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I Want You To Know That There Is Always Hope

I Was a Cub Scout Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (18 Feb 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: XL
  • ASIN: B0011458PG
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 179,005 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Save Your Wishes 3:440.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Echoes (album) 3:380.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Lucean (album) 4:420.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Pink Squares (album) 4:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Part iii (album) 4:280.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. We Were Made To Love (album) 4:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Our Smallest Adventures (album) 4:460.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Recommendations (album) 3:440.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The Hunter's Daughter (album) 4:290.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. P's & Q's (album) 4:560.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. A Step Too Far Behind (album) 5:270.99  Buy MP3 

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BBC Review

The press release accompanying !Hope wants to let us all know that Todd Marriott and William Bowerman, the duo that make up the band, actually were Cub Scouts in times gone by. Not only did this teach them to tie fancy knots and salute in an elegant manner but it also set them in good stead for their future lives in the tricky world of British Emotion rock: possibly the most taunted area of contemporary music in the world today.- It's a genre which embraces Anglo-American relations to the fullest extent and is the scourge of 'traditional' British-indie pop fans who refuse to wake up to the fact that the 90s have passed us by.

But alas, this is not an American imitation record by any stretch - it is defiantly 'made in the UK'. But throughout there's a nagging feeling that something's not quite right. Save Your Wishes kicks the album off with sweeping sythns and heart-felt romantic verse that, in theory, should be splendid but in reality sounds very much like The Stereophonics post-Performance & Cocktails.

But let's not be too harsh - Pink Squares, whilst not the most accomplished track, shows all the commercial promise of a mega teen-anthem laced with echo-delayed guitar loops and angst vocals. Also Echoes shows signs that IWACS could be great live; Marriott howls, ''just waste your days with me'' over a landscape of great drumming and haunting backing vocals.

It would probably be fair to say that The Hunter's Daughter is the stand out track and maybe a direction IWACS will pursue in later albums. However, for the time being they are content with getting their debut off their chest. Something that will no doubt bring them a badge or two. --David McGuire

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Here at Last 20 Feb 2008
Format:Audio CD
Following on from the fantastic single releases and having seen IWACS live in Tunbridge Wells recently I have waited for the release of the album with baited breath.

Well here it is, a gem of a debut album, each track bringing IWACS unique style of synth pop and emo to the party...Fantastic.

The singles are there; Echoes, Our Smallest Adventures and of course Pink Squares, all great tracks but the cherry on the top for me is Part iii

If you have heard IWACS and liked what you heard buy this album, you will not be disappointed, even better if you get chance to catch them live, do it now before they get swallowed up and disappear.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Don't believe the tripe 30 April 2008
Format:Audio CD
I've read qiute a lot of negative reviews of this album in the music press, but i can't help thinking that they all wait for the first review to come out before committing themselves. To me this is a great if slghtly flawed debut. Over the years many bands have tried to fuse 'indie' and dance - the Roses (love em obviously), Primal Scream (clumsy as ****) but few have struck the right balance. Most of the tracks here are an anthemic mix of U2 and faithless and to me that's where this album suceeds - it doesn't feel like one style of music fighting againt another, instead it leaves you wanting more. Some of the backing vocals are a bit ham-fisted, but apart from that I think this is a fine debut and leaves room for some interesting developments for a second album. Hopefully the lack of microscopic attention that has dogged acts such as the Arctic Monkeys will leave IWACS free to develop their sound. Oh and by the way why have reviewers jumped onto the EMO bandwagon? if a song has emotion that must be a positive thing?
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4.0 out of 5 stars The acceptable face of Emo. 14 May 2013
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Among the best of the so called 'emo' brigade. The subliminal chugging guitars and Will Bowerman's complex yet musical drumming keep it from descending into Owl City tweeness. Todd Marriotts songwriting has a sweet, almost naive quality but avoids the over-wordy pompousness of many of their contemporaries. On the downside the excellent 'I Hate Nightclubs' isn't included and there's nothing here quite as wonderful as the original Pink Squares single (although the album version is still very good). For 2 it's an absolute steal.
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