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  • Audio CD (25 Sept. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Parlophone
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 422,736 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anders on 10 Oct. 2006
Format: Audio CD
WOW ! This the band and this is the album i've waited all year and over 100 CD's for.

A rich, colourful and varied tapestry of atmospheric sound perfectly married to real emotion and heart. It's like a mix of the Beach Boys, Mercury Rev, the Beatles (in places) and Echo and the Bunnymen all at their peak. No this album isn't perfect: the drums can be little abrasive plus there are times when I'd want to hear Matt's voice less embedded in the sound when listened from speakers (headphones are better), but the depth and width of this debut blows most others this year away IMHO.

For me, the album would have been perfect had it finished with what i consider the seminal "In the dark no-one can hear you sweat" lifted from their first E.P. "Work".

If this band and these songs aren't critically recognised, then i know nothing and i might as well give up posting.

Best debut album of the year, if not best album of the year. 5 STARS
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mike on 28 Sept. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Saw these guys live at Manchester, and they were a ton better than the band they were supporting. The album has got to be the best indie record in years, and certainly one of the best albums across the board this year.

Definitely reccommended.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
An exceedingly robust, and classic, Movie Monster 11 Jun. 2006
By Bastion Wilcox - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Amidst the early swell of blogger buzz generated by Sound Team's fantastic "Work" EP (released independently in November 2005 on their Big Orange Records imprint) little did anyone know that the band would grow so quickly in the wake of that taseter set.

But the buzz continued.

Then swelled.

If "Work" was a taster for what might have been, Sound Team's debut release inches the Austin six-piece toward something far less speculative, largely due to the fact that Movie Monster is, quite simply, a rarefied gem.

It nothing less than the slightest understatement to say that they achidve something special here, something that not just any act can achieve on such a highly anticipated debut.

Whereas the Work EP often finds Sound Team venturing into masterful, Moog-driven major key cacophonies, Sound Team, this time around, explore darker, more experimental territrory whilst keeping their effortless tunefulness in tact.

Let it be know, there's diffuse territory to be traversed on Movie Monster. "Get Out," a terse, driving teaser anthem is followed by two dense pop gems, the pleading "Born to Please" and the Randy Newman meets Delfonte Gerard Boncleste ditty, "No More Birthdays."

The pulsating title track is the opening salvos to the record's middle act, which is, at times, darker and more experimental, part Neu!, part Eno, part Harry Nilsson, if that even makes sense.

It'd be otherwise negligent to overlook their influences, yet it'd be unwise to cite them as anything other than reference points: Sound Team sounds like one of those great, rare bands vigilently unique unto itself.

The record's third act meanders amongst exquisitely hazy sonics ("Afterglow Year" and "You've Never Lived a Day"), claustrophobic dance pop ("Shattered Glass"), and anthemic ennui (the epic/live staple "Handful of Billions").

One of 2006's ten best. Hands down.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
fantastic 6 Jun. 2006
By F. Madden - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I got my hands on an advanced copy of the album a month ago and am still listening to it constantly. Easily my favorite album of the year, and a real leap forward from the promise the band showed on the Work EP. The album has a distinctive sound and very cohesive feel, with my fave tracks being Born to Please, Handful of Billions, and Back in Town.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A slow burner 10 Jan. 2007
By Jason Harrington - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is an indie rock kind of thing...not too wierd or exotic, but there is a seathing realism that creeps out from underneath these seemingly meaningless lyrics. There is something very creepy and real going on in these songs, along the lines of Death Cab For Cutie but with more ambiguity and with an overall sound that could tour alongside everything from We Are Scientists or the Bravery, to Single Frame or Autolux (all groups which should never be confused, or underestimated). I can't really descibe this sound, except to say that it's addictive, it ages well, and therefore I can't bring myself to take it out of my CD wallet. It's been in there for almost a year now. That single "Yr Eyes Are Liars" is a MONSTER if you have the ears to notice. So buy this if you are thinking about doing it anyway. Even though they are on a major label...come on, I mean, this label has no clue what to do with a group like this anyway...I was barely able to even find them on the record label website. Just buy it...I doubt they will be on this label for long.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Even Better Than The Work EP 7 Jun. 2006
By iamdmann - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Great record. Fresh sound. There are enough layers to things that new elements come through after repeated listens. Maybe the best thing about this record is how well it translates to a live show. See this band if you can, and buy this record.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Team-work 2 Oct. 2006
By E. A Solinas - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
For those lucky enough to visit it, Austin is the unofficial indie rock capitol of the United States. So it seems fitting that the lads of Sound Team met there, banded together, and started making music in -- unsurprisingly -- an abandoned record factory.

The results: Their full-length debut "Movie Monster," which has a few freshman stumbles, but overall is composed of pure rock'n'roll wit, like Spoon or the Walkmen. The vibrant sound and skilled instrumentation whirl up into a solid, intriguing debut that gets better every time you listen to it. One of the most unique rock albums of the year.

One of those freshman stumbles is the first two songs of the album -- they should have been switched. The shimmering "Get Out" kicks off the album, but the undulating synth over a soft guitar just isn't very compelling. That's left to the stunning "Born To Please," an urgent, grimy rocker with buzzing guitars and ominous waves of synth. "Do you remember the one who/who took the place/in the sun from you?/I know you do!" Matt Oliver wails.

For a few songs after that, they divide themselves between the synthier songs and the rock-ier songs. The title track is a dark, slightly creepy synth song, but then it switches to the intensely catchy, hard-rock "TV Torso." From there on, the band tries out a variety of styles that are all connected by two things -- their tight riffs, and their undertones of synth. Melodic rock, fuzz-rock, hard rock and finishing up with the energetic "Handful of Billions."

The closest comparison I can make to Sound Team's sound is Spoon -- both of them have tight, often catchy melodies and solid instrumentation. It's rock, with no pretentions. But don't think that this is simple guitar pop -- on the first listen, you're wrapped up in the tight melodies. But after listening for awhile, the hidden layers in each song start to pop out at the listener.

Guitar is the most prominent instrument here -- fuzzing, buzzing and cycling in tight, sleek riffs, or else bouncing along in mellow loops in "Your Eyes Are Liars." It's dark and gritty, and is paired with equally dark (but less gritty) synth that softens the angular edges without being too overpowering. And the whole thing is backed by sharp drumming and the occasional tambourine shake.

Oliver has a voice that takes a little getting used to, especially since he is often overpowered by the music. Personally I had a rough time understanding a word he said at times But his vocals grow on you, especially during "Born to Please," and pretty soon you won't notice the rough edges. Especially if you CAN make out the lyrics -- they're a bit bizarre, but worth it. ("When there's nine thousand neckties/and a swarm all around you...")

Unpretentious but musically astounding, the Sound Team make a tight, solid debut in "Movie Monster." If they get the attention they deserve, then they'll be the next big thing.
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