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CSI: Ambleside [CD]

Half Man Half Biscuit Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (23 Nov 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Probe Plus Records
  • ASIN: B00163JHAO
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,683 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Evening Of Swing (Has Been Cancelled) 3:250.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Bad Losers On Yahoo! Chess 3:170.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Took Problem Chimp To Ideal Home Show 4:450.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  5. Blue Badge Abuser 2:460.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Totnes Bickering Fair 2:390.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. King Of Hi-Vis 3:270.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Lord Hereford's Knob 3:500.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. On The 'Roids 3:580.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Petty Sessions 1:090.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Little In The Way Of Sunshine 3:060.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Give Us Bubblewrap 2:480.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. National Shite Day 6:240.99  Buy MP3 


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1. Evening Of Swing (Has Been Cancelled)
2. Bad Losers On Yahoo Chess
3. Took Problem Chimp To Ideal Home Show
4. Ode To Joyce
5. Blue Badge Abuser
6. Totnes Bickering Fair
7. King Of Hi-Vis
8. Lord Hereford's Knob
9. On The 'Roids
10. Petty Sessions
11. Little In The Way Of Sunshine
12. Give Us Bubblewrap
13. National Shite Day

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Business as usual for Nigel & Co. 12 May 2008
Format:Audio CD
After the success (of sorts) of their last album, "Achtung Bono" - the first since their indie days of jangly guitars, wasp-buzz synth & "All I Want For Christmas Is A Dukla Prague Away Kit" to get mainstream acclaim (ie. "The Guardian", etc. remembered they existed)- it was always going to be a hard act for Voldermort lookalike Nigel Blackwell & his cohorts to follow.

Matters were not helped by such distractions as one so-called fan who thought she'd a God given right to sell bootlegs of any unreleased material on the net (said fan is now "helping the police with their enquiries", after discovering ripping off HMHB is one thing, ripping off the BBC with their heavy duty legal team is quite another...); and niggles over a still unreleased compilation of promo videos & live clips.

As such, one or two tracks have the feel of being rushed out to get the album ready for the deadline or been altered for the sake of sounding different to the bootlegged versions, in particular "Blue Badge Abuser" & "Totnes Bickering Fair", which sound like demos.

The album also suffers from its running order somewhat, and takes a few more listens than normal, although several tracks jump out as favourites from the outset, such as the singalong "Bad Losers On Yahoo Chess", "On The Roids" (containing the knockout line "His paranoia is absurd - 'Are you THINKING about my bird?') & "Petty Sessions" (the latter being the Hokey Cokey set to atypical Biccie lyrical silliness - "I stick my big nose in - when I go out...I like an altercation with a member of staff - 'That was a 10 note!'").
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not long now until lollipop men are called Darren 28 April 2008
Format:Audio CD
I've been an on and off Half Man Half Biscuit fan for a long time but have found my interest waning once or twice over the past few years. This, however, is superb and is by far the best thing they've done probably since 'This Leaden Pall' - the songs are catchy all the way through - the band sound alive and angry and Nigel Blackwell has never sounded more pissed off. Its brilliant. The songs find their way into your head and spin around there for days. Its the lyrics that set HMHB apart from almost any other band in history. They are constantly incisive, at times wistful and always very very funny. The more you play it the more classic lines appear seemingly out of nowhere - such as "If you look carefully in the background to The Scream, the couple on the bridge are both Robson Green"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Slowly building my back catalogue 19 Feb 2013
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Getting there!

This is a must for HMHB fans.

Too many great tracks to mention so just dive on in and enjoy
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5.0 out of 5 stars HMHB - aural gold 7 Nov 2012
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\csi \ambleside. My second HMHB album. It lives up to my expectations. The witty narratives underpinning the deceptively basic guitar and drum music. Don't be fooled by the music. It may sound like any old pub band but lisen to the lyrics - aural gold.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I've laughed... 19 Feb 2013
By Hitch22
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
...more times at the genius lyrics of National Shite Day than I have in the entire history of ITV's comedy output. As others have said, almost everything they've done is wonderful, literally belly-laugh out loud at times but this is in no way a comedy band. This is seriously good (Fall-like) music, massively enhanced if you take a bit of time to listen to the lyrics. There's a fantastic site where you can see them all...The Half Man Half Biscuit Lyrics Project.
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8 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Addition to the HMHB catalogue 22 Jun 2008
By S Jones
Format:Audio CD
Nigel Blackwell is one of the funniest and most trenchant lyricists around, who has written some fantastic songs in the past. So it gives me no pleasure to say that the latest offering from HMHB is well below the high standards we've come to expect.

The targets of the Blackwell ire are, on this aibum, mainly predictable and, what's worse, not very funny, "Blue Badge Abuser" and "Totnes Bickering Fair" being particular examples. "King Of Hi-Vis" takes an idea that Stuart Maconie did in a more amusing way in his recent "Pies and Prejudice" book, while "Took Problem Chimp to Ideal Home Show" has a more amusing title than song.

That's not to say everything is poor. In a pop world full of drug related songs, I can't think of another that deals with steroid abuse ("He's On The 'Roids"), while "Lord Hereford's Knob" combines an attack on gentrification with a level of innuendo not heard since the Carry On movies.

The final track (whose title I can't mention or amazon won't publish the review) contains some classic Blackwell one-liners, but Nigel actually recognises the problem with this album he has when he sings (having moaned hilariously about lots of the little things that annoy us) "I tried to put everything into perspective...thought about the Mugabe government and the children of the Calcutta railways...but then I encounter Primark FM"

So overall, this really is an album for committed fans only. If you've never heard HMHB and want to find out why they have such a great critical reputation, you'd be better advised to check out one of their earlier efforts
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