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  • Audio CD (27 May 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sellaband
  • ASIN: B001A379FK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,306,750 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Know Me
2. Crusade
3. Shadows Of The Night
4. Welcome To Africa
5. Home
6. What I Say
7. Farewell
8. Naked
9. Sunny Day
10. Some Things Never Change

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2.7 out of 5 stars

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Flickering Ember TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Sept. 2008
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I shall begin by giving a brief insight into what I think of each individual track.

Know me - Vocals are strong but nothing special or out of the ordinary. Funky guitar running through the track, which is its only redeeming feature. The vocals end up being too forced, as if the singer is trying to impress and being rock n roll. The lyrics were also unimaginative, and although I enjoyed the harmonica in the middle 8, it was still very generic and predictable. I don't like the overall tune.

2. Crusade - The vocals are too nasal and again, sound forced and try-hard. The lyrics do not really speak to me; they're hard to make sense of, but not in a witty, original way. This just sounds very amateurish, with the voice too hard and loud.

3. Shadows Of The Night - Much like the last two songs, I did not really make sense of the lyrics. The harmonica addition was, at this point, almost laughable, just shows they are trying too hard, and makes the whole album less credible as they seem to resort to the same thing over and over; the instrumentals, lyrics themselves and vocal style do not change through the tracks.

4. Welcome To Africa - This track is not at all commercially viable and its lyrics are something you'd expect from an 8 year old winner of a Blue Peter competition to write a song for its annual appeal, but not a band such as this. The voice is yet again, forced, too loud and actually flat and tuneless in places. It sounds patronising from them, in terms of lyrical content.

5. Home - This track is the redeeming feature of the album so far; the lyrics are quite good, although I dislike the backing vocals and the chorus. The backing vocals sound like some sort of vocal duplication was used so it sounds warped and fake.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cat Mac VINE VOICE on 4 Sept. 2008
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Solidtube (no doubt named for the microphone) appear to be an Austrian outfit, fronted by a Linda Rondstat flavoured lady by the name of 'Mandana'...and on occasion she does vocally resemble a lady with a very similar first name!

On the first listen the record sounds very dated. Something about the Rondstat vocals meets ZZ Top riffing ages the material about 20 years, and not necessarily in a good way. The backing band come off as self indulgent in their sound and it's really nothing better than you'd hear in the back of one of those 'made for the shopping centre' cover CDs.

When moving away from the 'rock' material, like on track 3 where a more acoustic vibe comes in, something shifts and the softer (and infinitely more preferable!) tones of Mandana's voice are exposed. Unfortunately though, these are short lived, and the 80's style sub-par Pop-Rock makes up the majority of the record.

Granted, English isn't the first language of the band, but some of the lyrics have just been ripped straight out of other popular songs (such as exclamations about no valley being deep enough, no river being wide enough.....) which is just grating. There is also the completely twee and pretty pointless 'Welcome to Africa' which starts and goes no where.

All in all, I'm sure there are areas of the European market that will love this, and I'd be interested to hear some of their stuff in German to see if there is a difference to the quality of the lyrics etc. But as it stands, this is not a record I would buy or recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James B. Spink HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Sept. 2008
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SolidTube could be either a Country Rock style band from Vienna or a highly regarded microphone by AKG - also of......err Vienna! Confusing, but The Running Time is an album by the former. Not a bad effort for a first offering, and I'm sure no one would guess the band's Austrian origins if they didn't already know. More like a slice of mid seventies Americana.

This release is a product of Sellaband, which is an organisation that allows fan investors to support artists they have faith in, and hopefully make a profit into the bargain! The sum of $50,000 secures a professional album and The Running Time is just that; a nicely produced and great sounding CD. The tight band provides the perfect backing for Mandana Nikou's distinctive vocals, whether on the rockier tracks or the power ballads. Nice guitars, vocals and mouth harp blend into a very pleasant mix of AOR.

Of the ten tracks on the album eight really stood out and will find their way onto the iPod. The two I didn't enjoy so much were the semi-funky pseudo political Welcome to Africa - basically saying bad things happen in Africa. We know that. The other is the almost filler track What I Say - an easily forgettable up-tempo foot tapper.

Probably a good live act but unlikely to be seen in the UK charts. There is no big record company to push the album and any success will depend upon the band building up a live fan base here. As a group not based in the UK that may prove too difficult for them to achieve. Austrian Country Rock may be just too exotic to catch on in a big way, but I really enjoyed the music and will be playing it for some time to come.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By josie82 TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Sept. 2008
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SolidTube's Running Time is a product of Sellaband where fans can donate money to a band in order to have an album produced for mainstream release.

There are ten tracks on this album and each has a very country/rock feel that is quite slow and steady.

Personally I found this an album of two halves. The first few tracks of the album just didn't appeal to me and were largely forgettable tracks in general. After the halfway point I really felt the album picked up and Farewell, Naked and Sunny Day were fairly enjoyable tracks.

My problems with the album were mainly due to the lyrics in the songs. You couldn't really understand a lot of what was being sung and when you could, you wished you couldn't! Unfortunately they were hideously embarrassing - clichéd and far from inventive. Songs that were particularly worthy of a mention for this would be Africa and Home. Having said that, I do have to praise the album for actually having the lyrics for the songs printed in the album sleeve as I like being given the opportunity to sing along if I wanted to!

Overall, this isn't a phenomenal album in my eyes. The songs are largely forgettable and I personally don't see them making a dent in the mainstream charts. I can, however, imagine that they would be quite good live which will bring them a large fan base and maybe make their second album a step up from this one. Only 3 stars.
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