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Fight With Tools

The Flobots Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (15 Sep 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal/Island
  • ASIN: B001EYZMA4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,641 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. There's A War Going On For Your Mind - Flobots, Greg McRae, Kyle Jones, Mariel Roberts
2. Mayday!!! - Flobots, Greg McRae, Kyle Jones, Joe Ferrone
3. Same Thing - Flobots, Greg McRae, Kyle Jones, Joe Ferrone
4. Stand Up - Flobots, Greg McRae, Kyle Jones, Mariel Roberts
5. Fight With Tools - Flobots, Greg McRae, Kyle Jones, Mariel Roberts, Joe Ferrone
6. Handlebars - Flobots, Greg McRae, Kyle Jones, Joe Ferrone
7. Never Had It - Flobots, Greg McRae, Kyle Jones, Joe Ferrone
8. Combat - Flobots, Greg McRae, Kyle Jones
9. The Rhythm Method (Move!) - Flobots, Greg McRae, Kyle Jones
10. Anne Braden - Flobots, Greg McRae, Kyle Jones
11. We Are Winning - Flobots, Greg McRae, Kyle Jones, Mariel Roberts, Minnie Baldwin
12. Rise - Flobots, Greg McRae, Kyle Jones, Mariel Roberts
13. Iraq - Flobots, Kyle Jones

Product Description

Product Description

Flobots are a rip roaring six piece fighting force, hailing from Denver, Colorado who formed in 2005. Compared to, and a mix of, The Roots, Rage Against The Machine and NERD, they quickly elevated their shows to 'socially aware' happenings and used their songs to express their aims and views. In the UK Zane Lowe has been an early champion of the band, playing single "Handlebars" three times on his show and making "Handlebars" his Record of the Week.

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UK pressing of their 2008 debut album featuring one bonus track: Iraq. When a pair of intelligent, visionary emcees joins forces with a battle-hardened, groove-fusing rhythm section, a classically trained violist, and a Jazz trumpet player, the result is a sound that explores and expands the frontiers of live Hip Hop. Progressive in both style and message, the bands ability to drop from symphonic Rock-infused crescendos into stripped-down string-laden breakbeats has earned Flobots a reputation for both originality and authenticity. Island.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Different But Something Of A Triumph 8 Oct 2008
By pjr VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
In this fickle world of disposable plastic pop some of which seems like it is designed to last barely the duration of the song itself, it is heartening to discover a band like the Flobots. No overnight sensation they are probably the most unexpected phenomenon of the year.

Put simply the band use a rap-metal formula but there's banjos, horns, sweet female backing vocals, and cellos on it... It shouldn't work, but it does to such an alarming effect it really needs a new genre to describe it. It's success is partly due to the dexerous playing which betrays the fact the band have been playing and recording for 8 years. They even manage to make the genre that most would confine to an early noughties niche come completely back to life.

Aside from that there's the lyrics. Delving back to something from the pre-gangsta era this is one angry, articulate, politically aware record. The likes of Michael Franti, Chuck D, and host of lesser known old school political agitators spring to mind. One thing to say is it never sounds worthy or just aware for the sake of it. These guys clearly believe what they say and are exceptionally well informed.

This is their third album and the first for a major. If anyone needed proof that people should be gently moved into the spotlight then they need go no further than this record. A confident sound from a band who are fully fledged and not just sounding it. Whether you're looking for something a bit more challenging than the last couple of Chilli Peppers albums, want something intellegent, a reminder that intelligent things can be expressed in Hip-Hop, or just proof that the "Handlebars" hit isn't a one-off then you should give this more than a cursory listen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bringing me back to Hip-Hop 6 Aug 2008
Format:Audio CD
This and Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip are making me rethink my attitude towards Hip-Hop and Urban music.

Although some of the theme are a little to 'american' for my british tastes most of the tracks are amazing. The influences go far beyond hip-hop and a bit of rock, to include jazz and even folk stylings. One of the early tracks, Mayday I believe, even reminds me of System of a Down in places.

