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The Wants [CD]

The Phantom Band Audio CD
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After a three year ‘gestation period’ when the band performed under a variety of chimerical guises (Wooden Trees, Robert Redford - often with bags over their heads), they finally settled on ‘The Phantom Band’ and emerged from the shadows in 2009 with their barnstorming debut ‘Checkmate Savage’. Instantly hailed as one of the most exciting and beguiling new ... Read more in Amazon's The Phantom Band Store

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  • Audio CD (18 Oct 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Chemikal Underground Records
  • ASIN: B0040ZTO80
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,153 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

You come to the second Phantom Band with high expectations. Not only was their 2009 debut Checkmate Savage an intriguing and beguiling mix of post-Stereolab krautrock moves and folkish croons, but the press release accompanying The Wants is a hoot, largely being a wry Mickey-take of the angst-ridden, "this album nearly killed us" shuck and jive favoured by the kind of indie-rockers that take themselves far too seriously. This Glasgow sextet gets the joke, which is always a sign of good taste and sharp minds.

But that still doesn’t prepare you for just how good this record is. The Wants makes Checkmate Savage seem like the rough sketchbook for a gallery of masterpieces. It also makes this year’s other British rock contenders look pretty damn silly.

The bar is set ridiculously high by an opener appropriately named after a mystical illusion. A Glamour begins with the scrapings of a West African balafon and synthetic winds. Pulsating synth crawls out of the fug, before thunderous battlefield tom-toms decorated by shocked electronic whoops. Then Rick Anthony’s voice: a deep, Americanised croon full of unlikely self-assurance. The feeling that you’ve been dropped into some night-time woodland pagan bacchanal is tough to shake. Yet every track on The Wants rises to A Glamour’s eerie yet alluring challenge and adds another layer of mystery, dread and esoteric influence to the story. Bands this eclectic and unusual are generally happy to stick with the wilfully avant-garde. The Phantom Band resolve all their wild ideas into big tunes with rousing festival choruses.

But what The Phantom Band actually do want is harder to fathom. Anthony definitely gets a case of existential lost love in The None of One, which is so beautiful it could be a missing Jimmy Webb song the band found under a tree in Kelvingrove Park. But the rest of The Wants is not an album to be pinned down to this meaning or that point. Perhaps the press release isn’t a joke, and this really is "the soundtrack to their own personal apocalypse". But isn’t that the best thing about truly great long-players? You get to spend many years of thrilled listening, trying to work out what something so rich, dark and powerful really, truly means. The Wants is one of those records. And there haven’t been too many of those in a while.

--Gary Mulholland

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars On a par with their Debut ! 6 Nov 2010
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Loved their first album so I was looking forward to hearing the wants and I certainly wasn't let down. This band continue to make unusual quirky sounds with good lyrics, perhaps a little more electronica than their debut, my favourate tracks are "Everybody knows it's true" "Into the corn" & "Mr natural". If you are looking for something thats a bit different give this album a listen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One louder... 19 Oct 2010
Format:Audio CD
After the first few listens, I've got to say that the follow-up to last year's wonderful 'Checkmate Savage' is a massive leap forward.
They've retained the guts and soul of the last Lp, but smoothed off some of the rougher egdes and grown as songwriters. There's a great folkiness to it, but they also know how to hit a groove when the need arises.
Personally, I can't get enough of it. Few bands around are this inventive, and I love the fact that they come across, like all the best bands, as a gang (or clan).
And this cd is almost worth buying for the artwork alone! Late contender for my Lp of the year.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Who was the producer? Phil Spectre? 6 Nov 2010
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I'd apologise for the joke, but then I'd've deleted it if the sorry was sincere (and then there would be no need to apologise). Any way ... "The Wants" is a successful second album by the Phantom Band, following the accomplished and sublime "Checkmate Savage". As in their debut, the Phantoms treat the numerous influences on their sound with respect, and if you listen closely you will hear them winking and tipping their hats to a myriad of musical genres ... and they still sound unique. I'd say this album is as strong as "Checkmate Savage". My favourite track is probably "Goodnight Arrow", the final track; a brilliant finale to a fine cd.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deeply braw 23 Oct 2010
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The Wants is a much more coherent collection of epic tunes than their first, Checkmate Savage. It pulses between darker electronic and more delicate acoustic songs, without breaking beat. Perhaps it's missing the surprises of their debut (I'm thinking about that vocal bass part) but that's no bad thing. The entire thing is quality and I know that the tracks will set themselves apart further on more listens. Sound-wise I keep picturing Battles (the band) in a folky pub; I'll have a pint of heavy. Part of you and part of me, go together perfectly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Wants 11 Mar 2013
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The Wants is eccentric and intriguing. There are so many possible influences here it is difficult to define. These guys have boundless energy, creativity and a great sense of humour.
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