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Mettle [Import]

Lincoln Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (8 Sep 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Narwhal
  • ASIN: B000065V63
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 218,327 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. My Reasons Are My Own
2. Great Wall Of China
3. Interlude
4. Crooked Smile
5. Interlude
6. Blood On The Streets
7. Ghost Cat
8. Interlude
9. Mettle
10. Interlude
11. Never See London Again
12. Common Ground
13. How The Hell

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Mettle, Lincoln’s first full-length album (following on from the critical acclaim of both Barcelona and Kibokin mini albums) crackles and strums like a desert-baked old gramophone would. Decidedly unheavy Mettle--unlike the band’s mid-1990s incarnation--this takes in the heady twilight atmosphere of a long summer’s evening following the broken roads down to Mexico (what do you expect from a band named after Lincoln Fargo in Jim Thompson’s Heed the Thunder?) while dusty trombones and muted trumpets are swept across the widescreen vista.

Its scenery is American, but the eccentricity intrinsic to their sound is undeniably English, giving the record an oddly disconcerting feel without them ever sounding like tourists. In fact, the moody "Never See London Again" makes it hard to imagine it was finished in Walthamstow. Upbeat when talking of family bereavement, ("Crooked Smile") but quietly introspective in the instrumental jam of "Ghost Cat". This is the ultimate campfire record--perhaps what Burt Bacharach might have produced if he’d ridden west and drunk a quart of tequila a day with Badly Drawn Boy riding shotgun. Its imagery is vivid, its heart is heavy; this is simultaneously beautiful, maudlin and strange, but ultimately moving.--Ben Johncock

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Lincoln ~ Mettle

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Goosepimples 5 Jun 2002
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Format:Audio CD
Pour yourself a glass of something, and make time to have a thorough listen to this absolute gem from start to finish. The very talented Lincoln have put together a bizarre masterpiece of spine shivering brass, unhurried guitar and very moving vocals for this album. You'll want to hang on to every word of the lyrics. I recommend it to anyone who needs a bit of real music back in their life with all that manufactured nonsense going on out there.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential listening 19 Jun 2002
Format:Audio CD
If the world were truly meritocratic Captain Beefheart would have enjoyed a string of No1s, Blind Willie Johnson would be a household name and Woody Guthrie would have been President.
Little did I think that a band previously unknown to me would make three such great artists, previously the backbone of my in-car listening, virtually redundant. Since first playing 'Mettle' I have listened to little else.
Lincoln's music has such depth and subtlety that each playing is as rich and rewarding as the first.
Great music; sublime vocals guaranteed to uplift the spirit, whatever the message. Listen and enrich your life.
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4.0 out of 5 stars mmmmm...lovely! 10 Jan 2003
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I bought this album from amazon about 3 months ago and have only now gotten round to fully listening to it. Recorded in a large room in front of an open fire, the warmth seeps out of the speaker/ headphones while you listen.
I had been listening to the Reindeer Section quite a lot and I find that the two compliment each other very well and I will definitely be keeping my ear out for the next Lincoln album.
Very relaxing, soulful and melodic, yet not too slow. A great album to have, highly recommended.
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