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Louden Up Now

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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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“Everyone’s got a Berlin record in them - and I guess we just wanted to see what ours would sound like,” !!!’s lead singer Nic Offer says, with tongue partially in cheek, of the group’s fourth album, Strange Weather, Isn’t It? Following in the footsteps of artists like David Bowie, Iggy Pop, and Depeche Mode, who have flocked to Berlin in order to mainline ... Read more in Amazon's !!! Store

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: unknown
  • ASIN: B00023B1R6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 839,774 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Product Description

Breakthrough 2004 album! Agit-pop dance epics 'n' groove-infused political fervour from the sprawling US collective

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The spiritual sons of ACR 7 July 2006
By Mr. M. L. Hawes VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I'm surprised there's no other reviews of this great record, so I shall do my best to do it justice.

Musically this sits nicely amongst the funky early works of A Certain Ratio and to a degree, Gang Of Four. Right from the first track you get the feeling that this isn't a straight forward listening experience, intense arrangements sit on top of pumelling rhythms that carry the listener through the work.

There's a good line in political lyric here, but in a way, the vocals become part of the overall funkiness of this band. Having seen them live, I can say that they transmit their energies much better on stage than on the record, however, don't let that put you off.

This is a wonderful CD, in spite of the extended nature of the songs, not a second is wasted in excess musicianship. It's funky, danceable and yet thought provoking stuff.

Spiritual sons of A Certain Ratio? Yes, but certainly not in a derisory way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars !!! Louden Up Now 13 Jan 2006
By ignacio
A very good mix of progresive dancy rock looking back to the best of Talking heads, slits, Eno, etc
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Ignore Amazon... the 2 x cd version of this albums track listing is as follows:

Disc 1:
1. When the going gets tough, the tough get karazee
2. Pardon my freedom
3. Dear can
4. King's weed
5. Hello? is this thing on?
6. S*** scheisse merde pt 1
7. S*** scheisse merde pt 2
8. Me & Guiliani down by the school yard (a story)
9. Theme from space island
10. S*** scheisse merde pt 1 (instrumental)

Bonus Disc 2:
1. Sunday 5:17 am
2. Dear can (Maurice Fulton vocal mix)
3, When the going gets tough, the tough get karazee (serious bonus beats mix)
4. Pardon my freedom (Maurice Fulton instrumental mix)

The album itself is amazing, funk, techno elements all blended together. It is !!!'s best album in my opinion.
But this & The Rapture's album: "Echoes" an album that flits between indie, public image limited & funk all on one album.

Lie back & enjoy, OR turn up loud & dance (maybe have a house party!)
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pow Pow Pow 27 Jan 2007
Format:Audio CD
This is a truly fantastic album - if you dont know about !!! then now is the time to learn - beg, borrow or steal this album, but however you do it, get it!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's a grower, honestly 22 Jun 2004
By Michael Hann - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
First of all, let's be frank: !!! are at their strongest performing live. We can be more specific, even: !!! are at their strongest performing live in a small, unconventional venue, where the barriers between audience and crowd can be broken down, and where Nic Offer - not exactly Wilson Pickett behind the mic - can come into his own as a cheerleader and orchestrator of the throng, instead of having to be 'just' the singer.
The first time I saw !!! was one of those near life-changing experiences. I danced for the first time in, oh, seven years - the first time since my wedding reception. For weeks afterwards I was proselytising like those acid house evangelists in 87/88. "You must see this band," I instructed everyone I knew. I listened to "Me and Giuliani ..." and the first album (on GSL) nearly constantly for ages.
And then, after a year of waiting, this album arrived. And goodness was I disapponted. It seemed to be a shapeless, formless mess of percussion. Where were the songs? Where were those fabulous 80s brass stabs? Where was the structure? After a couple of plays I put it aside for a few weeks. And then I returned. And you know what: the weather was warmer, everyone seemed happier, and the album seemed a whole lot better.
"Louden Up Now" isn't a record for listening to intently all the way through. Offer is a hopeless singer, and his lyrics are asinine. But the album is a groove: it's one for parties; it's one for cleaning the house to; it's one for playing in the car ; it's one for pretty well all of everyday life, without ever descending into background music.
Like one of the other reviewers, I do think it hangs together better than The Rapture's Echoes: it seems less contrived, more organic, unconcerned with touching all the stylistic bases. And while I think it will only make perfect sense to those who have seen the band - which has to be considered a weakness - I think anyone prepared to spend enough time with "Louden Up Now" will come to recognise its own strengths.
Next time though, chaps, a little bit less jamming and a little more in the way of songcraft. Please? I guarantee you more people will want to buy your records - and we know from "Giuliani" that you can do it.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very strange-yet-creative and entertaining dance album - I think you'll like it a lot! 6 Jan 2006
By C. Cross - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
!!!'s (or Chik Chik Chik's) "Louden Up Now" is a very odd dance album which somehow manages to be pretty good despite its strangeness. Most of the songs have hard-hitting beats and catchy instrumentation which should distract you from how weird the songs are. The singer does get a little out of control in a bad way sometimes (parts of "Hello? Is This Thing On?", but it's not annoying to the point of you hating the song). There are no bad songs here which helps in making the album appealing as a dance set. I'm not sure how to describe it musically - it's usually pretty complex and features random electronic blips, bloops and samples during some of the songs. You'll just have to hear it for yourself. If you're looking for a great and quirky dance album then this is a good one to pick up, even if it's definitely strange. Highly recommended!

