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The Music [CD]

The Music Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (2 Sep 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00006FX2Y
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,329 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. The Dance 5:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Take The Long Road And Walk It 4:510.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Human 5:280.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. The Truth Is No Words 4:330.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Float 5:170.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Turn Out The Light 6:220.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The People 4:580.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Getaway 6:250.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Disco 6:310.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Too High 5:540.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. New Instrumental 5:350.99  Buy MP3 

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The Music, the much-touted quartet of schoolmates from Kippax, Leeds, signal their self-titled debut album's intentions straight from the off. Opener "The Dance", with its psych-rock swirl intro, a Beatlesque "yeah yeah yeah", and then a crashing, impatient chaos of guitars, drums and dubby effects, with Robert Harvey howling Robert Plant-ishly about "angels", is a ridiculous blast of unrestrained noise. The Music are not about subtlety or coffee-table good taste.

The Music gives a sideways nod to baggy beats and the Stone Roses' Second Coming, but is mainly a wild, almost desperate mix of Led Zeppelin blues-metal histrionics, and the stadium end of 1980s alt-rock, particularly the Chameleons, the Cult and U2. The lyrics are little more than excuses for Harvey to howl and wail, but the constant twin-guitar invention of Harvey and Adam Nutter, taking in everything from bluesy riffs through funky wah-wah to Edge-ish atmospherics, keep you endlessly guessing and enthralled by their sheer recklessness. Put simply, it's a breath of fresh air to hear a British "indie" band who are so unafraid to rock, so blatantly uninterested in choirboy self-pity, and so almost comically in thrall to chest-beating Big Rawk. --Garry Mulholland

BBC Review

The Music are four lads with an average age so low you have to duck. Amazingly, they have spliced together a mature, yet energetic collection of songs that are so slick they might be considered more indigenous to a fifth studio album than to this, their debut.

First off, ten tracks on an album that spans over sixty minutes. Do the maths. If you have to use your fingers prepare to save a suitably low number to wave in the direction of three-minute snappy pop.

The Music rock out, yet, despite the Led Zep riffing, most stark on "The Truth Is No Words", and heavy guitar layering, they resist the temptation to fully regress into "progressive".

This is due to their use of beats and song structuring that borrows significantly from dance rather than classic rock. The finished product does at times resemble one of those b-side re-mixes of straightforward indie tracks by reputedly edgy but essentially populist techno outfits.

However, it contains none of the embarrassing connotations. With song titles that include "The Dance" and "Disco", it is far from surprising that the dance influence is deep set. Indeed, it appears natural and pivotal at the point of song incarnation much as it was for The Stone Roses and Primal Scream.

The Music's mature sound can in part be attributed to the production of Jim Abiss. He has constructed similarly polished efforts for DJ Shadow and Bjork. It is this smoothness that perhaps supplies the album's only major downside.

In touring with the likes of Oasis and The Charlatans, The Music have rapidly acquired a fierce live reputation. The studio stifling of their live energy and raw edge seems a senseless waste.

Guitarist Adam Nutter deserves respect both for his endurance of the inevitable crank "are you A. Nutter?" phone calls, and for developing a classic rock guitar sound that still sounds fresh and vital in the 21st century.

The band boasts a rhythm section that punches and lifts Robert Harvey's vocals in their vibrant, shrieking celebration of joyous exuberance. The cry rings out "hey little lady, see what you're missing..." Well, woman, man and beast - if you miss out you have only yourselves to blame.

Rock music you want to leap about and dance to minus any cynical crossover contrivance. But what about our shoes? Who will gaze at them now? --Daniel Pike

