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Tin Machine II


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  • Audio CD (2 Sep 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal
  • ASIN: B00004SMJF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,733 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Product Description

1 x CD Album
Europe 1991

1Baby Universal3:18
2One Shot5:11
3You Belong In Rock N' Roll4:07
4If There Is Something4:45
5Amlapura3:46
6Betty Wrong3:48
7You Can't Talk3:09
8Stateside5:38
9Shopping For Girls3:44
10A Big Hurt3:40
11Sorry3:29
12Goodbye Mr. Ed3:24

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Reg Utterley-Boaring on 1 Oct 2003
The first Tin Machine album was exhilirating-but-exhausting, and guaranteed to turn off those allergic to metal-tinged noise-rock. The second offers more variety, and no "Crack City" style lyrical-embarrassments. And more importantly, stronger songs overall. The highpoint is the three song sequence - "Amlapura" (one of my fave Bowie ballads), "You Can't Talk" (a rocker that would have fit onto `Lodger') and "Betty Wrong" (though it's not as good as the extended-sax-solo version on the Oy Vey Baby video). Even the much-maligned "Stateside" works as a jeu d'espirit ("Sorry", the other Hunt Sales number, is the real weak spot here). "One Shot" and "You Belong..." are at least pleasant, and "A Big Hurt" is Tin Machine Vol. 1-style fun ("even a glass eye in a duck's ass can see that!"). Factor in the acknowledged classics (acknowledged by Bowieologists anyway) "Baby Universal", "Shopping for Girls" and "Goodbye Mr Ed" and you have a pretty damn great album.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Rafferty on 25 Oct 2009
Of the two Tin Machine albums this is probably the better. While the first album was more consistently produced, this album probably contains the stronger tracks. However, for every belter there is a B-side standard one to match it. So I make it 5 or 6 great tracks out of 12. That alone should be enough to make it a pretty good album by today's standards but the bad tracks are very, very bad. The best songs are great because they are Bowie classics that could sit easily on any of his solo efforts: Baby Universal is a great alien-themed rocker; You Belong in Rock & Roll is a classic Bowie lyric with a smoulderingly understated chorus, and Amlapura would sit well on Lodger with its Indonesian imagery. Shopping for Girls gives us a bit of politics but in a less hectoring way than we find on the earlier Tin Machine track Under the God or Crack City: instead he explores the insidious world of sex tourism and child abuse, a dark theme he would touch upon later on We Prick You on the 1.Outside album. Goodbye Mr Ed, probably the best song of all tries to make sense of a changing world order and the end of the cold war. The remaining tracks are either mediocre or downright unlistenable. One shot sounds like American Rock - let Bon Jovi do that please. Betty Wrong tries too hard to sound wistful. You Can't Talk involves some annoying rapping. A Big Hurt is actually quite a fun throwaway track but seek out the live at the BBC version found on the B side of some of the EP releases from this album - it is a million times better. If There is Something is a pointless Roxy Music cover. The real stinkers are the awful Sorry and Stateside. Neither of these were written or performed by Bowie but are the products of the Tin Machine drummer Hunt Sales.Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Adriano on 9 Aug 2009
I have lost count of the times I've defended the merits of Tin Machine and in particular this album. Something I would never do for 'Oy Vey Baby', or the two preceding solo Bowie efforts.

I play this CD often - more so even than Low or Lodger.
Why?
Because if you ingore or skip 'Stateside' and 'Sorry' (Bowie had little to do with these two songs, apart from giving the nod for their inclusion) the remainder of TMII really stands up as a fine and varied album.

Too many people I've spoken to automatically dismiss Tin Machine as a failed 'project'. However, the two singles ('You Belong' and 'Baby Universal') along with the catchy 'Goodbye Mr Ed' and underrated 'Amlapura' are among the best tracks in DB's back catalogue.

As far as trilogies go, I would group this alongside 'Buddha' and 'Black Tie'.

But please - I'm not so arrogant to try to convert the biased (or ill-informed) masses - I just hate the thought of some classic little gems going unheard by people who believed the negative hype before giving it a listen.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Kellaway on 15 April 2003
This album in my opinion is very underrated along with Tin Machine in general. I feel that the album has a rock atmosphere and is a lot better than most rock bands today. Maybe if Tin Machine were now, they may have been more popular.
There are some great tracks, including one of my favourites 'You Belong in Rock N'Roll'
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By molondas on 24 May 2013
I've only recently heard the Tin Machine albums - I think I had absorbed this general notion that Bowie had done nothing good since Scary Monsters. Well both Tin Machine albums are very good in my opinion.

Noisy, classy, hard-edged rock and roll - I guess people were disappointed because they were judging Bowie rather than the music for itself: frankly, if this music had been released by a group of unknowns, it would have received critical acclaim.
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I didn't know this record existed until I saw it on Amazon; so for me it was like a new Bowie release. A hard rock record by Bowie's standards which I continue to enjoy.
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