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  • Audio CD (30 April 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B005ZTA7JK
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 126,181 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Chemicals
2. Great Unknown
3. If It Wasn't For You
4. Magnetic Field
5. Cold As You
6. Dry Your Tears
7. Beautiful Delirium
8. She Is The One
9. Capsize
10. Thrill Is Gone
11. Neon Truth

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Self-titled debut album from Leeds' Various Cruelties, displaying their own 21st Century brand of Northern Soul-inflected guitar pop. the album features the single "Chemicals" and comes on the back of support slots on tour with Noah and the Whale and Kasabian.

BBC Review

Various Cruelties, a four-piece from west London, describe what they do as “shabby Motown pop” – and there are indeed times on this, their debut album, when they sound like a pub soul covers band allowed to let rip on a few originals.

They might be named after a painting by US pop artist Edward Ruscha, but there isn’t much that’s particularly leftfield about their faithful take on 60s R&B and northern soul. It’s deeply old-fashioned and trad. And when they do make concessions towards the relatively modern, when they’re not coming on like a latter-day Commitments, all they manage is jangling, anthemic indie/rock with elements of both Arctic Monkeys and Coldplay.

At all times, the sound is dominated by Liam O'Donnell’s scenery-chewing vocals. He’s one of those singers who masticates every word, as though he’s afraid every song is his last chance to prove himself. It’s a voice that will either appeal or annoy, depending on how you feel about his passionate exhortations to variously “let it all go” or “burn like the sun”, delivered in a tone that suggests Sting’s more mannered spawn, or Alex Turner on steroids.

And yet there are moments on Various Cruelties, produced in Los Angeles by Tony Hoffer (Beck, Phoenix, Goldfrapp), when the band – who only formed a year or so ago and have already supported The Vaccines, Kasabian and Mumford & Sons, and appeared on Later… with Jools Holland – make something great out of the grotty bluster. Wade past the jumping new-wave jive of Cold as You or She Is the One, a sweaty ballad that aims for the soul transcendence of a Try a Little Tenderness, and there are a few tracks here that make investigation of this album worthwhile.

On Capsize, for example, the band keep things light and shimmery, and stop straining for a moment, even O'Donnell. Best of all is closing number Neon Truth, which even given its litany of clichés, including one about setting the night on fire, alchemises all the huffing and panting into pop gold. And the strings-enhanced "I still love you I love you I love you I love you I do" coda is keening and thrilling, in that order. It's at moments such as these that one feels warmly towards Various Cruelties’ overheated rock’n’soul.

--Paul Lester

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marcwestlake on 2 May 2012
Format: Audio CD
Having seen this band live and being blown away, you can understand my excitement to hear the 'polished' studio recorded versions of the songs. Let's just say I was not dissapointed. Amazing albumn, neon truth definitely top ten single material, if the charts were not swayed by Simon Cowel's latest dip of the toe into the music/ tv industry.

Good luck Liam and the boys.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By dodell on 18 Jun. 2012
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This has become a very popular album in our family, loved by everyone.

The tracks are well paced out throughout the album and it doesn't suffer any dips, like a lot of albums these days that are toploaded with all the singles at the start.

Standout tracks for me are Chemicals, Capsize and album-closer Neon Truth.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs A C on 11 Jun. 2012
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First saw the band on 'Later With Jools Holland' and kept a note of their name. Kept the CD in my Amazon basket and, having sampled the tracks, decided to buy it. I've owned it a few days now and it's absolutely brilliant. The singer's voice is really unique and the music excellent. There is a perfect mixture of songs in this well-put together CD. Every track is so instant-it's not an album you have to grow into. I was going to list my favourite tracks but realised I couldn't as I love the whole CD. So, so glad I decided to buy it and if you are thinking about doing the same...Buy it now!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By EwanCAFC on 10 Sept. 2012
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I knew 3 songs from the album already, and I saw Various Cruelties LIVE at 'Y Not?Festival' so it was a 'must by!' I instally took a liking to the album. The more it played on my CD player the more I loved it. Now I am happy enough to say it's definitely in my Top 3 for Album of the year!
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This album will simply blow you away, There really is not a mediocre track on it and I think it will become one of your favourite records!
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