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  • Vinyl (21 Jun. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Licking Fingers
  • ASIN: B0002C1DZW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,518,303 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "sofyap" on 14 Jun. 2005
Format: Audio CD
A beautiful collection of slightly off-kilter gems. The whole album has a childlike pop-iness that is endearing and full of hooky pleasures. Highlights for me were the chilled swirl of "Chico", the drunken bounce of "Warm Night" and "Foriegn Country", and the booty-shaking "You Can't Hurry Love".
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By (Andee4me:) on 20 Nov. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Having listened to the entire album, I am now convinced I have heard one of the groups of the future!!
To call "The Concretes" awesome is an understatement!
They mix lush rythms and wistful pop hooks not unlike The Cure and Belle & Sebastien at the height of there powers!!
There are also tinges of Air, Rokysopp and Jem mixed in... that draw you deeper into the music.
The tunes melt into each other with effortless ease and embrace you in those personal moments we all have when we tune out.
The entire collection is slightly melancholy and has a wonderfully invective feel.
I can only say that this group, will in my view, be a long term success and deserve great acclaim & credit for a note-worthy debut!!
Sweden has produced yet another gem!
The Ambassador
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By jaquesaulait on 12 Jun. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Not all the tracks are great on this long player, but those that are, which is most of them, are brilliant. The vocals are wonderful, the music is excellent, the mood encourages one to indulge in feeling blue if that's how it is for you right now, but in a good and healthy way; this is a gem. If you like Camera Obscura you might like this. If you like King of Woolworths, you might like Her Space Holiday as well as the Concretes.

You Can't Hurry Love and Say Something new are particularly fab.
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By d lomas on 16 Jan. 2012
Format: Audio CD
fiction has to be one of the best tracks for ages. great album all round. love the concretes! well worth buying
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
A beautiful, if inconsistent, album 27 July 2005
By Head ChImp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The Concretes have made a beautiful album that sounds exactly like a combination of Mazzy Star and Bettie Serveert. Just like those two bands' albums, there are some stunningly gorgeous songs and others that are more mediocre. Overall, this album is very strong and depending on the listener's mood, one song may stand out at any given time. It starts out with "Say Something New", which feels like one of those songs I will still love listening to decades from now. There are several other standouts, "You Can't Hurry Love" and "Foreign Country" come to mind, that make this an album to listen to in its entirety. This is not a Top 40 single and filler album like most of the garbage out there, this is a complete album. Listen to it and enjoy. (Check out any Mazzy Star's "So Tonight That I Might See" or Bettie Serveert's "Dust Bunnies" if you like this.)
15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
like a reverb soaked party in the sky 5 July 2005
By J. Riley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I checked out The Concretes because I heard their song on the Target Ad. Not ashamed of that in the slightest and I am so happy that I followed my ears. This album is a real joy to listen to. It's not so artistic that it leaves you wanting a good tune (because all of the melodies are memorable and lovely), but it is so unique in it's approach.

I heard that the band used something like 24 people to record this album, and that's what it sounds like. It sounds like a bunch of good friends (talented Swedish friends) got together in each other's living rooms and made a sparkling, elegant pop album.

My favorite song on the album is probably still Say Something New (the one from the comercial), but the next two are wonderful too. Can't Hurry Love is a fun driving song with a great hook about...well, read the title. And I believe the next song Chico is an ode to the singer's cat, but it's basically just a song about how nice it is to have a friend when a romance has failed. Foreign Country is a great song too, as are the whole collection.

If you like bands like Sigur Ros, Coldplay, Beck (Sea Change style), The Innocence Mission, The Flaming Lips, all glittering semi-sad pop, you might really enjoy this record.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A Sweet Surprise 13 Jan. 2005
By A. French - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The Concretes deliver a refreshingly sweet debut drenched with early 60's harmonies and cooled off with a charm reminiscent of The Velvet Underground. Tracks like "Say Something New" and "You Can't Hurry Love" are instantly catchy and yet soberingly melancholy. The combination keeps the album from becoming too saccharinely sweet. Vocalist Victoria Bergsman's cool delivery compliments the nine piece collective's musicianship perfectly. Overall the Concretes prove that the Swedish talent pool grows deeper every day.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
very special 13 April 2005
By Milleraaq Hazel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
A pinnacle of pop music and one of the most perfect encapsulations of a band on record. Though they're not very much like anyone particularly, an arm's length list of influences are all over this amazing album. Warm melodies, snow outside the window. Perfect for long night-time train journeys. Highly recommended.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Sugar Sweet set from Sixties-loving Swedes 6 Dec. 2004
By Erik Rust - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The Concretes really seemed to have found a sound that suits them like a tailor-perfect sweater. The lead off single "Can't Hurry Love," is short, sweet, and infectiously catchy, clocking in at less than two minutes and adeptly displaying the band's stylistic mission. The remainder of the album beautifully expands on this formula, with lush horns and mellow-tempo ditties that fall just short of being hypnotic. Obviously, the band members are schooled in the arts of Diana Ross (i.e., "Diana Ross," "Can't Hurry Love") and sixties girl groups, along with shades of more subdued acts like The Velvet Underground and Mazzy Star. In fact, during "Seems Fine" and "Lonely As Can Be," the group sounds just like a Swedish version of the Supremes fronted by a higher-registered Nico. The music tends to be airy; not in a gloomy sense, but instead approaching a sort of wide-eyed, coyness. There is little doubt that the group's intention is for the listener to crack a grin. Altogether, It's quite a pleasant concoction that, while far from being groundbreaking, is plenty coaxing enough for repeat listens.
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