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  • Vinyl (19 Mar 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Pet Rock
  • ASIN: B000NJWTWA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 748,517 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Setting Sun
2. Robot Man
3. I Am The Unknown
4. Tomorrow
5. Rox
6. Only Waiting
7. She Don't Love Me No More
8. Glover
9. Honest Again
10. The Happy Song
11. Caravan

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By G. Viggers on 27 April 2007
Format: Audio CD
All the hype surrounding the Arctic Monkeys is unbelievable when you consider how great an album this is.

Consider the days when you bought a vinyl LP. There was side 1 and side 2. Neither necessarily sounded alike and the contrast of flipping over was always exciting. Astronmy for Dogs does exactly the same, albeit on your pod, CD, MP3 etc.

The first half has scorching melodic, summertime, rock pop songs. Opener "Setting Sun" is The Doors meets The Stones, and the quirky "Robot Man" is a reminder of the Beta Band roots.

There mood changes when the imaginary flipside occurs. "She Don't love Me No More" is quite simply a beautiful, engaging break up number. "Honest Again" is another stand out - think ELO swamped in strings and beautifully constructed piano riffs.

Beta Band were always the greatest band you never heard. Their remains deserve acclaim with this simply stunning record.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Naboo the Shamen on 12 July 2007
Format: Audio CD
"Not going back, down on the track, you gotta get down now"

Saw them in the Thekla in Bristol a few weeks back - dragged a mate along after explaining that it will be as good as the Beta Band farewell gig we witnessed a few years previous. He now reminds me of the band who did an encore reminiscent of Primal Scream, Stone Roses and the Happy Mondays - all distilled into one little jar on jam. Beta Band? Better Band.

Follow this with an euphoric Glastonbury ( I AM the Robot Man ;)) and I still can't get enough.

Play me a more original album this year and I will smoke it.

Stand out tracks on an outstanding album - Robot Man and Rox

Thankyou and goodnight.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Mclaren on 2 Aug 2007
Format: Audio CD
Like many people I shed tears of sorrow when the Betas split, possibly the best unknown band from Britain ever, so it was geat to hear that a few of the old and very old Betas where forming the Aliens. This is a superb album that steers well and truly clear of any current trends and is an amalgamation of various musical influences. Naturally there is a slight comparison to the Beta Band, it would be hard for this album not to have any of there earlier sound, but also in the mix are the Beatles, Beach Boys, some Latin, Electro and Bowie. Rox is the standout track along with the beutiful 'She don't love me no more'. Basically this is ace and any fans of the Betas are going to adore it and so will people who have never heard of he Beta Band. The Aliens have landed and it's about bloody time. Top Marks
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Bloss on 1 April 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
For me this is one of the best albums I have heard this year. It is full of lush catchy tunes. Previous reviewers have pointed out the links to the Beta Band and there are similarities. However, the production is a bit more polished and the album seems more complete. The Aliens have managed to pull their influences from the 60s ( "Setting Sun" has definitely borrowed from the Pretty Things "S.F. Sorrow" ) and 70s together to create a joyous album with current sensibilities. I doubt anyone could listen to "I am unknown" without feeling uplifted and happy. Hopefully this is the first of many excellent albums
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. Emmas on 29 Mar 2007
Format: Audio CD
Fabulous album...so glad they have got it together again and with such style, beauty, elegance and intelligence. Beta Band were one of the most underated bands, but selfishly i quite liked it that way, i would hate it if they reformed to sell their soul and become the next big thing. To me there are sounds of early and late Beatles, Stone Roses, Duran Duran(?), even the Happy Mondays...'if' i have any critisism, it is that they have a bit less quirkiness than the three e.p's and heroes to zeros, i always liked it when they went off on a tangent and were a bit less accessible (hence only the 4 stars), but hey i'm certainly not complaining, just nice to see them back on track...just quirk the next one up and please don't slide into pop
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mike J. Wheeler on 18 Mar 2007
Format: Audio CD
This is an absolutely stunning debut! Okay so the band consist of the remnants of the now defunct Beta Band so it's not a complete debut - but this is just outrageously good!

The Aliens combine Beatles-like songwriting and harmonies with a touch of Floyd-like experimentation and throw in a load of fun. This is one of the most uplifting pieces of work I've heard in ages. The single "Setting Sun" is a great opener and reminds me of the best of 60s music crossed with a New Wave/indie/post-punk (who cares about labels!) keyboard riff that drives the song. "Robot Man" is just as good - and sounds like something Lennon and McCartney might have penned in their prime. This is followed by "I am the Unknown". This is a superb song with ELO-inspired vocal harmonies (though much better than ELO!!!) tied into some great guitar and keyboards. Fantastic songwriting. "Tomorrow" follows in similar vein. Another great song tied in with excellent harmonies.

Next up comes the trip hop liike "Rox". Another cracking song. Completely different to the tracks that precede it and really showing off The Aliens range. "Only Waiting" sees a return to 60s inspired harmonies but played with pace. "She Don't Love Me No More" tones down the pace of the album completely. This is a soft, slow piano and strings-led song a complete contrast to the upbeat songs on the first half of the album and all the better for contrasting so much.

"Glover" is an 8 minute-long track that shows off The Aliens' experimental side. There are bits of allsorts here, parts of it are mainstream songs and rhythms but there are interruptions of background speaking straight out of Pink Floyd. In fact this track seems to owe a large debt to Barrett-era Floyd.
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