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If you’ve ever attempted to continue living on planet Earth in our lifetime, you understand full well that there are many forces acting against you. The forces acting against you….are oppressive, like the humid march of days. These forces like to play with things before they destroy them. You are being destroyed by forces. You.

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  • Audio CD (27 Oct. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ROUND RECORDS
  • ASIN: B001GRT68S
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 157,048 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Gay Bar Part Livo
2. Formula 409
3. We Were Witchy Witchy White Women
4. Dirty Ball
5. Lovers Beware
6. Your Heat Is Rising
7. Face Cuts
8. Heavy Women
9. Flashy Man
10. Watching Evil Empires Fall Apart
11. Graphic Designers
12. Transatlantic Flight
13. Making Progress

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Neal Vincent VINE VOICE on 29 Oct. 2008
Format: Audio CD
It's safe to say that Electric Six are my favourite band of recent years, and they're way more than the novelty band some fools wrote them off as in the wake of early hits like 'Danger! High Voltage' and 'Gay Bar'. While the clever and highly amusing lyrics have been a constant, their musical style has ranged all over the place, meaning you never know quite what to expect from a new Electric Six album.

"Flashy", their fifth album as Electric Six, has 13 tracks crammed into a mere 45 minutes - which should tip you off that these are likely to be 13 quickfire little doses of the bizarre, and no ballads. And you'd be right about that.

To be honest, I wasn't very impressed with my first listen-through. Unlike the previous albums, it didn't seem to have any leap-out instantly-cool tracks and if I'd been forced at gunpoint to review it right there and then I would've said that it sounded a lot like an album entirely composed of the kind of tracks I was less fond of on their previous albums - the 'okay' tracks that lie between all the other ones that I really like. It was similar to the way I felt about "Switzerland" when I first heard it - except that album had "There's Something Very Wrong With Us", and I knew instantly that I loved that one.

But this album is definitely what's called a "grower" - by the third spin you'll know your way around this one, and what initally sounds like a raucous wall of sound will have resolved itself into 13 distinct little gems. Not perfect gems, maybe, but shiny ones nonetheless.

"Gay Bar Part 2" is, far from being a reprise of their early hit, instead exactly what people who demand bands repeat themselves and continually produce more of the same deserve (!
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Format: Audio CD
Whilst as a big Electric Six fan I greatly appreciate their prolific output, there are certain drawbacks to it and this album illustrates those more clearly than any of its predecessors. Namely, the problem is quality control. Again this album is laced with more gems from the rock/disco/pop amalgum seam that along with Dick Valentine's bizarre darkly comic lyrics, the band has been mining very successfully since Day 1, but as with previous record "I Shall Exterminate Everything Around Me That Restricts Me From Being The Master" - once again you have to sort through a fair few less impressive tracks to uncover these highlights.
As an artistic statement "Gay Bar - Part II" may be an effective middle finger up at all those people wanting them to merely rehash former glories, but it is in itself a very week song which is brought into sharp relief by the comparison the title so readily invites. Also, it's a bit hypocritical to serve up a deliberate red herring like this mocking the desire some have to see them stay in one particular style whilst serving up the song "We Were Witchy, Witchy White Women" which sounds like it could have been a take-out from the album "Fire".
Right with that off my chest, on with the rest of the record. "Formula 409" is a good strong stomper that has a video available on the net and as such I assume (due to lack of promotion) may be the lead off single and deservedly so.
"Dirty Ball" is only so-so but inoffensvie enough.
There then follows the best sequence of tracks on the album starting with "Lovers Beware" moving through the excellent "Your Heat Is Rising" which is one of the album's highest points and concluding with "Face Cuts", which put things right back on track.
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Format: Audio CD
To Be Totally Honest...Back In The Day's Of "Gay Bar", "Danger! High Voltage" & "Dance Commander"...I Totally Fell For Electric 6. Baught "Fire", Loved It, And Thought Awesome...I Like This Band. Fact.

Thing is...I THOUGHT That Was It. I Heard Nothing Of Anything After That, So To Discover They'd Released FIVE Albums!!! I Had To Look Into Them Again. "Flashy" Is A Difficult Album, I Won't Beat About The Bush. Where As "Switzerland" ("Mr.Woman", "Pink Flamingos" "Pulling The Plug On The Party") And "Senor Smoke" ("Rock 'N' Roll Evacuation", "Bite Me", "Vibrator") Have Continued Along The Path Of Uber-Catchy, "Flashy" Seems...I Don't Know...Subdued? Matured Some May Say? Yes It Does have It's Moments ("We Were Witchy Witchy White Women", "Watching Evil Empires Fall Apart") But It Won't Hit You With A Groovy Left Hook Like Past Outings. By All Means A Must For E6 Fans...But Not Ideal For First Timers.
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By Mr. J. C. Macmullen on 3 Feb. 2009
Format: Audio CD
This product may not be the best of thier work but it does have some great songs. Everytime they make an album thier style seems to change which i like as it keeps them fresh, you initially may not like the album but you get use to it just with their other albums and you get to like it. its definatly worth buying if your an Electric 6 fan, and i hope they keep making new and different albums. Anywho if your just starting on the Electric six road may i recommend 'Fire' and 'switzerland'as they go down smoother, then if you like perhaps 'senior smoke' and by then you should get thier music and be hooked. I love electric six because of the agression and energy of valentine and the music style itself all complamenting each other making it fun to listen to. Make sure you also checkout there official website its got lots of cool stuff that needs your attention too.
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