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The Drums [CD]

The Drums Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (7 Jun 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B003EELV1Q
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,295 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Best Friend 3:260.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Me And The Moon 3:110.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Lets Go Surfing 2:540.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Book Of Stories 3:370.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Skippin' Town 3:220.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Forever And Ever Amen 4:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Down By The Water 3:260.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. It Will All End In Tears 3:440.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. We Tried 3:450.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. I Need Fun In My Life 3:270.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. I'll Never Drop My Sword 3:460.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. The Future 4:080.99  Buy MP3 

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BBC Review

It isn't difficult to fathom how The Drums became the most name-droppable of new bands. New York acts have always travelled well, often making it big in Britain before doing likewise back home, but this savvy quartet also have exquisite timing. As the world self-flagellated over its financial woes last year they released an EP whose standout track featured the memorable refrain, "Oh momma, I wanna go surfing / oh momma, I don't care about nothing". Well, even a one-legged recluse could relate to that.

Let's Go Surfing–written on the day of Obama's inauguration, hence the optimism–makes a welcome return on their eponymous debut LP, and while the rest of the record isn't quite so extravagantly escapist, it's still a welcome espresso-rush of hooks and harmonies, with a healthy dose of lyrical darkness thrown in to ease the digestion.

Follow-up single Best Friend kicks us off, a sort of tragic human take on the story of Greyfriars Bobby (loyal mutt awaits return of dead master, spawns range of attractive commemorative mugs), with frontman Jonathan Pierce in sub-prime Morrissey mode, moping around on the bonnet of his late friend's car. Manchester's influence provides much of the ominous grey that clouds these songs' sunny skies, in fact. Book of Stories and It Will All End in Tears both sport uplifting Phil Spector-like walls of sound, but also trebly Peter Hook basslines and choruses that are actually, on second listen, slightly heartbreaking.

But only slightly. The outlook here is more Love Theme from The Breakfast Club than Love Will Tear Us Apart, and like the finest John Hughes movies, all words are awash with teenage hormones and thus shouldn't be taken too seriously. The Drums are no longer teens, admittedly, but their record skilfully conjures a time long before credit crunches, when the most important thing in the world was your current squeeze.

"You've got to believe me when I say, when I say the word forever," croons Pierce, in the doo-woppy Down by the Water. "And whatever comes your way, we'll still be here together." Of course, they probably won't be. But it's nice to dream, just for a while. --Si Hawkins

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CD Description

The self-titled debut full studio release from American indie-pop outfit The Drums follows their critically acclaimed EP Summertime. Featured on the BBC's Sound Of 2010 list, the band was formed by childhood friends and former bandmates Jonathan Pierce and Jacob Graham. Their unique surf-pop sound is influenced by an unusual mixture of Factory Records-inspired indie with the pop sensibilities and sunny melodies ofthe Beach Boys. "Best Friend" is the first song Pierce and Graham wrote for The Drums and is the first single to be taken from the album.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A solid, if unspectacular debut 9 Jun 2010
Format:Audio CD
My expectations of this album were admittedly very high after the excellent `Summertime!' EP from last year which at seven tracks was a mini-album in itself.

I thought more tracks from `Summertime!' would be included on this record but only two have made the cut (the excellent `Lets Go Surfing' and `Down By The Water'). How `I Felt Stupid' and `Submarine' didn't make it is a mystery of Lord Lucan proportions but all too often nowadays you've heard half the songs on a band's debut before it comes out so I guess The Drums should be applauded for that. It's just a shame anyone who didn't buy `Summertime!" won't get to hear those songs cos they are both belters.

I have to admit the new tracks (`Me and the Moon', `Skippin Town', `It Will All End In Tears') didn't grab me at first but have rewarded repeated listens now the hooks have revealed themselves. There are more immediate tracks like `Forever and Ever Amen' and `We Tried' but as other reviews have mentioned there is not a huge amount of variety and I do think the quality tails off with the last two tracks. Perhaps that's where `I Felt Stupid' and `Submarine' would have slotted in nicely or any of the remaining tracks on `Summertime!'.

