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Shatterproof is not a Challenge [CD]

Hundred Reasons Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (3 Jan 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B0001D0MT0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,799 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Savanna
2. Stories With Unhappy Endings
3. What You Get
4. The Great Test
5. Harmony
6. Lullaby
7. My Sympathy
8. 80 m.p.h.
9. Still Be Here
10. Pop
11. Truth With Elegance
12. Makeshift

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The second album from Home Counties emotional hardcore stalwarts Hundred Reasons, Shatterproof Is Not a Challenge sees them consolidating the punk-rock revolution they partly sparked off on these shores: one that rejects the snotty rush of UK punk, instead harking back to American post-hardcore touchstones like Fugazi, Quicksand, and At The Drive-In. Hundred Reasons offer a poppy, mainstream take on this most defiantly underground of musical genres, but no qualms, they do it very well: the production clarity demonstrated on "What You Get" and "The Great Test" renders hirsute frontman Colin Doran's skinny roar in spittle-flecked high-resolution, and supplies an agreeably punchy presence to the twin-guitar interplay handled by Paul Townshend and Larry Hibbitt. And while often vague, Doran's lyrics frequently attain a sort of tear-pricked emotional resonance: "Sing this with me now/ Try to harmonise this," goes the mantra-like 'Harmony', gaining strength in every plucky repetition.

If there's any criticism here, it's that Hundred Reasons appear to have found a successful formula and stubbornly stuck to it: "Pop" sounds uncomfortably like a band ripping off themselves, and even a pair of ballads, "Still Be Here" and "Makeshift", appear to be tacked on just because that's what well-rounded rock-albums are supposed to do. In future, a touch more variety would prove a real boon. But in short bursts, Shatterproof Is Not a Challenge remains a bracing example of sturdy, cathartic punk-rock, and we very much suspect that's exactly what Hundred Reasons were after all along. -– Louis Pattison

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HUNDRED REASONS Shatterproof Is Not A Challenge (2004 UK 12-track CD album produced by David Sardy [System Of A Down / Slayer] and featuring the singles The Great Test & What You Get)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Our saviours are here 5 Mar 2004
By Rob86
Format:Audio CD
As the lyrics go in savannah, the opening track "get on your knees we're saviours". Hundred reasons seem to think of themselves much more highly in this album then the last and so they should. This album has cemented their place in the british rock industry with their great care and attention to their lyrics and their amazing power to bring these lyrics to life with crunching guitar riffs and incredible sense of energy. Many people seem to have disregarded this album saying that its not as good as IAOS but I beg to differ. This album is right up there with it and at times jumps over the bar set by IAOS. Songs like Harmony, What you get and Stories with unhappy endings are HR at their very best.
This album is incredible from start to finish trust me, go buy its worth every penny you pay for it
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4.0 out of 5 stars An accomplished second outing 2 Mar 2004
Format:Audio CD
Firstly, anyone who tells you this isnt as good as Ideas is in a word, wrong! Ideas Above Our Station was more a collection of singles, this feels a lot more like an album that continues in the same vein from beginning to end (if that makes sense). If like me you found IAOS was TOO instant, leaving you wanting more depth, your prayers have been answered, and people should not misunderstand the, dare i say it, more grown up sound as 'running out of ideas' or musical complacency.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent sophomore effort 26 Mar 2004
By DocBhoy
Format:Audio CD
Following the storming debut that was Ideas Above Our Station , it was never going to be easy to follow up with the same high standards . I'm pleased to say that those standards have been maintained , with the angst filled vocals , and twin guitar attack continuing where they left off from album number one . The only criticism that could be aimed is that there appears to be less variation in the album's mood - nothing as slow as Avalanche , for instance . Nevertheless , I have no hesitation in recommending this for fans or newbies alike .
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant follow up 13 May 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is Hundred Reasons follow-up album to "Ideas above our station". As it usually goes in the music industry, i expected this album to be nothing compared to the first. I was proved wrong. Its just as good if not better than the first one. Hundred reasons are a local band to me, so i once had the pleasure of meeting them in their early years, and its true nice people make fantastic music!
The album begins with "savanna" a song dedicated to heros of this world with lyrics such as "Get on your knees for saviours". There is no bad song on this album. Track 10, "Pop" sees a change of vocalist, which happens on the first album as well. It helps to give variation and depth to the album. My personal favourite song though has to be "Truth with elegance" which is simply earth-shatteringly good! It has power and you will find that u cannot resist bellowing out the words as you go along with it, fantastic!
Their two recent singles, "What You Get" and "The Great Test" are both on this album, so it does have some recognisable stuff.
Hundred reasons sound a bit like Incubus, with their more peaceful moments and their powerful moments too.
I would recommend this album to anyone, i have already done so to friends and family, who now say that they listen to it most days. Whatever mood u are in, this is the album to listen to, it can capture all your emotions, whether its happiness, sadness, love, or heartbreak, this is the one for you.
This album ends with the fantastic "makeshift" which is a very chilled what i like to call an "Autumn" tune. Very enjoyable indeed. This album is definately worth the money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 2 Mar 2014
By Mr. George Johnson VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
If you like jangly pop/punk but with a little bit more thought put in to it, you'll love this. Came out around the same time as Lostprophets but HR had a little more substance to their music and weren't just jumping a bandwagon like LP.

I'm more of a metal fan myself, sticking to the death/thrash but I dig this album out occasionally when I'm in the mood for something with some crunch but more easy-listening as you can't help but feel better after hearing HR's jangly upbeat take on UK post-punk.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Challenging 3 Nov 2013
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A good album but very repetitive, in my opinion. Will play it again sometime but won't be a regular on my playlist
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4.0 out of 5 stars Deserving More Credit 22 Mar 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Two years prior to Hundred Reasons debut album 'Ideas Above Our Station' the Hampshire quintet came back for more with another offering of original harmonic/melodic rock. Hurried by Columbia Records, 'Shatterproof Is Not A Challenge' was released as soon as all the songs were done and the advertising/marketing campaign was minimal, making its release a quiet one, but still managing to shift a good amount of units. The band has clearly learned a fair bit thanks to the success of IAOS, and raised the bar with even more complex guitar work, group vocal harmonies and showcasing the abilities of the drummer Andy Bews and bassist Andy Gilmour. In theory the album and band would always struggle to match the success of their previous effort but they have tried not to stray too far away from what propelled them to success in the first place.

Album opener 'Savanna' isn't the strongest way to reintroduce themselves, with a generally unhappy - angry song, melody and lyric wise, repeating "Get on your knees for saviors" against the heavy lumbering guitar chords - its track 2, 'Stories With Unhappy Endings' is ironically where the album should have begun, still pretty angry but reminding of the storming guitar riffs and fantastic vocal ability fans fell in love with beforehand. The bass really stands out in this one, rumbling away through the verses and building up the chorus. 'What You Get' the albums 2nd single sounds poorly recorded after the sly little intro with an odd mix up with the 2 guitars rocking back and fourth in dodgey synchronization. However it brings relief to hear an upbeat track with a pleasant verse and definite sing along chorus "So what if you turned back, if talking's a waste of our time. You would leave us only the more upset, cause that's what you get".
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