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Fantasy Black Channel [Bonus Tracks] [Japanese Import] [Import]

Late of the Pier Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (30 July 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI Music UK
  • ASIN: B001B56J7G
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

1. Hot Tent Blues
2. Broken
3. Space & the Woods
4. Bears Are Coming
5. Random Firl
6. Heartbeat
7. White Snake
8. VW
9. Focker
10. Enemy Are the Future
11. Mad Dogs and Englishmen
12. Bathroom Gurgle
13. Very Wav [*]
14. Bears Are Coming [Emperor MacHine Remix][*]

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BBC Review

Fantasy Black Channel is the genuinely awaited debut album from the Nottinghamshire four-piece, Late Of The Pier. In time, it may be cited as a perfect early 21st Century example of a band and producer working together in complete harmony, as DJ Erol Alkan's contribution is central to its success.

The group tick a great deal of boxes: they have released the requisite amount of indie singles; live, they perform genre-bending shows, with a strong sense of theatre; and they all have pseudonyms such as Francis Dudley Dance and Red Dog Consuela. So far, so sod off Grandad. But then, you hear those musical references and you realise they are working with a broad palette beyond their years - Fantasy Black Channel frequently flips between prog, funk, Gary Numan, Todd Rundgren, Frank Zappa and, um, Nik Kershaw. All styles are served here - it leaves few stones unturned and lead singer Samuel Eastgate has all the vocal mannerisms to carry it off.

Space And The Woods instrumentally sounds like a session leftover from Numan's The Pleasure Principle with emo-friendly lines such as, "Suicide is in my blood, it always was" and "put on my radiation suit and slip away." The Bears Are Coming is a great pop stomp with bluesy middle eight and a tea cup for percussion. The album builds to an impressive crescendo. The Enemy Are The Future, its choppiness flavoured with Eastgate's crooning, posits the contradictory statements that life is both easy and hard over six frenetic minutes. The closing Bathroom Gurgle, has been already likened to Sparks' entire career in one song as it reaches its nu-raving dénouement of, "Put your hands on your waistline and move your body to the bassline."

Some of it is a bit too rich. The synth and double-tracked guitar of Random Firl sounds like the demo button on a supermarket synthesiser; yet when the melody kicks in, you hear quite how skilled the whole operation is, and Alkan throughout is having a whale of a time - is that the opening tinkle of Shine On You Crazy Diamond by Pink Floyd in White Snake? Is that Yello in Bathroom Gurgle? With all its segues and depths, Fantasy Black Channel is completely unafraid of failure. --Daryl Easlea

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lack of new material doesn't make this bad 24 Aug 2008
Format:Audio CD
Now, like many bands (i'm thinking Hadouken! here), their debut album isn't exactly all-new material, these younguns from Castle Donnington set together to release their first album, with an all-too familar track listing, I mean, nothing you haven't yet heard isn't here, including popular singles amongst early fans such as "Space And The Woods", "The Bears Are Coming", "Bathroom Gurgle". This album is most definately one of the high points of newer and british music, basically grabbing the finer points of Gary Numan, Justice and The Klaxons, this is a record that will not be forgotten any time soon.

As of yet, i'm yet to think of an album that can better this one. Exceptionally good work. Very recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Melting Pot 16 Aug 2008
Format:Audio CD
OK, this is gonna sound a bit like something David Brent would say, but imagine you were baking a musical cake. Your ingredients are: a bit of Sparks, a tad of Bowie, a pinch of Devo, a helping of Gary Numan, some Queen, a taster of Justice, a hint of Japan, mix up with a dose of Nik Kershaw flavoured with Gary Glitter and bake for 40 minutes. The result is a sweet sounding mixture of aural satisfaction that you will devour until the last crumb. Fantastic!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Original and brilliant 2 Mar 2014
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One of the best albums of 2008 - everyone should own a copy. Original, well played and generally excellent ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Electronic heaven 3 July 2013
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If you like the eighties you will love this cd electronic heaven I was recomended this by a friend and was not disappointed
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5.0 out of 5 stars An audio megamix... 21 Feb 2009
By Krisman
Format:Audio CD
There is rarely a band nowadays that releases an album that holds the attention of the listener from start to finish. Most albums are throw away after a few months of ownership but this album offers something a little different. Massive sonic variation and an attention to layering sounds that is uncommon. Great great fun and what music is all about....making people happy!
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