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Q And Not U, John Davis, Harris Klahr and Chris Richards, formed in the summer of 1998 (along with former member Matt Borlik) and began playing out in November of that year. The band's first release, the "Hot and Informed" single, came out in April 2000 followed by the band's debut full-length, "No Kill No Beep Beep," released in October of 2000. After much touring ... Read more in Amazon's Q and Not U Store

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  • Audio CD (4 Oct 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Dischord Records
  • ASIN: B00030ES3M
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 462,491 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "samcaird" on 27 Feb 2005
Format: Audio CD
It is a huge problem for bands when the first song on an album is far too good for the rest to live up to, and it was with an intense feeling of dissapointment that I listened to the rest of the album after the thrilling opening of Wonderful People, seeming to offer up the tatntilising possility of a really great album
It does get better with time, so if you do get it, which one should do once one is more familiar with the band's work, keep with it. Throw Back Your Head, Wet Work, Collect The Diamonds and Tag-Tag all offer up something good, Distrct Night Prayer providing a quirky, yet pleasently melodic edge to the piece.
Most of the songs are good, the ones above shining brighter than the others, and, once finished listening to the album, I knew i'd heard some good tunes, but there is the overwhelming feeling that the album has been rushed and badly put together, that little thought has been put into the track order and that corners were cut.
Some of the songs are unfulfilling in their use of instruments; in general, the weaker songs are hurt by the air of having been just too easy, unchallenging for the band to make or perform.
It seems odd, but the simple decision to put Wondeful People first rather than anywhere else, though preferably toward the end of the album, has made the album cumbersome, peaking right away and then slowly unwinding, or seeming to, as it continues.
Q and not U are far better than this album, so don't feel disheartened. The album is interesting, with their other work in mind, but for a beginner it is clear that one should not start their Q and not U exerience here.
No Kill No Beep is perhaps a clearer and less cryptic place to start, but having heard that, Power too will naturally add itself to your collection and don't be afraid to let it. Though it is rushed and as I have said, at times clumsy, the album has merit and the fan will feel it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
The next step in the Q progression 11 Oct 2004
By Dan Manning - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The verdict is still, in many respects, out, but I can already tell that this album is growing on me in the same way that Different Damage and No Kill did. Power is about as much of a leap from Damage as Damage was a leap from No Kill.

The songwriting is top notch. Yes, people will hear the opening track "Wonderful People" and draw the obvious Justin Timberlake/Michael Jackson comparisons, but the most likely scenario is not that Q and Not U is drawing on watered down pop influences, but more likely that they're turning to the same source influences as perhaps some of these pop geeks are. In other words, the gentlemen of Q and Not U continue to listen to a wide variety of music, including but certainly not limited to Parliament, Afro-beat, post-punk like Gang of Four, but probably mostly putting on records by their DC gogo and Dischord contemporaries. The listen to all this music and allow themselves to garner some influence from it while still putting their own take on the music.

Speaking of Dischord contemporaries, my biggest complaint about the album is the production--Ian MacKaye and Don Zienetra did a superb job of giving the Q a natural recording sound for their past several albums and singles, but the production duties on Power were handled by the gentlemen from the DC band El Guapo (who incidentally, I've never liked much). El Guapo production makes Q and Not U sound, well, more like El Guapo! However, the key difference is that Q and Not U actually write good songs, but they come close to ruining a few of their songs with useless noise in the name of experimentation (Sheck out the pointless recorder meandering on the updated version of "X-Polynation" and tell me if you agree). Either way, El Guapo can't ruin the live show, and it will be interesting to see how Q and Not U translates (or re-translates) this music back to a live setting.

The biggest leap in terms of the actual music is a far greater reliance on keyboards for many of the tracks. While guitar-based Q and Not U will always hold a special place in my heart, and indeed can still be found on this album, the use of keyboards on this album is largely done in a tasteful manner.

Another key difference is the lyric writing. Power finds Chris Richards using a much more direct lyrical style, even more didactic at times. The end result is that you have an album that is less lyrically open to interpretation, which is sad, but the majority of the lyrics on this ablum are top notch. Harris Klahr sings 4 tracks on the album, and his off-kilter lyrics are great, especially on a standout track like L.A.X. However, Chris Richard's singing still carries the majority of the album, and his earnest vocal offerings on "Wet Work" and "Collect the Diamonds" serve as the album's centerpieces. The backbone of Q and Not U remains John Davis' inventive drumming, and fans will not be disappointed by his work on this album.

When you start listening to Power, the sooner you put yourself in the hands of Q and Not U and let them do the driving, the sooner you'll be able to enjoy this great record for what it is and not worry about what it could have been. I have trouble letting other people drive me anywhere, but with this album, I'm getting used to it. I'm even enjoying it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I want more !!!! 8 Oct 2004
By Scott Stenger - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Wow...I was pretty taken back when I first heard this album..My brother thought "Wonderful People"(the first track on the album) was the new single by Justin Timberlake...Umm yeah. The boys in Q and not U do it once again and manage to keep it real and keep it funky on their third album, "Power"...Lots of synth,lots of percussion and a whole lot of love is what you'll get if you pick up "Power". Check them out when they come to your town too..
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Get your dance on! 26 Dec 2004
By Sir Patricio - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This cd is quite wonderful. A leap from their previous, marvelous efforts, this album expands without ruining the elements of Q and noy U that make them who they are. A nice fusion of the past two albums, with some very nice addtions, I think this band and this album are pretty amazing. and fun. and great live. ok thats about all I think.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
POWER!! 20 May 2005
By Ryan Cafferty - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
this album is phenominal. i'm a long time Q fan. each of their albums has digressed a little while retaining the band's tenets. this album took a month to fully grow on me, and it has not left my turntable in seven days.

mr. "no bass blayer" reviewer below me: chris and harris alternate live and in studio. most of their tracks have a bassline. others don't need them. there is no formula for perfection. Q stumbled on it like penicillin.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
ehhhh. 25 Dec 2004
By C. McDermott - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
dont get me wrong, i love q and not u. i love no kill beep beep, and different damage definitely has some great songs on it. i bought this cd because i thought it'd be like the others, and because i heard wonderful people and liked that. but i just cant get into this cd. i keep trying to give it that one good listen that will make me like it, but every time i put it in the cd player, i only take it out a few minutes later. if you want an awesome q and not u cd, i totally recommend no kill no beep beep over power.
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