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who said indie was dead? 7 May 2003
Format:Audio CD
This, along with the recent Interpol album, is one of the best guitar albums of recent years.
Befor I go on, I should stress I have a bit of a soft spot for anything with a psychedlic twist and a dancey beat. Not that this should put you off. I at first thought The Music were a bunch of pretenders - enthusiastic, earnest, but lacking the touch of class necessary to do the business.
How wrong I was. This album starts well and just gets better. Take the Long Road and Walk It, The Truth is no Words and Too High are all fantastic tracks, but even the slow ones such as Human and Turn Out the Lights show a real sophistication in the song structure, and ultimately, a sense of melody far in excess of anything else being done at the minute. The way Disco moves from big bluesy riffs to a funky house just makes you grin from ear to ear.
If you want comfy three minute pop songs about how the world doesn't understand you, go buy a Coldplay album. You probably don't have the attention span to appreciate this album.
Otherwise, let us rock.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Obvious, but brilliant! 6 Sep 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I have followed The Music for at least a year having been impressed with the Stone Roses-esque sound of the original 'Take the Long Road and Walk It'. Ever since then, with The People Ep for example, they have shown steady progress, which gradually increased my expectations for the album.
I was not disappointed. The Music have got a perfect blend of instruments in their tracks. 'Take the Long Road and Walk It' is a very 'funky' song, which exudes their potential and overall 'coolness' as a band. 'Turn Out the Light' is at the other extreme, providing a more introspective look at the band and what they want to say.
Many have said that the lyrics are sometimes confused and not clear. However, with instrumental skill as good as this, this simply adds to The Music's charm. Harvey's voice is as if it is another instrument, and moulds into the overall sound of the tracks.
My one disappointment was that some tracks like 'Let Love be the Healer' and 'Alone' for example have been left off the album, it just seems a waste not to include such great songs onto their debut album.
Despite this, The Music's debut album is a triumphant success. Those who like Led Zeppelin and the Stone Roses should try this band out, they have equal potential in my opinion, and similar sound, which makes it great for fans of the bands mentioned.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive & original debut 10 Jan 2003
By Simon W
Format:Audio CD
I would recommend anyone who likes The Roses, Charlatans and/or Led Zeppelin to buy this. Sure not every track is a classic and some of them do go on for possible one minute too long BUT there are some truly brilliant songs. Opener 'The Dance' is one of the best opening tracks of last year, when this is followed by 'Take The Long Road.........' you have a perfect 1-2.
Other tracks that impressed are 'The People' 'Getaway' and 'Disco'. As a final point if you buy the record go and see this band LIVE, it brings the album to life. I saw them at Rock City in early 2003 and they were awesome.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All consuming 9 Dec 2002
Format:Audio CD
The Music are the band i've been waiting for my whole life without knowing it (along with everything Ginger has ever done). When i first heard "The People" i instantly fell in love with them, even though they were completely different to my usual taste.
It is hard to discribe their sound but it lies somewhere between the swirling experimentalism of later day Stone Roses, the vocal wail and guitar distortion of Led Zepplin and the dance mentality somewhere in the middle of Screamadelica and XTRMNTR era Primal Scream. Notice how all these bands are English? I've not heard an American band capable of this brand of psychodelica yet.
When The Music go slow, it's drawn out subtle guitar and emotive singing to sink into. When they go into full flight it is time to dance to the funky beat! The likes of 'Disco', 'Getaway', 'Take The Long Road An Walk It', 'The People' and 'Float' all take you over - and even if your can't dance your body won't let you say no.
The Music are refreshingly carefree about the current musical climate and for that along with their soul consuming music we should cherish this band.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fabuloso! 7 Jan 2004
Format:Audio CD
First off, this lad can sing. I mean, REALLY sing. He may not cite them directly but I'm getting distinct early-blues vibes from him. Fred MacDowall or Sam Hopkins. He's got a great wail and a good sense of phrasing. He can project ethereally or spit out funky, syncopated gobbets. It's joyous to listen to him.
As for the band as a whole, they're a sort of halway-house between Spiritualized and Jane's Addiction. More rocking than the former but not as eclectic as the latter. But then, this is their first record. I am suitably hooked to anticipate their next album with great excitement.
Live, they must be something quite special.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Album of the year for me 2 April 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I first heard Take the Long Road on a compilation album and thought it was fantastic, then I heard People on another one and thought I have to find out if this group has an album out. For me they are the best band I've heard in years and it feels so good to be excited about music again.
The album went way beyond expectations. I was worried those would be the only good tracks but after listening to the first track Dance I immediately played it again and again! Getaway is another fantastic track. I love the energy and the rhythm that carries you along. The Truth Is No Words is a funky feel good tune, just right to stick on before going out for the night.
Some of the songs aren't as good as others, but that's the same of any album. For me the weakest track is Human, a bit slow but once it goes into instrumental I think it finds it's feet.
To me they sound like a cross between Jane's Addiction and Jesus Christ Superstar! Funky rock that has me feeling great about life the universe etc. Buy it, you're missing out if you don't. I'm going to see them live in May at Bridlington and can't wait, it's the first concert I've been to in years, but that's how confident I am in their greatness, I can't get enough!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 13 days ago by PETER JOHN DARBY
5.0 out of 5 stars You will love this!!!!!
WOW! wish i had encountered this band a lot earlier!
So amazing-will play again and again and make everyone around me get a share of this amazing band from up north-i think!
Published 10 months ago by Meer Mauritsia
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Modest Band
A far out band that doesn't forget where they come from.
The guitarist has a tight edgy style which you can hear in Turn out the lights and the instrumental at the end is... Read more
Published 14 months ago by A. K. Steele
5.0 out of 5 stars the music
incredible album, a mix of techno, funk and rock

a must have
Published on 10 Oct 2009 by Larcher
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest first album ever?
I have been playing this Album for years and watching them live for years, their music touches my soul and something within, that I havent felt for 20 years, (yes I am that... Read more
Published on 4 Mar 2008 by Graham Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
this is phenominal.
its that simple. i very much doubt that anyone will ever cram so much into a debut album ever again. Read more
Published on 15 Sep 2007 by ben_jekyll
5.0 out of 5 stars Best. Debut. Ever.
It really is the best debut album i've ever heard. Its 4 years on now since its release, and still no album has quite such an effect on me. Read more
Published on 27 Nov 2006 by R. Beal
5.0 out of 5 stars Take The Long Road And STRUT It
The Music ARE the greatest thing to ever come out of Leeds, no doubt about it. This electric debut album breaks all boundaries forming a new genre in itself. Read more
Published on 20 Jan 2004 by Cashman
5.0 out of 5 stars tid rocks
i have been a fan of the music since forever, this was made especially good by the fact that when i went to uni in sep, my flatmate used to go to the same college as them, so she... Read more
Published on 2 Jan 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Innovation Is The Key
There's been a lot of retro lately. Too much if I may say so, some good, mostly though, bad. Re-hashed riffs, ill-advised facial hair, and of course the growing word of the... Read more
Published on 15 Oct 2003 by S. Wright
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