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Amplifier [CD]

Amplifier Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (23 Aug 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Steamhammer
  • ASIN: B0009K2Y50
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,315 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Motorhead
2. Airborne
3. Panzer
4. Old Movies
5. Post Acid Youth
6. Neon
7. On/Off
8. The Consultancy
9. One Great Summer
10. UFOs
Disc: 2
1. Boomtime (Bonus EP Track)
2. Half Life (Bonus EP Track)
3. Throwaway (Bonus EP Track)
4. Glory Electricity (Bonus EP Track)
5. The Consultancy (Video) - Neon (Video) (Bonus EP Tracks)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best UK Rock Album since the 1970's 27 Jan 2006
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I heard of Amplifier through the musicians channel and the single Neon. Their debut album is the best since Radioheads 'Ok Computer'. Lots of great bands out there but few great albums. With Zeppelin style drumming, Pink Floyd style trippyness, beautiful and varied songs. Also Hendrix big muff & other fx driven guitar, and a great voice really similar to Grant Nicholas from Feeder (this is the band Feeder should have been). Reminds me of Smashing Pumpkins Live circa Mellancollie (what a great combination of bands!).
If you like stuff like Oceansize and Porcupine Tree you will love Amplifier. Maybe their current low profile is the result of boyband metal and punk being the in thing now for teenagers. They deserve to be huge...they could do a Dark Side of the Moon next im sure!.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars album to have in any serious music collection 6 Sep 2005
Format:Audio CD
Bought this album after reading some reviews and watching The Consultancy video at [...] Watch this and be converted. The album grows and grows on you. Who needs more than three guys to create a full and terrific sound? Sels voice is unique and rich. Matt and Neil blend perfectly to make a very powerful trio. Im always on the lookout for new rock and progessive music. Besides Porcupine Tree, these guys are at the top of my list. Cant wait till their EP and new album come out.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Loud and Growling Surprise 28 April 2009
Format:Audio CD
I'm not a huge fan of heavy rock; I tend to listen to the quieter, more melodic veins of rock music. However, every once in a while, some loud and growling surprise jumps out at me, screaming `You there, pay attention to me! I'm every bit as good as your usual, easy-on-the-ears listening!' The self-titled debut from Amplifier was one of these surprises.

My first thought upon listening was `How does a three-piece make so much noise, and make it sound so good?' Frontman Sel Balamir uses a variety of pedals and effects to switch the sound of his guitar at will, yet it doesn't sound overly synthesised; there's something raw and menacing about it. The slow, low growling of Motorhead sets the tone for the album, before the building epic "Airborne" (personal favourite track) readies listeners for the pounding war march that is "Panzer".

It's not all intense listening, though. More restrained tracks such as "On/Off" and "UFOs" are also present. You certainly won't be listening to this album for something quieter, though - these tracks give a bit of breathing space and some time to recover before that snarling guitar launches you into another bold and boisterous riff.

The vocals are another strong point - Balamir's baritone voice holds its own against the noise of the instruments, and varies from calm and controlled to overwhelmingly intense. The lyrics are also great, in my opinion, being very unique whilst not too obscure. A theme of industrial imagery flows throughout, which makes the album very much a whole.

I could say more good things about pretty much all the tracks - the psychedelic "Post Acid Youth", the screeching, high-octane sound of "The Consultancy"... and then there's the bonus disc as well. Whilst not as good and what I consider as `too epic' at points, it's still a good addition to the package. Definitely worth buying.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
The biggest tragedy here is that Amplifier probably won't get the exposure that they merit. This explosive and powerful debut is not only one of the best rock albums of recent times but also one of the best British albums I've heard lately.
The music is big, that's the only word for it. Huge wide soundscapes of multi layered guitar, bass and drums, overlaid with clear soulful vocals. Not a duff moment in the whole 71 minutes, a real rarity today.
For reference, you could say that the Amplifier sound has Soundgarden's drive, Pearl Jam's grit, Mogwai's atmosphere, a bit of psychedelia and a little magic of their own.
I first came across them as a support band and I was bowled over by the sheer power of their live performance. The only other band I've seen with as much guts is Muse. Like Muse, Amplifier are also a 3 piece. The album captures ths spirit well.
Amazing stuff and deserves every one of the 5 stars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Real Deal! 2 Oct 2007
By Booker
Format:Audio CD
For a debut one expects a strong sound, some well-developed ideas, and a promise of future endevours. Amplifier kicks the nuts out of that expectation and delivers raw power, exemplified by just a wonderfully fresh sound that draws from the likes of Zeppelin, Sabbath, and Floyd.

Once you hit play and the opening chords of "Motorhead" blast you back you know you're in for something incredible. The wave of music subsides and Sal Balamir's voice is calm, controlled, and strangely soothing in such an epic sound. Everything feels anthem on this song, and it's only the first. Neil Mahony just smothers the low end with heavy-as-anything bass, and Matt Brobin on drums channels Bonham and crushes the drums.

The next track, "Airborne" stretches itself and and delivers a lighter tone, at least at first (hee-hee).

"Panzer", "Old Movies", and "Post Acid Youth" give us incredibly different flavours of this band, and then...

"Neon". Powerful and the shortest song on disc 1.

The rest of the album surely bares mentioning but that would rob any newcomer to an unknowable experience.

Disc 2 is no slouch either. Any one of the four songs is better than just about anything put out on the radio today. And "Glory Electricity" is just titanic... best b-side I've ever heard.

How "Neon" didn't become a huge hit in North America completely puzzles me. Granted, most of the other songs are not radio friendly purely based on length.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great band
I will keep this short: if you don't know this band already, give them a chance. Punchy rock but also melodious with some great guitar. What's not to like?
Published 3 months ago by Emmanuelle Tulle
5.0 out of 5 stars Under-rated excellent band
This is fine stirring music but not for the easy-listening clan.
This a fine album and captured their sound at the time - quite heavy. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mr. S. M. Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars stunning debut
I discovered Amplifier through a forum of the now defunct band Oceansize, so I checked a few clips on the usual websites and then made the plunge by purchasing their most recent... Read more
Published on 6 Dec 2011 by MAC
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Strong debut album
I heard of this group on a discussion forum so I thought I would chance a tenner and buy the album. I put it on and my first impressions were so so mainly perhaps because I was... Read more
Published on 8 Jun 2007 by A. J. Rabet
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best rock debuts. EVER!!!
This is one of those very rare beasts; an album with absolutely no weak tracks. From the opening feedback of Motorhead to the epic last few bars of UFOs, listening to this album... Read more
Published on 28 Jun 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars Turn this up to 11
This is, quite simply, a wonderful album. Some of you may have heard the magnificent album by Oceansize, Effloresce (which is also essential)- if you like that, you'll love this. Read more
Published on 16 May 2004 by K. Mair
5.0 out of 5 stars Listen and enjoy!!
Wow! Prepare yourself for an epic journey. I hadn’t read a bad review of this album and now I know why!! Read more
Published on 10 May 2004 by Mr M.P.Kennedy
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