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29 Sep 2008 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 26 Sep 2008
  • Release Date: 26 Sep 2008
  • Label: Century Media Records Ltd
  • Copyright: (c) 2008 InsideOut Music. All rights reserved
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  • Total Length: 1:14:27
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  • ASIN: B0034XGJJ6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,121 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By John Wyant VINE VOICE on 17 Sep 2008
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When It Bites broke up back in 1990, their hardcore fanbase were devastated, especially since they appeared to be on the brink of breaking through to the big time. Their clever mixture of instantly accessible music with superb musicianship and arrangements made them unique, especially in the drum-machine-obsessed 80's.

Fast forward to the 21st Century. Francis Dunnery now lives in the US, making attempts at a reunion very difficult. They tried, but it simply didn't work out. Enter John Mitchell, guitarist/vocalist with Arena, The Urbane, and Kino, which also featured the It Bites keyboard player, John Beck. One thing led to another, and John is now the front-man for the band, having proved himself more than worthy of the position during a short tour back in 2006.

And so, 19 years after their last album, we have The Tall Ships - and it is better than anyone had any right to expect. There is not one 'filler' track on the album, all of them justify their existence. They have produced an album which is recognisably It Bites, and yet doesn't slavishly copy the past. We still have the instant hooks ('Lights', 'Great Disasters'), the great musicianship ('Wind that shakes the Barley', 'This is England' - OK, let's be honest - all of them!), the quirkiness (vocal lines on 'Oh My God' & 'Great Disasters'), even a (nearly) straightforward rocker ('Ghosts'). Yet it all feels fresh - they are obviously fired up creatively, and the renewed enthusiasm comes across really well.

If you have any interest in It Bites whatsoever, you owe it to yourself to get this album - you will not be disappointed. If you've never heard of them before, this is as good a starting point as any, though all of their studio albums are excellent in their own way. And if you are thinking of NOT getting this album simply because Francis Dunnery isn't on it, then I suggest you may also want to cut your nose off to spite your face, at the same time!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Martin Hurst on 7 Dec 2008
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This is one of those albums that is so good.......its actually scary. Why scary? Well because you know the day will come when you won't listen to it anymore and at the moment I am listening to it 2-3 times a day. Honestly. Its like a drug only probably more addictive.

I am writing this while listening to track 6 (The Wind That shakes The Barley) and the chorus creates goosebumps.

Its so hard to be objective, but in impact terms, this album probably has had as much impact on me as the first Frost album (Milliontown).

OK, step back to reality and make some comments that people can put some perspective around rather than blubbering like an imbecile.

Let me say, first of all I am not one of those ageing It Bites fans but rather a massive John Mitchell fan (Arena, Kino) not just for his fantastic guitar playing (and there is lots on offer here) but for his stunning singing.

What has been constructed here is a perfect mix between prog and pop (think in terms of yes 90125 and you will be getting close in terms of impact), incredible hooks and just fantastic songs and a really modern feel. There is not one single poor song on this album.....you will not want it to end.

I am totally blown away.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Fergal Woods on 11 Mar 2009
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This album is an absolute treat from start to finish. From the excellent reviews above it has obviously exceeded all expectations and delivers on every level. Songwriting is superb with provoking lyrics and musically the band has lost nothing of it's ability to write instantly catchy choruses and melodies. There are hints here and there of the old It Bites trademarks and the odd (short) musical reference to Genesis and other groups, but it's all done with style, humour and a sound that is totally timeless.

No point comparing Mitchell to Dunnery (both geniuses)just sit back and enjoy what is easily one of the releases of 2008. John Beck perhaps uses slightly more organ than before but this gives a massive lift when used as the signature for intros and choruses. Dalton is one of the most "musical" of drummers and chips in with excellent harmonies for good measure. John Mitchell's guitar work is top notch and his vocals sound better than ever (How does he manage to fit in so well into so many groups?)

There are at least half a dozen tracks from this that would make any Best of It Bites compilation, and "Ghosts", "The Wind that shakes the Barley", and "Great Disasters" are simply 3 of the best songs recorded in 2008. In this time of recession it's optimistic and colourful music-making like this that we need to keep our spirits up. Welcome back boys, hope you'll stay a little longer this time !
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Weeks on 17 Dec 2008
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I was a huge fan of this band in the 80's when they enjoyed a 'cult following' and fortunately a hit single with 'calling all the heroes' that paid the way for some great intelligent modern prog.Together with graet melody and harmony lines, catchy hooks and epic song crafting, I was drawn to the superb guitar playing of Francis Dunnery. So I bought this album blind thinking ' I'll give it a try but I cant see how you could replce F.D'. Wow! how wrong was I? This album is superb it has retained all the It Bites qualities and craftmanship, the songs are unmistakably It Bites and John Mitchell, whom I hadnt previously heard of, is not just a substitute F.D. - he is his own man and what a guitar player. Not just replicating the IT Bites sound and style but surpassing it. The voice is good too, not unsimilar to F.D but with a bit more range and 'growl' to it. This album has been playing in the car for a week now - its fantastic and a great suprise. This is modern prog that its accessible and not quite as 'dark' or intense as say 'Dream Theater'. It has touches of Genesis (Gabriel/ Hackett), the harmonies of Yes, guitar melodies akin to Marillion,Camel,Hackett and a drive and brightness that is unique to IT Bites past and present. Fantastic cant wait for the next album.
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