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Emergency [CD]

The Pigeon Detectives Audio CD
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Late 2008 marked the end of a chapter in the life of The Pigeon Detectives; the band had sold out a prestigious headline show at London’s Alexandra Palace, played to 14,000 people over two nights at Leeds’ Millennium Square and sold in excess of half a million copies of their first two albums in the UK.

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  • Audio CD (26 May 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Dance To The Radio
  • ASIN: B0017V7GUI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,772 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. This Is An Emergency 3:110.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. I'm Not Gonna Take This 2:430.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Keep On Your Dress 4:510.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Don't You Wanna Find Out 2:430.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. I'll Be Waiting 3:180.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. She's Gone 2:070.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Nothing To Do With You 1:490.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. I'm A Liar 3:160.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. You Don't Need It 2:470.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Say It Like You Mean It 2:430.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Love You For A Day (Hate You For A Week) 3:220.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Making Up Numbers 3:270.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Everybody Wants Me 5:130.79  Buy MP3 

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When history looks back on The Pigeon Detectives, will they be seen as anything more significant than a These Animal Men or Shed Seven to Kaiser Chiefs' Blur? Their debut album, Wait for Me, achieved remarkable success in the bizarre, never-ending post-Libertines vacuum with a string of undoubtedly infectious and direct bouts of rabble-raising indie-fuzz. But lining up alongside The Wombats, The View, The Enemy, Dirty Pretty Things, The Courteeners et al, minions chipping away at the same rock-face, there are gems—occasionally, of course there are--but there's also an inevitable mountain of sediment. And herein lies the problem for their typically difficult second album Emergency. While their approach may have matured a little, with "This Is an Emergency" bouncing on the Franz Ferdinand springboard and "Keep Oo Your Dress" having a bit of an Idlewild complexion rather than just plundering and shouting over Up the Bracket, the album has trouble lifting its head much above the parapet. "She's Gone", which has as much in common with Green Day's buffed punk-pop as contemporary UK strands, and the mid-pace Kaisers-esque "Love You for a Day (Hate You for a Week)" are perfectly affable, serviceable Britpop, but the sirens are not blaring this time. There are scattered fires, but they'll probably burn out on their own. No need to call 999. --James Berry

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Pigeon Detectives Emergency

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good - but not as good as Wait for Me 22 Jun 2008
By S. Tuck
Format:Audio CD
The first album was new and had a rawness to it which made it great. This album is good but the songs are not as catchy. I've a feeling they'll grow on me! Still worth the money though.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not as good as I hoped. 31 May 2008
Format:Audio CD
I loved 'Wait for Me', the first album by the Pigeon Detectives. Almost every tune was catchy, with a strong chorus and a sing-a-long quality that makes every listening equally enjoyable. I had high hopes, therefore, for 'Emergency', the second album by the same band.

And it's good. Tracks like "She's gone" and "I'm a Liar" are toe-tappingly great, and you'll be humming them all day. The album is also more diverse, which might not necessarily be a good thing: there are a few slower numbers that, although decent enough, aren't quite the Pigeon Detectives' forte.

What I was disappointed with was the way that with some songs, they seem to have lost their ability to fashion a sing-a-long chorus, but with others, they try too hard to make it so. For example, "I'm a Liar" features one of the best verses you'll here from the Detectives, but it's somewhat spoiled by the forced "Ba-da-dum!" chorus. Still a great song, but not as fantastic as it could've been.

And that sums up the whole album really. It's by no means bad - none of the songs are tedious or boring, and there a few absolute gems. In fact, it's good. But there was the potential for it to be great, and that has in many places been missed.

Bear in mind that this is all a matter of taste. Many listeners may love the different style of chorus, or the slower songs, and that's fine. But for me personally, "Emergency" wasn't as brilliant as I had originally hoped.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pigeon Detectives Rock 12 Jun 2013
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Never ever disappointed with their music - they are a brilliant band - would deffo be an 'emergency' if it wasnt in my collection
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic 13 Mar 2013
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does exactly what you want it to do, its an album full of clanging guitars and catchy hooks that'll have you whistling along for days!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great sound !! 3 Nov 2012
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One of those albums you never skip a track on, seriously love this band!!! Can't believe this isn't a well known band.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Emergancy. 21 Jan 2011
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If you enjoyed 'Wait for Me' there's no reason to not enjoy this. It's different enough to not feel like going over old ground but is still reassuringly familiar - there are a couple of tracks that could easily have been on the first album.

It's all good but the best stuff seems to be at the end so if you aren't impressed at first stick with it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Emergency 26 Oct 2010
Format:Audio CD
I think the reason why the album is called emergency is because they had very little amount of time to make the album. I my opinion this is not one of the best albums ive ever heard, it probably has about 3 ok songs that you might listen to more than once.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great British album by a underrated band. 28 Aug 2010
Format:MP3 Download
As anybody who has heard this album's title song knows, this band is extremely capable of putting out some great songs which fit the band's energetic persona perfectly.

However, whilst listening to this album, I realised the band was also capable of the more 'emotional' range of songs whilst still avoiding that great problem with a rock band, a thoroughly depressing album.

My favourite tracks on this album are:
'Making up numbers'- as I sit here writing this I can still hear the beautiful clever lyrics to this song, one that really 'gets under your skin'. I do wonder why this track is so far down this album's running order, although perhaps this is because it is so far away in sound from 'Emergency.'

'Keep on your dress'. I felt that this had the greatest similarity to the band's previous offering, Wait For Me, although I preferred it to many on there.

If I have a criticism for this album, it is that, at some points, it can become a little 'samey'. I vastly preferred it to 'Wait for Me', which I felt was reasonably boring due to this, but there are points in the middle of this album's playlist that I feel tell the same story of a boy and a girl going through a breakup. This is not to say that the tracks aren't great, they are perhaps just great in the same way.

All in all, a fantastic album by a great up and coming northern band, who are, in my opinion, unfortunately unheard of by many.
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