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Control CD


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  • Audio CD (30 July 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B000RL0W8M
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,929 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Beautiful To Watch
2. The Illness
3. Passchendaele
4. The Curse Of Saul
5. Alice
6. Good Life Salesman
7. Violent Man Lovesong
8. The Last Day
9. Walk With Me
10. Leni
11. Turn It Back
12. Start/Stop

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On their debut album Control, GoodBooks comfortably establish themselves as the most arresting and idiosyncratic new band of 2007. They have the angular intrigue of that great-lost art rock act The Auteurs, coupled with the nervy eclecticism of Talking Heads at their peak. They write profound and involving songs inspired by Kafka, terrorism, the Bible and--why not?-–lesbian crushes, while musically their rhythms are sinuous and kinetic, with mournful trumpets and clattering, vivid percussion. They really don't do ordinary at all. Only Guillemots come close in terms of a band so thoroughly in and of itself, and are consequently worth much more than mere cursory investigation. "Underneath the relatively complicated ideas that form most of our songs," Max says, "I think we are still a very acceptable pop act." "It’s true," Leo adds. "We have potential for widespread appeal, I reckon." Widespread, yes, and way beyond.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. J. Walker on 18 Aug. 2007
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I love this CD, it is so scarily good. OK from their photos the band look like they're still at school, but if you don't get it now, in 10 or 20 years time you will be voting it to the top of polls of greatest lost debut albums & petitioning record companies to re-release it. It clearly sits there in an English prog rock/pop tradition, following in the footsteps of early Soft Machine, Caravan, Hatfield & The North, Robert Wyatt, Kevin Ayers, even Nick Drake & Syd Barrett. The singing is both effete & affecting, the musicianship belies their age.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tenacity on 8 Aug. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Really good - and real music too. I've listened to this on my CD, in the car and the ipod and everytime there is something new - it is well engineered and a real quality. Intelligent lyrics, something to follow, lots of content and I understand they do really good concerts - most of it is small gigs but they seem to have been all over Europe. A lot of talent for a young band - Walk With Me has some dark corners, Passchendale is a story that certainly fits most families - and maybe our generation. Curse of Saul is maybe about the labour government. OK the only mention of football is a bit odd. Alice is maybe about love and lesbians. If ths is 'post-modern' bring it on.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Porter on 6 Aug. 2007
Format: Audio CD
I bought this album on a bit of a whim. I'd heard Passchendaele, a song written about a soldier in the First World War, thought it sounded decent and took a risk on the album. Well, I wasn't disappointed. Several amazing tracks on the record including, Illness, Curse of Saul, Alice, Walk With Me, Leni..and plenty others. The lyrics are original and vary from lesbian crushes to a biblical story. However the thing that really appeals to me about the album is the shear catchyness of it all, without being repetitive. Great to get up and dance to.

Apparently it took them 2 years to make this album...time well spent in my opinion.
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By C. Finlay on 22 Jan. 2008
Format: Audio CD
This is one of the best albums I have heard in ages - the songs are unique and catchy with the perfect balance of electronic and indie. I've been recommending it to all my friends, who also love it.
Intelligent lyrics, a recognisable voice (which I always count as a positive) with a better range than mine and a great live show (I've seen them twice) win Goodbooks my ultimate brownie points.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. W. Spielhofer on 8 Oct. 2007
Format: Audio CD
After 3 listens I really love this album - I saw them live a few months ago after listening to a few of their songs on MySpace and like another reviewer I was a) impressed by their live act and b) shocked by how young they looked. They remind me at times a bit of the Arctic Monkeys - in the sense that their musical maturity belies their actual age.

The songs are quite a mixture - some quite poppy catchy ones and others more complex. The first time I listened to the album, I thought there were some quite weak songs on there, but on second listen my attitude changed - in my mind that's always a sign of a good band for me.

It's the kind of album also where I wonder what's going to come next - are they going to move into more mainstream or will they push the indie side more (I very much hope the latter).
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