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How We Operate [CD]

Gomez Audio CD
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ATO Records recording artist Gomez has revealed details of its highly anticipated new album, A NEW TIDE . The eagerly awaited collection - the band's sixth studio outing and follow-up to 2006's breakthrough HOW WE OPERATE - arrives in stores and at all online retailers on March 31 st .

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  • Audio CD (5 Jun 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Independiente
  • ASIN: B000FGFU1I
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,532 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. See The World 4:030.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. How We Operate 5:260.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen  6. Chasing Ghosts With Alcohol 3:420.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Tear Your Love Apart 4:060.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Charley Patton Songs 5:130.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Woman! Man! 4:040.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. All Too Much 4:330.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen12. Don't Make Me Laugh 4:340.79  Buy MP3 

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The appearance of How We Operate, the fifth album from Gomez will confound those critics who crowed that winning the Mercury Music Prize for their 1998 debut, Bring It On was the kiss of death for these Southport rockers. Eight years on, they’re still toiling – albeit, in a quite different shape to the band that first charmed the UK charts with the weathered blues-rock of ’78 Stone Wobble’. The recruitment of Pixies producer Gil Norton is presumably partly responsible, prompting a new, uncluttered style that sees a lot of the fussier arrangements and everything-but-the-kitchen-sink instrumentation stripped away. Just as important, however, are a fresh suite of songs like ‘Notice’ and ‘Girlshapedlovedrug’ that boast clarity of intention and a straightforward radio-friendliness - two things qualities you suspect bothered Gomez little in the past. Vocalist Ben Ottewell, he of the Tom Waits-meets-Captain Beefheart blues growl, pays a somewhat lesser role on this record – a shame, as he’s perhaps Gomez’s most immediately recognisable element – but he does take the helm for a couple of stand-out numbers, like the Eastern European-flavoured ‘Tear Your Love Apart’. --Louis Pattison

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gomez at their usual amazingly high standard 7 May 2006
Format:Audio CD
'How we operate' is a fine compilation of wonderfully easy going tracks, that have Gomez's fantastic harmonies and originality running throughout.

Each one of their albums has a different sound and back bone that runs through it. This one has a great combination of upbeat and melancholy tracks, and provides even more proof that Gomez are still continuing to evolve, both musically and lyrically, but managing to keep their unique and heart renderingly good melodies going.

I have been a die hard Gomez fan from the beginning, and have loved all of their albums. If you have a similar passion for them, then this album will fuel your fire more than you thought possible. If your loyalty to them has faltered at any point since Liquid Skin, then this disc will easily bring you back to them.

A great album from a truly talented band.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Draw 4 May 2007
Format:Audio CD
Bring It On and Liquid Skin were, to my mind, fantastic, innovative and very original albums that initiated my love affair with Gomez. Full of quirkiness! Split the Difference was ok but How We Operate is a real 'return to form!'. The songs are a lot more mainstream than before but are simply lovely, thoughtful creations that make you sing along and tap your foot within a listen or two. Ottwell's vocals are still ultra cool and the all round talent of the band (3 lead singers) is showcased perfectly here. Buy it, It was my favourite album of 2006 by a long chalk.
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4.0 out of 5 stars How they operate? Fluently! 28 May 2006
Format:Audio CD
Gomez have always been a top band, and whilst they've varied their style slightly throughout their past 5 albums, they have always remained on top of the game. Nothing changes here. How We Operate is a classy vibrant album with some instant classics such as See The World, the title track How We Operate and that witty, rocky number, Cry On Demand. With this album they bring us 12 new songs in a return to more of the style of Split the Difference, their previous album. Whilst not one of their best albums, and definitely not same standard as Split the Difference in my opinion, the album is still very worthy of buying. Perhaps the influence of Country and Western is slightly too strong in some of the songs, it also shows just how versatile the musicians are, and is used in a particularly catchy manner in See The World (my favourite song), and the banjo has an amazing solo in How We Operate. The track Girl Shaped Love Drug is similar in vein to Franz Ferdinand, but shows much more diversity.

Lyrically, the tracks aren't much to shout about, but lets face it, most of the best bands songs aren't works of literary genius. Numerous in-jokes are still included, and give the songs a touch of feel-good humour. Gomez have stuck to what they know, and what they have proved they are good at, and personally, I love it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent new album 11 Sep 2006
By Sharon
Format:Audio CD
Having been somewhat disappointed by Split the Difference, I was a little apprehensive about this latest release. But thankfully I was not disappointed. This album puts Gomez back to the very top of my estimation. It is quite simply a superb album. I have to agree with a previous reviewers comments that the second track 'see the world' literally makes the hair stand up on the back of my head. Lyrically its fantastic while being beautifully melodic. 'Cry on Demand' and 'Hamoa Beach' are other highlights.

