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  • Audio CD (6 Aug. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Parlophone
  • ASIN: B000CBVMHW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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1 x CD Album
UK 2006

1Standing On My Own Again4:29
2I Can't Look At Your Skin3:35
3Don't Let Your Man Know2:54
4Just A State Of Mind4:36
5You & I3:42
6Gimme Some Love2:32
7I Don't Wanna Go Out4:17
8Don't Believe Anything I Say5:26
9Tell It Like It Is4:02
10Flights To The Sea (Lovely Rain)3:25
11What's He Got?3:42
12You Always Let Me Down2:49
13See A Better Day5:10

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Funny how things turn out sometimes. Love Travels At Illegal Speeds marks four years since Graham Coxon, Blur’s "difficult", skronk-friendly guitarist was ejected from his band in a cloud of acrimony. Far from disappearing into the wilderness on a spell of albums in the vein of 1998’s lo-fi The Sky Is Too High, however, Coxon has shunned the experimental drift of his ex-bandmates and since followed his muse back towards the rock mainstream, alighting now with a very English rock album that points to touchstones like The Kinks, Billy Childish, and the Magazine. "Standing On My Own Again", in particular, is an instant Coxon classic, a choppy punk anthem that for all its mush-mouthed Cockney delivery, lifts off on a chorus that ties up heartbreak and outcast celebration like few bands since The Buzzcocks. "I Can’t Look At You Skin" and "You Always Let Me Down" mine a similar vein of moody relationship trauma, while "What’s He Got" sees Coxon wallowing enjoyably in his outsider schtick, getting envious over a guy who "wears a pair of black Beatles boots just like me". Want to see where Arctic Monkeys picked up some of their tricks? Coxon’s your man. --Louis Pattison

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By MarkyMark1969 on 23 Mar. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Although I would dearly love to give this 5 belting stars I will be reserving one (well if I could it would be a half star), as oddly enough I kinda miss the low-fi sound that he perfected in 'Happiness in Magazines'.
The dirty fuzzy distortion, and overamplified vocal has now been replaced by a slick production and bigger overall sound. However, once again the song writing and performances are sublime and it's an incredibly detailed and fulfilling album.
I really hope that Graham's big time is NOW (if he wants it) as he thoroughly deserves the accolades that he has sorely lacked so far.
As a sidenote, Graham played a MUCH bigger part in Blur than people may think, and although this shouldn't be compared in any way to the Blur catalogue, you should appreciate the fact that Graham's input was/is so apparant. His songwriting was unappreciated and listening to his back catalogue and now this album you can't begin to understand why he wasn't taken seriously
****.5 stars easy
His finest album to date, but more production may not neccesarily be the key.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By MR. J CHELMS on 11 Feb. 2006
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I have been lucky enough to get an advanced copy of this album. Quite simply, regardless of whether you are a fan or not, this album is one for the collection, and the best thing I've heard this year. The album opens with the first single 'Standing On My Own Again' and from then on the album encompasses fast, punky, and rock numbers, whilst at the same time incorporating slow and melodic ballads. Coxon has nicely created a unique sound for himself after four albums, and this is his best work to date. Go out and get it!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Liam on 13 Mar. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Buy the Album!! - The Best of Coxon so far!
Great crafted songs (as usual) excellent production, Coxon provides some great riffs, great lyrics and melodies and with his much improved vocal performances. One of the most inventive guitarists/songwriters around for his genre!
Go get, you won't be disappointed
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 4 Feb. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Track 1 ~ Standing on My Own Again: The first single off the new album. I didn't like it at first, but it's grown on me a lot. A fairly repetetive guitar riff carries on through this track, but it all fits together well. 8/10

Track 2 ~ I Can't Look at Your Skin: Simple and upbeat, bits of this track remind me very slightly of The Clash, even though Graham Coxon sounds absolutely nothing like Joe Strummer. It's a bit obvious listening to the first half of the track that he's going to stick a guitar solo in somewhere, he always does with this type of track. 7/10

Track 3 ~ Don't Let Your Man Know: Similarly upbeat and punk-influenced. Has a solid bass-line and a decent chorus. 7/10

Track 4 ~ Just a State of Mind: One of the few slow tracks on the album, with a chorus that sticks in your head. There's a good little bridge after the chorus, or maybe that's actually the chorus... who knows... 8/10

Track 5 ~ You And I: I think this is his next single. A happy-sounding song, with a similar sort of simple guitar pattern to the previous tracks. 8/10

Track 6 ~ Gimme Some Love: A good intro, leading into a good punk rock track. A very simple, catchy chorus. One of the better tracks on the album. 8.5/10

Track 7 ~ I Don't Wanna Go Out: The highlight of the album. If you like the Arctic Monkeys, you'll definitely love this track. It's a similar style, but much better than any track Arctic Monkeys have recorded. Great guitar riffs throughout and bridge towards the middle of the track is excellent.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ross on 12 April 2006
Format: Audio CD
If you liked 'Happiness in Magazines' (and who wouldn't?) then you'll love this! More consistently rewarding than any Blur album, this record delivers one poppy punk gem after another.

Achingly heartfelt and melancholic love ballads ("It's so lonely to love someone" sighs Graham on 'Just A State of Mind') collide with energised, knowing, Buzzcocks to the power of 11 punk rock songs like 'I Can't Look at Your Skin'.

By the time you reach the end of this album you're already missing the opening songs and repeat play like a never ending serpent swallowing it's tail.

I promise you there are no duff tracks here, but the crowning glory is the closing ballad 'See A Better Day'. Boiled down to the purest essence of direct simple pop perfection since 'Songbird' by Oasis, this song will leave even the hardest heart in tatters.

Buy it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 April 2006
Format: Audio CD
Highly accessible, but not superficial, energetic punky songs, with a few slower or stranger numbers. These latter also work very well, making this an unusual phenomenon in this day: an album with no duff songs! Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. A. Reed TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Jun. 2007
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The more I listen to Graham Coxon, the more astounded I am that he was ever in Blur, and how his talent was wasted under the direction of that pretentious smug Damon Albarn. As Damon ventures ever further into his post-modern-joke called the Gorillaz, Coxon seems to have turned into the very antithesis of all that is affected and all that is untrue.

This is raw music : the production is never bothered or clean, the emotions heartfelt and obvious. The spiritual heir of people like The Buzzcocks, an emotional and human Sex Pistols, the modern reframing of music from an age when "emo" was a comedian and not a genre. Guitars speak simply and clearly. Vocals strain to reach the truth and not a technical accuracy. Which is why Coxon is a better singer than Whitney Houston could ever be.

If you've heard one Graham Coxon album, you've heard them all. That said, on "Love Travels At Illegal Speeds", Coxon has made a stella leap in his songwriting ability - the same kind of leap he made between his first, utterly forgettable, recorded-in-detox-in-5-days "The Sky Is Too High" and it's sequel, the underrated and brilliant "Golden D". Here, he takes "Happiness In Magazines" and magnifies it.

There's no way that his former band can ever hope to even approach the honesty of this : Damon proved he could do it in the last millenium with "13", but now he can merely imitate cover versions of emotions. Coxon meanwhile takes virtue and benefit of the limited emotional palette of his voice and his self-taught, bastardised guitar style. By not knowing what the technically correct thing to do, he never compromises his vision for mathematical accuracy.

"It's so lonely to love someone" he sings on "Just A State Of Mind". And whilst I've never thought about it before, rarely has anyone ever been so right within the confines of a six words.

This is how it feels.
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