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Shine a Light

Constantines Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (16 Feb 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • ASIN: B0000A59WE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,690 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Having already gained a raft of laudatory reviews, Canada's Constantines seem set to become the latest darlings of the underground with their full length debut Shine a Light. For a start, there's the sound. Sometimes an impassioned, discordant and jittery update of Fugazi's rigorous noise ("Insectivora"), it also features a storming keyboard that recalls the brutal but heavily melodic work of fellow SubPoppers the Murder City Devils ("Nighttime", "Tank Commander"). Add to this the Clash-style guitar stabs of the title track, the twisted brass of the funereal "Goodbye Baby" and "Amen" and the big rock crescendo of "On to You", and you have a challenging but hugely satisfying platter, where melodies can be buried but never for long.

Beyond this, there's that attitude, the Constantines concerning themselves almost wholly with the young and disenfranchised. Yet this is no breezy Huntington Beach keg party, rather a trip into the urban darkness, where overlooked kids seek a life and a living on the grimy, unforgiving and often violent streets. In this the band have been compared to early Springsteen--quite rightly so, as they share the Boss's tough but vulnerable stance and his inventive way with words. This is an indie hit, for sure. --Dominic Wills

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Another Fine Album From Sub Pop The second album from Canadian outfit Constantines, and their first for the mighty Sub Pop label, with a style dubbed as "art punk" by the critics

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rocks hard, but never stupidly 8 Mar 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
A great album. Intelligent, musical, rough yet tight all at once. The comparisons to Bruce Springsteen are highly misleading. Vocally, they're close to Joe Strummer; musically, they go their own way. All I can do ... is follow ...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Treading Water 30 April 2011
Format:Audio CD
Constantines are a great band. If you haven't heard them, go and pick up any of their other three albums, all of which are amazing. I really would suggest leaving this one for last though.
Their first, self titled record is a brilliant, angular piece with a heavy dose of punk in it. This album just seems to be a weak attempt to replicate that- everything's practically the same, but just not as good. That's really the only way I can describe it.
The subsequent records, Tournament of Hearts and Kensington Heights, are a much more interesting listen. The band has moved on musically with a sound reminiscent of Broken Social Scene in places.
I suppose this isn't necessarily a bad album; there are some decent songs there, but being surrounded by others which are enormously superior really highlights its flaws.
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4.0 out of 5 stars feathers and strong whiskey 18 May 2009
Format:Audio CD
I have to admit that I'm out of touch with the Canadian music scene, and I bought this after hearing Young Lions used as an intro to the Pittsburgh v Washington series in this year's Stanley Cup playoffs, on Hockey Night in Canada. (Crosby versus Ovechkin etc...)
A very good album. Some of the tracks are pretty heavy, along the lines of that steel mill, industrial, Sub Pop grind. Young Lions is the best track. Alongside a few other songs on the album, it rises from out of the hard sounds with a feathers-and-strong-whiskey softness. There are some really interesting lyrics too, when you can hear them. I like it when bands sing about learning to survive on earthworms etc. That kind of depth means an album can grow on you.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Constantly good album 21 Feb 2004
Format:Audio CD
A mixture of great sounds from big bass to melodics guitar and Clashlike lyrics, may even be a bit of E Street in there.
Anyone with a liking for rock with gruff vocals should invest.
Shine a light makes a great single in that E Street fashion. My fave track would be Young Lions for its ambient guitar and rock melody....very The River
There's no new sounds, but tried and tested good fun rock and roll
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm swooning 24 Mar 2004
By C. SKALA - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is a great album. Ignore all the Boss comparisons. The Constantines' lead vocalist sounds much more like Joe Strummer, but with a soulful edge to his voice; and the lyrics are oblique yet direct, anthemic without being didactic. Musically, the band evince a tough but loose style of playing which threatens at times to fly apart but always finds its way back to a groove. All-in-all, this music rocks in the right way: political, heart-felt, humorous and funky.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Light the way 16 Sep 2003
By Geoffrey S. Hineman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
When the Constantines self-titled debut dropped in 2001, the music press correctly likened their sound and attitude to Fugazi, the Clash, and Bruce Springsteen. That's pretty heady praise for some Canadian lads who, by their own admission, just want to make people dance. With their sophomore release, Shine a Light, the Constantines show some other influences, and fold it all into a sound completely their own.
The first cut, "National Hum" is pure punk-rock fury in the vain of the pioneers. It demands your attention and that's what an opening track is supposed to do. The production is so "garage" that you can almost the smell gas can in the corner, unlike the Blink 41 bubblegum punk on local radio.
A pleasant surprise is the third track, "Nighttime/Any time (It's Alright)". A finger-lickin' chicken pickin' guitar diddle at the beginning is joined by a half-time drum and bass groove that is reminiscent of Sunny Day Real Estate. For a listen, stop by [...] and check out the MP3 section.
The vocals often draw comparisons to Bruce Springsteen, but they are the strongest on "Insectivora" and "Goodbye Baby & Amen" where they bear a strong resemblance to Tom Waites, both in delivery and lyric content.
Note for note, the best cut on the album is "Scoundrel Babes". It's the greatest song the Clash never wrote. With reggae overtones and gang vocals, you can't help bopping to it and throwing out the occasional "Oye!"
The Constantines are that rare breed of band, much like Fugazi or Nirvana, that inspires kids to start bands. They can be appreciated for so many reasons because their music is honest, raw, and intelligent. And after Alanis Morissette, Celine Dion, and Avril Lavigne, our Canuck neighbors owed us this one.
5.0 out of 5 stars Go Toward the Light 17 Mar 2004
By T.D. Wingfield - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Saw these guys recently in Chicago, cemented everything I already knew: best album of the year, best leadman around (voice, songwriter, entertainer) and the best showmanship I've ever seen played out at a live show. Yes, these guys do tend to sound a bit like Fugazi, but they jam more. They let chords and riffs drone and reverberate, they let the lush sound of a leadsinger's vocals echo out over whining, bleeting guitars and rolling, folding, minimalist drumming. Think Black Rebel Motorcycle Club meets Crooked Fingers meets Fugazi and a dash of Spoon... But I hate comparisons. For godsake, Bry Webb sounds like Joe Cocker and Bruce Springsteen in their prime-- writing beautiful songs... Oh, and the best part (I don't think many people will know this) in their lush, keyboard driven song "Goodbye Baby and Amen," they cop a few lyrics from Randy Newman's great little ditty "I Think It's Going To Rain Today." Sub Pop still shines, Canada hits another '03 homerun along with Broken Social Scene and The New Pornographers. Long live good, unique rock 'n' roll!
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank God for The Constantines 11 Oct 2003
By M. Beaver - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I saw these guys open for The Weakerthans in Dallas and they blew me away. I bought this album as soon as I could and I can't stop listening to it. Everyone should own this album.
5.0 out of 5 stars Original and Exciting 19 Sep 2003
By J. G. H - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Sub Pop has done it again! I don't see the Clash influence as much as others but a Fugazi and Springsteen combo is right on target. They are as exciting as any band out there right now. Who would think that Canada could produce bands so great as The Constantines and Broken Social Scene in the same year?
I haven't even heard their debut but I know this band is going somethere. Its too bad most bands have to be pigdeon-holed into groups like "post-punk" or "art-punk" to be considered "Music"; this band is straight Rock and doesn't give up till the word "Emo" is driven into your skill. Please come to Denver and your fans will not be disappointed!
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