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“What the hell were we thinking?,” exclaims Dan Taylor, guitarist for U.K. indie soul-rock titans The Heavy, of the band’s audacious new album, The Glorious Dead, to be released on Counter/Ninja Tune on [date TK]. “We wanted to make a bold statement – it’s not shy, but a beast unto itself.” “It’s over the top, but in a good way,” adds ... Read more in Amazon's The Heavy Store

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  • Audio CD (20 Aug 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Counter Records
  • ASIN: B0088MJO9A
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,632 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Can't Play Dead 4:220.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Curse Me Good 4:570.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. What Makes a Good Man? 3:460.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Big Bad Wolf 3:220.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Be Mine 4:140.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Same Ol' 4:010.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Just My Luck 3:020.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. The Lonesome Road 3:580.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Don't Say Nothing 3:380.69  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Blood Dirt Love Stop 3:560.69  Buy MP3 

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BBC Review

Few British bands since Give Out But Don’t Give Up-era Primal Scream have imitated Southern US rock as slavishly as The Heavy – and even the Glaswegians slapping a Confederate flag on the cover couldn’t sell Lynyrd Skynyrd riffs and Stax horns back to the land they borrowed them from.

But these boys from Bath have seen their How You Like Me Now? single, from 2009’s The House That Dirt Built album go gold stateside and appear on TV shows like Entourage. They had David Letterman calling for an encore when they performed on his show. The single also won them some less-welcome fans: Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich used it at a campaign rally, earning him a cease-and-desist order and the band’s damning derision.

The Tea Party darling might have been attracted by the fact The Heavy’s standard ingredients of swampy rock, humid soul and sweaty funk are all pretty traditional, but the way they combine them on their third album is far from conservative.

Just My Luck begins as thrashing MC5-style scuzz before erupting into mariachi horns, whilst Blood Dirt Don’t Stop could serve as a slow dance at a 1950s high school prom until it’s gatecrashed by sozzled guitars. The Lonesome Road, meanwhile, makes a decent stab at Tom Waits’ ramshackle blues, with singer Kelvin Swaby’s soulful tonsils replacing Waits’ guttural muttering.

They do have, however, a politician’s talent for giving people - specifically, American people - exactly what they want to hear. Though The House That Dirt Built’s occasional ska influences betrayed The Heavy’s British roots, here the country-tinged Curse Me Good sounds tailor-made for Midwestern radio.

And the call-and-response chorus and swaggering riffs of first single What Makes a Good Man? are already soundtracking a beer commercial there; tracks like Same Ol’ and Don’t Say Nothing follow the same formula, evoking scenes of clinking bottles in some trucker’s bar.

They sometimes feel as second-hand as The Black Crowes, but The Heavy’s capacity for rabble-rousing is a potent strength, which in music – if not always politics – isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

--Natalie Shaw

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Ostensibly a rock band, I became aware of the Heavy via a free CD given away with 'Classic Rock' magazine, which included their track, "What Makes a Good Man?". This excellent track encouraged me to investigate the album, and I have to say it is brilliant. Listening to it, if you didn't know better, you'd imagine this band had emerged from the swampy hinterland of New Orleans - not Bath. There is not a track here without worth and that I do not like - though the the rather 'punky' "Just My Luck" is probably the weakest. Some hit you immediately with their instant appeal and catchiness, many others are growers that hit you after 3 or 4 plays. Evident throughout are influences of soul (Stax /Atlantic /Motown), rap, and blues. This band do remind me in some respects of the 70s band, Atomic Rooster, Heavy Soul since Vincent Crane's compositions also showed these same influences and relied on additional backing from a brass section and strings at times. The pounding drum beat and handclaps of tracks like "What Makes a Good Man?" & "Same Ol' " are very much in the Spirit (in the Sky) of that Norman Greenbaum single. Many tracks are enhanced with additional layers and texture from female backing singers, violins/strings, and brass. The opening track, "Can't Play Dead" is a send-up of those "my woman is just so evil I can't believe it" type tracks that is executed with panache and humour, the strings effect at then end creating a pseudo-Hammer Horror ambience. The "Lonesome Road" is something like a New Orleans Funeral March Blues. Some tracks you could easily imagine being performed by a black soul or R&B group, such as "Be MIne", or the closing track (almost Motown in style) - "Blood Dirt Love Stop". Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic band 26 Sep 2012
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I have everything by the heavy and have not been disapointed yet, they have that wonderful 3 man band sound of the seventies (even though there are four members there are only three instruments)the lead singer has a brilliant voice and on the whole their distinctive sound is unforgettable
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another step up 29 Aug 2012
By Andrew
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What can I say about The Glorious Dead? It's bloody brilliant, even better that The House That Dirt Built. The first song burst out the starting block to announce this album has arrived. Take if from me; for the first play of Can't Play Dead you want to turn your amp up to 11 and move all the furniture out the road to give you ample space to jump around.

