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  • Audio CD (10 Mar. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner
  • ASIN: B0011U8NNY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,457 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Fit 4 U (Album Version) 3:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Terra Firma (Album/single Version) 2:47£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Up All Night (Album Version) 2:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Counters (Album Version) 4:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Light Switch (Album Version) 3:44£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Turn Tail (Album Version) 4:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. I Can Hardly See Them (Album Version) 3:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Dyed In The Wool (Album Version) 3:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Rue The Days (Album Version) 3:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Flies (Album Version) 1:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Mummy Light The Fire (Album Version) 4:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Current Of The River (Album Version including hidden track)10:34Album Only

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March 10th sees the release of the hugely exciting, classic, second album from Young Knives. After the band's recent Mercury music prize nomination for their 2006 debut album, Voices of Animals & Men, Young Knives return with follow up Superabundance, all new for 2008.

Proving their adaptability and freshness, whilst still maintaining the aspects of their personality loved by all, Young Knives are set to cement their position as the greatest British pop band of our generation. A refinement of the lyrical style showcased on tracks like `Loughborough Suicide' from the first album permeates their new material - but this time their fine eye for astute and cynical observations is countered by a new found mastery of pop sensibilities and soaring melodies, aligning the band with such British greats of the last 20 years as Blur, Pulp and Radiohead.

Superabundance is a vast progression from their previous work - produced by Tony Doogan (Super Furry Animals, Mogwai, Belle & Sebastian, Dirty Pretty Things) in Glasgow last summer - this body of work is (gasp) poppier and more expansive, but at the same time remaining utterly idiosyncratic and true to the band's leftfield and entirely British roots, making for a genuinely compelling and tantalising listen.


Ashby-de-la-Zouche's favourite sons return with a second album of angular punk-pop songs, lyrical eccentricity, and wry observations that curl an eyebrow at English society like schoolboys gazing at ants through a magnifying glass. Whereas the Young Knives' debut album Voices of Animals and Men felt like a clever spin on the skinny guitars and lurching bass of the post-punk revival bands, Superabundance feels like a bigger, deeper record, one which finds the Young Knives adding layers of guitars, parping trumpets, and orchestral trimmings to the brew. There are further changes to the formula, too: while earlier Young Knives material felt witty and versed in the language of farce, Superabundance is a rather more melancholy, pensive affair, full of quiet disgust. "Up All Night" takes a determined sober look at late-night hedonism: "Everybody looks famous/They've been wasting lots of time/And everybody looks special/In their mind's eye". In the following "Counters", someone gasses themselves in the front seat of their car. Luckily, the Young Knives are compelling enough characters that they can carry off occasional sour vibes without coming on as crotchety old men: take "Dyed in the Wool", a heart-on-sleeve plea for simplicity that rhymes "headlock" with "wedlock" as a means of sneaking into your affections. It works, too. --Louis Pattison

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. J. Fisher on 13 Mar. 2008
Format: Audio CD
I brought this in Bath on Monday morning really really not knowing what to expect, I was just expecting an average indie album, but I was so so wrong. Fit 4 U kicks off the album superbly, and gives you a sort of preview of what to expect, you cannot help chanting to the lyrics of some of the songs on the album as if you have known all the songs for years, my standout track for the album would have to be Turn Tail, it is an excellent track , i think myself already it is one of the best album tracks of 2008, it has to be a future single. Terra Firma is also a good track. All the album is superb, if you liked the debut album get this and you will be blown away, I promise you, you will not be disappointed, Unless you listen to NME.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. N. Davis on 8 Jun. 2008
Format: Audio CD
This is a totally underrated album by the magnificent Young Knives. Its classic edgy indie rock. The first half of the album is similar to stuff found on the excellent 'Voices of Animals and Men', with a polished feel. The album gets more interesting from Turn Tail onwards. Mummy Light the Fire, with its magnificent psychedelic feel, Flies and Current of the River totally change the feel and tempo of the album, hoisting it to 'classic' in my book. There is something slightly sinister about the Knives, especially when the House of Lords is singing, which I like, in particular and this feeling certainly increases towards the end of the album, when the music and lyrical delivery matches the darkness of the lyrics.

The Knives are also big on ironic social commentary- listen to Fit 4 U and Up All Night, especially. The lyrics are disturbing, gloomy, and totally juxtaposed with the abundently rich, hummable and melodic music. Counters is the antithesis of pop lyrically- "Sitting in the front seat/Turning on the motor/Sucking on a hosepipe"- is the chorus, but musically would sit happily on Radio One or the 'Charts'. The ultimate irony, of course, is that a band this articulate and imaginative do not grace the upper echelons of the 'charts' or mainstream music. But, I suppose, thats the point'.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. M. Centifanti on 21 Jun. 2008
Format: Audio CD
Having loved the first eclectic offering from (formerly The) Young Knives, it was a given that I'd get the DVD version of the new album. I kept waiting to see a list of what was on the DVD, but all I saw anywhere was a listing that matched the CD track listing. I wrongly assumed that this was a persistent error at every site I checked.
What they've done, in fact, is made a DVD of videos for every song on the album, even the hidden 'bonus track'! Not only that, but the majority of the vids were produced by the band's front man himself (although at least one of these, 'Turn Tail,' has already been entirely redone -- presumably by someone else -- with an obviously better budget for commercial viewing). These include in their various number a fairly brilliant stop-motion animation of his Playmobil figures for 'Current of the River' and a goofy 3D video (more like a short film...but you'll have to get your own glasses) for 'Dyed in the Wool.' The band vids range from quaint and corny to clever and artful, while the few contributions from outside the band tend more to the quaint and artful.
The album itself is a clear furtherance of the promise presented on Knives' first disc. There are still clearly modern pop gems ('Turn Tail,' 'Fit 4 U,' 'Terra Firma' et al.), but also tracks making it clear the lads have been digging in their record collections for older influences; listen to the fuzztone inflected 'I Can Hardly See Them' (complete with riff borrowed from The Kinks) or folkier offerings 'Rue The Days,' 'Flies' and the last two tracks, and it's evident their 60s roots are showing.
If you like this band, you probably already own this album. If you don't know the band, this is a better place to introduce yourself than 'Voices...' If you don't already own 'Superabundance' (or do and have some cash to throw about), the +DVD version is well worth buying.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ben VINE VOICE on 16 May 2008
Format: Audio CD
The Young Knives, on their second album "Voices of Animals and Men", were the slightly barmy, quirky band produced by Andy "Gang of Four" Gill, who mostly "angular" in riff but lyrically not quite ready to take themselves, or life in general, that seriously.

Sombre follow-ups to excited albums aren't uncommon (see The Futureheads) but the lyrical themes on "Superabundence" are noticeably much grimmer than on their last album. Death, suicide, fatigue with modern living and the futility of youth are all crammed in to just the first few songs, albeit rather comically against a backdrop of trebly guitars and an excited rhythm section.

Without that quite-so-obvious feeling of jubilation there is the sense that the record isn't quite as immediate as its predecssor; and the significant presense of strings does take a bit of getting use to, but it hints at a depth not previously something the band were concerned too much about exploring. It's also a record where the shouty-anthemic "Terra Firma" can be bookended by the, frankly, rather weird "Mummy Light The Fire" and "Flies".

It all hints at a band aiming for a little more maturity, and achieving it without becoming boring, and nudging towards new experiments in their sound without forgetting what people liked about them so much in the first place. It's probably an album existing fans will absolutely love - but I'm not quite convinced that with its consciously more downbeat lyrics it'll necessarily attract as many new ones as it deserves to.
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