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Hats Off To The Buskers [CD]

The View Audio CD
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by Tammy La Gorce

The View -- a Scottish quartet comprised of bassist Kieran Webster, lead guitarist Pete Reilly, lead singer Kyle Falconer, and drummer Steve Morrison -- came together in the band's native Dundee (near Scotland's east coast) in 2005, before any of the bandmates had entered their early twenties. Prior to storming the U.K. with their energetic, scruffy ska-punk and ... Read more in Amazon's The View Store

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  • Audio CD (22 Jan 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: 1965 Records
  • ASIN: B000LC58EK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,586 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Cominí Down
2. Superstar Tradesman
3. Same Jeans
4. Donít Tell Me
5. Skag Trendy
6. The Don
7. Face For The Radio
8. Wasted Little DJs
9. Granís For Tea
10. Dance Into The Night
11. Claudia
12. Street Lights
13. Wasteland
14. Typical Time

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BBC Review

After the festive deluge of greatest hits packages and critical 'best of' lists it's out with the old, in with the new, and on to the 'next big thing'. With two top 15 hits under their belt already, hotly-tipped Scottish upstarts The View look set to fill a very Kooks/Fratellis-shaped hole in 2007. Cocksure and confident, their energetic if somewhat artless debut does just enough to justify the hype.

Sharing a similarly hedonistic everyman swagger and a frankly less-than-imaginative name, the comparisons with early Oasis are inevitable. Big choruses and even bigger guitar solos abound, and Definitely Maybe producer Owen Morris is on hand to crisply capture the band's wide-eyed vim and vigour.

The no-nonsense knees-ups of singles 'Superstar Tradesman' and ''Wasted Little DJs' hurtle by - the latter curiously redolent of Billy Joel's 'We Didn't Start the Fire' - while 'Don't Tell Me' marries the jaunty bounce of 'She's Electric' with the defiant rebuke to responsibility of 'Digsy's Dinner'.

Elsewhere, a blossoming songwriting talent of greater distinction emerges and in Kyle Falconer The View boast a highly engaging narrator. The acoustic strum of 'Face For The Radio' is sure to set a thousand teenage hearts a-quiver while the bittersweet jangle of 'Streetlights' evokes vintage La's: 'I'd like to move city, I'd like to move town/'Cos all you ignorant people are bringing me down.'

Much like Arctic Monkeys this time last year, Hats Off To The Buskers finds a young working class band telling tall tales of Noughties life in a provincial British city. They may lack the punch and poeticism of their peers, but when they stop trying so hard The View have a robust charm all of their own. --Matt Humphreys

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STANDARD EDITION : Debut 2007 album! Incendiary rock 'n' youthful swagger outta Scotland, for Arctic Monkeys fans.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
The View just knocked me off my feet when I heard Wasted Little DJ's and Skag Trendy way back when. I heard Edith Bowman compare this to Definitely Maybe, that is a huge over-reaction. At the moment the world has gone mad for indie, when Oasis were cutting their teeth it was nearly impossible to get a record deal. They were hardened on the indie circuit and had a songbook full of tunes before they were signed; this isn't the case for these fresh faced Dundonians. The benefit to this is that we get bands that will get better and better with each album. The View show incredible song writing talents on many of these tracks but my problem is that with an album to fill there are a couple of fillers that revert to copying their heroes, Libertines/Babyshambles mainly. There is no doubt however that Comin Down is a belter, as are all the singles, Skag Trendy, Gran's for tea and Street Lights even if the last two lack the rock 'n' roll pazzaz you might like these Primal Scream supporters to have flowing through their veins.

It is unfortunate that they are going to be likened to urch-rock like The Paddingtons and The Others, and its even worse that they are going to become contempories to indie formula bands like The Kooks and The Fratellis. Make no mistake they are a class act, one or two songs less (certainly Face for Radio and Claudia should have been a B-side) and they should have included Posh Boys and Up The Junction despite the fact they have already been B-sides. Anyway don't worry about the gripes, climb on board because I'm sure these lads certainly have a Definitely Maybe/Up The Bracket in them, just that this isn't it.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than you might think! 31 Jan 2007
By Muso
Format:Audio CD
OK, I'd heard all the hype, heard 'Same Jeans' 24 hours a day on Radio 1 (smallest playlist on the air!) and thought must be patriotic and get The View. I thought they would be just an Arctic Monkeys replica but I must admit, as much as I like the AMs, The View offer just a little bit more. Lyrically they are equally as good but musically they are more accomplished. Yes, there are echoes of bands gone by, 'The Smith', 'Oasis', 'Dodgy' but they have their own sound which makes stand out.

Lyrically things can be playful one minute, grim the next! Like life maybe!!

There are no weak tracks but for me standouters are 'Face For The Radio','Skag Trendy','Wasted Little DJs' and the incredible 'Wasteland'.

