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Give Me A Wall

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  • Audio CD (15 May 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dance To The Radio
  • ASIN: B000FAO9KC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 178,821 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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  1. Thirteen 4:02£0.59  Buy MP3 
  2. Twelve 2:14£0.59  Buy MP3 
  3. Fifteen Part 1 4:14£0.59  Buy MP3 
  4. Nine 3:56£0.59  Buy MP3 
  5. Nineteen 4:54£0.59  Buy MP3 
  6. Seventeen 4:05£0.59  Buy MP3 
  7. Eighteen 3:37£0.59  Buy MP3 
  8. Sixteen 5:48£0.59  Buy MP3 
  9. Seven 3:28£0.59  Buy MP3 
10. Fifteen Part 2 5:24£0.59  Buy MP3 
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FORWARD RUSSIA Give Me A Wall (2006 UK 11-track CD album featuring their genre-defying sounds of experimentation and ingenuity that have universally been recognised as the bright future of British music and have been described as math rock influenced pop miniatures wrapped in a coating of chaos disco and includes the tracks Nine and Twelve. Gatefold card sleeve plus fold-out insert DTTR012CD)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By P. Gummerson on 2 July 2006
Format: Audio CD
The word 'blistering' has perhaps been overused in music journalism, but it could have been invented for Forward Russia. Exploding onto dozens of stages over the last 2 years, they have proven to be one of the most exciting live bands around. Melding the frenetic guitar fury of At The Drive-In with the rough-edged disco indie of the Rapture, their sound is strange, unique, and instantly distinguishable.

This is easily exemplified on the album by Thirteen, the opening track - a keyboard arpeggio and picked guitar intro is beaten out by disco drums and off-kilter bass while Tom screeches about Van Gogh and Pharoahs over the top, to then suddenly rampage into a fantastic pop chorus. One of the things the Russians do well is switching from cavernous, murky depths to sudden moments of brilliant pop catchiness that give the songs instant memorability.

The next song, Twelve, brilliantly encapsulates the thrill of Forward Russia's live act, Tom's vocals frantically trying to keep pace with Whiskas' guitar, the guitar furiously racing Katie Nicholls' thrashing drums. Constantly varying in pace and texture, this song does more in a furious 2 minutes than some bands will do in a whole album.

Again recalling At The Drive-In, the lyrics are often oblique, yet carefully conceptual under their tangental images and apparently nonsensical structures. As with the music, there's meaning to the madness, sense in the chaos. This might even be a concept album (if it's ever possible to not make a record that someone will call a concept album).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mike Mantin on 17 May 2006
Format: Audio CD
If nothing else, ¡Forward, Russia!'s debut album will go down in history as having possibly the most confusing tracklisting of all time. It starts with 'Thirteen', before moving onto track 2, 'Twelve', then 'Fifteen Pt. 1' at track three. With this numerical track naming, plus that upside down apostrophe, on the surface ¡Forward, Russia! look like they could be the archetypal pretentious art school band whose unlistenable noodling you've had to sit through at bad gigs in tiny rooms. In fact, they're by far the most exciting band in Britain. With overhyped, identical British indie sludge currently clogging up the charts, it's incredibly refreshing to find a band completely deserved of the rapid rise to fame they will very soon achieve.

That said, things are kicking off now: they're currently blowing said indie sludge off the stage at the NME new bands tour and the music press are beginning to sniff out their potential. Give them a couple of years and maybe Q will be onto them. With 'Give Me A Wall' getting a mass release on their own label dance_to_the_radio and guitarist Whiskas already a local hero for promoting and supporting Leeds bands, they personify the DIY ethos more than any other Internet-assisted buzz band, putting two triumphant fingers up to the major-label Man.

That would all mean nothing, though, if they didn't make an exciting and original racket, but boy they do. With the exception of the plodding and forgettable 'Sixteen', every track on 'Give Me A Wall' finds an almost perfect balance between accessible and challenging. They're instantly likebable thanks to their raw energy and memorable hooks, but it's the complexity and detail of the songs, plus Tom Woodhead's truly unique voice, that ensure repeated listenings.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Dinosaur on 28 Aug. 2006
Format: Audio CD
I was familiar with many of the demos that ¡Forward, Russia! had released prior to this album, so I knew what I was getting when I bought it, but the album did still come with a few surprises.

The offbeat drumming and dodgy time signatures are what make this band unique in so many ways, and are present in most of their tracks. Russia are not heavy, but they are loud and erratic, if you don't like music in that mould then you won't like this band, it's something of a tolerance or an acquired taste.

The best tracks are Thirteen, Twelve, Nine, both parts of Fifteen and the closer, Eleven. All are distinguishable and different in their own way, and you have to give them the credit they deserve for making this the case with what is so often an exhausted and saturated genre. Their live performances are also excellent and usually intimate.

The faults are that firstly, my favourite track, Fourteen, isn't on the album. More of a personal complaint I know, but then also there's the fact that the demos sounded much better for some reason. Evidence for this is that if you download the demo of Thirteen and compare it to the album version, the album version seems a bit lifeless in parts, the drums are muffled a bit and there just seems to be less bite in quite a few other tracks too. You get used to this, but it might be worth investigating the demos too to see what I mean.

Minor faults aside, this is a solid debut album from one of the most interesting bands in Britain. Of course, if you're a fan you already knew this, if you're not.. try before you buy because this is not an average British Indie band, and is one that has polarised opinions in many ways.

Finally, I'd like to point out that ¡Forward, Russia! is pronounced Forward Russia. The ¡ is an upside-down ! and not an i as some people have been thinking...
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