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  • Audio CD (14 July 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cheeky
  • ASIN: B00005NUV8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 291,187 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Intro
2. Sweet Thing
3. Coming Up Roses
4. Morning Light
5. Worth It
6. On A Beautiful Day
7. No More Daydreams
8. 5 Past 9
9. Beautiful
10. Failure
11. Smoke Machine
12. Let's Pretend
13. I Wish
14. What I Was Here For

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Another Bargain From Barrie's Discs.....

BBC Review

Three years ago Skinny entered the musical arena with the release of their critically acclaimed debut The Weekend.

The single "Failure", a quirky testimony to self-loathing, did much to raise their profile and was astrong indication that this was a band with ability and a healthy sense of humour. Then, much to their frustration, their record company was sold to a major and in the process all of the acts were frozen until the deal was done. Cryogenic suspension anyone?

However, the interim was well spent with Matty Benbrook joining forces with label mates Faithless, benefiting from Rollo's studio expertise. Meanwhile, chief songwriter Paul Herman helped Rollo's soon-to-be-very-famous sister Dido with the writing of No Angel, in particular "Thank You" as used by Eminem on "Stan".

Away from the promotional rigmarole Skinny have grown up, reassessed and paid attention to the detail on this impressive second album.

Taller is a departure from their concept debut to a more song-based approach. That said the furrow ploughed by this album is wide, offering an innovative sound that draws on post-club electronica as well as the more traditional rock elements.

"Coming Up Roses" creates its' optimism with a surge of guitars, giant drums and a soul stirring admission, 'I'm taller than houses, I'm faster than the brightest light, I'm the king of England'. Passionate stuff, but things don't alwayssmellso good as Skinny's focus takes in the lows as well as the highs.

Paul's meditation on family "Worth It" poses difficulties, 'The lying, the crying and the fighting, the judgement, the time spent in denial. Was it worth it?' Yet, their take on Gunter Kallman Choir's 'Daydream', "On A Beautiful Day" is a summer time dub that raises the mood again.

Not only are they great songwriters but also, as a band, they are accomplished producers well versed in the art of keeping things polished, simple and interesting. Skinny are, by their own admission, a new band who feel like they are starting again and in a peculiar way they are making a second debut with this aptly named release. Time has been a difficult taskmaster for Paul, Matty, Tim and Dave but they have returned in fine style. Bigger. Brighter. Taller. --Christian Hopwood

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By moselingjc@hotmail.com on 12 Dec 2001
Format: Audio CD
Such a huge mix of styles on one record usually leaves you feeling that the artist just couldn't make up their minds about how they wanted it to sound. Skinny, however, have made a fabulous and emotive (and perhaps a bit quirky) album of quite varied tunes and songs that still manage to sound cohesive and develop a unique atmosphere.
My favourites are the soul-lifting 'Sweet Thing', the moodier 'Worth It', the more energetic '5 past 9' and I smile at 'Beautiful' every time.
A perfect wind down after a big night or the soundtrack to the night when you just love being at home, I think you won't be disappointed by 'Taller'. You'll also recognise more of it than you think you will.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Dec 2001
Format: Audio CD
I heard 'Taller' recently, and didn't know quite what to make of it at first, but it's a grower, crammed with textures and moods that kept me listening.
Skinny have managed to blend an array of styles into a unique sound, from Indie to Jungle, its there all mixed up with a lick of sample induced electronica that twists the whole thing around. The whole album's an easy listen, not becoming offensive, repetitive, or over stated, my favourites include:- 'Sweet Thing' which speaks of jealousy whilst in love. Essentially a soul ballad, laced with lush strings, weird paranoid undertones, and a trip-hop backbone..... 'Coming up Roses' conveys the heavenly e-induced elation of clubbing but with a guitar lead 'Indie'' flavour. 'Morning light' features soul diva chorus, hip hop style stabs, weird & quirky... 'No More Daydreams' nice dreamy groove, catchy hippy 60's chorus, laid back post club grooves...nice.
There's only a few albums in my collection that i listen to regularly, 'Taller' is the latest addition. Thoroughly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael Goorevich on 9 Oct 2003
Format: Audio CD
If you are tired of all the electronic stuff which is messing on the music market for the last period, know that this is a beautiful example how it's possible to combine together: electronics and sampling, styles, and what is the most important ideas and melodics! Buy it cause if it's not covered by the massive comercials, it doesn't mean it's bad. And it's good enough and worth to be called classics of the modern music. I bought it myself when I was in Japan (paying lots of yens). Why I couldn't wait untill I am back in Europe? You will figure it out....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Sep 2005
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Having never heard of Skinny until someone put a chillout compilation on at a BBQ, "Worth It" made me jump up and grab the CD case - I just had to know who made that song, it was beautiful. So, I bought the CD and was not disappointed, it is now a permanent feature in the car, the house, wherever I go the CD comes too. I wish they'd make another album. If you're unsure, buy it anyway. Please.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Raffey on 31 Aug 2006
Format: Audio CD
Bought this as a 'I wonder' CD after hearing "Failure" as a dub mix, the album is quite brilliant, mainly for the first 5 tracks. Skinnys only other album 'the weekend' in contrast is hardly worth a listen, a pity, still, if you want a cross between Crystal Method and Cafe del Mer then give this a go, best played in the car, very loud.
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