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Jewellery Quarter

The Twang Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (3 Aug 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: B-Unique
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,311 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Took The Fun
2. Barney Rubble
3. Twit Twoo
4. Put It On The Dancefloor
5. May I Suggest
6. Encouraging Sign
7. Got No Interest
8. Back Where We Started
9. Answer My Call
10. Live The Life
11. Williamsburg
12. Another Bus

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BBC Review

Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter is home to Twang's recording studio, and their sleeve designer, the spray-can artist, Temper. Burdened by NME's accolade of 2007's 'best band in Britain', pop law dictates that following brief success, the winning band disappear into the bin holding Kula Shaker and probably the Klaxons. So defying critics, The Twang return with an effortless 2nd album, thus announcing their front-lash.

They are truly a band; members are unlikely to be useful alone, much less recognisable. They are like the Enemy, only with Fisher Price political manifestos replaced by listening to girlfriends, or at least liking them. Most admirably, the lyrics are genuinely touching, like football fans reformed by a theatre trip.

Put it on the Dance Floor doesn't groove as it might wish, although Back Where We Started, masterfully mimics the Smiths - not that Morrissey would admit to ''speaking nonsense'' - and has a chorus as subtle as a ram raid. The strong single Barney Rubble is completed by a Merseyside, chiming guitar riff. It's cleaner and less punk-influenced than their debut, although the Madchester template hasn't changed, with loping intros and soaring, harmonious choruses throughout.

They stumble on Live The Life, which sounds like cabbies moaning about the North Circular, while Answer My Call is ambition needing a song; like Sgt Pepper without military ranking. However, the highlight, Encouraging Sign has a gorgeous, looped-piano; from men you wouldn't trust to move a piano. Its conversational delivery of, ''A quick step over the roof tops/to get to your house'' is disarmingly romantic, as is, ''I don't mean much I say/but when I said I liked you I really mean it''; like Lightning Seeds with a smaller dictionary.

So, Happy Mondays comparisons remain, with The Twang understanding the need for tight guitar lines to compensate for vocal limitations, but for a gang-like bunch of lads, this album has a surprisingly soft heart. --Tom Hocknell

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
This is a bit of a change in direction slightly from the first album.
Whereas the first was full of in your face tracks that the band had penned over the previous 6/7 years, this album is carefully thought out, very well produced and is every inch as good as the first but in a more relaxed way. The main stream press tend not to like the twang - prob because they're not graduate middle class tits that sing in a style that sounds like Stephen Fry wrote the lyrics. I've seen a few reviews online that don't do this album any justice at all. How it's possible to be a credible music journalist and ignore the brilliant arrangements, amazing guitaring from Stu Hartland, not to mention the drumming and bass lines is beyond me! This album is full of great tunes - yes, the 'storylines' or whatever the songs are about are just everyday things, but thats what makes good music - take an everday occurance and turn it into a beautifully delivered piece of music. I think anyone that felt or was influenced by the press not to like the twang should take a listen to this album and judge it on it's merits - they're will be a lot of humble pie going around and a lot of pride being swallowed cos there's no denying that this is a really great album. Unless your a London based journo who's scared of anyone that doesn't have a degree or an NW1 postcode that is.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I love this album. Anyone who thinks that this album doesn't have any fun on it must be listening to a different one. The Twang have that wonderful knack of writing upbeat melodic songs that get stuck in your head. Maybe the people who don't like this album are some of the racist thugs we encountered at the gig we went to at Bournemouth.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a jewel indeed..... 24 Sep 2009
Format:Audio CD
Like the last reviewer I read the reviews of this album, including an awful one in NME, and almost didn't buy it despite loving their debut. This is a great little album. Different in feel to LIWIFLT, it's slightly less agressive but no less catchy. If you liked the first album buy this and give it a couple of plays; you won't regret it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't Listen to the Critics 27 Aug 2009
Format:Audio CD
After reading several extremely poor reviews of this album I wasn't expecting anything brilliant, but I bought it anyway after enjoying their debut.

After the first listen songs like 'Barney Rubble', 'Twit Twoo' and 'Encouraging Sign' were bouncing around in my head all day long. Yes, most of the work on this album does hark back to the Madchester days of the Happy Mondays, and even further back to The Smiths in some parts.

The opening few tracks are hard to follow up because these are some of the strongest on the album. The upbeat but laid back sound of 'Barney Rubble' and the extremely catch, 'Twit Twoo' are two of the best songs, not just on this album but also two of the best of the band's career. 'Put It On The Dancefloor' is a blatant thumbs up to the Happy Mondays, but it would hold its own on any Mondays album. My other highlight is the beautifully delivered, 'Encouraging Sign' which along with 'Back Where We Started' shows the influence of the pre-Madchester legends, The Smiths. The album does lose its way a little with the last few tracks, but overall this is another triumph for The Twang, and even better than the debut.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Progress 13 Jan 2010
Format:Audio CD
The first album was rough around the edges but was and still is a good listen.
This album seems more joined as the tracks go but that rawness is still there. An underated band but I can't recommend them enough. Even the kids like it when I play this album and you know how fickle kids can be. The extra disc on the deluxe edition is worth a play every now and then too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW 18 Sep 2009
Format:Audio CD
This is an absolutely fantastic album and the best one I have ever bought. Forget all the reviews from the 'smug little cock-end journalists', in Phil's own words, and purchase this gem. Although Barney Rubble was the first sinlge off the album, I would say it was one of the weakest, which shows how strong the others are. The forthcoming single Encouraing Sign and Twit Twoo are the two best songs I have heard this year.

The Twang are a brilliant band and are even better live. With the jangly guitar and Phil's brummie accent, this is a must buy. Don't listen to the NME because they are clueless as all 'smug little cock-end journalists' are so listen to me and all the other Twang fans. Buy this album!
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A great follow up album by the boys. The first album 'I love it when I feel like this' was a classic and so is 'The jewellery Quarter'. This album has a different vibe to their first. It is a little softer but it has still got The Twang stamp all over it. Every time I hear the album it is like being at one of their gigs, they always get everyone jumping around. Must buy album... If you haven't got 'I love it when I feel like this' then go and buy that as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Suprisingly very very good 22 Jan 2010
Format:Audio CD
I bough this album for my Dad after we both like the first one. I had heard that it was slated by the press so I wasnt expecting a lot from it. Turns out I actually think this is better overall than the first album. I really love the chilled out, acoustic feel to it. Brilliant album
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