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  • Audio CD (26 Mar 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Too Pure
  • ASIN: B00005NUUR
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,938 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Dead Media
2. Trouble Kid
3. Junk
4. When The Angels Play Their Drum Machines
5. Union Chapel Day
6. China Crisis
7. Alan Bean
8. Peppermint Taste
9. The Mangle
10. The King Of Summer
11. The Nights Are Long
12. Treacle
13. Half a Life
14. Waking Up To You
15. Home

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Dead Media is Hefner's fifth album in four years. They have slowed down, become a little less awkward and angry since their abrasive embryonic stages as South England's answer to Pavement on 1998's Breaking God's Heart. The hooks and smart words are still in much evidence, though--as the snappy, analogue synthesizer-led "When the Angels Play Their Drum Machines" and their melancholy tribute to the fourth astronaut to walk on the moon "Alan Bean" proves. The quartet may be prolific, but there's certainly no diluting the quality. Darren Hayman still has a way of singing so plaintively as to break your heart, and the music is now a gentle hybrid of Joe Meek, early electronic pop pioneers Daniel Miller's Silicon Teens, someone all alt. country and soulful (Giant Sand, say) and something else altogether. This is an understated gem. --Everett True

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Lynas VINE VOICE on 1 Oct 2001
Format: Audio CD
Hefner's fourth studio album in as many years is the first to make a major departure from their original guitar led sound, and is all the better for it. In all honesty, the excellent and varied We Love The City had taken that path as far as it could go, providing their most accessible and pop moment to date. The only thing wrong with that marvellous LP was that - if you had the previous ones - you could hear some of the songs being repeated, albeit with different instrumentation and lyrics. Dead Media is laden with keyboards and synthesizers, and this change of tack has helped reintroduce originality to Darren Hayman's songwriting.
In many ways, Dead Media is most closely related to Hefner's debut EP, The Hefner Heart, than anything that has followed. There are a hatful of songs here that almost anyone would wished to have written - opening track Dead Media with it's layered synthesizer; Alan Bean, sounding so much freer here than as a single; the sing-a-long Half a Life, and the lilting almost Fairport Convention-esque refrain of Home are all excellent examples of great songwriting matched by intelligent instrumentation. There are other moments here too that lift the album above the competition - the brief interludes of Union Chapel Day and Treacle, the witty link between the opening track and Trouble Kid. Everywhere Hefner's sense of humour and understanding of music remain intact, even if the sound has changed.
There is a fly in the ointment, however. Whereas We Love The City and - in particular - The Fidelity Wars were incredibly consistent records, without any filler whatsoever, the same can not be said of Dead Media. Amongst the 15 tracks, there are 3 or 4 that don't make the grade.
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5 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Sep 2001
Format: Audio CD
2000's We Love the City is perhaps the best place to become acquainted with Hefner. With this album we have perfection. From there we go back one year to the almost perfect The Fidelity Wars. Before that came the largely experimental Breaking God's Heart, an album which is not what one may consider as up to their usual high standards. But we won't hold that against them - this was, afterall, Hefner finding their feet.
With Dead Media we are back to the experimental; the beginnings of a more electronic Hefner, and with one foul swoop we're also back to the standard, and inconsistency of Breaking God's Heart. It's a shame this should be so, since Hefner have proved they can produce excellence throughout in We Love the City.
Gone are the trademark whiney guitars, but remain is the uniqueness of Darren Hayman's voice and the superb lyrics. The boys matured with We Love the City, and Darren's vocals have matured on their own with Dead Media, but that alone is not enough to carry on where Hefner last year left off. They were once a band alone, but Dead Media comes with a splashing of Nine Inch Nails, Grandaddy and early Depeche Mode. It would appear from their 4 albums to date that less of the new electronica and more of the old guitars are needed to make Hefner great. That's not to say we need more of the same over and over to enjoy Hefner at their greatest, indeed change is what makes some of the greatest, well, the greatest. The difference between the Fidelity Wars and We Love the City has shown that a different Hefner is an improved Hefner, but this sort of experimental change, so close to the release of an undiscovered masterpice, it's not clear whether that is an interesting mistake or part of the genius that is Hefner. Only time, and many many more listens to Dead Media, will tell.
One thing for sure is that a good thing will come out of Dead Media if the past is anything to go by: they'll have perfected this sounds in 2 albums time.
Roll on 2003.
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4 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Sep 2001
Format: Audio CD
Having produced three stunning albums (Breaking God's Heart, Fidelity Wars, Boxing Hefner), the last Hefner album was a disappointment, musically ok, but lyrically insipid. So with baited breath I hoped the new album would see a return to form; in some ways it does. There are some great songs on here: Peppermint Taste, Alan Bean, the Nights Are Long are all up there with past Hefner. However, that's about as far as it goes. One worrying warning sign is that the best song lyrically is actually an old song many fans will have heard live: China Crisis. Worse, much of the album is ruined by cheesy electro-pop music. Now I've nothing against synths (I'm a Numan fan for starters!), but parts of this sound like they've been lifted from old Doctor Who soundtracks. It's awful. Doubtless Darren and the diehard fans will proclaim this as 'experimental'; frankly, it's a mess. If Hefner want to know how to do experimental while remaining listenable, they'd be well advised to go check out the Eels back catalogue, including the new Souljacker CD. It wipes the floor with this.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
An underrated record. 2 Feb 2002
By Oliver Ignatius - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Hefner's "Dead Media" is the kind of record that the masses loathe. Biting lyrics, synthesizers, and interesting melodies are enough to fully ... a TRL-devotee off. But "Dead Media" is an underrated gem (the British press has consistently slammed it) and is even better than "We Love the City."
Gone is the sarcasm that characterized "The Day That Thatcher Dies," and other previous songs, and "Dead Media" showcases a newfound earnestness. "Half A Life" is an unabashed love song, while "Alan Bean" is a straightfaced tribute to the fourth man who walked the moon. The title track is quietly heartbreaking, as is the masterpiece "China Crisis."
Hefner are not afraid to have fun either. "Trouble Kid" is a Brit-pop tune that sounds ridiculous on paper, but is surprisingly contagious on record. "The Mangle" is a short mass of synths. And "Home" is an interesting tune that could have been recorded in the 1940s.
Overall, "Dead Media" is an excellent effort and is sure to be one of the quieter gems of the year.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Listed under "Top Down" on playlist! 16 Nov 2009
By S. McBee - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Not because I can get away with it, nor would anyone want me to take my top off these days, but this is coming from an 40+ American who bought this album only because it had ALAN BEAN on it! Had no clue if it would be about the fourth astronaut on the moon but I thought I'd give it a try. I now own 2 extras that no one's allowed to open. I may have missed the meaning of the song being too old and a yankee to boot but to me it sounds like they met Alan Bean and wrote a song about him that was dead to rights. To the die hard fans this story may not appeal to you, but after I spend the day at a school telling them all about the Apollo project but especially Alan Bean I put this song on and within a chorus or two their singing their hearts out with all but lighters in the air! I wish I had video! So about my ipod playlist...when I'm down and need a lift I put Alan Bean in and hit repeat and play it as loud as my kids allow, though I figure they can get out and walk if they don't like it! Before I get where I'm going I've already forgotten why I thought I should give up! So I have it framed now, the bands intentions or not, it gets me through another day because I love Alan Bean, the spirit of the song and the great music that it is!

