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  • Audio CD (3 Sept. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Chrome Dreams
  • ASIN: B0000275ZC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 516,759 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Surrendered 4:32 Baby, Back Up 3:50 Hope And Jump 3:30 Head On A Spike 3:08 The King Of Outer Space 3:28 Thank You, Not Today 3:30 My Neighbour's House 3:34 Fade In/ Fade Out 3:57 The Last Song But One 4:01 Wasn't I Right About You? 2:38

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Parker on 24 Nov. 2006
Format: Audio CD
The Bluetones continue to pleasantly surprise me. It has been over 3 years since their last new album, which is a long time, and the band has sadly all but disappeared from the public eye in the years since 2000's Science and Nature, but the quality of the music remains very high.

Previous album Luxembourg marked a change of direction to shorter, punchier songs, and it worked well. This album keeps the short songs but does return to a more familiar Bluetones sound, and for me it results in a very good album indeed, one which is strong from start to finish. I said of the previous album that it was the most consistent since Expecting to Fly, but this is more consistent still.

As usual, this album benefits from repeated listening, and getting used to the sound. Hope and Jump for me is the best song on the album, it really is superb and ranks with Ames and Putting Out Fires as one of my favourite songs of theirs. Baby Back Up, Surrender, My Neighbour's House, Head On A Spike and Last Song But One are all very good songs as well - the easygoing and catchy yet well crafted quality of the album is evident throughout. The only songs I am not particularly fond of are King of Outer Space and Wasn't I Right About You, but I wouldn't call them fillers and one of the qualities of the album is that as it is so short it maintains a high standard throughout.

The typical Bluetones traits of intelligent lyrics and good melodies combine for a very good pop/rock album that I would say should appeal to fans of various genres. It does lack the heights of their first two albums, but is well worth listening to, and I have yet to get bored of it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Adrian on 10 Oct. 2006
Format: Audio CD
I've been listening to a promotional copy of this for the last month. It is absolutely superb and beats even their previous best (Expecting To Fly). It is one of those albums that seems to jump out of the CD rack ahead of all others. Now it is properly released we can buy another copy and save the arguments about which of the five members of our family gets to play it next - yes, even the kids love it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Carlisle on 18 Dec. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Fabulous, fabulous album. Whilst maintaining the classic Bluetones feel and, thank goodness, those amusing yet touching lyrics, this seems to have a maturity to it somehow. All ten tracks are winners - 'Baby back up' has a great groove to it, both the singles ensure you are on your feet leaping around and 'last song but one' and 'hope and jump' are just beautiful songs to get lost in. And that voice, Mr Morriss ....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert D., Cambridgeshire on 2 Jan. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Instantly catchy and will bring a smile to your face! I was lucky to catch Mark Morris playing some of these lovely songs in Cambridge as part of his Fi Lo Bedow side project and bought this album straight away.

I didn't rate Luxemburg much at all (except for maybe a few tracks). This album is more solid. Something us remaining Bluetones fans can be proud to lend to friends!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jaycee23 on 20 Oct. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Oh at last! Now, how long have we had to wait for a new 'Tones album? Too long, if you ask me. But as they say, some things are worth waiting longer for, and this LP definitely fits that bill. Pure, proficient, poetic and perfectly pop; if you've enjoyed any of their earlier albums, than you'll cherish this too. The boys have masterfully woven the subtle differences of their four previous albums into one beautiful cluster of yet again bitter-sweet melodies. Oozing with that familiar quirky charm that the Bluetones have always maintained, this CD will provide that little bit of allure that the mainstream land of guitar-pop has been lacking in for a long, long time. Not even going to pick out a favourite on the album; there's only 10 tracks, and by the end of the 36 minutes you will just want to play'em all over again. Gorgeous stuff.
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Format: Audio CD
The Bluetones' most recent effort is tellingly self-titled- yet Morris and co.'s album seems more content to occupy its own space rather than offer re-invention, as convention dictates self-titled albums should. Unlike their patchy previous effort, 'Luxemburg', the lads are not so much experimenting with new directions as keeping the good ship Bluetones steady in its own unique way, evolving it into a consistently impressive (if hardly revolutionary) entity.

This album is, however, one of the Bluetones' best; rubbing shoulders with their debut effort and the outstanding 'Science and Nature'. But it's certain individual songs, rather than the album as a whole, that show the 'Tones at their best. 'Baby Back Up' is the sort of finely-paced indie-pop that characterised the best moments of 'Luxemburg'. 'Surrendered' is a brilliant slice of romantic whimsy. 'My Neighbour's House' is the best song Britpop never saw. Yet something's not quite right...

'Expecting to Fly' was too stylistically narrow to be a true classic. 'Science and Nature', still as exciting as ever, lost its way slightly towards the end. Hell, 'Luxemburg' practically embraced its inadequacies. But as for this effort?

Simple, really- it's too disjointed to be the great album it could have been. There are brilliant songs, but some feel a little like filler; and on a 10-track album, you need a certain punchiness. The dreamy, childlike 'King of Outer Space' fits in oddly with the lyrical themes of adulthood, responsibility and the comforts of love. And 'The Last Song But One' is fairly trite, and too unadventurous to raise much more than disappointment after barnstorming tracks like 'My Neighbour's House'.

So- frustrating. Outstanding Bluetones interspersed with decent Bluetones.
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