I want to give this record 3.5 stars but Amazon won't let me so it's going to get 3 stars - a solid debut and if you like this band definitely get the `Summertime!' EP - that gets 5 stars !
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent Stuff! 21 Oct 2010
Format:Audio CD
I actually think this album is more solidly entertaining than their earlier EP, which seems to be contrary to many opinions expressed here. Nice jingly tunes that are very reminiscent of the old C86 era. It doesn't push back any musical boundaries but it certainly provides a nice soundtrack whilst your frying bacon and eggs on a Sunday morning.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lolmayo 5 April 2012
By Sarah
Format:Audio CD
This album is amazing, I listen to it all the time it's just fab, buy it ok you need to have it in your life
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5.0 out of 5 stars Totally Excellent 8 Dec 2011
Format:Audio CD
I really haven't heard an album that made me want to listen to it repeatedly for hours and days on end. It really is one of the best albums I've heard, there isn't a dud track on it. I'd recommend it to everyone, whatever their musical tastes!!!!!!!!!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "music's no fun when it's too careful" 8 July 2010
Format:Audio CD
What I like about indie music is its general indifference - I think it's supposed to be fun and simple and it's not supposed to care about anything much, so you can listen to it and let the songs make you feel happy or sad or whatever else - that's if they're quality songs anyway. But I think indie music tries too hard now; it's fallen into this paradox where all these bands have begun putting a lot of care into not caring, wearing carefully dirtied jackets and having messy but very obviously styled hair, and some of the time they force a kind of slurred, aimless way of talking that isn't great. The Drums aren't quite guilty of all that. After paying a bit of attention to them I get the feeling that they're actually heading towards the opposite end of the spectrum, in that they're trying to make it seem like they put more effort into their music than they actually do.

Their lead singer, Jonathan Pierce has claimed that the band finds importance in "melody, sincerity and truthfulness", but the album's opening track Best Friend is about the fictional death of fellow band-mate Jacob Pierce : "You're my best friend/ but then you died/ when I was 23 and you were 25". And then there's Let's Go Surfing: "Oh, mama/ I wanna go surfing/ Oh, mama/ I don't care about nothing". Especially since the band are admittedly not surfers, to me those lyrics pretty much encompass the kind of "who the hell cares" attitude I like in my indie music, and for the first half of the album at least that quirkiness keeps up the pace, from Best Friend to Forever and Ever Amen, and the melody is definitely there.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lets go surfing (Over and over and over again) 25 Dec 2010
Format:Audio CD
I picked up this album based on the strength of the single 'Let's Go Surfing'. On listening to the album through, i was astounded by how most of the songs seem to sound exactly the same. This isn't a genre thing, as some would argue, i've been a fan of this type of music for years. This band just seems lacking in creativity.

This isn't an abysmal album, but a bit of variety could have made it leap out more.

Download Let's Go Surfing. Leave the rest.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Poptastic! 18 July 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is the best pop album you will hear this year. The Drums have edge - but a curious kind of blunt edge. They definitely have the x-factor, but appear too frail for world domination. So enjoy them while you can. The American Las - they don't sound like them, but will probably end up in the same 'where are hey now?' category. The planet's best-kept secret.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Drums 23 Jun 2010
By martinblank VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Think poppy Cure, Smiths, Go Betweens, New Order and Bunnymen. But more plink-plink three note sweet than those bands. The Drums sound much like The Shins would if they did an early eighties indie disco tribute album. We're at track seven ('Down By Water') before the formulaic la-la-la stuff relents. Only 'Down' is a sugary lament with a pained vocal and a keyboard sound dredged up from an old Motors single. So that's not a big win. And then The Shins (sorry, Drums) are back doing the period indie thing. 'I'll Never Drop On My Sword' manages to organise the stock product in a more winning way. But for me one listen 'Cattle & Cane' by The Go Betweens will explain the difference between The Drums and greatness. What steals stars away isn't the sense of overdone revivalism (a good song is a good song, after all.) Too much formula writing and the cupcake sweet finish bit into my enjoyment of the album overall.
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4.0 out of 5 stars THE DRUMS? Never heard of them...
Bought as a bargain elsewhere and now a staple on my MP3 player.

I would'nt say as good as The Cure and music of that era and style but it gives a really big nod in that... Read more
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Listen to this album three times and it will stick in your mind for weeks.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Love The Drums!
Never heard of these guys until i heard a track on the radio. So checked out their music on-line and bought this album. Love it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Heard a track of theirs whilst attending a colleague's leaving do. I do not usually like Indie music, but it sounded interesting and fresh. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
This is an excellent album if you like eighties based guitar music with heavy bass
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