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In A Million Pieces [CD]

The Draft Audio CD
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Reinvention can be a bitch. But for the men behind The Draft ? three-fourths of whom recently crawled from the wreckage of the now-defunct, legendary post-punk outfit Hot Water Music ? taking a powder was never, ever an option. Instead, frontman/guitarist Chris Wollard, bassist/spokesman Jason Black and drummer George Rebelo ? the nucleus of what became this new band ? stared down their ... Read more in Amazon's The Draft Store

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  • Audio CD (9 Nov 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Epitaph
  • ASIN: B000H9HX4U
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 203,159 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. New Eyes Open
2. Lo Zee Rose
3. Let It Go
4. Alive Or Dead
5. Bordering
6. Impossible
7. Wired
8. Not What I Wanna Do
9. All We Can Count On
10. Out of Tune
11. Longshot
12. The Tide Is Out

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing - Amazing - Amazing 28 Jun 2009
Format:Audio CD
I am suprised nobody has taken the opportunity to wax lyrical about this album yet. There is not one average track on here, every single song is absolutely terrific. It was the best album of 2006 and every time I give it another spin my belief is totally reaffirmed. The production is absolutely perfect,the vocals are brilliant and I don't think they will ever top this again. In that respect it reminds me of Bluetip, The Enablers and Seven Storey Mountain - amazing first releases that were never subsequently emulated. This is as good as (if not better)any of the great HWM releases (A Flight and A Crash - Caution etc)..... I just hope they manage to release something as god as this again. Fave tracks are New Eyes Open, Alive or Dead, The Tide is Out and the title track - on balance the lyrics are really well thought out and beautifully crafted into each song - - - if you have never heard this album I envy you as you have a pandora's box of delights awaiting you when you play it 10/10.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I didn't think they could pull it off. 14 Feb 2007
By S. Brown - Published on
Format:Audio CD
When Hot Water Music went on "indefinite hiatus" after releasing the absolutely brilliant album "The New What Next", I was crushed. We all know what that means. It means the band hasn't decided if they are breaking up or not. Which usually means that they one goes on "indefinite hiatus" and then comes back. Doesn't work.

So when "In A Million Pieces" finally dropped, I knew it was the last toll of the death bell for HWM. And I wanted to hate it. How dare they! Scurrilous knaves! Chuck is at home with his wife and you guys are back at it!?

So I put it off. I waited. I didn't want to hear the "new Hot Water Music". I caught The Draft playing at The Fest in Gainesville, and the show was great. Everyone was in top form, JB's basslines echoing a thousand Cure songs without ever ripping one off, George beating his kit like it owed him money, newcomer Todd Rockhill sounding every bit the Southern boy he was born, and Chris standing at the front of the stage like he was born to be there, bantering with the audience, calling us all "turkeys", and swinging around his Tele like it was a snake trying to get away from him.

And still, I waited.

Hot Water Music was always a live band. No matter how good the albums were, they always outdid themselves live. Most bands being the exact opposite, it was a rare and beautiful thing.

So I waited.

Finally, I couldn't stand it anymore. What the hell? Why was I so resistant to this? No Idea Records announced the early release of the album on vinyl, I Paypal'd my money right over, and it was at my house in a week.

Three days, mind you, after the needle on my turntable died a brief and ignoble death.

So I sat and stared at the album I had finally accepted in my heart as the future, and realized I couldn't even listen to the damn thing.


Off to buy it AGAIN, as a collection of those delightful little industry hobgoblins known as "mp3's", and I was finally in business.

I settled in with a Diet Pepsi, a pack of cigarettes, my good headphones, and strict instructions that I was to be left alone for 36.8 minutes. No wife, no kids, no dogs, no phone, nothing.

And damned if this isn't the best album these boys have put out to date. I mean, I miss Chuck. I love the guy. But he's doing his thing, and the rest of the guys are doing theirs, and so it goes.

You can hear a clear and palpable shift with "In A Million Pieces", as the absence of Chuck's songwriting contributions force Chris Wollard to step up his efforts. He doesn't disappoint, but this album finds him moving the band in a lot of different directions...most noticeably with far more Beatles-esque pop influence in a lot of the songs.

It's not better than Hot Water Music. It's not worse. It's really simply a completely different beast. From the triumphant intro of "New Eyes Open" to the slinky synth line in the back of "Bordering" to the 80's punk/new wave intro for "Longshot", The Draft are letting their influences show through more heavily. Hell, you can almost hear Chris throwing in some (c)rows licks here and there!

It's not Hot Water Music. But our boys from Gainesville have damn sure created something that is greater than the sum of its parts. "In A Million Pieces" stomps, swaggers, slinks and shuffles towards something just out of reach, an idea that you know is going to keep them moving forward for a long time.

And we get to reap the benefits.

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding First Effort 18 Sep 2006
By Tom Cody - Published on
Format:Audio CD
I am a longtime fan of Hot Water Music and I was worried that The Draft would try to hold to that style on this album which I knew was going to very difficult, and also the last thing I wanted. I wanted to hear Chris, Black, and George go in a new direction. I was not dissapointed. This album is great from start to finish and Wollard (Chris) does a great job as a frontman and with the backbone of George and Black banging out the rhythyms, and Todd Rockhill providing a 2nd guitar this band has all the potential in the world. 4 out of 5 stars although I feel we have not seen the best that 'The Draft' has to offer; which is a good thing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Hot Water Music 9 May 2007
By K. Friend - Published on
Format:Audio CD
I just started listening to Hot Water Music so late that they were ending when I found out about them, but I got every CD anyways and hoped for the best. Well, I think we got it, musically anyways, with The Draft. This is not as raw, but in my opinion, it's even better! This CD doesn't have one bad cut on it, a statement reserved for very few CD's at best. I missed them in my home town of Tempe, Az and I am black and blue from kicking myself. I'm looking forward to MORE!
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great debute album. 18 Sep 2006
By Tom K. - Published on
Format:Audio CD
I first listened to this album about two days ago and I was instantly hooked. Great singing and fantastic playing. You can definetly hear the influence of Hot Water Music.

I would recommend picking up this album.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Divide and rule 7 Jan 2007
By Lutfi Melih Kutluoba - Published on
Format:Audio CD
After the full throttle urban rock of Hot Water Music; the draft seems to stay at the sea side of a lonely town. Punk rock parking lots, bad decisions, aftermath, dance...all the feeling populated by a similary colourful cast of straight rock soul and albino paradise. Cut-class crafted of "New eyes open" to such sun-drenched change of "Bordering" you feel the mutating re heal of a new band/ashes of various nerve. However; some songs remaining out of place. The talent and the creative past of the band mambers built a conflict genre motives that fail to present a complete 'album'. There's the mature structure of "Not what i wanna do" and suprisingly low-class "Lo zee rose" (obviously choruses uplift the song) or insightful but sometimes confusing "Impossible". Elsewhere, there's the main ideas backed by the passion and paint-blistering rant. Witty deconstruction of an acute rock brain. Like 'take an endless breath. And rest.
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