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  • Audio CD (22 Aug. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B0051OTN4O
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,740 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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  2. Fire In The House 4:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Give It Up 4:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Bring It On 4:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Feels Good 3:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Stop 3:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Stay Alive 3:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Excitement 3:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Love Song 3:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Sweat 3:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Killer Sounds 3:36£0.99  Buy MP3 

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After a three year break, Hard-Fi are back with aplomb and have honed their trademark sound. With previous tracks "Suburban Nights", "Hard to Beat", "Cash Machine", and "Living For The Weekend" already under their wings, they’re sure to break the mould once again with their boisterous up-tempo tunes. The band’s vibrant new album (partly recorded in Los Angeles and in Staines’ Cherry Lips studios) has been co-produced by frontman, Richard Archer, with the help of some highly-praised names: Stuart Price (The Killers, Madonna), Grey Kurstin (Lily Allen) and Alan Moulder (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Killers).

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Hard-Fi have dawdled since 2007's Once Upon a Time in the West, with its slated 'No Cover Art' sleeve overshadowing the fact it reached number one. But they return to stall the supposed demise of rock, showing that, despite Liam's delusions, the state of the genre's health does not rest on Beady Eye's shoulders alone.

That band's suburban tales of lost youth emerged at a vibrant time for the post-Britpop domestic scene, their debut album going platinum in the UK and spending over 100 weeks on the charts. But unlike The Horrors' recent Skying, said group's own third collection, there are few surprises here. Calling this set Killer Sounds is a brave declaration, then, and one that doesn't wholly hold water.

The quartet springs out the traps so eagerly that they almost fall on their faces, opener Good for Nothing not quite the anthem they think it is, although its sturdy beats and piano middle-eight do improve with each listen. Killer Sounds is mostly self-produced by singer Richard Archer; but with it currently hard to eat a sandwich without Stuart Price having had some involvement in spreading its filling, he contributes to the jubilant Fire in the House. The track's impossible to listen to without the sense of a jostling crowd stretching to the horizon, and lager being thrown around. If Hard-Fi's goal is to be the British Killers then this number sees them come close, as does the seamless blend of brazen guitars and electronics on Give It Up.

However, these sounds aren't all killer: the hollow Feels Good explores the possibilities of the sitar and a rhyming dictionary ("cocaine" with "propane", anyone?) and enthusiasm masks poor writing on Love Song. Sweat is another example of them working too hard without realising their ambitions, while Excitement should never have made the cut.

The prevailing lack of invention is frustrating, although the Clash-influenced Stay Alive's radio-friendly rock and Bring It On are convincing arguments for its absence. Following 40 minutes of lyrical vagueness about hearts on fire and cheques you can't cash, the acoustic title-track, about the death of youth, wears its heart touchingly on its sleeve.

Killer Sounds is as assured as third albums should be, and were it a debut album it would be feted as a bright start. However, there is the sense we should be expecting more from Hard-Fi at this point, as the sporadic sparks of brilliance here demonstrate they are capable of it.

--Tom Hocknell

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Mr. T. S. James TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Aug. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Having not heard anything from Hard-Fi since their first album, I was intrigued to see that their third album was being released. I'm by no means a hardened fan and for some reason their second album passed me by.

After hearing the first couple of singles from this album I decided to pre-order and I'm glad I did. This album is full of upbeat songs that are easy to get into and are quite catchy after only a couple of plays. I was going to list a few of my favourite tracks but quite frankly I'm having difficulty trying to narrow down a handful from the 11 tracks present as they are all equally as good.

In today's world of X Factor finalists and Rap artists I've become disillusioned with the music industry of today and am heavily into Indie/Rock music. Bands like Hard-Fi are the reason why I love this genre of music and they keep churning out great music, I'm surprised why so many bands aren't as successful in the music industry as a whole. I just hope people realise it and buy this album, it really is worth the money.

As a final point I just wanted to mention that I love the artwork on the album. 5 Stars all the way for me, highly recommended album if you're into your bands and like good music.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Clive Winter on 10 Dec. 2011
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I was waiting for this album , with anticipation after their first two Albums , but at first found it hard going , maybe I expected to much , the sound had change more drum and bass , but have to say ,I have grown to love the album , they still have something special , I can't identify what reminds me of The clash , The Police , a very punky urban , and somewhat seedy feel to there music not unlike The Early Pet Shop boys ,
To sum up if you buy it , give it a chance , not one bad track on it , great album
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 26 Oct. 2011
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if like me you remember fondly the early 90's BritPop explosion, you should be despairing at the bland FM/car friendly fare that pass itself as indie music these days,where are the Suede,Oasis,happy Mondays,Blur,Elastica? after an absence of 4 years, Suburban knights Hard Fi are back and it was worth the wait. While the Kings of Beige Coldplay are filling stadiums and sold out,Hard Fi have remained true to their indie roots.Killer sounds is another classic,shock full full of growling guitars,prowling drums,sing out loud anthems,sneering lyrics bursting with energy .Hard fi remains the only band whom still has the edge,the swagger,the confidence,to offer something different;no other band can mix a honky tonk piano ,a hard trance loop,a dub step beat with a new wave hook ,a reggae bass line on a Glam rock T Rex chorus and make it work.the strengh of their sound is that it is so familiar and yet remain fresh and edgy .Glam rock,the Clash,Iggy pop,Bad brains,stiff little fingers,Motorhead,70's Elton john and so many other sounds,riffs,hooks,blended expertly by music lovers.A few plays are required before it lets its greatness show,so take the time and enjoy those Killer Sounds.
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Loved the new album from the first listen and it keeps growing on me. Went to see the band in Glasgow last month and have been playing Killer Sounds on a loop ever since. Fire in the House and Love Song really are....Hard to Beat! Has made me go back to their earlier albums too that I hadn't listened to in a while. Can't understand why Hard-Fi are so under-rated....they deserve to be far more successful. Here's hoping we don't have to wait so long for the next album.
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I really like this album. I have the previous two Hard Fi albums which I think are really top class. I've now listened to this a few times and I really like it too. My favorite track is Stop, I've listened to it repeatedly quite a few times. All in all, well worth the money I've paid for it.
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By Matthew G. Butler on 6 Jan. 2013
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Got to admit at first listen, I wasn't impressed. But after a few listen now loving it. Give it a few listens.
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By ste780 on 16 May 2013
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turn your cd player on, insert disc and crank up the volume, fire in the house and love song are awesome!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steven T. Jarvis on 26 Aug. 2011
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I really liked the band's first albums and was very much looking to more of the same... but more than a little surprised when I head this album for the first time (I am listening to it right now); the new album shares very few similarities to the previous two but has lost nothing by it.

Killer Sounds is a very vital and exciting album that just so much fun to listen to. The songs (I am not going to list my favourites because they are all equally worthy) get stuck in your head but you'll never want to let them go.

Actually, "Love Song" has just won first place in my fave list but that's only because it's the song playing as I write this...the album is a musical masterpiece that combines so many styles and is seamlessly put together that you will find yourself floating in a sea of truly KILLER SOUNDS!
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