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Grace And The Bigger Picture [CD]

Johnny Foreigner Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (26 Oct 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Best Before
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 109,023 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Choose Yr Side And Shut Up 1:510.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Security To The Promenade 2:400.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Ghost The Festivals 2:250.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Feels Like Summer 1:540.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. I'll Choose My Side And Shut Up, Alright 1:330.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Criminals 3:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Custom Scenes And The Parties That Made Them 2:590.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. More Heart, Less Tongue 2:510.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Kingston Called, They Want Their Lost Youth Back 1:020.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. I Woke Up On A Beach In Aberystwyth 2:550.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. (Graces)0:380.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Dark Harbourzz 2:000.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Every Cloakroom Ever 2:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. More Tongue, Less Heart 1:430.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. The Coast Was Always Clear11:310.99  Buy MP3 

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BBC Review

Birmingham noise-pop trio Johnny Foreigner don’t do compromise. ‘Make it loud, make it quick’ is about their philosophy. Some may look to their contemporaries for reference, but theirs is as much a case of having one foot in the present and one in the past, taking cues from the soaring riffs of bands like Sebadoh combined with the urgency of the current Los Campesinos!.

If there was a criticism of last year’s debut, Waited Up ‘til it Was Light, it’s that things were a smidgen one-dimensional, with repeat listens failing to fully impose on the listener despite the immediacy of its foot-stompers, which are abundant this time, too. On their second LP, Grace and the Bigger Picture, a watershed is reached. The crash-bang-wallop chunks are nothing but bite-size treats, with ever-present warring boy-girl vocals from frontman Alexei and bassist Kelly the mainstay and signature. This duel manifests itself in various ways throughout; the swaggering, distorted, pounding opener Choose Yr Side and Shut Up being answered by the heart-strung, unadorned female-led lament of I’llchoosemysideandshutup, Alright?.

Make no mistake, GATBP is a non-stop rocking ruck from first ‘til last, and this weighs out both in the positive and negative. This jackhammer energy is their very essence, the reason for being but, it’s a tough ask to savour any of the high-end moments instantly, with little left lingering in the mind. With just the one song breaching the three-minute mark, a feeling of daze is perhaps unsurprising but, like the moment you reach a threshold of a joyous inebriation, everything after that point becomes a blur scattered with moments of remembrance, yet beautiful ones.

The crucial variation emerges in the instrumental crescendo of More Tongue, Less Heart, the hidden track at the album’s end and Every Cloakroom Ever, which takes a more melodic and fuzz-laden approach. Yet, there’s little that can be done to restrain the blitzkrieg – even tracks which proceed at a relative stroll ultimately accelerate to characteristic hyper-speed guitar squalls and vocal screeches.

It’s almost certainly a cliché to suggest bands progressing towards maturity and ‘honing their sound’ with each release, but there’s a degree of that with GATBP. What we have is a constant; unlike their debut record, which was a bundle of punchy peaks and troughs. The raucous bursts perfectly counteract the measured, intentional breaks, leaving us with a group closer to completing their own jigsaw. --Luke Slater

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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly written, ruined in the mix? 4 Jan 2010
Format:Audio CD
I love these guys, its so great to hear so much energy that makes it through in the studio. They are great live and fantastic musicians, but I think they've been let down by the mixing in this album. I find the vocals way too quiet and in some songs it feels like there is peaking in the bass region.

Where as in "Waited up 'til it was light" there is a really fresh sound where you can clearly listen out for all the parts, the vocals stand up etc. Sadly in "Grace ..." it all seems a bit lost.

Still great song writing though.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Choose this album and shut up! 12 July 2010
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On the followup to their acclaimed debut album, "Waited Up Til It Was Light", Johnny Foreigner pretty much continue with the same formula that made their first CD a real ear opener (and comparisons to Los Campesinos inevitable): intense, catchy, guitar driven pop/rock with aggressive (and some detractors might say screechy) male and female vocals that all combine to form an infectious if rather messy wall of sound. For the most part their new album is a blast -- particularly on a hook laden pop stomper like "I Woke Up on a Beach..." -- though stylistically their music can seem like too much of the same thing at times. Thankfully the band succeeds at toning down their hyper aggressive antics quite a bit on songs like "More Heart, Less Tongue" to give the album a semblance of diversity and balance.
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