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For The Masses

25 Jan. 2010 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 25 Jan. 2010
  • Release Date: 25 Jan. 2010
  • Label: Hadouken!
  • Copyright: 2010 Hadouken! This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2010 Parlophone Records Ltd
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  • Total Length: 39:43
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  • ASIN: B0032PPRM6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,668 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Toby Staunton on 25 Jan. 2010
Format: Audio CD
This album is amazing in its simplicity. It basically relies on three aspects. Firstly James Smith spits out his vocals with unbridled venom unlike anything you have heard from him before. The singles `Turn the Lights Out' and `M.A.D' were just a hint of what he has in store on this album. `Ugly' is the prime example of how much the vocals and the lyrics bite, but another vicious example can be found on `Mic Check'.

On top of this new level of aggression there is a serious addition of some very raw baselines and excessively energetic drums. `Bombshock' demonstrates both very well and is a really strong track that will guarantee a few bruises and ringing ears when it is played live. Elsewhere opener `Rebirth' offers up bass like a statement of intent and more violence to come, whereas `Play the Night' offers a devastating break after saw like guitars introduce the track in ominous style.

Throughout the album there are also some really nice synth sections which have grown in their maturity from the simple yet effective Nintendo influenced offerings of the first album. Throughout the aspect of the music is used principally as a supporting rather than leading section, but in that respect it is very important. Too many things competing for attention would detract from all of them. The synths are therefore used to add to depth, flow and variation to the tracks, which is a very effective trick. One track however that has a very strong synth section is closer `Lost' which has moments of scratching and fidgeting synth that push and drive the track but it then is used to ultimately end the album in a calm and euphoric manner.

The highlights in my opinion are those tracks which balance all these aspects well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 31 Jan. 2010
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Originally from Leeds - destined for the World,
Hadouken! make a big noise and manage it well.

This talented five-piece comprise : James Smith/vocals;
Daniel Rice/guitar+synth; Alice Spooner/keyboards;
Christopher Purcell/bass+synth and Nick Rice/drums.
Together they have imagination, flair and energy aplenty.

The ten tracks which comprise their second album
'For The Masses' would, with little doubt, have a
large dance floor audience on its feet in seconds.

This is blisteringly fierce rhythmic mayhem and it's fun!

Mr Smith is a fine front man. He possesses a strong
pair of lungs, the better to spit out the material's
abrasive lyrical ideas.

Crikey! It's hard to pick the winners out of this bag.
It's all good but the album's highlights would have to include:
opening track 'Rebirth', which bursts into the listening world
like an express train, bristling with dark choral confusion and
raw and rasping rhythms (I'm quite certain the synths have teeth!;
'House Is Falling', whose thundering riffs and yell-along refrain
are totally addictive (Mr Smith delivers his most musical vocal
performance of the set on this one); 'Mic Check' is a funny and
uplifting floor-filler; 'Bombshock' recalls The Prodigy at their
elemental best and the epic soundscape of 'Lost' concludes the
project on a hands-in-the air high.

This is primal stuff. Not for the faint-hearted. Life enhancing!

Essential.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. SUTHERLAND on 27 April 2010
Format: Audio CD
I only post reviews on products/things I feel are exceptional, this is one of those album's that will have you listening to it exclusively for months.

I enjoyed every single song on the album, the combination of addictive rhythm, bass and aggressive lyrics makes for some of the best music you will hear to date. For me its a mix between Prodigy and older Pendulum songs. Unlike Pendulum though Hadouken dont rinse and repeat the same drum and tune in every single song. They clearly arent afraid to be original and try new things.

Main stream reviewers are giving this an average of 4 out of 10 stars, why? because theyre over analysing the lyrics. There's nothing wrong with the lyrics theyre just not deep and meaningful, and why should they be - if you want deep and meaningful lyrics then you're listening to the wrong genre. This is about feeling and it feels gooooooood.
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I had really hard time trying to decide whether this is a
four or three star album. However, four doesn't seem
justified enough since there are so many good albums out
there that I rank as four-star albums.

I decided to buy this right after hearing "Rebirth". The
opening song is pure perfection, an immensive and energetic
piece. There are some other really good songs as well: Ugly,
Lost, Play the Night.

Unfortunately the vocalist's sound doesn't impress me. It goes
repeatative after the first three songs, and starts bugging me
during M.A.D and Evil. Hence, the songs where the vocalist
uses his voice in a different fashion, such as Lost and Play
the Night are the ones that I'm most found of.

Ugly and Mic Check are very good energetic songs, but the whole
album suffers from one factor: It's pretty damn repeatative.
Especially the first half of the album is filled with buzzing
and cracking synthesizer voices that can eventually give you
a headache. The uninspired vocals add insult to injury.

But even so, this album is satisfying and enjoyable. Especially
Rebirth and Lost, the first and the last song, deliver you.
It's worth buying, but you should see if there are any other
albums that are of interest to you.
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