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Joined Up Talking

My Life Story Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (7 Feb 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: It
  • ASIN: B00004NS25
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 158,481 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Joined Up Talking sounds like an attempt by My Life Story to meet a thus far scandalously indifferent public halfway. Though the platoons of string and brass players who have informed previous My Life Story albums are still-happily--present, they are now taking a back seat to surging electric pianos and startlingly pugnacious guitars. Whether My Life Story got tired of their orchestral approach, or got tired of the general public failing to take much of an interest in it is a moot point. What is unarguable is that they've repositioned themselves closer to the orthodox New Wave lineage of British pop influences--XTC, Elvis Costello & The Attractions, and even the Psychedelic Furs. The good news is that they carry this with familiar aplomb, and Jake Shillingford's way with a tune, notably on "It's A Girl Thing" and "Walk Don't Walk" is undiminished. --Andrew Mueller

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4.0 out of 5 stars The Final MLS Album 3 Feb 2002
Format:Audio CD
Joined Up Talking is a fantastic album for My Life Story to finish on. It is, however, the worst of they're records, but that is only due to the high quality of the other two. There are some real gems of songs on here (Empire Line being my personal favourite). The lyrics of Jake Shillingford are witty, eloquant and most of all touching. A must have for any self-respecting album collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Modern Life is Rubbish 6 Jun 2000
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Format:Audio CD
Think Blur, think the Manics. Think also Soft Cell, Madness, Depeche Mode. Drum'n'bass, horns, electric piano. Musical sophistication. My Life Story is about understanding glamour, glitter and glory, and knowing that it is all seedy, tainted and transitory. A poignant reminder that whatever you did last night, everyone else was having a better time. Joined Up Talking is music for people with heavy souls and holes in their lives.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Life Glory 17 Jun 2001
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Format:Audio CD
Having only really experienced My Life Story from singles such as 'sparkle' and '17 reasons why (I love her)' I was desperate to find some albums. I managed to get 'joined up taking' and 'mornington crescent' on the same day... I like them both but Joined up talking is still playing now!! This is an album that re-afferms that it's possible to find real gems amongst the unknowns! My personal favourite track is 'stalemate' although I don't think there is one single bad track on this album.. a must buy!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Life Story - Joined Up Talking 13 July 2013
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Another sad lost band who missed out on the fame stakes. I just love it and if you hate the mainstream garbage that is constantly churned out and seek something different you wouldn't be wasting your money with a copy of this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's a class thing. 27 May 2000
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I will never understand why MLS don't have huge chart success. The amazing "It's a girl thing" has all the ingredients of a big smash tune but never became one. With tracks like that and the brilliant "Twelve reasons why.." from their Golden Mile album I fail to see what they could possibly do better to get some recognition. But alas it is not to be and they remain one of our best kept secrets. At the end of the day do I really care that no-one has ever heard of them ? I can sit and listen to the sheer class of this album and it is like a guilty little pleasurable secret I've got and that makes their music even more decadent ! I have to admit I wasa little worried after hearing that it was going to be a more pared down style in comparison to the exuberant, heavily orchestral Golden Mile. I shouldn't have been - the singles were great, especially the internet only "If you can't live without me.." and the album lives up to not only their promise but everything they've done before. Highlights include "Yes to everything" and the sooooo brilliant "Neverland". They're just highlights though as the rest of the album is superb - there's not one bad track on there. This album is everything I'd hoped for and more. It should be an essential addition to anyone who loves music's collection. MLS I salute you and wish to be invited back to your Kissingdom soon.
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