If you have any qualms about buying this, forget them as the album may not be what u are expecting! Bring on Summer Festivals!!!
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, but... 15 Feb 2007
Format:Audio CD
...unfortunately these lads stand to be destroyed by the ever excitable media and commercial world. Yes, it seems to be a re-occuring pattern now. I think the most obvious comparison will be with the Arctic Monkeys - a brilliant, amazing, exhillarating band that are slowly and painfully being picked apart by over-exposure. You get the feeling that such bands would rather remain in the sheltered'underground' of music, where there are loyal and passionate fans a plenty and less of the overly-enthusiatstic, money-snatching moguls.

However, there is nothing I or indeed anyone can do to stop this, and so I shall proceed with my raving of this fantastic band.

Where to start?

To be blunt about it, every single song on this album brings something fresh and delivers effortlessly every time. I can understand why some people feel that many of the songs are a bit repetitive which is fair comment. However if you go into this album wanting and expecting it to be good, which I did, then you will thoroughly enjoy it.

My personal faves are "Superstar Tradesman", "Face For The Radio"(which I'm predicting will become the (pronounce as 'theee') tune of the summer, and subsequently will become hideously over-played and thus, I shall then probably resent it forever more) and the unquestionably brilliant "Wasted Little DJ's". Other songs that provide highs and deserve a mention are the rousing "Comin' Down", infectious "The Don" and the down-right crazy "Skag Trendy". However, I promise you that every single song is actually quite fantastic.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't Ignore This Band! 25 Jun 2007
Format:Audio CD
The music is fun and catchy. However like most bands now a days once the radio and tv shows get hold of them their songs will be drummed into your head. Even so this is defiantly worthy of a place in anyones CD collection.

The best songs on the album include:

+ Superstar Tradesman

+ Same Jeans

+ The Don

+ Face For The Radio

+ Dance Into The Night

+ Claudia

+ Streetlights
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5.0 out of 5 stars The View are on fire... 22 Jan 2007
By Mikey
Format:Audio CD
An example of why British music really is the best in the world - just a magnificent debut album -up there with "Definitely Maybe" and "The Stone Roses". The View manage to mix the raw energy of The Libertines with the catchy hooks of Oasis. If the Arctic Monkeys had the hype but not quite the songs, The View are proof that sometimes, the hype can be justified.

Opening with "Comin Down", it's an unrelenting amazing opener complete with vocals resembling Rob Harvey of The Music. It really does set things in motion brilliantly. By the time you come to the end of "Same Jeans", 3 songs in, you know you're in for something special.

"Don't Tell Me" is perhaps one of the more Oasis-soundinng numbers, think a Scottish "Digsy's Dinner" and "She's Electric" and you're about there.

"Skag Trendy" and "The Don" boast the catchiest basslines on the album, it's a band at the top of their game some 6 songs in to their debut album!

Standout track is "Face For The Radio", an absolutely beautiful and heartbreaking acoustic song. Proof that The View can do both acoustic comedown and all out rock 'n' roll. Again, with Oasis-tinged lead guitar in the middle, by the end of "Face For The Radio", you realise this album is starting to stand out, and I mean, REALLY stand out.

The second half of "Hats Off To The Buskers" picks up with debut single "Wasted Little DJ's", another Libertines-esque track with a brilliant chorus. "Dance Into The Night" and "Claudia" wouldn't be too out of place on a Beatles album, whilst "Street Lights" reminds me of The Kinks.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great gig. great CD
Saw them live in a little venue in Stockholm. They were great so I decided to buy the back catalogue and have not been disappointed.
Published 16 months ago by Hutters
4.0 out of 5 stars great!
i previewed this album online before i bought it and instantly liked it! A little bit indie/urban and a little bit rock...just the type of music i love!
Published on 14 Mar 2011 by XCHARLYBX
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Published on 25 Feb 2009 by paulao81
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best of 2006
The view blasted onto the scene with 'same jeans' but to get to their real sound you must listen to 'hats off to the buskers. Read more
Published on 27 Oct 2007 by brinley
5.0 out of 5 stars a band to watch out for
the view burst onto the scene with their brilliantly energetic 'Same jeans' Love the album, this is a band that will go far. Read more
Published on 28 Sep 2007 by Bj Lucas
5.0 out of 5 stars Sing along with The View
Hmm, maybe it's just me then but I love this album. One of the few I've bought this year that I can happily listen to throughout and not skip particular tracks (more than can be... Read more
Published on 20 Sep 2007 by Fiona Colley
4.0 out of 5 stars Good honest fun
Fine album, very enjoyable and not limited to just a couple of tracks at all. They're not glamourising or overblowing where they come from, and there's no great drama or misery in... Read more
Published on 16 Aug 2007 by Tom
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor
I'll be brief. I saw them live in February in Camden. They were quite good. I bought the album. There's probably two goods songs maybe one if I'm being harsh. Read more
Published on 7 July 2007 by sknarfr
3.0 out of 5 stars Do's and Don's
The View are a talent - that's obvious.
That their debut album isn't a classic is due to a number of factors: One is vocalist Kyle Falconer; he needs to have more faith in... Read more
Published on 2 July 2007 by Paul Ess.
5.0 out of 5 stars Everybodys dressing up, im dressing down...
Q magazine recently described the new new Razorlight album as being "the greatest album since Definately Maybe". Read more
Published on 30 Jun 2007 by Ian Clement
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