwing the doors open for you. Everything is so meticulously placed and so *right.* Even the incidental tracks that last but a minute or two, of which there are many, are intriguing.

And what is it about pop music with brass in it that makes it sound so much better coming out of an Englishman than us Americans? I'm sure there are exceptions to the rule...just can't bother to think of any right now.

Those who miss the Boo Radleys so much that they can't listen objectively, will probably continue to dislike Brave Captain/Martin Carr solo simply because they want to. If you have better things to do than lament the loss of a great band, might I suggest spending your time getting to know all 19 tracks of Brave Captain's "Advertisements for Myself."
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