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  • Audio CD (18 April 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B000088E9O
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 222,820 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The latest in 1970s-styled power pop rocking from Portland, Oregon rave-ups EXPLODING HEARTS. Blending the songwriting charm and guitars of early Brit pop bands like the Undertones and The Jam, the romance of pop legends like Nick Lowe, the energy and attitude of power pop/punk bands like Buzzcocks and the Boys, and the beat and soul of the early Motown and Stax combos, the band gives-it-up with foot-stomping beats, great songwriting, and killer Rickenbacker guitar riffs.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "nocultureicon" on 15 Nov. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Tragedy comes in many forms, and with every listen of "Guitar Romantic" you realise that we have been robbed of a band that were quite literally about to explode through a tragic accident. From start to finish, this is an album to cherish for many reasons - its tunes, its lyrics and its overall feel. Introduce someone to the album without telling them who it is or when it was recorded, and they would be forgiven for thinking that it was one of punk's great lost albums of the late '70's. This is indie music as it should be - short and to the point - the 10 songs here last a little over 28 minutes and every single one is a classic. RIP Exploding Hearts - gone but never forgotten.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S on 10 Jun. 2010
Format: Audio CD
As a previous reviewer mentioned, this album comes across like a classic of the 70s. This is by no means a criticism, though, as with songs this good it doesn't matter where you draw your inspiration from.

From the moment 'Modern Kicks' screeches out of the speakers this album grabs you by the throat and refuses to let go. 'I'm A Pretender' goes straight for the gut and its instantly hummable chorus really does sound timeless. 'Sleeping Aides and Razorblades' and 'Boulevard Trash' are among the other highlights.

If you're a fan of buzz saw guitars and boisterous vocal harmonies then this album should definitely appeal to you. Admittedly, the bands tragic demise has probably affected the way this album will be viewed but it really is an excellent piece of work, whether you know the story of the Exploding Hearts or not.
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Format: Audio CD
This album belongs on the top 20 list of the noughties best album list. Great punkpop.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Modern kicks 26 April 2003
By Roy Pearl - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Zippy punk served up '77 style, from the shoutalong girl-group-derived melodies to the dayglo cover art to a mix that boasts all meters buried in the red. Lotsa fun, in other words, if just shy of greatness. Full marks for effort, though. This is what punk rock sounded like before it got codified into simple barre chords and zitty whining. If you've ever heard the Vibrator's classic "Pure Mania" then you're already well-acquainted with the game plan. And although it's all highly derivative, the Exploding Hearts at least show good sense and smart album collections in their choice of idols. It also helps that the band possesses an infectious exuberance and a seemingly limitless energy supply. With any luck, a million and one Good Charlotte-lovin' teenie punks will clutch onto this as their favorite album ever and all their subsequent bands will be formed in the image of the Exploding Hearts. And then the world will be a better place. Or something.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Broken mirrors and a bloody nose 3 Jun. 2004
By Jellybones - Published on
Format: Audio CD
The loss of the Exploding Hearts in a tragic car wreck is one of the most depressing things to happen musically in the last few years. In this current scene, where 70's / 80's retro has become the hottest ticket around, the `Hearts stopped in to drop this `lil bombshell. If you scream for all the dreamy neo / retro punk / post-punk bands like Rapture, Hot Hot Heat, the Strokes et al. then please do yourself a big favor and pick up this release. It will kick in the door with its blazing raw punk beats (ala The Fall, The Clash, etc) punch those pretty boy bands in the nose , take their best girl and toss her on the back of their bike, and leave a big cloud of smoke and rubber in their driveway. There's the throwback love saga "Jailbird", there's the anathematic "Boulevard Trash", the blistering "I'm a Pretender", the very Clash-y "Rumours in Town". And if it were still the eighties, "Sleeping Aides and Razor Blades" would be the off kilter radio hit. Crap, lets face it every track on this album absolutely goes toe down, leaving you crying with a black eye and a big fat lip. Then there's "Modern Kicks", that's probably one of the best songs this decade, if not ever. A fired up guitar mugging of a song that has everything a classic song should have... shouting punk chorus, scorching guitar riffs and solos, and lead vocals delivered with a sneer. At a battle of the bands, it would be standing there laughing while those other MTV bands ran crying for their mommy.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Classic garage rock with a punk feel 8 Jun. 2006
By Destroy Boy - Published on
Format: Audio CD
The Exploding Hearts were a bunch of young kids playing a musical style twice their age but you wouldn't know that from their flawless recreation of the sounds of the classic rock n' roll/garage movement of the late 60's. Despite their youth, there's a timeless feel to their modern take on this genre as they belt through a series of rock n' roll originals that surely would have been chart toppers in that era. Helping this out is the absolutely retro straight out of the amp, fuzzy around the edges guitars and a strict adherence to blues based rock songwriting but with a superb flair for writing memorable songs that stick out from the considerable amount of bands playing this style past and present. They also incorporate some of the energy of the early British punk movement, keeping things moving at a brisk pace that keeps the interest level high from start to finish.

Beyond a couple almost ballads (they still rock!), most of the album is packed with upbeat numbers driven by raw, jangly guitars and almost non-stop lead guitar riffs. The lead work is especially good on this album, ranging from classic straight 50's greaser type solos to bold, anthemic solos that dominate tracks like "Modern Kicks" and "Rumors In Town". At times this comes across as a more poppy version of the New York Dolls but flush with the vibe and feel of a more straight rock version of The Undertones or The Vibrators. It has that same crazy punk energy but not the angry power chords, instead going with a more bubblegum rock style full of a ton of solos.

The vocals are fairly bubblegum as well with lots of back up vocals and tons of lyrics about girls but never come across as cheesy or forced. In fact they help to further cement their near perfect retro status as they sound straight off the teenybopper records of old, full of youthful energy for a brand new musical movement.

Sadly this first record is also the last as three fourths of the band died in a car accident coming back from a gig. Truly a tragedy as this was one of the best new bands I've heard in quite some time but at least they left this one gem of a record for us to remember them by.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Modern Kicks Indeed! 24 April 2003
By saddyboy - Published on
Format: Audio CD
man oh man, if you love The Beat, Plimsouls, The Knack, The Clash and The Undertones, this record is for you!--these fellows sway you with sweet melodies and then proceed to rock your socks won't believe how timeless this record sound--it's still early in the year, but "Guitar Romantic" may just be the power pop record of 2003!!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
WOW...and then a tear. 14 Oct. 2008
By Brandon General - Published on
Format: Audio CD
As a guy who has owned a copy of this record since its release in 2003, and played, and over-played the hell out of it, it has never once gotten boring, or old like some of the other formulaic music the radio or MTV tries to pass off as music. You can't however even compare this to the crap that gets airplay. It goes beyond the casual listen, it gets inside of you and makes you feel alive.
It has everything that makes a record great to me. Loud, brash vocals, loud brash guitars that have a melody, great hooks, and a lo-fi quality to the recording(it was recorded in a basement)though it sounds really really clear considering. It has charm, substance, and potential. These guys were only kids, and to think they could produce such hooky music is astounding.
Then the sad part.
This same music that makes you feel so alive inside was recorded only months before three fourths of this band would die in a car accident. Their one and only true studio album still stands above almost everything else in my collection and thats saying alot.
If you stumbled across this cd here, and are reading this review because a friend told you the story, or you read about them somewhere and were curious about the hype...its all it's hyped up to be. Don't hesitate and deprive yourself of this one magical moment in music history, just buy the damn record, sit back, smile, tap your feet, and try not to cry once you fall in love with the band and realize that there will never be another studio album.
RIP The Exploding Hearts
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