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  • Audio CD (24 Sept. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Big Scary Monsters
  • ASIN: B000UYS0GM
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 244,943 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2. Well You Damn Well Should!
3. Right This Way You Maverick Renegade
4. I Am Champagne And You Are Shit
5. I Beat Up The Bathroom, Im Sorry
6. Eins Zwei Drei Hasselhoff!
7. All We Need Is A Little Energon And A Lot Of Love
8. Come To New York, There Were Fewer Murders Last Year
9. Iv'e Got Knives In My Eyes, I'm Going Home Sick
10. You're Doomed

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By stumcg on 2 Jan. 2008
Format: Audio CD
I'll start with a basic summary:
This album is breathtakingly good.

I can't believe that it has been released and has flown under the radar, because it definetely does not get the credit it deserves. To the guy that says it sounds like Hundred Reasons I suggest you look for some evidence to back up your claim, apart from the fact that they're both british bands I hear no familiarity between them whatsoever. It's crap comparisons like this that draw people away from picking up the brilliance that is this record. It's that good.

People often compare them to At The Drive-In, who granted were amazing, but this album takes the, pardon me for using this sloppy term - "math-rock" genre and takes it to perfection. Beautiful picked guitar parts to frantic tapping, to harmonised jazz chords, to stunning leading bass lines, unpredictable stop-starts, phenomenally tight drumming, and all paired with a unique voice that carries passion and melody effortlessly without sounding forced.

The fact is that this album doesn't have one weak track. The acoustic track is sombre and gentle, using string arrangements and clicks and pops provided by the talented James and Brendan of Yndi Halda, while the final track is a quiet and beautiful outro, giving you time to reflect on the intensity of the album you just sat through, the calm after a storm if you will. The stand out tracks for me are "Come to New York, there were fewer murders last year" and "Eins Zwei Drei Hasselhoff" both of which are frantic, powerful, erratic and beautiful in a delightful song shaped package.

If you need more convincing this should do it: Alex Newport produced it. Yes, the guy that produced ATDI and The Mars Volta.
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Format: Audio CD
I think Stumc has most of it covered but..:

I don't waste my time with reviewing stuff online this is one of the first reviews i've written and it's only because this is a band that is truly underrated.

One of the most complex sounds i've heard in my life, i find myself returning to the sound of this crazy, confusing concoxtion yet perfectly melodic album every now and then. Every time i listen back i hear something new and exciting and it always seems to surprise me.

If you're a drummer, guitarist or bassist, oh hell why not any kind of musician, you will truly appreciate the talent these lads have. Almost structureless, every sound in each song is unique, time signatures and tempo constantly changing. i have never heard a band that sound like they truly know what they want and can get that exact tone and timing to make each song great. What teamwork. I don't know if they worked around the vocals or the other way round, either way everything about this band is above average.

Don't miss out

My all time favourite album RIP
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Format: Audio CD
Sure its been done before.
sure it was redorded and produced in america.
and sure it kicks ass.
This band don't seem to mess about.
they've got an album that is not instantly accessible.
some tracks sound positively weak on first listen. yet that is
their beauty.
A rewarding album, similar in vain to early YCNI:M or a light Mars Volta.
No clear structure can mean a concentrated listen is more adviced than simply to have it playing as background noise.
Buy it if you like forward thinking british music, with bad ass flavourings and little moments of genius thrown in for fun.
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