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Ahj [10" VINYL] Single, EP

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  • Vinyl (25 Nov. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single, EP
  • ASIN: B00F38KJRS
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,873 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. St. Justice
2. Strange Tidings
3. Carnal Cruise
4. Rude Customer
5. Cooker Ship

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AHJ, the latest from Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond, Jr., will be released October 8 via Julian Casablancas Cult Records. AHJ follows Hammonds previous solo efforts, 2006s Yours to Keep, which NME called an intimate, frequently beautiful and consistently surprising record that gets better with every listen, and 2008s Como Te Llama?. Of the new EPs relationship with his earlier releases, Hammond said, Its a combination of both preview recordings, which in turn makes it feel like its the best material that Ive made so far. The EP was produced, engineered and mixed by Grammy-winning producer Gus Oberg and recorded at Hammonds two studios, Broome Street in Manhattan and One Way Studios in upstate New York. Hammond played all of the instruments on the EP himself, excluding drums. Of his inspirations for AHJ, Hammond said Once you play music for a living, youre always thinking about stuff. Conversations with friends and things you hear in movies " things come up and become lyrics. Hearing other peoples songs becomes like competition " you hear something and mentally you want to beat it. Life in general is pretty inspiring. Cult Records is helmed by Julian Casablancas. In addition to Albert Hammond, Jr., forthcoming releases include C O L O R, Exclamation Pony, Rey Pila, Reputante and more.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. O'Hara-Childs on 5 Nov. 2013
Format: MP3 Download
A very welcome return to the scene from the sometime Strokes rhythm-guitarist, who here storms back into action with the single 'St. Justice' and (sort-of) 'Rude Customer', both shining examples of what he does best, and further signs (for me) that he should once again take centre stage as the Strokes lead guitarist if they are to rediscover their mojo. 'St. Justice' is his first out-and-out grown-up love-ballad (any who have seen the accompanying steamy official video will attest to this!), and is 3 minutes of surging, intricate beauty, one of his best, up there with 'In Transit', '101' and 'GfC'. 'Rude Customer' is a corker, rip-roaring through less than 2 1/2 minutes of mad, frenetic guitar-work with an urgency that has been missing from a lot of modern rock music, let alone the Strokes recent contributions.

My only complaint is that it is too short! I feel that is a judgement that could be laid to bare against all the songs here, even 'St. Justice' itself - it is great, but the whole thing feels a little underwhelming, maybe even underambitious. Does Albert think we don't want to hear more from him? He's put out two cracking albums, so he definitely has the track-record to go the whole hog, and more than enough ideas, but with this five-tracker it just feels like he sells himself short a bit. It's great, great to hear anything from the Strokes group, but the other songs, 'Strange Tidings', 'Carnal Cruise' and 'Cooker Ship', all feel a bit spare, a bit too stripped-down, finger-picky guitar-based, not enough crunching, cascading chords, like on previous LPs.

So, my overall verdict: a solid performance - and 'St. Justice' and 'Rude Customer' are as good as anything he has ever done, if not better - but it is too short, and not sweet enough. Sad to say, the feeling is a bit of 'Is that it?, maybe a further counterpoint along with 'Comedown Machine' to the Strokes barnstorming debut of 'Is This It'.
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Great little EP but really leaves you wanting more. Hoping for another full album in the not too distant future. St Justice is by far the best track on AHJ.
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One good song, 2 others are spacefillers. In contrast to the first album, this ep is a bit boring and doesn't have the sound of the previous album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Song #3 is missing. 12 Dec. 2013
By Anonymous Amazon Review - Published on
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Song #3 from the Vinyl release, "Carnal Cruise", is not included in the MP3 release. Very annoying. That track is available from Cult Records MP3 store.
Awesomeness Hectored Justly 7 Mar. 2014
By Bryan... - Published on
Format: Vinyl
This EP is Albert Hammond Jr.'s returned from the dead. (Rehab was purgatory)
I can honestly say Albert keeps it Strokes-like by not using so much technological sounds. This guy keeps it rockin' by using solely guitars, bass and drums.
"Cooker Ship" is a blend of the yelps from "Take it or leave it" with a mixture of the calmness and surprise of "GfC." This song proves Albert is still properly making good tunes that surprises and posses you to sing along.
While "Carnal Cruise" is heavy in guitar, proving that Albert's Band knows how to rock out by controlling the forte. "There was something on my mind that I can't explain!" This lustful song is desperately angry which contrasts against the harmony from the guitars which, eventually, coming together, in the end, is a beautiful distorted unity.
"St. Justice"? Really the only odd ball of the EP. Enough said, if you buy this Vinyl you will enjoy it.
To Short but good to have something new 6 Mar. 2014
By Jason A Fey - Published on
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wish yours to keep would be released on vinyl. remember AHJ saying it would be available on his website about a 1.5 yrs ago but it never happened
The AHJ EP minus "Carnal Cruise" 23 Oct. 2013
By Pen Name? - Published on
It's a catchy, quick ep from Hammond and one well suited to fans of the earlier Strokes sound, though not a mere copy of that sound. It's sharp and potent rock music. Go to his website or Cult records for the EP track "Carnal Cruise," not shown here.
Five Stars 27 April 2015
By sajobo - Published on
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
Excelente Producto.
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