Highlights include:

the entire album!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars my, my, my 6 Sep 2005
By J. Cons - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I must admit, I'm baffled by the many bad reviews of this album. I got it shortly after it came out and over a year later, it remains one of my favorites. This music just makes you feel good. If you ever loved gang of four... if you think that profanity makes a good aesthetic statement... if you want to hear one of the great dance numbers of all time (me and giuliani down by the schoolyard)... if you like to dance... if you want some funk in your politics...

get this album with no delay!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One Funky Arse CD.... 13 Jun 2004
By Paul H. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Louden Up Now is the first, and perhaps the last, great record of the disco-punk revival. The Rapture's Echoes was anti-climatic let-down, an event that never was that signaled perhaps the end of the dance-punk resurgance. Listening to Louden Up Now, it's clear that !!! is easily the more talented of the two dance-punk monsters. The "Me & Guiliani" single might not have made waves to the extent that "House Of Jealous Lovers" did, but it was an opus of incredible preportions. The song twisted and turned through a loud mid-climax, humorous verses that attacked the up-tightness of former NYC mayor Rudolph Guiliani, and an incessant beat. !!! also had a lot more to add to the table than their dance-punk bretheren. With seven members, !!! sounds almost like an orchestra, adding horns, keyboards, electro-beats, and lots of extra percussion to the mix. It's this aspect of !!!'s sound that makes Louden Up Now so successful. Not only will you want to move your body for the album's entirety, but you will marvel at the impressive productiona and the layers and layers of sounds added in the mix. It's perhaps true that nothing approaches the level of "Me & Guiliani," but "Pardon My Freedom," "Dear Can," and "Hello? Is This Thing On?" make excellent cases. Best of all? No ballads (are you listening Rapture?). Louden Up Now may feel a little on the short side (do we really need an instrumental mix of "Sh** Scheisse Merde"?), but it's a keeper for being an instant party in a jewel case.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars get down get funky 29 July 2004
By superinkygrrl - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
One of the best shows I saw this year was !!! at the Coachella Music Festival outside of Palm Springs back in May. Before the crowd even realized what was happening, several thousand of us were dancing as if Pan himself had spiked our bottled water.

Whether you call them 'Chk Chk Chk' or 'Guh Guh Guh' or any other monosyllabic word repeated three times in quick succession, the bottom line is: these boys know how to kick it!

Sure, nothing compares to seeing a band live, but you'll enjoy the energy and funk blasting out of your cd player when you pop in 'Louden Up Now'. 'Pardon My Freedom' is the stand out track for me and gets me moving, smiling and singing along. Oh, and for good measure, don't forget the 'Me and Guiliani Down at the School Yard (a true story)' EP for some more infectious grooves.

In this age of cooler-than-thou, walking dead hipsters frozen on the dance floor, !!! is a refreshing breath of air. Check your vanity at the door, because these boys will make you move like you've never moved before. It may not be pretty, but you'll sure feel good when it's over. Thank goodness for the repeat button.
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