Following up the gentle Curse Me Good is a good-old sing along song that you know will be one of The Heavy's go-to live songs as you can't help yourself from singing along to the chorus.

Every song on this album will basically make you want to move, nod your head, sing and generally embarrass yourself when you realise that you are practically dancing along the street listening to this album on your mp3 player, especially The Big Bad Wolf (track 4).

This sound is 100% The Heavy, only more. Best album of this year for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Glorious Heavy 14 Feb 2014
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Back in 2009 The Heavy released what I considered to be the best album of that year The House That Jack Built, an album I thought they would struggle to better. This album not only does that but I believe you wont hear a better album this year. Like the last album it's an electrifying mix of soul, dance, rock & funk. It's difficult to pick favourites but Curse me Good, What makes a Good Man, Big Bad Wolf & the soulful Be Mine are all exceptional. For me, this simply brilliant album has confirmed The Heavy as the best & most innovative British band around right now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the heavys 7 Jan 2014
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Brilliant album. I must buy for anyone who like tthe heavys. Easy to find and download. Brilliantly clear sound quality
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning record by a great live band 5 Dec 2013
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I mean REALLY great live, but the 2 most recent albums are top. The House That Jack Built - - AND - - The Glorious Dead (BUY BOTH)are stunning. I saw them at the Liquid Rooms in Edinburgh in November, they were tight, played popular favs like the theme to Borderlands 2, and stuff like the Big Bad Wolf for us howlers! :-) If you ever get a chance you MUST see them! These are the best 2 albums to buy! You will not regret it - cracking band!
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By Cherry
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If you've never listened to The Heavy and you're a massive music fan - then please buy their albums! They are absolutely outstanding, ridiculously talented and they're the best band to join my collection in a really long time. Please do yourself a favour and invest a few pounds in their albums - you won't be disappointed ;)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 1 May 2014
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Bought album for son after we went to see the heavy in concert, they are a very unique and brilliant band! Must see and buy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding
First heard them on an advert and then decided to look them up. I have music from Alien Sex Fiend to Frank Zappa and the is right up there. I play it all the time.
Published 2 months ago by GARY R LOVATT
5.0 out of 5 stars The Heavy-What Makes A Good Man ?
Discovered this band from the Guinness advert on TV, so bought the album after listening to a bit of each track which I liked,on Amazon.
Published 3 months ago by Mr. T. D. Mcrae
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of atmosphere
The Heavy as usual do not just make great music but also create an atmosphere.
Ideal for a late night drive. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Roger Strutton
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but no House...
This is a fairly adequate follow up to "The House that Dirt Built", but it does nothing to surpass. Read more
Published 12 months ago by pip
5.0 out of 5 stars Heavy
Think this band will be big one day. Loving all the tracks on this album, just can't see how they're not a household yet? Fingers crossed for these lads!
Published 12 months ago by daz
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Published 15 months ago by 12345
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Album
A brilliant album by a great band, bought their albums after hearing their music in some movies, TV shows and trailers.
Published 16 months ago by AC
5.0 out of 5 stars The Glorious Dead
C/D very good,again another one to add to my collection as i am gradually building it up over time.Many Thanks.
Published 16 months ago by paul harriss
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