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  • Audio CD (12 May 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Superior Quality
  • ASIN: B00008XUTM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,585 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Here It Comes Again
2. Fast Boy
3. Liquid Lips
4. Your No Fun Anymore
5. Big Problem
6. I Love the City
7. Never Going Nowhere
8. Little Bear
9. Code Blue
10. Turn It up

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By the normal rules of musical evolution, the Bluetones should have died out long ago. Instead, they're still going in 2003, putting out another album: Luxembourg. To the Bluetones' credit, it's an upbeat, gritty and swaggering album--"Liquid Lips" and "Big Problem", for example, almost slide into this new rock revolution unnoticed, and you can't help but think that if these songs were Strokes' B-sides or Yeah Yeah Yeahs' singles, then widespread respect would be instantly bestowed. There are some good tunes here (at least the ones that don't have mini piano solos or sound like the Longpigs), but they're in the minority, and the band just don't have a "cool" image to fall back on.

It's hard not to feel sorry for the Bluetones--to evolve sonically would open themselves up to ridicule and a barrage of rotten tomatoes, but sticking to what they know means facing, well, ridicule and rotten tomatoes. Despite similarly arriving after the demise of Britpop, the Stereophonics found themselves in a similar situation, but still found several million fans. The difference here is the tunes--good tunes will elevate any band above tomato trajectory height. The Bluetones need to rebrand themselves. They need to split up and form a new band with the same members. That, along with their songs about "radioactive smiles" and being "eight miles down", would make more people will sit up and take notice. --Ben Johncock

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By T. S. Shreeve on 8 Dec. 2006
Format: Audio CD
This album is upbeat, catchy, and above all oozes quality. The slow-building 'Never Going Nowhere' is one of their finest accomplishments since the likes of 'Slight Return' or 'If', with the demonic-sounding 'Turn It Up' and the cheeky 'You're No Fun Anymore' being my other big favourites. It is a consistently great record, with no tracks standing out as obvious fillers, easily playable from beginning to end.

It should be noted that this offering from the Bluetones has a different feel to their earlier work. It is heavier, meatier; it's an album to drive along to. The lyrics remain as witty as ever, yet the sound is firmer, the guitars louder, all feeling more precise and multi-layered than before.

Whilst their first album, `Expecting To Fly' is a seminal part of the 1990's Britpop canon, containing, ultimately, their best tracks, I would nonetheless still rate `Luxembourg' as my favourite. As a complete package it is a funky, clever, upbeat listen; with a distinctive style that runs throughout. I highly recommend this.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 10 Jun. 2003
Format: Audio CD
If this album had been released by a new, upcoming band, they would have been rightly acclaimed as the saviours of British music. So why has the album received such mixed reviews? Simple- the Bluetones just aren't fashionable enough to be welcomed in a world dominated by Girls Aloud and the White Stripes. The Bluetones have always been excellent at spinning a fantastic tune (think If, Bluetonic, Zorrro, Solomon Bites the Worm, etc.), and although this album has been described as 'completely different', anyone who rates decent guitar pop will find that this album delivers. Yes, it has an edgier and occasionally electronic feel, but retains the Bluetones' knack of sticking a tune in your head which will remain there for days. 'Here it Comes Again', 'Turn it Up' and 'Big Problem' are simply superb pop songs (and, incidentally, its about time we reclaimed the word 'pop' from the likes of S Club and Gareth Gates- don't forget the Beatles were 'pop'), while 'You're no Fun Anymore' and 'Little Bear' get better with every listen. But the best song on the album is the soon-to-be-single-of-the-year 'Never Going Nowhere'. In any sane, decent country, this simply superb song would be a contender for number 1, but will in fact be doing well to trouble the lower echelons of the top 40. A shame, as the track is worth the price of the album on its own. The Bluetones are to be congratulated on another fine pop album, and on reminding us that quality will always transcend fashion. Why not ignore the critics and give it a try? You might just remember why you bought that copy of 'Slight Return'.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M Anson on 17 May 2003
Format: Audio CD
This album is fresh, fast and furious. Just over 30 minutes long the band do not stop once to come up for air. Bluetones fans will be aware of a definite to return to a much more raw sound, but there is no departure from the Morris brothers cynical lyricals or vocal harmonies. I particulary like 'Never Going Nowhere' and 'Code Blue' for those reasons.
Bluetones fans will not be dissapointed with this new album showcased during their massive current tour. It should also help the band to finally move away from their Brit pop image. This album is very much 21st century stuff and I personally have not stopped listening to it since it arrived on Tuesday!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 May 2003
Format: Audio CD
It's sad that this album seems likely to be largely underrated by many. The Bluetones are a good band who unfortunately seem unable to inspire much more than apathy from the record buying public. This is a great shame because this album really is good. Their previous album "Science and Nature", contained some gems, but seemed to struggle to keep a healthy balance between serious music and the Bluetones jokey, toungue-in-cheek approach to song writting (songs like "Autophilia - Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love My Car" don't smack of great musical intergrity) But this album is different. With ten tracks in 34 mins, there's no time for messing about with lengthy reprises of half humourous choruses. All the tracks are upbeat and punchy. Just as you're becoming hooked on one, it shoots full pace into the next. This is one of those albums that will have you humming away and tapping your feet long after you've turned the cd player off. The sly humour is still there, lyrics like "Keep hearing/ the same rumours/ about you and/ satsumas" will make you smile, but never compramise the music.
In my opinion this is exactly the sort of album the Bluetones should have released, its a deffinate change for the better, and worthwhile addition to a cd collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lee M Bailey on 13 May 2003
Format: Audio CD
After reading the review from the guy at Amazon I couldn't help but feel like he just doesn't get it. The Bluetones are the perennial underdogs, the small weedy blokes that look like they were always the last to be picked in football but this is a big part of their appeal. The Bluetones have always had a certain tongue-in-cheek quality to their sounds that goes over most people's heads, examples include 'Autophilia' from Science and Nature which is basically a love song between man and motor or the classic 'Cut Some Rug' from Expecting to Fly - a tune about a man's fear of confrontation but ultimate love of dance.
Luxembourg is by no means a ground breaking album, but card-carrying Bluetones fans won't be disappointed. From the S&M rock ballad 'You're no Fun Anymore' to the high-octane pollution praising 'I Love The City' the album is an absolute pleasure to listen to. The only negative thing about the album is it's length. At a shade under 35 minutes it's a little on the short side but the quality definately makes up for quantity. Don't let this put you off though and remember to pay attention to the lyrics, the observant will be rewarded.
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