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War Stories

U.N.K.L.E. Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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James Lavelle/UNKLE – the biography
Everything James Lavelle has created and initiated has been driven by the same irrepressible sense of curiosity and an incorruptible willingness to take risks. The music released today under the banner of UNKLE is very different from early UNKLE records. The spirit is the same.

James Lavelle was a fresh-faced fourteen-year-old when he began to ... Read more in Amazon's U.N.K.L.E. Store

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  • Audio CD (2 July 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Surrender All
  • ASIN: B000PTYPW0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,710 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3. Hold My Hand
4. Restless
5. Keys to the Kingdom
6. Price You Pay
7. Burn My Shadow
8. Mayday
9. Persons And Machinery
10. Twilight
11. Morning Rage
12. Lawless
13. Broken
14. When Things Explode

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Our product to treat is a regular product. There is not the imitation. From Japan by the surface mail because is sent out, take it until arrival as 7-14 day. Thank you for you seeing it.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Put simply, a GREAT album 7 Aug 2007
By Matt Pucci VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
One word: WOW. Dance-rock duo James Lavelle and Richard File have excelled themselves on this, UNKLE's latest opus. Dirty great guitar riffs... top-notch guest spots... even the odd dance-floor filler... you really couldn't ask for much more. Enlisting the likes of Masters of Reality man/stoner-rock uber-producer Chris Goss and recording tracks at the Rancho de la Luna studio in the Californian desert has clearly played a major part in the way this album sounds, giving it an ethereal quality without forsaking the trademark dark, hypnotic vibe. The vocal lines provided by the likes of Josh Homme (QOTSA), Ian Astbury (The Cult) and Liela Moss (The Duke Spirit) are strong and memorable in their own right, while Gavin Clark's inclusion on penultimate track, 'Broken' is simply inspired. Somewhat less spectacular are the contributions from Massive Attack's 3D and Autolux but thankfully, they don't detract from the overall enjoyment of the album.

A tad over-long at 14 tracks (including the 14 minute finale, 'When Things Explode') War Stories is nevertheless like good quality dark chocolate: rich and flavoursome, with a distinct and pleasingly bitter edge.

Matt Pucci
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars dark dark dark and brilliant 7 July 2007
Format:Audio CD
an utterly compelling lp - deep and dark and aggressive and demanding...the closest comparisons i can think of would be Massive Attack's Mezzanine lp and Spirit of Eden by Talk Talk

an inspired choice of guest vocalists (the Gavin Clark of Clayhill & Ian Astbury tracks are fabulous) just show how on top of his game Lavelle is.

sometimes an lp grabs me so much intitally that after a week or so, i'm almost bored of it, but trust me, there's no way you could be bored by this...it's got the lot.

without a doubt, one of the top three lps of the year.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, awesome, awesome 20 May 2008
By Sam
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I don't usually feel the need to write reviews, I'm no muso but this album has blown me away. It was waiting for me at 6.30 this evening when i got in and the fact I'm writing this at 7.30 is an indication of just how brilliant this album is. No duff tracks at all I swear. It's dirty, sleazy, awe inspiring and a joy to listen to. Without sounding too gushy I've been texting mates like crazy urging them to buy this album.
I was hooked on the first track and it grows from there. It's hard to do justice by comparisons but as a guide take the best QOTSA, Stone Roses, Pink Floyd, a funked up Radiohead, Moby etc etc and it still doesn't come close to describing how good this is. It's a cliche but if you buy nothing else this year do yourself a favour and buy this - it is a seriously, seriously great album. The only problem now is finding something else as good......
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars who was responsible for the packaging???? 7 Sep 2007
Format:Audio CD
great album as you would expect, however the packaging is a nightmare, i had to use a dinner knife to open the package, cds don,t stay in the holders either, if you are a bit of anorak like myself then you will want the 2 cd with booklet, but if not just save yourselves the package nightmare and get the normal cd album version
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bore Stories? 13 Jun 2007
Format:Audio CD
Piggybacking on the success of Never, Never, Land, Lavelle, File and Gen return with a very stark, moody offering. Quelle surprise. A lot can happen in four years: new governments arise, wars can start and end, people get married, divorced and fight for custody, technological advances, etc. Its a good thing, then, that Unkle has decided to do the same. Their fans are getting a little older now: some have families, getting nice chunky guts, mortgages, perhaps have dramatic changes happen in their lives. Its nice to know that, although some things are different, they are still the same. This offering from Unkle retains so much of the attitude and mood that has made their work so popular, but has changed so very nicely to suit their now aging legion of fans.

