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Thunder and Consolation

New Model Army Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (22 July 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Liberty
  • ASIN: B0000072J1
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,268 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. I Love The World 5:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Stupid Questions 3:260.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. 225 4:470.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Inheritance 3:230.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Green And Grey 5:460.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. The Ballad Of Bodmin Pill 4:470.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Family 4:010.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Family Life 3:000.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Vagabonds 5:210.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. 125 Mph 3:570.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Archway Towers 4:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. The Charge 3:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Chinese Whispers 3:320.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Nothing Touches 4:100.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. White Coats 4:570.99  Buy MP3 

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Every time I looked through the New Order section of cds I would always find New Model Army! so throwing caution to the wind I picked up this album (never heard a single song by them or knew anything of substance about the band)and took the chance and bought it. The best risk of money I have ever taken concerning music. This album was unlike anything I had ever heard before and found the mixture of songs so under rated and the lyrics absolutely thrilling. I have bought every single album since and will continue to. Take this chance! This album is ace, and New Model are so underrated the british music buying public dont know a good thing when it slaps them in the face. Musical poetry, my best discovery!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Eighties from the other side.... 16 Dec 2003
Format:Audio CD
TV nostalgia shows tend to portray the 80's in Britain as nothing but yuppies, Wham, shoulder pads and conspicuous consumption. The other side of Britain - for example, the millions made unemployed by the decline in traditional industries - has had very few voices.
Without wishing to sound pretentious, "Thunder and Consolation" was a powerful outcry from the excluded and increasingly powerless part of society. The album has an overall texture of fractured lives and the punk-era cries for resistance become increasingly tinged with disillusion and aspirations toward withdrawal, isolation and escape.
Don't let this put the prospective buyer off: the album is not a simple "them and us" Ken Loach polemic. The tracks have a tremendous variety, from the elegiac "Green and Grey" to the lust-for-life power of "125 MPH" and the adrenalin pace of "225" (the title refers to the beats per minute of the track). "Archway Towers" is particularly and deliberately discordant, mirroring the subject matter, "Bodmin Pill" is unquantifiable - not quite a ballad but touched with humanity and fragility - and the storming "Vagabonds" - perhaps _the_ definitive NMA track - makes us pine for a way of life that most of us will never experience.
For me, the standout pieces are "Green and Grey" or "Vagabonds", depending on my mood. I doubt that everyone will take to every track on the album but there is more than enough here to please virtually every music fan. If you only own one NMA album then make it this one.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Excellent 16 Mar 2005
By Lee D.
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Bizarrely, this was the first CD I ever bought, back in 1990. Due to wear and tear I've had to buy it again after 15 years - and I do _not_ begrudge shelling out, since it is just excellent.
There was a lot of "indie" music I liked back then that frankly I couldn't care if I heard again, but this is timeless. It doesn't show any signs of ageing (other than "the little words of green" - an 80s computer reference), and if anything it gets more relevant as time goes on. I don't have long hair (indeed, any hair :) nowadays, and I'm definitely a lot more conservative in my views than the wannabe-anarchist student I was when I first bought this album, but tracks like "Green and Grey" and "The Charge" just take on more significance with age.
If you only ever buy one NMA album, buy this one.
And I was very sad to hear about Rob Heaton. A great loss to The World.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
This album ranks in my top ten best albums of all time. Every track on it is a belter. Vagabonds and 225 are the stand out tracks. New Model Army have a massive following, with this album, in my opinion, they reached their peak, but they did it in style, providing an albums worth of tracks that make me want to get up and dance to reminisce the days of my youth. If you like your rock music with a healthy dollop of violins, catchy choruses and pounding drums, then this is the album for you. I would highly recommend buying this CD.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No consolation here.... 19 Aug 2005
By mutlien VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is the real breakthrough album for NMA, having said that the lyrics and music are in no way compromised. It's still Justin and co doing what they do best.
Singles 'Green and Grey' & 'Stupid Questions' are great, but it's the opener 'I love the world' and majestic 'Ballad of Bodmin Pill' that really show the quality of music these guys constantly produce.
Added tracks are all culled from Ep's from the time and make a worthy addition to your NMA collection. The remastering itself sounds great and is worth the upgrade if you already have the original.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best NMA you will ever listen to 22 Oct 2008
Format:Audio CD
This album is excellent, plain and simple. I was never a massive NMA fan but saw them at the 1989 Reading Festival and was dragged to a dodgy gig in Chester by my girlfriend at the time in 1992.

I had a sudden and unexpected hankering to check this, which always was my fave album of theirs out again after the best part of 20 years and I was incredibly impressed. If you don't ever buy anything by NMA buy this! It is one of the best albums I can ever remember hearing and it sounds as good now as it did then.

225 should be a song that every single person in the country should be made to sit down and listen to. Justin Sullivan still sounds like a public schoolboy but every single chord and rift and lyric of that song sounds as fresh and as even more meaningful now (post 9/11) as it did then.

Good point well made as far as where are all the reviews for this album? Come on all you clog wearing, pikey, dreadlocked fan boys - where are you when a review of this fantastic album by the faithful few is more than worth a go? Please don't tell me you have all submitted to the pressures of corporate life and sold your souls?

Buy this album if you haven't already done so, you won't regret it!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome album but check the track listing!
I already had this album & got this time as a present for a friend, however this version of it only has 10 of the original 15 (CD) tracks on it - it's missing 125 mph... Read more
Published 7 months ago by JonP
5.0 out of 5 stars Raw and powerful
I remember buying this from Woolies (of all places)! Having never really heard anything by them, I just felt compelled to buy it, struck by the simplicity of the album cover, fast... Read more
Published 20 months ago by N. Cannon
5.0 out of 5 stars Always a Consolation!
Having first bought this album on vinyl back in the early 1990's, its always been a favourite, but i havent heard it for a few years since my record player has been in storage. Read more
Published on 16 April 2011 by rigana
5.0 out of 5 stars This will have you pogoing around your lving room
All New Model Army albums are very good but this one is their best. Its got great songs well writen well played and well recorded. Read more
Published on 12 April 2010 by Stephen
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive
Certainly the best NMA record ( there are some fantastic contenders too ) and also one which had a breadth and scale of ambition missing on so many of their contemporaries. Read more
Published on 11 Feb 2009 by J. Leggett
5.0 out of 5 stars Only 2 reviews...?!!
Having in my possession all NMA albums to date, I really can't believe this album has only 2 reviews! Read more
Published on 24 Sep 2008 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars While spirits scream and sing.....
No time to write a full review, but when I saw that this most excellent album was unreviewed I thought I should just say a few brief words. Read more
Published on 13 Dec 2007 by Clorson Pannet
5.0 out of 5 stars Understated Excellence
A gem to be savoured by any true music lover.
NMA have always been an underrated force in the the independant rock world. Read more
Published on 1 Feb 2006 by CrabstickMan
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