I have had the pleasure of seeing the band perform the material live and they have not disappointed.

I would advise anyone to buy this album, particularly fan who have been disappointed since 'bring it on' and 'liqid skin'. This will not let you down
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars How We Operate 3 July 2006
Format:Audio CD
Buy it. You need to because it will make you feel better about the world you're living in. Sometimes, I think it is too easy for Gomez. 'See the world' is a ridiculously simple tune that somehow has the power to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, the gloriously uplifting chorus to 'Cry on Demand' (a song whose chorus should be anything but!), the wah-wah groove on 'Moana Beach' that holds you in a vice-like grip, the grandeur of the title track as it explodes in the latter half, the air-tight harmonies that give warmth to the edginess and urgency in .....Enough! Buy two. Give one to someone you love!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem of an album 10 July 2006
Format:Audio CD
Not my nromal music style, but having read a review thought it was worth a try...well rewarded. A great album that you can listen to over and over again, each time it seems to get more rewarding. Album of the year so far 2006.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 'Tis Good 4 July 2006
Format:Audio CD
Well worth buying, this album is a fine addition to Gomez's repertoire. It contains some of their best work; they manage to keep the distinctive Gomez sound, without just copying the style of their previous albums.

If you've heard and liked other Gomez albums, you'd be missing out if you didn't give it a listen.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Album of the year...quite possibly !! 8 May 2006
Format:Audio CD
What a superb album. I think i have an import copy of this as it isn't due out in the UK until next week (?), but Selectadisc had a copy and i couldn't resist.

I love almost every track and thats rare these days with any band. I've always loved Gomez, although i couldn't quite 'get' their previous effort, Split The Difference. I loved their earlier albums but STD just didn't quite fire with me. So i was a little hesistant with HWO but it really is superb. Notice, See The World, How We Operate, Chasing Ghosts With Alcohol and especially Charley Patton Songs are awesome. I always prefer the gravelly tones of Ben Ottewell on their releases but Ian and Tom's efforts are just as good on this album. I just wish they were playing Nottingham on their UK tour. I've seen them twice but it's been a few years and they are a really good live act.

It's now a toss up for album of the year so far between Gomez, Derek Trucks and the Drive By Truckers. Three great albums.

Go and buy !!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Classic Gomez
The album is a great listen, so many fab tracks. I love playing this in the car or out running.
Published on 1 April 2012 by Mike Pearson
2.0 out of 5 stars The Gomez Delusion
Undoubtedly the poorest Gomez album to date. It really lacks the energy of the earlier stuff. As a long time fan, I was really looking forward to this, but it seems that they got... Read more
Published on 25 Aug 2008 by Penky
2.0 out of 5 stars Hm....
If you read my review of Split The Difference you'll know how much I loved that album, and Gomez are a great band. Read more
Published on 15 Jun 2008 by You are reading my username
3.0 out of 5 stars I don't get it...
Feel like they've lost something with this one... yeah its jolly enough, but doesn't work for me, not a fan.
Published on 31 July 2007 by Duggsy69
5.0 out of 5 stars Return to form is no understatement
The reviews so far have very muched summed up my feeling for this fantastic album. Gomez were hailed as the next big thing upon their breakthrough in 1998, and lived up to it with... Read more
Published on 15 May 2007 by Thomas Hugh
5.0 out of 5 stars If You Like Gomez.........

I have been a fan since album one and seen 'em live 3 times.....

This album is EPIC!! Best from Gomez since.... well who cares? Read more
Published on 3 May 2007 by D. MOORE
4.0 out of 5 stars Back to Their Best
I agree with many of the reviews here. I think the last few albums (since Abandoned Shopping Trolley) have been quite lame and not the same as the first three albums, which I... Read more
Published on 23 Jan 2007 by C. Killick
5.0 out of 5 stars Ab Fab
Yes absoulutely fabulous.Clever lyrics,superb tunes,interesting song structures(well what else would you expect from Gomez) all add up to make a really great album. Read more
Published on 19 Jan 2007 by Tinky Winky
5.0 out of 5 stars Return to form
Since Bring It on, i havent really noticed any singificant musical triumphs from Gomez, but after hearing this album, my faith is renewed! Read more
Published on 28 Nov 2006 by cannibalwombat
5.0 out of 5 stars Back to their very best!
This great album reminds me of why I started listening to Gomez in the first place. It's up there with Bring it on. For anybody new to the band it's a perfect introduction.
Published on 26 Nov 2006 by Mark
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