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Staring Down The Barrel [CD]

Blockheads Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (6 April 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B001U7FW1E
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,205 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

Staring Down The Barrel is a great, adult album full of good tunes, witty lyrics and steaming great grooves. In 2004, said about the Blockheads last album, Where's The Party, that 'the Blocks are on their own label and the album, unless some benevolent sponsor steps in, is most likely destined for obscurity.'

Well, that album opened some doors and lo and behold, a benevolent sponsor in the shape of EMI stepped in. That's right, that EMI, the one that has the Beatles and Coldplay. It is testament to the accomplishment and downright tenacity of the group to find themselves in such illustrious company.

The musicianship here is remarkable, of course. MD and co-writer Chaz Jankel delivers some hummable epics and the band is as tight as they've ever been. What is different is that they have decided that Derek Hussey is to be the album's sole vocalist. In Hussey, they have a song stylist who takes on former leader Ian Dury's mantle with accomplishment. Comparisons, inevitably, are going to be drawn, but this is Derek, not Ian, you are listening to.

Hussey's lyrics make you both giggle and think and are sufficiently three-dimensional to not simply be a disgruntled old bloke railing against 21st Century. He uses terms like 'shove off' and 'rozzers' with such great sincerity; you think you've found a lost artifact from the 50s.

Staring Down The Barrel, with its Peter Blake sleeve, musical and lyrical references to the group's thirty years and some very modern concerns in the subject matter, is a rather enjoyable romp. Whether it sells is another affair, but as a signpost to their stunning live work and a postcard to prove they have survived without the wondrous Dury, it does the job. --Daryl Easlea

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reasons to be cheerful - part 4 5 July 2009
Format:Audio CD
This is a truly stunning CD!
If ever there was an artist who was irreplaceable it was Ian Dury - such an amazing presence: fierce, witty, honest, brutal and charismatic; surely his death was the end of the Blockheads!
Not so!
This cd is stuffed full of expert musicianship, cutting lyrics and a sense of mischief, all things that were present in Dury's work.
There is a mixture of styles, tempos and moods; some songs are state of the nation in an understated way whereas others encourage us to have a long hard look at ourselves and accept the fact that we have made a mess of everything. Songs like 'Prophet of doom' deliver a scathing message with a laid back feel, whilst 'no go central' describes urban sprawl with a nod to John Cooper Clarke and 'A little knowledge' provides a cheeky commentary on the achievements of the famous (despite getting the wrong King Charles!). Derek the Draw delivers in a vocal style reminiscent of the great man himself!
If you liked Ian Dury - give this a go - play it a few times, each time listening to a different instrument - what you have is exceptional -
This is indeed a 'reason to be cheerful'
I recommend it to anyone!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Staring Down the Barrel - The Blockheads 12 May 2009
Format:MP3 Download
Has Ian Dury really left us! An amazing CD by an amazing band, re-creating the sound that made Ian Dury & the Blockheads the epitome of music, every track is a potential classic, well done Blockheads, lets have more please, an absolute must for all true fans
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music alive and well 9 April 2009
Format:Audio CD
Having recently seen the play on Ian Dury's life story in London (which was fantastic) I realised that the Blockheads possibly got the raw end of the deal as they were thought of as a 'session band' supporting Ian and not a group, I decided to see how the music was today.

This album is a real winner it is great, it is in the style and whit that we came to love but based on up-to-date themes. There is not a bad track on the album and I predict a renaissance for the Blockheads. Half way through I was thinking this is fantastic, a way for us 'older rockers' to make a statement about current day issue without rioting at the Bank of England (or dying from a heart attack like poor Mr Tomlinson). I believe the reference to bankers and wankers will be on the audience lips at future live concerts.

As Ian wrote on a signed photo for me in the 70's, "Alex is a pest, but its for the est(tablishment)". Well Alex is still a pest (albeit) an 50 year old one and The Blockheads have just made my day with this brilliant new CD. Well done.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Staring down the Barrel 19 Jun 2009
Format:Audio CD
I just love this CD by the Blockheads as much as the original Ian Dury and the Blockheads stuff. These guys are just major talents themselves. The lyrics are superb and so totally relevant to our lives today in this mad world.The music itself is inspiring with a great mix of styles.I recomend this CD to anyone who loves music that gets into your soul. A truly brilliant CD. Go and buy it RIGHT NOW!
Dave Aldershot
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still rocking after all those years 24 May 2009
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Angels Unaware (Fitzroy Maclean Angel)
One of Roy Angel's favourite live bands, The Blockheads are as tight as ever, with several of the original personnel from the glory days with the late great Ian Dury. Lyricist Derek the Draw shows his spleen and rants and raves against greedy bankers, pollution and global warning as only a true Blockhead can. The band punch out their unique blend of rock, ska and jazz, masterminded by Chas Jankel, with as much oompf as they did back in 1977. Grumpy old men? Not a bit of it. - MIKE RIPLEY
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars played everyday 12 Nov 2009
Format:Audio CD
loved ian and the blockheads was not sure what this would be like despite total belief in the ability and talent of the blockheads,have not missed a day of playing this cd with dirty money a fave, a strange thing is that i feel slightly guilty and wished ian had been around and even on this for total perfection to produce such a good album shows the quality of the people on it and despite how much we all loved ian all the blockheads were equally responsible for the magic,buy it if you are a fan, were a fan or just buy it anyway these guys deserve more recognition, best cd i have bought for some time
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