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City Of Thieves

City Of Thieves

30 Apr 2009

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 30 April 2009
  • Label: Rebel Alliance Recordings
  • Copyright: (c) 2009 SB6
  • Total Length: 44:36
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  • ASIN: B002RAIIG4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,822 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MH Lambert on 20 April 2009
Format: Audio CD
Although the album has been plagued by distribution and print related issues, the band had the foresight to send everyone who asked for a preorder a digital download to apologise for the delay - and it does not disappoint.

SB6 have been getting better from their outset. From the mainly punk-driven "Sounds to Consume" to the more rap and reggae "Ruff Guide" to the absolutely mind-bending "Arcade Perfect" they deliver every time (yes, I intentionally leave out "Play On" - whilst some of the remixes and unreleased material was sublime, others were a bit iffy and it doesn't do justice to the complexity of their sound). City of Thieves is no exception.

City of Thieves is innovative in that it approaches the everyday life of living in an urban den in the UK in recent years from many angles. Political, social and cultural aspects are explored in the content of the songs which continue to redefine the medley of genres they blend into their music. From gentrification and drunken disorder to urban decay and gang violence - it has themes to which we can all readily relate to. I am more than happy at the consideration of everyday life, because to me a lot of political music concerns what is "out there" than what is "in here", and once again, SB6 bring the (proverbial) war home.

Although the sombre ska of the opening track "(Welcome to the) City of Thieves to the guitar driven "Back 2 Skool" and "A Bright Cold Day in April" don't diverge from earlier sounds, the album develops its own momentum with the dance/ska number "Bang, bang, bang, bang!", the softer ska touches of "Rum little skallywag" and "Through the Eyes of a Child" and as always, the closing track is the best of the album with "Floating Away" being a lengthy number incorporating most of their sound.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ms. L. E. Yorke on 1 Jun 2009
Format: Audio CD
After the genius of "Ruff Guide.." and "Sounds to Consume" this just seems a little poor. Yes, some of the tracks go back to the old punk/hip hop sounds which made me love SB6, but it seems almost like they have tried to appeal to too many audiences with this album. Each song is almost a different genre. Anything from punk to dubstep can be found on it. Personally, I feel that Sonic Boom Six have regressed a bit since last years "Arcade Perfect".

This is a good album if you don't mind the constant change in style, although I think the vocals are slightly lacking in enthusiasm. I kept waiting for it to 'kick in' in the chorus and it didn't really happen.

Come on SB6, I know you are better than this.
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Great band with awesome sounds. 12 Nov 2013
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This is a great band that sounds like ska, electronic, rock and rap thrown all together. This album has a lot of great sounding songs. I love Laila's vocals. Barney also sounds good as well.
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