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Us

30 Jan 2006 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 3 Mar 2003
  • Release Date: 3 Mar 2003
  • Label: Rhino
  • Copyright: 2003 Warner Music UK Ltd
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  • Total Length: 59:21
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  • ASIN: B001LGYCKG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 141,249 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "littlewood9" on 10 Mar 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is a good record, mid-paced throughout and more melancholy than 'Loss', and Colin MacIntyre is a strong songwriter in a similar mould to Andy Partridge, or maybe even a Scottish Ben Folds. Best songs here are The Final Arrears, Don't Take Your Love Away From Me, and The Supermarket Strikes Back (a reply to 'Barcode Bypass' from the debut album) Comparisons with The Beach Boys are lazy, and this is no Pet Sounds, its closer in essence to the singer/songwriter world of the 70s, like a less pompous David Gray with a sense of humour.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Petay on 18 Sep 2006
Format: Audio CD
Colin McIntyre is a happy fellow. You can just tell from his face, voice and lyrics that even the saddest, most poignant moments of life fill him with a simple wonder and joy. This is audible in his music so much that it often overtakes from the melodies and actual songsmanship.

Having said that, there is no lack of either - Us is a great follow up to the virtually perfect Loss. The joyful, brash opener of Am I wrong vies with Annimal Cannabus in its sheer punch-the-air urgency; Asylum is a lyrical love song with a peculiar take on insanity; 5 More Minutes, on the other hand is matched only by the Manic's Ocean Spray as desperately sad parent-loss songs. The high point, however, is the sequel to Loss's Barcode Bypass, The Supermarket Strikes Back. It is knowingly a sequel (hence the Star Wars-esque title) with its sampled vocals at the start and its same lyrical bent, and yet where Barcode... was sad and lazy, Supermarket... is fast, bouncy and poignant, as the Supermarket owner realises that he, too, must "pick up your gloves and walk your dogs", now that the unfortunate shopkeeper is dead and gone.

A poignant minor classic.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By K. O'riordan on 30 April 2003
Format: Audio CD
Mull Historical Society (aka Colin Mcintentyre) came on the scene in 2000 amid critical aclaim with his debut album "Loss". Now 3 years later he has a new album "Us". So how does it compare to the previous album?
You'll be happy to know there's no sophomore slump here. While Loss was an album full of potential it suffered several shortcomings. One in particular was Colin's luddite obsession with fighting everyting modern. On picking up the album Us, tracks with sames such as "Asylum", "Live like the automatics", "Minister for Genetics & Insurance MP", "The supermarket strikes back" and "Clones" may suggest to you that he has gone totally overboard with his new album. However the opposite is true. The songs on "Us" bear no reference to political climate and are in fact personal introspective songs. As he says on "Live like the automatics" - "Fighting society never did much for me".
Track by track what to expect:
1. The Final Arrears. This was the debut single from the album and bears the same style as the songs "Watching Xanadu" and "Animal Cannibus" from Loss. Nothing particularly new here, just the usual high quality instrumental arrangement and catchy tune.
2. Am I Wrong. The next single to be released from the album. Another solid song, a bit too similar to previous efforts though.
3. Oh Mother - as you can guess from the name, one of the more personal songs from the album.
4. Asylum - No reference to refugees or anything here. One of my favourite songs from the album, has a warm fuzzy feel to it. Favourite line : "so please sit on the sunny side of me".
5. Live Like the automatics - upbeat number, finishing with the repeated couplet - "we look over our shoulder and the sunlight never grows older". A song I find myself singing in the shower.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "parsefone" on 13 April 2003
Format: Audio CD
When I first put this into my player, I turned it off after the third listen, and then dug out my NME and looked at it suspiciously. I know they're prone to hyping every band that can put two chords together, put surely, I thought, they've gone too far this time. "Planet surfing melodies?" I whispered in disbelief. "Out of this galaxy?" This has got to be THE most annoying, overrated album, with possible exception to Highly Evolved, ever made!
About ten listens later, I'm more than ready to eat my words. Am I Wrong? Yes. MHS have a great album here; it just gets better with every listen. With each play you hear a bit more of the breath-taking depth of this album, and you learn to love it that bit more. Be warned, however; Us is a monumental grower. Do not expect to hear Colin Macintyre's brilliance on the first listen. In fact, you will most probably cringe at his slightly nasal vocals, and ask yourself how any band can expect to get off the ground with a voice as grating as that leading it. However, the small-island-man's vocal chords are just another example of the extraordinary grower quality of the album; keep listening and it begins to blend perfectly with his band's take on lush psychedelia.
Problems? Us is perhaps a bit too long. If Macintyre had cut out some of the slightly average songs, like "Clones" and "Five More Minutes", it would have made for a far more snappy and trimmed offering. MHS also have a tendency to be heavy-handed with their quirkiness on a couple of the tracks. I wouldn't call this showiness; it seems Macintyre is over-eager to prove something. The title track would be a beautiful Aqualung-esque moment, but is distracted by the unneccessary plonky beginning and the weird shouted ending.
All in all, a rousing, earnest and often heart-wrenching album. Don't make the mistake I did; listen to it a couple of times before making your mind up.
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