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  • Audio CD (27 April 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nitro
  • ASIN: B00005NFK5
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 151,066 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Democracy?
2. Song.com
3. Thrill Kill
4. She
5. Lookin For Action
6. Would You Be So Hot
7. Absinthe
8. Amen
9. Neverland
10. The End Of Time
11. Obscene
12. W
13. Beauty Of The Beast

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At the beginning of the Damned's Grave Disorder, "I suspend the sitting, grave disorder having broken out", is barked by the admonished voice of then Speaker of The House Of Commons, Bernard Weatherill, before chunky fuzzed-up guitars and power drums jump-start a frantic poppy rant about revolution changing nothing and voting changing even less. Ah, the mirth and the mayhem. And--come to think of it--the melody and the macabre. The Damned are back and--thank hell--all their faculties are intact. Superannuated punks, ceaselessly providing live music for Britain's gnarly pallbearers to pogo to, Grave Disorder is only the Damned's fourth studio album in 16 years and, remarkably, the first to feature bereted loonball Captain Sensible since October 1982. Rat Scabies has gone, to be replaced by ex-English Dogs tubthumper Pinch, Monty Oxy Moron is in on keyboards and Dave Vanian--he of the one-time gothic Dickie Davies hairstyle--remains at the vocal helm. Vanian even gets to sing a manly-voiced love song to missus and bassist Patricia Morrison (formerly of Sisters Of Mercy) which humorously robs Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game" of a few chords. Vanian, actually, is at the top of his game: "Absinthe" , his tribute to the hallucinogenic washing-up liquid of Fin De Siecle Paris is a wonder; "Amen", a grimly insurgent anti-religion rocker with clanging church bell samples is hilarious; and the Andrew Lloyd-Webber treatment on the brilliant "Beauty of the Beast" (Vanian's tribute to the flesh-crawling artfulness of the vintage black and white horror flick) only makes you mad that the Damned never got around to doing a gothic version of Phantom of the Opera in their 1980s heyday. Even so--from the spiky, surfed-up ode to Internet addiction on "Song.com" to the political wryness of "W" (surely pronounced "Dubya")--this is neat, neat, neat all the way and probably the finest album the Damned have ever made. --Kevin Maidment

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Jun. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Once again the Damned surprise their fans with another excellent album packed full of colour, life and vigour. After a break off production, I had a nervous anticipation before pressing the play button, but with no regrets, and a reassuring catchy fast beginning, I began to sit back, take a deep breath, and prepare myself for the next 60 minutes. Certain tracks are certainly burried deep in their punk roots; "Looking for action" and "Would you be so hot" are certainly the wild cards on this album, but within minutes your taken to another mature side to their musicality; their gental guitar riffs and soft vocals from Absinthe, rock rhythms and alternative sounds using bells,male choirs and organs in "Amen" Following this is the happy and superb guitar riff melody of "Neverland" - almost undoubledly one to get you washing your pots with a jiggajig!and pretty soon after the piano off-beat "Obscene"
This album really does well to combine all eras of the Damned, "Till the end of time" and "Beauty of the beast" is Vanian clearly wanting to show he can still compose classical tunes in the same eerie flavour and tone as Sanctum Sanctorum and Is it a Dream with two very convincing tunes to wind this album down. But also this collection shows the new fans the Damned's originality and punky ideas in other tracks on here.. I cant name a favourite. I love Obscene for its fresh dancy feel (as with Neverland!); Its got those unmistkable drums, the lovely vanian's voice popping up and down the scale, and some nice keyboard passages, then neatly followed by the catchy Oz style aborigine beginning of "W"!
What fresh air!
All i can say is just play and enjoy the ride. I salut Dave for ending this album in the way he has done before. Leaving the listener quite literally lifted off the music playing field in admiration and dizzy happinness! Admire the calming peaceful end.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Wrath on 22 Aug. 2001
Format: Audio CD
Well what can I say? This album follows seamlessly in the foot steps of the classic "black album" and "Strawberries", yet with a new modern style without abandoning the shear energy which is The Damned. I was one of the few I think who really liked the Phantasmagoria period aswell as the much loved earlier stuff , this is more akin to The Stawberries stuff but any new album by the band would have been welcomed after all this time, but I dared not hope for a cracking album like this. It has it all From the Sheer pop of "song.com" and "would you be so hot" to the energy of "Democracy" and "W", aswell as the haunting vocals of Vanian on "Absinth" and "Amen". The only real criticism is, was it necessary to include Captain Sensibles 5 years plus old "Neverland", but heh even this I can forgive, infact I'm beginning to like it all over again.
The Damned, after all the false dawns over the last 14 years are truly back, now I can forget the truly awful "Jack and the Beanstalk". Anyway I can't waste time writing anymore. I need to listen to the album again. Welcome back Captain all is forgiven.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "niclasfox" on 23 Jan. 2003
Format: Vinyl
Having listening to the Damned ever since their first single (New Rose 1976) I was surprised last year when this album was released. Didn't knew the existed any more! Anyway, although it has been a while since their former album I couldn't be more satisfied: they've gone back to the 70's! And that is, in this case, very good. Dave and the Captain has produced a number of exellent songs with (almost) the same quality as ever before. Put Damned Damned Damned, Music for Pleasure, Machine Gun Etiquette and Black Album in a pot, stir well and there you have it: Grave Disorder. Of course we all miss Rat behind the drums but you can't have it all can you? Dave (Vanian), who has been in the gravedigging business for real, can certainly be proud of this work and of puttin' things in This-order. The Damned are back!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By neverfrisco@yahoo.com on 21 Sept. 2001
Format: Vinyl
The overwhelming acclaim for this new release by the Damned is pretty much universal- it IS the best album they've ever made, but will the general public even find out about it? Great reviews are all well and good, but what can long-time fans do to get the word out to a wider music buying audience? With the popularity of hard rock, metal & punk currently on the rise in the US, an album like "Grave Disorder" deserves to be heard by anyone interested in these more aggressive forms of popular music. If, like myself, you're a fan of up-tempo rockers, this album delivers the goods and then some. Songs like "Amen," "Lookin' For Action," and the lead track, "Democracy?," are a welcome change from the (mostly) down-tempo metal chunderings of bands such as Korn, System Of A Down and Staind, to name a few. The Damned also bust loose on some timely topics like the Internet surfing craze ("song.com"), and a bit of politics, too ("W," my favorite track on the disc). The musicianship has never been better, and the new drummer, Pinch, has finally made me give up hoping that Rat Scabies would return to the fold. You'll find a taste of every previous Damned record on this disc, yet it is thoroughly 21st century Damned from start to finish. This disc is all killer, no filler! So BUY IT! all freakin' ready, and then play it for everyone you know. Call your local rock and/or college radio stations and request they play it! Heck, I've even bought some extra copies to give to friends as gifts. I'll say it again: this album deserves to be heard! 'Nuff said.
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