"Everyone will forget soon,
The fourth man on the moon,
But I've got it in my mind.

I'd like to paint your eyes,
But I've got to paint the sky.
Going to be a painter all my life.
As we tumbled down to earth,
We felt the capsule turn,
We saw the blue skies burn.

As we splashed down in the sea,
You were praying on your knees,
It bought a change in me.

And what you didn't see,
I'll let you see through me.
I'm going to paint the moon for you.

Ever felt like giving up?
'We've felt like giving up'
Ever felt like giving up?
Not since 1969."
The Digital Hefner 27 Sep 2007
By Theodore S. Carney - Published on
Format: Audio CD
If you have to read the reviews, well, then you probably aren't a Hefner fan. And this isn't the album that's going to make you one. Buy BOXING HEFNER instead for a better jumping-off point. But for fans of this brilliant band, don't hesitate. The sound is little more electronic than previous releases and there's no shortage of experimentation, but give it a shot. After three spins, you'll be convinced.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
"Let�s hope that they don�t stay like this." 10 April 2002
By P. Shamdasani - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Following their singles collection We Love the City, Hefner have struck back with their fifth album in four years in Dead Media, which hears them slow down the hard indie-rock that dominated the fantastic Fidelity Wars, sounding more like Belle & Sebastian than the Gomez-esque music they normally aim for - which, as a matter of fact, is an interesting change. Filling their latest studio recording with keyboards, synthesizers and turntables, the album has taken a turn for the better, harkening back to their debut days in Breaking God's Heart, with the experimental sounds playing in a fast-slow order of tracks. The album opens with the titular "Dead Media", a sublimely brief tune that mixes electronica with traditional 90's Brit-pop. "Trouble Kid" follows, a track that answers the question of what would happen if a DJ remixed a song by the 70's punk band The Stooges. With Velvet Underground inspirations on songs like "Junk", "China Crisis" and the whimsical "The Nights Are Long", the band seems to have tried their hand at homage's of groups that have influenced them, with many of the other tunes resonating the riffs of R.E.M., Elvis and The Dandy Warhols. But the whole album isn't filled with such remarkable reverence - the one-minute long "Union Chapel Day" plays out like it was taken straight from the `80s, while the same-length "Treacle" aims for a DJ-esque tune but fails miserably, ending with a terrible five-second radio scratching. While die-hard fans will no doubt either ignore or despise this recording, casual listeners will surely benefit from Hefner's change - but let's hope that they don't stay like this.
dead hefner 7 Sep 2007
By Freeman Fisher - Published on
Format: Audio CD
i highly recommend this title...especially for hefner fans who are afraid they won't like it. make sure to listen to it more than once, but it's the exact same charm and music style...just different instrumentation. awesome. awesome.
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