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Things That Roar

The Beep Seals, Beep Seals Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (23 Jun 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Heron Recordings
  • ASIN: B001A4MN8M
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 311,658 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Biting Glass
2. Tell Your Friends
3. Use Your Other Head
4. She Sells Sea Shells
5. I Dreamt A Metal Hat
6. Join Me On My Cloud
7. Stars
8. Chariot Song
9. On Opening The Curtains...
10. Things That Roar
11. I Used To Work At The Zoo
12. Such A Bloody Pain

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Although they spent last year cheering up sodden festival crowds with their lush harmonies and crafty way with a psychedelic pop hook, 'Things That Roar' is young Manchester band The Beep Seals' debut album. Produced by Teenage Fanclub legend Norman Blake, 'Things That Roar' has been compared to The Beach Boys, The Stone Roses and The Zombies by magazines like NME and Q, but really there's no-one else like them. Out on June 23, your summer won't be the same without this.


There are a number of reasons for loving this record. One is its innate eager and open tunefulness, another is its powerfully uplifting, entirely groovy pop psych vibes and one more is the shoehorned-in phased guitar squiggles which bubble up and shoot through the canopy of the chorus with what can only be described as gay abandon. Oh, and I forgot to mention the bit near the end where about 300 voices join together to push the already fairly well-worn button marked good times' so hard it jams and you feel like, "Well, maybe I'll have to live inside this record for ever". That's how good it is.

Rob Fitzpatrick - The Guardian -- The Guardian

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5.0 out of 5 stars Tell Your Friends... 27 Jun 2008
Format:Audio CD
Having been a massive fan of beep seals guitarist Ian Smiths Former band Alfie, i knew as soon as i heard he was involved in a new band it was gonna be pretty good."everything apart from a beach" was how Ian Brown described Manchester but try walking round town with this on your headphones and you will think there is a beach on every corner. If i were to describe the sound of this album id say it sounded like Brian Wilson had stumbled upon the music for an unrecorded flaming lips album, set up the beach boys equipment & then got the Olivia Tremor Control to play the music while letting Badly Drawn Boy do some guest spots & then getting Norman Blake from Teenage Fanclub to produce (the last bit is actually true). So while manchester will never have a beach, its now got its very own beach boys.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Creativity Unfettered 24 Sep 2008
Format:Audio CD
Things That Roar is a classic and definitely one of the best debut albums of any band to date. The Beep Seals is a group in a zone that most people, most musicians even, would not dare to dream of. Creativity unleashed and unfettered. If you only buy one album this year make sure it is Things That Roar.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Psychedelic Pop-Rocks 11 July 2013
By Lance Bifoss - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I can't say enough about how much I love this album. I bought it two years ago (I liked the cover art) from a bargain-box in a used CD store for the price of one mere dollar. It is easily worth the rather high prices I see for it here on Amazon. If you love Beatlesque pop and psychedelia then this is the album for you. I would compare it very favorably to bands such as Klaatu or Jellyfish, Spent Poets or Beachwood Sparks, possibly even The Dukes of Stratosphear.

While there are no virtuosos in the band (the vocalist is competent and unique, but nothing special, and the guitars are good enough for the songs but not that memorable) the songs and songwriting are charming, catchy and unforgettable, and above all some of the best modern psychedelia I've encountered in a long time. If you like Klaatu's first album, you should be all over this. After I fell in love with this album, I did some research hoping to find more music by these guys and was disappointed to find out that this one album is the full extent of their output...it's too bad, because, as a whole, they really are something special. One could search bargain-bins for years and not find anything this rewarding.
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