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The Grim Northern Social [CD]

Grim Northern Social Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (8 Sep 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: One Little Indian Records
  • ASIN: B0000AQORS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 234,252 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  3. Maybe It's Time 3:15£0.89  Buy MP3 
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Listen  5. Snap the Imposters 6:43£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. New Rage Hope Song 4:02£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Honey 3:31£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Clash of the Social Titans 5:19£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Gasoline Queen 5:46£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Money 4:13£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Favourite Girl14:32Album Only

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Seldom do debuts possess such self-assurance as The Grim Northern Social. Brilliantly conceived and powerfully performed, it boasts the flamboyance and ambition of prime-time Manson with the intelligence and wit of Carter at their very best. Exuberantly led by singer Ewan MacFarlane, Grim Northern Social deal in a pumping rock & roll rooted in the 1970s but smartly embellished with very modern electronics courtesy of Andy Cowan. The real star of the show, though, is MacFarlane himself. Oozing personality, he plays with his voice, taunting and teasing the listener in the grand theatrical style of Alex Harvey. And, like Harvey, he would appear to have been influenced by the sometimes playful, often painful but always empathetic work of Jacques Brel.

"Maybe the Time", "Star" and "Snap the Imposters" all describe a grimy underworld while encouraging those involved to escape to a finer life. Elsewhere, with "Gasoline Queen", he slips the line "She sucks like a Hoover" into a clearly heartfelt love song and, by sheer force of charm, gets away with it. "Snap the Imposters" even dares to drop into "Que Sera Sera" before rising to a psych-rock freak-out. This is a good-time album, made with serious intent, and it's balanced to near-perfection. --Dominic Wills

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most essential British rock album in years. 21 Mar 2004
Format:Audio CD
Grim Northern Social are the most explosive live band on the planet right now ... a million times better than anything else you're likely to see this year and this deeply original debut is easily a match for anything Radiohead, Bowie, Stereophonics or Coldplay have come up with in recent years.
Framing Ewan MacFarlane's extraordinary voice (think equal parts Steve Marriott, Alex Harvey and Al Green) are razor-sharp guitar melodies, amphetamine grooves and the stripped-down soul of independent rock in AD2004.
You'll recognise 'Honey' from the radio and while this is one of those albums that takes a few spins to get to know - it certainly doesn't deliver all its charms on first listen - it's got all the true signs of a classic rock record. It's as essential as the first Clash album, Oasis's Definitely Maybe and Radiohead's OK Computer.
If you don't own this CD already, beg, steal or borrow to get it. Soon you'll find yourself carried away by the rush of 'New Rage Hope Song', singing along with 'Clash Of The Social Titans' and getting amped up by the adrenalised punk rock thrills of 'Favourite Girl'.
Oh, and if you happen to think the spirit of Alex Harvey has somehow lodged deep inside the burlesque stomp of 'Star' then I completely agree - it's a gas boys and girls, ain't it?
Total rock'n'roll genius ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oliver-Leeds 25 Feb 2004
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After seeing The Grim Northern Social at a Proclaimers concert Last year, i bought the Album there and then and and not stopped listening to it since... absolutely TOP band, they are going to be huge !! brilliant music!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Genuine Gem 11 Nov 2003
Format:Audio CD
This album is an absolute gem. I first heard the band at my local Virgin record store (Edinburgh) and have been hooked since.
From the very first song I find myself stamping my feet and singing along at the top of my voice (where appropriate of course!). Each song has it's own unique character and to single out any one for particular praise would do each of the others an injustice. I've been waiting for something to pique my interest in music again for a number of years and Glasgow has turned out what I truly hope to be a band that lasts for a long time to come.
I can't wait for more from these guys already and look forward to seeing them live again and again.
Give it a try!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Keep It Grim 19 Sep 2003
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Format:Audio CD
I have bought each single and this album after seeing the grim northern social last year and being bewitched. This album has captured the raw feeling of their live set instead of the over-worked sterilized feeling that disappoints with so many others. I recommend checking out the web site as they have a sample of each single and a copy of the video for Honey.
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