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28 Jun. 2006 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 28 Jun. 2006
  • Release Date: 28 Jun. 2006
  • Label: Universal-Island Records Ltd.
  • Copyright: (C) 2006 Modular Recordings
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  • Total Length: 42:58
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  • ASIN: B001KSROQ4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,354 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K-Pax on 28 Feb. 2008
Format: Audio CD
I had never heard of these guys until someone recommended them saying they were a bit like "Joy Division meets Nine Inch Nails". Personally I don't go along with that comparison but there is a definite 80s influence here. There isn't a consistent style throughout the album which makes listening to it like listening to 3 or 4 different EPs. It is probably one of the oddest and eclectic albums I have listened to but it's actually very good and quite refreshing amongst the mediocrity of contemporary music today. Hints of The Police, Human League and New Order are to be found and one track reminds me very much of Simple Minds 'Big Sleep'. If you're a fan of the 80s, I really recommend this but be prepared for something quite random but very easy to listen to.
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By DUG on 8 Oct. 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is excellent to listen to.

Think Gary Numan and the tubeway army updated.

If you like electronica with a hint of indy, this is for you.

I actually found them on the "Driver SF" PS3 game as one of the songs you can select. "Steamroom".
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1 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Opinion Man on 2 Jan. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Yes this album is very good, some nice electro tunes in there but be warned! The majority of songs are far different from 'Are You The One'(which is the best song on it), most are instimentals and some have some lyrics in. But this isn't a bad thing, all im saying is that if you're looking for 12 versions of their singles then dont buy it. It's a fun album to listen to with some varied songs in it, some chilled, some crazy. But overal it isnt great but a very fun album to listen to but it does get boring if you listen to it too much in a row. Don't be put off but dont expect anything amazing. I know that this may seem a slightly negative review but the tunes are so fun you'll have to fall for its charm!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Repetitive Instrumentals 7 Nov. 2008
By Sergio Vasquez - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I enjoy this album because of its electro and bass feel. Songs like: "Are You the One", "Down Down Down", and "Girl and the Sea" can easily get u to the dance floor. While songs like "Kitty in the Middle" and Bad up Your Betterness" gives you that extra sexual boost with its bass foundation. This album also has a few instrumentals like "Worms," "Black Background," and "Beams" that have no change to its intrumental pattern (no breakdown no nothing). The song "I GO Hard, I Go Home," has a Kapoera sound that destroys the whole vibe of the album. It should have been a hidden track or something. In Conclusion, Purchase the following MP3's:

Are You the One
Down Down Down
Girl and the Sea
Kitty in the Middle
Girl You Chew my Mind Up
Bad up your Betterness

and buy the CD if you really want to feel my review first hand.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Aussie Electro Weirdos Make Good 8 May 2006
By The Wasp - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Finally it all makes sense. Like a pack of cards without an ace of spades, a jigsaw missing numerous pieces or a Monopoly board without a `Second Prize In A Beauty Contest' Community Chest card, The Presets' output to date has been like a nagging puzzle impossible to solve. Keeping their audience at a distance by releasing just two EPs since forming in 2003, the enigmatic nature of The Presets has worked both for and against the Sydney duo. Their weird imagery, ethereal New Wave EP Girl And The Sea and recent work with Australian rock maestros such as Daniel Johns and The Sleepy Jackson have all helped build the excitement about their debut LP, yet the flipside - having an insubstantial back catalogue - may have worked against them. Nonetheless, The Presets' meagre output of puzzling electronica has been buffed up, bolstered and blasted into hyperspace with their debut Beams, finally offering a complete look into The Presets mindset rather than the prior brief teases.

Current single Down Down Down has regimented bite, squelchy Worms sounds like a Bowie instrumental from the experimental Outside era and the eerie throb of Steamworks wouldn't have sounded out of place on the new Goldfrapp album. Even I Go Hard, I Go Home, amusingly described by Julian Hamilton as "mindless music written for mindless people", is a ravey slice of fun that sits neatly between the Add N To (X)-meets-Backstreet Boys sounds of Girl (You Chew My Mind Up) and the slipping beats and Xanax slur of Bad Up Your Betterness.

With Beams, The Presets enigma is finally solved. Julian and Kim Moyles have created an Australian electrorock experience that rivals last year's debut from Cut Copy, proving that you can never wear too many musical hats - or freaky masks, for that matter.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
It's... interesting... 25 Jun. 2010
By Captain C. Magic - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I bought the Presets' second album (Apocalypso) a few months back and loved it. Every track got huge playcounts on my iPod and PC; the unique Depeche-Mode-goes-Dance style was incredible, and enough to make me a huge fan. Like any good fan boy I decided to go back and buy their first album... well, at least it was cheap :P To be honest, it's not awful; the production quality is low, it's repetitive, and half the tracks are instrumental (or whatever the electronic equivalent of that is), BUT it's catchy, has a good dark vibe to it, and gets in your head like you wouldn't believe (good luck not having "Are You The One" or "Girl (You Chew My Mind Up)" stuck in your head for hours. Still, it sounds like it was recorded in someone kitchen, and a lot of the tracks feel like they'd be entertaining for about a minute but drag on twice as long as necessary.
If the track samples blow you away, or if you're a fan/collector of The Presets, then you should buy this, otherwise I'd recommend steering clear (and buying Apocalypso if you don't already have it).
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
now for something completely diff er ent 6 Feb. 2007
By Brian Cleaveland - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I bought this CD after hearing just one song: Down Down Down.

Based on that track, one would envision an "electronic punk" band.

The CD starts off with a toe-tapping,

"B Movie theme" of a song in Steamworks,rolls into a true-rock sound with

Are You the One, and follows up with the dancy, Down Down Down.

Up next, we take a detour into the classic '80s sound of Girl and the Sea,

and an interlude into two instrumentals:Black Background(at 1:37 seconds long) and Worms .

While moody, I think the songs lack some depth in ambience that should define mood music.

Or maybe that's 'cause I can't wait for Kitty in the Middle of It to start ...

Hill Stuck(at 1:41 seconds in length) does porvide a nice ambience, right before

an off the wall track in Girl(You Chew My Mind Up). I Go Hard, I Go Home shows

a nice, dark techno side of the Presets,spiced up with some interesting vocal bits.

From here, we delve into an almost neo new-wave feel of Bad Up Your Betterness,

and cap the CD off with the surprising title song Beams.

Another instrumental,the track Beams is a cut above the other songs, and completely

out of place on this disk ! It's dreamy; with horns and a great ambience that leaves you

with a feel-good notion that most of the noise on this disk was crafted by someone with

real talent. Not that I liked the song all that much...but that's cool .

In review, The Presets / Beams CD music is different than anything else in my collection ,

it defies any genre because of the diverse music tracks,and is well worth the price of admission..

live it, play it over and over again, get a feel for the Presets !
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
yeah, what he said 9 Dec. 2006
By schnoidl - Published on
Format: Audio CD
the familiar made strange again, and vice versa

really gritty and draped like a hustler's hips

and produced in brilliant detail

I am all over this record, one of the best things I've heard in a while
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