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The Concretes [Digipak]

The Concretes Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (21 Jun. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Licking Fingers
  • ASIN: B0002C1DZ2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 435,657 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Say Something New
2. You Can’t Hurry Love
3. Chico
4. New Friend
5. Diana Ross
6. Warm Night
7. Foreign Country
8. Seems Fine
9. Lovin Kind
10. Lonely As Can Be
11. This One’s For You
12. Concretes For Computers: Warm Night Video Starring The Leopard And His Girlfriend, A Short Film Starring The Concretes, Snap Shots and More.

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The Concretes' superb eponymous debut is the product of a long and complicated history. The Stockholm-based group started life as an all-girl trio, but has since expanded to a larger concern with eight core members and a floating crew of backing singers, harpists, violinists and cellists. Corralling such a large cast into anything like a coherent vision is no easy task, but it's one that the Concretes manage with some aplomb on a consistently spectacular album. The sound conjured by the Concretes' orchestra, unlikely though it might seem, owes most to Mazzy Star and the Velvet Underground. There's also an affinity for Motown, demonstrated by the titles "Diana Ross" and "You Can't Hurry Love" (not a cover version) and by a knack for wedding simple pop tunefulness to complex musical arrangements. Mostly, however, the mood is one of studied, luxuriant gloom. All the Concretes' songs even the more upbeat ones, are conveyed with a similar tone of lachrymose sincerity, and the languid, slurring drawl of Concretes vocalist Victoria Bergsman is evocative of both Mazzy Star's Hope Sandoval and the Velvets' ice-maiden collaborator Nico. --Andrew Mueller

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
i recently bought the concretes self titled debut album after hearing good stuff about them; nme gave them an outstanding review and call me easily persuaded, i went out and bought it after listening to only one song. the album is quite understated with every song sounding similar. this i believe to be a good thing because every uplifting track belnds into the next and they are all calming and do not bash your eardrums into oblivion. catchy enough to make you hum the tunes all day and also brilliant for a lazy day drinking in the sun or played quietly on your cd player while drifting off. the fact that the band is from sweden and have eight members makes for a distinctly rich (but like i said understated) sound. i recommend this album to anyone who likes good music that doesnt have to be cranked up to be listened to
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5.0 out of 5 stars well, i like it 2 July 2004
Actually no, I don't like it, I love it. It is pop as it should be. Sweet and shiny, short and super hot. All these songs make me swoon and smile like a gibbon. and I reckon a gibbon swoons and smiles pretty good. It is a case of substance and style not either/or. If you like the Shins, Beach Boys and have a certain prediliction for beautiful female voices ala nico, then you're gonna love this one. Pop album of this year, many years past and many years to come.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid debut 16 July 2004
Imagine the VU's 'banana album' produced by Berry Gordy. An excellent debut that wears it's influences on it's sleeve whilst puffing away on Carribean woodbines. Motown and 60's pop influences are scattered throughout and a lead singer who makes Nico sounds positivly manic, strong sparse indie sounds interspersed with a great brass sound.
Something old, something new, something borrowed, something good.
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5 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Concretes lack substance 27 Jun. 2004
The Concretes: The Concretes (Licking Fingers/EMI)
On first hearing, I have to admit I loathed this album, but on listening again I only disliked it. So in a sense it grows on you, but only at the same rate as lichen. If you can imagine The Velvet Underground and The Tiger Lillies put through a vintage Ronettes blender and that's essentially what you have. The formula works quite well on the upbeat 'You Can't Hurry Love' (also their first single release from this album), and with varying degrees of success on the delicately downbeat 'Warm Night', 'Diana Ross' and 'This One's For You' - which all feature deliciously discordant vocals. However drawn out over an entire album it soon wears paper-thin. The maudlin 'New Friend', 'Say Something New', 'Lovin Kind', 'Lonely As Can Be' and 'Foreign Country' are a melange of Mogadon melancholia - but repetitive and highly forgettable. The Concretes just don't have enough tricks to bring to the circus. Vocalist Victoria Bergsman meanders through her eerie vocal range with more than a nod to otherworldliness of Shockhead Peter: The Musical. However her plaintiff Nico-esque vocal is at times so lackadaisical she could have necked three Temezepan before the recording.
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