Handlebars really is the stand-out track.

If you are looking for 'fiddy-sent' style gangbanging look elsewhere, if you are looking for cerebral hip-hop with well-though out lyrics you can do little better than Flobots.

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Well done.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart and Compelling 26 Sep 2008
Format:Audio CD
This is not the kind of music I normally go. But due to 'Handlebars' I just had to check out the entire album.

Political, clever and beautiful. With rock styling mixed with Hip Hop, powerful lyrics and a great structure Flobots is essential listening. These guys (and girls) deserve to be huge.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent insurgence for the masses 26 Sep 2008
By pauldn
Format:Audio CD
Intelligent, politicised and incredibly potent. Hip hop, jazz, folk and some mental rock stylings fused into some of the most addictive and powerful songs you'll hear. Along with the likes of Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip, we now face a new breed of act that respects the listeners intelligence, not takes it for granted.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Album And Band Of The Year 2 Oct 2008
By A
Format:Audio CD
I had never heard of the Flobots until the single 'Handlebars' emerged on the radio. Caught by that hook at the beginning of the song and noticing some great instrumentals I thought I'd risk it and check out the album; not thinking that I would end up finding my favourite band of the year and the best album I have heard in a long long time.

What I love most about this album is the time and thought given to each element within the band; the lyrics are inspiring, clever, powerful (Without being politically preachy) and wrapped round a fantastic rhythm section. I particularly noticed the drums and bass in this album, they are amazingly played and provide a brilliant grove throughout the album; this added to funky/rock guitar, with a powerful sounding Violin and wind instruments makes this album a truly musical masterpiece. A perfect fusion of Hip-Hop, Rock and Funk. The song `Combat' displaying this impressive element of the band.

If you are intrigued by this album check out 'Rise', 'Fight with Tools' or 'Stand Up'. But I can't see any fan of music being disappointed with this album or taking something from it.
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After stumbling across the song "Combat" i found more info on this band and the album. The result? A sonic assault on the senses both musically and politically. An absolute must for fans of bands like Rage Against The Machine and rappers like MC Abdominal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Arrived as expected. 24 May 2013
By Josh
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No problems at all, only wanted to rip it to the PC so I could put it on my music programs. Perfect condition, hence the rating.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent Hip-Hop 18 Dec 2012
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This is probably the most intelligent and thought provoking album I have ever bought, along with an instrumental line you wouldn't expect to find in this genre makes an extremely powerful and effective album. Very good.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars took forever
The cd took forever to come I almost forgot I ordered it. When it arrived it wasnt even in a cd case but in a chunky case almost like a Nintendo ds game box. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars I keep coming back to this album
This album deserves alot more coverage than it has received. Lyrics and music are smart. I haven't loved their newer stuff nearly as much but I keep coming back to this one. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Barry
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Album With A Great Mix Of Rap and Alternative Elements
This album is like a good sandwich. With the bread being a great mix of rap and alternative elements, with political messages as a spread. Read more
Published on 7 Mar 2010 by H. Edwards
1.0 out of 5 stars Hmmmmm
Caught the last 10 mins of them in concert with Rise Against, and they brought house down with Handlebars, bought album, and serves me right but Handlebars is only meritful track... Read more
Published on 30 Aug 2009 by I. J. Davies
4.0 out of 5 stars overall good album
what i expected, a good album based on what i had heard of them previously. it arrived in good time and in good order, no complaints
Published on 26 Feb 2009 by Mr. Paul J. Richardson
5.0 out of 5 stars Stand up
fight with tools is a very strong alt rap record. I didnt think i was going to like it but I took a chance and I think it can appeal to most people like e who mainly listen to... Read more
Published on 8 Dec 2008 by Kieran Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Great album
This is a great album if you like rock mixed with rap. The songs are very political which I believe is a good thing for America, which is who I believe is the target audience.
Published on 16 Oct 2008 by Mr. B. P. Hocking
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