- Audio CD (5 Oct. 2009)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Counter Records
- ASIN: B002GYS1FO
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,740 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
The House That Dirt Built CD
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The title of The Heavy’s first album, 2007’s Great Vengeance and Furious Fire, was the perfect trailer. Lifting Samuel L Jackson’s biblical quote from Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction set their stall out perfectly; just like the director’s films, their music picked seeds from the past and ground them into a modern cut ’n’ paste cult classic, part Curtis Mayfield, part Isaac Hayes, part Led Zeppelin, all heart and soul.
The House That Dirt Built nicely builds the plot, opening up whole new musical storylines to explore. By the fifth track they’ve already gone through soul, garage punk, voodoo swamp revue, a bit of James Brown funk, Hendrix and balls-out rock; by album’s end they’ve also kicked rockabilly, reggae and even a closing ballad into the gumbo pot. The most surprising thing, however, is how good they are at making it all sound like the work of just one band.
Holding the centre is Kelvin Swaby’s sweet soul voice, whether it’s his Mayfield falsetto or a more muscular Otis Redding bellow, with just a hint of Cee-Lo’s Gnarls Barkley goofiness. That’s not to say this is pastiche: The House That Dirt Built is a serious business.
The monstrous Peter Gun-meets-The Stooges riff of Oh No! Not You Again! is the kind of garage rock that only gatecrashers play at parties: even the backing vocals from Noisettes’ Shingai Shoniwa sound like a one-woman 60s street gang. How You Like Me Now?, with its James Brown hook, is what the JBs might have sounded like if they’d recorded for Stax; Sixteen moves into Screaming Jay Hawkins/Dr John territory… and so it goes on. About the only time their magpie eyes miss the prize is with the white reggae of Cause for Alarm, but as it’s followed by the dancehall grind of Loved Like That, it’s just about forgivable.
Imagine if you could be in all your favourite bands at once. The Heavy already are. --Andy Fyfe
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Top Customer Reviews
The only thing that lets the album down is, in a way, also its strength - that schizophrenic indecision about who they are. When a band really comes together its because their influences are streaming nicely and consistently into the music they've decided to play; underpinning it, but not sat bulkily on the surface. There's a countryish track in there, and a dub track, and neither really work: the sources are too obvious - that pot of ingredients hasn't boiled away nearly long enough. But those three great tracks are so brazenly brilliant, such complete representations of what The Heavy are about, that I forgive them the odd wasted filler track and the underwhelming closing song. Definitely, one to watch. Nice backing vocals from the Noisettes' lead singer, too.
The heavy are a band where i cannot describe their genre. And i am often fond of this as it means they're usually unique. The thing is though, they sound like a million different bands you've heard before, but all mixed up and made into something so fresh, new and unique. Theres garage rock, reggae, rock, james brown-esque songs, r n b, hip hop.... All sorts in there. And it works.
A modern classic for me for sure.
now appearing in several movie soundtracks also (The Fighter)
Reminds me of the black keys, but a lot more funk, blues and soul inspired, stand out tracks for me are short change hero, no time and the tune I must have listened to a thousand times, how you like me now - the song that brought me to finding The Heavy after hearing it on a TV advert!
I have seen them live twice and they're even better in the flesh, the lead's (Kelvin Swalby) voice has hints of Curtis Mayfield and he has to be the most charismatic front man out there at the moment, god knows how he's got the energy to keep up the intensity and passion he throws into every song that he blasts out for a whole two hour set!
I case you hadn't already realised I quiet a fan, and just hope they really take off here and get the credit they deserve, other than getting the (very respectable) tv adverts and film soundtrack gigs!
And incase you haven't seen it already, get on YouTube and watch them on the David Letterman show, they knocked it out of the park...the only band to ever be asked for an encore, guaranteed you'll be impressed!
I couldn’t decide which of the three CDs by The Heavy to buy, so the only thing to do was to buy all three, and I don’t regret it for a moment. I LOVE this band. They are considered to be a Soul group, but they are so much more than that through ‘Headbanging’ and, Ska to Southern Soul and Punk influence. Their music is exciting and soothing at the same time.
My first introduction to their music was “Short Change Hero” the theme to TV Show ‘Strike Back’. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that t the main reason for me watching the programme, and hugely disappointing if it got cut short at any point. I could (and do) listen to Kelvin Swaby’s voice for hours on end. Just can’t get enough of it, which is not to underestimate the musical ability of the rest of the band.
Their songs are ‘real’ it’s about real life and emotions, with layers of subtleties underpinning them. The melodious structure of ‘Short Change Hero’ (my joint number one favourite along with ‘Stuck’) is little short of genius, and no coincidence that the song along with much of the rest of their work features in so many movies.
I'm now desperately trying to see these guys live as I've seen them on YouTube and they look great.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
bought for the wife as she especially liked the theme music to strike back which is on this album. Rest of music is pretty good along the same genre. I like it.Published 1 month ago by paulo
Fantastic, better than I expected. The title track kick-starts the album perfectly, followed by some excellent songs covering a number of genres. Recommended to all!!!!Published 5 months ago by Bubblem8