I can happily say that I have been there since Psyence Fiction and, in my opinion, they have improved vastly and gained a maturity that I wish their contemporaries would consider. I am so very sick of The Chemical Brothers now. When will they learn? Having been staunchly anti-rock and pro-techno through most of my teens made me privy to the alternative sounds of Unkle in the first place, but it is now the abrasive rock sound that has drawn me back to them yet again. We seem to be maturing in parallel.

All of their albums had their place in time. They were very much of the moment. Very fashionable pieces of music made obvious by the ridiculous amount of merchandise that surrounded them. This album is no exception and i'm sure there will be silly plastic figures and 300 pairs of trainers to accompany this release. But I still like the music.

The album is very rock and, like I said, moody. Its probably got an agenda (its called War Stories for heaven's sake) but I don't care what it is.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing music. Appalling packing. 20 April 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This album is amazing. Buy it.
I thought I wa sbeing retarded when people said they couldnt get the packing open. It's taken me 30 mins and Ive only managed to lever it out by 3mm.

Its a hardback book in a tight cardboard case. There are no cut-outs of the sleeve so you cannot grip the book to remove it. So far I have wedged four knives in to try and give me enough space to get my fingers in. Im annoyed as I thought i'd treat myself to the special edition packaging, and yet I am STILL only able to listen to the album on Spotify. I cant even get to my physical CDs. Will have to wait until someone else gets home so we can double up on this demon.

I'm all for packaging being an experience, but this makes me want to destroy something dear to me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Album
What can I write about an style of music other than if you've never heard them and like electric and rock then give it a go
Published 8 months ago by Goonless
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful CD
I absolutely love this CD, it has depth and style; a quality CD that I play a lot as there is much to discover in it. I highly recommend it. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Dee
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
If you love QOSTA or any of the Desert Sessions - you are going to like this. Has the heaviness with some good electro dance vibes to it.
Published 17 months ago by Mrs NC Rowlstone
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
As an on-mass buyer of general CDs I'm interested in around the Christmas period, I tend to find myself skimming through quite a few albums and picking out my favourite singles to... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Jack Gale
4.0 out of 5 stars good stuff
If you haven't heard their previous work you should buy this then buy the back catalogue,if you have bought their stuff previously you won't be dissappointed,pure atmosphere on... Read more
Published on 3 Nov 2010 by pembroke sid
5.0 out of 5 stars Listen with care
I've discovered Unkle only recently while searching for good videos on Utube. I bought Never Never Land first and loved it so much I quickly bought War Stories too. Read more
Published on 31 May 2010 by A. Vainlo
5.0 out of 5 stars Unkle is awesome
Don't know what else to say. Great album. If you don't like james Lavelle it's appealing to most people. High standard. But then I love anything these guys produce.
Published on 16 Jan 2009 by Mr. Ben Parer
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but a change in direction for UNKLE
I am a fan of Psyence Fiction and Never Never Land, not least because of their blend of hip hop, breakbeat and rock. Read more
Published on 6 Sep 2008 by DaveW
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
Without a doubt it's the best album i've heard in the last couple of years. "Burn my shadow" is the standout track on this superb album. Read more
Published on 29 Aug 2008 by godzilla78
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic stuff
Fabulous. If you are a fan of Hybrid (Morning Sci-fi) you should enjoy this as much as I did... Fantastic beats and instrumentals with some deep vocals and raw guitar riffs all... Read more
Published on 13 July 2008 by A. Searle
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