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Breaking Strings [Explicit Lyrics]

Mitch Benn & The Distractions Audio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (19 Mar 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Laughing Stock
  • ASIN: B0076EKQ9S
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 130,251 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I'm Proud of the BBC
2. Quantum Mechanics
3. I Love My Phone
4. Budget Air
5. The Queen Mother
6. Win 1 Lose 1
7. God Is On Everyone's Side
8. World of Warcraft
9. He Don't Look Right
10. Stab a Burglar
11. Song for Europe
12. Lullaby for the Real
13. World
14. The Library
15. I'm Proud of the BBC

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5.0 out of 5 stars I could listen again and again... 21 Mar 2012
By Femto
Format:Audio CD
I had the joy of seeing Mitch perform most of this album live, and 'Breaking Strings' is fast becoming one of my favourite collections of his songs.

Mitch's satirical observations of news stories are sometimes hysterical ('Stab a burglar') and sometimes so true it's hard to laugh ('The Library' and 'God is on everyone's side'). I was struck by 'He don't look right' which is about how the press can ruin your life through malicious gossip (think Chris Jefferies); the chorus just oozes suspicion and unease.

Other observations on life such as 'Budget Air', 'Win 1 Lose 1', 'I love my phone' and 'Lullaby for the real world' are all very funny and need no introduction. Inspired by a news story that said the Queen Mother's taste in music was influenced by visits to Jamaica, 'The Queen Mother' conjures a fun image of the Queen Mum grooving around Buckingham Palace.

Listeners of the Now Show on Radio 4 may have heard Mitch's hysterical 'Song for Europe' (written when Israel's submission to Eurovision, a song titled 'Push the button', was criticised for being too political), though the version here is more explicit than was aired! I loved its unashamed brashness, but beware anyone who loves this song too much.

'Quantum mechanics' describes an experiment recently performed in Toronto; as one who studied physics, I found it fun. The recording on this album has real clarity - I could tell what the words were first time off the CD (but then I am a physicist).

My favourite remains 'Proud of the BBC', being Mitch's (uncommissioned) response to complaints about the BBC licence fee ("even if you don't always choose it, you'll know what you had if you lose it"). Apparently it took three weeks to write and two months to learn and I challenge anyone to hear the verses and to fail to recognise beloved TV favourite.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 27 Feb 2013
By Nick
Format:MP3 Download|Verified Purchase
I bought it for the comedy, ended up listening to it for the music.
I have been playing it non-stop since I bought it (and annoying all my friends with it).
It is a classic album, definitely worth it if you like Mitch Benn's other works.
Fantastic!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not one of his best 14 July 2012
By Peter
Format:Audio CD
It's OK, if not particularly laugh-out-loud funny. Whoever did the mix should also be sent back to school as there are a number of distracting lurches in volume.

Consider Where Next? instead if you're a Now Show listener looking for your first Mitch album.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing 22 April 2013
By Mark
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
As an unashamed Mitch Benn fan, with all the albums thus far released and all of which are well played, I didn't hesitate to buy this also. I am almost completely underwhelmed. Of 13 unique tracks there's perhaps just four that are worth listening to more than once. Most are irritating, juvenile (even for Mitch B, but not entertaining with it) or worse - just plain naff. This is not his finest hour. Buy the albums 'Where Next?' 'Too Late to Cancel' and 'Sing Like an Angel'. Those are excellent. Get the only decent tracks from this off iTunes (Proud of the BBC, Budget Air, God Is On Everyone's Side, Song for Europe) and save yourself the cringing that the rest bring.
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