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Slow Down [CD]

Hyde & Beast Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (15 Aug 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Tail Feather
  • ASIN: B0057MFA10
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,842 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Never Come Back 3:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. If You Could Buy Me Anything 3:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. All Because Of You 2:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. You Will Be Lonely 3:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Trees Are Falling 3:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Last Chance For A Slow Dance 3:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. (And The) Pictures In The Sky 2:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Wolfman Blues 1:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Lord, Send For Me 2:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Go To Sleep 1:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Louis' Lullaby 3:15£0.79  Buy MP3 

Product Description

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Hyde & Beast release their debut album `Slow Down' through Tail Feather Records. They are two drummers from the North East, Dave Hyde (Hyde) from Futureheads and Neil Bassett (Beast) from Golden Virgins. Together they have made a magnificent record by accident, `Slow Down', with Hyde on vocals and both Hyde & Beast writing, recording, producing and mixing the album themselves, resulting in a very special project born out of a labour of love and a wonderful detour from the pair's usual musical output.

BBC Review

The side-project of The Futureheads drummer David Hyde and ex-The Golden Virgins tubthumper Neil Bassett has hallmarks of their day jobs, but it's defined by a blasé, playful approach. With snatches of piano stabbing, loose and lazy guitar licks and falsetto backing vocals, we're drawn into the duo's slightly psychedelic world.

Initially, a lot of these songs sound like they're dragging their feet or meandering on purpose. But there are far too many wonderfully potent moments. The harmonious voices on If You Could Buy Me Anything draw the lilting elements into a gorgeous, psychedelia-scorched ballad. There's hints of whimsy too on You Will Be Lonely, which throws in everything from helium vocals ("You keep on knocking but you can't come in!") to fiery blues solos. It's tempting to cite the glorious multi-faceted work of Sunderland's Brewis brothers - otherwise known as Field Music - as an influence. It wouldn't be surprising thinking about their geography, and David Brewis being a one-time Futurehead.

Unlike Field Music though, there's nothing complicated about these mid-paced, pretty and often lolloping songs. It's into this simplicity that the two manage to filter their distinctive chops. Skipping and hopping guitars blend with the requisite amount of harmonies; oohs and aahs are brandished with pride. Then there's the unexpected blasts of 60s and 70s inspiration upon these templates. So we hear cheeky brass on Never Come Back, early Quo lead breaks - especially on (And the) Pictures in the Sky - while the instrumental Wolfman Blues sounds sozzled and broken, off-key and out of step with itself. What definitely isn't here is the spikiness associated with either members' other projects.

No song is over three-and-a-half minutes, the perfect length for tracks that could easily break out into ill-advised blues jams if left to fend for themselves for too long. Instead, Hyde & Beast nip things in the bud, taming tracks into perfectly accessible gems. Despite the pace of the album never going beyond a stroll, it's the eloquence of delivery and jabs at homage that prevent them from trudging along uninspired or descending into polite pastiche. Sure, there will be a great deal you'll have heard parading in records from a once-golden era, along with those more recent records that try to recapture such a time; but the humour, the brevity and the joy with which it's bundled ensures a quality listen throughout.

--Brad Barrett

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A genuinely intriguing listen 3 Sep 2011
By smee
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The best album in the last 100 I've bought. Original riffs contrasting with a pleasant familiarity, quite distinct from Futureheads work. Make it part of your record collection and It'll soon become a regular on your playlist.
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4.0 out of 5 stars jurys out 13 Nov 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Do I like it, as I said jurys out, growing on me though.Sunderland band, good harmony, most definately not the worst album this year.
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