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The It Girl [CD]

Sleeper Audio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (24 Jan 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Cherry Red
  • ASIN: B0045U3ATY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,444 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
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Disc: 2
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Product Description

Sleeper were massive! Hit singles, sell out tours, and at
one point you could not open a magazine or a newspaper
without seeing a picture of the band oh and they made
some great records too!
Britpop delights part of the memory and scares other
parts of the brain, Sleeper are from the right side of the
tracks, yeah they looked good (even The Sleeper blokes)
but more importantly they sounded great, no style over
substance here.
The it Girl was their second album it followed the
debut smart at pace and did not miss a beat, packed with
singles and presented here with a hatful of B-sides and
live tracks the time is right to dip your toe back in the
Britpop waters.

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars They're not everyones cup of tea, i'll admit 22 Jun 2003
Format:Audio CD
Back in the day, the phrase "I like Sleeper" would instantly invlaidate any of your opinions on music, in the eyes of your peers. Yes, it was a savage time.
I found a tape of this when I was moving house, and it's just great. I will hold up my hands and admit there are some songs that don't measure up on this - Good luck Mr.Gorsky and Glue Eyes being the worst offenders. Remember, even the Queen is Dead (namechecked on Dress like you Mother) had Vicar in a Tutu.
Next to these are the shining pop gems that are Sale of the Century, What do I do Know and Dress like your Mother. Crowning this is the lyrically sublime and beautifully arranged Shrinkwrapped - insomnia never sounded so good.
This album won't change your life, but it will leave you bouncing up and down, singing along in husky mockney accent. And I for one am perfectly happy with that.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Under-rated, superb, era-defining LP 24 Oct 2007
Format:Audio CD
Whenever Britpop is discussed in the monthly music mags, Sleeper are usually placed firmly in the second division alongside the likes of Cast and Shed Seven. If they weren't at the right place at the right time they would never have made it seems to be the general premise. This opinion seems very harsh when this excellent album is played or re-played.

The It Girl, Sleeper's second album is a superb example of indie-pop with an added edge and bite courtesy of Louise Wener's sneery vocals and lyrics. It's no coincidence that it's one of the most frequent LPs playing in the background to the bitchy, era-defining TV series This Life.

Wener's expressive, often semi-spoken singing and angry lyrical put-downs are highly effective especially on tracks like the opener Lie Detector and Dress Like Your Mother. I could quote examples though, as with all songwriters apart from the true poets like Leonard Cohen and prime Bob Dylan, the impact of a lyric is at least half down to the musical context and delivery rather than merely the words themselves...

Aha, the musical context. As well as some fine words and vocals, The It Girl also includes some excellent tunes. In addition to the tracks already mentioned, further highlights include the hit singles Sale Of The Century, What Do I Do Now? and the Blondie influenced Statuesque. Further highpoints include the biting bounce of Feeling Peaky and coming-down closer Click...Off...Gone.

All songs on The It Girl are written entirely or co-written by Louise Wener who at the time was quite justifiably angry that critics often presumed that she, as a woman, didn't write the music. Yes Sleeper certainly had their detractors and further less understandable outbursts in the press probably didn't help Louise's cause.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sleeper � The It Girl 16 July 2004
Format:Audio CD
Sleeper were, in their heyday one of the finest Britpop bands around. Overshadowed (rather unfairly in my opinion) by Justine Frischmann's Elastica, they nonetheless produced some high quality pop tunes, and The It Girl is the perfect showcase for the band's talents.
While most of the album sticks to the upbeat, guitar-laden sound the band is mostly known for, there are also a couple of quieter, more contemplative tracks, which give Louise Wener's vocals a chance to shine. What is striking about this album is the consistent strength of the lyrics - neat, meaningful and beautifully crafted. The melodies are almost as strong, and, on listening to this album it's difficult to see why Sleeper aren't held in quite the same high esteem as Elastica, as there are some genuine indie-pop gems on this album.
How many good tracks? Eleven, out of thirteen
Best Track: A three-way tie between the fabulously shouty-ranty Factor 41, the gorgeously melancholic Shrinkwrapped, and singalong favourite What do I Do Now?
Worst Track: Compared to the rest of the album Good Luck Mr Gorsky stands out as not really being up to scratch.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Britpop at it's best! 1 July 2007
By Chapman
Format:Audio CD
I'd recommend this album to anyone and everyone! Some catchy tunes and excellent lyrics, it's by far the best of Sleepers 3 albums. What Do I Do Now? is one of my favourite songs

I was surprised when reading a couple of the other reviews that people think there are only a few good songs on the album and lots of 'fillers'; it's one of the few albums which I think every single song is great!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A More Than Adequate Brit Pop/indie Listening.. 24 Dec 2003
Format:Audio CD
Although Sleeper belong to a genre which is subjected to many a critism when brought up (Brit Pop if you were still wondering) -if you havent heard this album before then throw all preconceptions out the window and enjoy..
Admittidly there are some weak tracks, 'glue ears' particularly. However 'what do I do now' certainly makes up for it, and 'sale of the century' is another great tune you've just got to listen to.
Better than your usual average Brit Pop, although it would never please the masses -but if you like this kind of music then you wont resist its appeal.
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3.0 out of 5 stars One of britpop's more enduring moments 13 Dec 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This album has many impressive pop tunes, and they, along with Wener's pouty sex appeal, saw it become quite a success commercially. Wener's lyrics and vocals are at their most consistent here; while the lyrics are a little prosaic and unambitious, they are far more involving and occasionally insightful than on the half-baked follow-up, "Pleased to Meet You". Despite the self-conscious attempts to be trendy for the times, the lyrics often hold a downmarket charm. Vocally limited, Louise Wener affects a breathiness that is effective mainly in slower numbers like "Click...", but also especially in the quick-fire phrasings of "Lie Detector". A breathless song it is; one of the best along with the slow-burning "Shrinkwrapped", the resplendent tunesmithery of "Statuesque" and the lovely "Click... off... gone"; one of their few beautiful tunes (see also "Breathe" on the follow-up album). However, perhaps the record is a good 10-minutes long, with non-songs like the tedious "Glue Ears" and the familiar, dull "Factor 41". Without these songs, it would be much the better. Sleeper weren't the most talented band ever, but they had some potential and were good in their student-indie-pop niche. Overall, worth getting, as an example of some of britpop's better pop music.
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