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We Have Sound

Tom Vek Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (4 April 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal / Island
  • ASIN: B0007SMCTM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,484 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. C-C (You Set The Fire In Me) 4:310.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. I Ain't Saying My Goodbyes 3:420.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. If You Want 3:440.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. A Little Word In Your Ear 3:490.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. If I Had Changed My Mind 3:340.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. The Lower The Sun 3:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Cover 3:330.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Nothing But Green Lights 4:160.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. On The Road 4:060.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. That Can Be Arranged 3:490.99  Buy MP3 

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We Have Sound is possibly the most appropriate title that Tom Vek could have come up with for his debut album. Not noise, not music but somewhere in between, the songs conjured up by Tom throughout this album are nuggets of a fertile imagination and awareness of limitations that delight in their simplicity. The spirit of DIY, from Paul McCartney to Babybird runs through this album, with Vek handling nearly all aspects himself, bar the production. The ramshackle home studio sound that he builds up- the tinny guitar sound on "I Ain't Saying My Goodbyes" or the programmed cowbell on "If You Want" being the most charming examples--creates an appropriately club-footed backing to the drawling vocals that dominate the album.

There are downsides to this album: Vek's voice isn't very attractive on first listen, and his lazy, repetitive lyrics could well be enough to dissuade folk from venturing further. Likewise, the lo-fi backing doesn't always do the songs justice, and songs like "The Lower The Sun" and "That Can Be Arranged" cry out for a bit more gloss and finish to let the songs shine through. But persevere with this album and its' contents, and the highlights are obvious. --Thom Allott

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We have talent 8 April 2005
Format:Audio CD
There's always a danger with NME headliners, and so much pressure on his debut album from the recent A&R explosion could hinder rather than help his career. In the face of this, he delivers a superb first offering.
Combining bits of grunge, bits of electro, weaving them between his tightly programmed beats and killer rhythms, the album is anything but disappointing. Multi instrumentalist Tom recorded the album as a solo project: a bit of a more modern one-man-band swapping banjos for samplers, demonstrating his technical prowess and ear for great riffs and fantastic melody.
The only problem is that the album isn't instantly accessible. I think you really need to see him on stage to truly fall in love with the music. With his band and their inimitable stage presence (check the drummer's facial gymnastics!) they're unstoppable, and the live set unlocks the genius of the writing.
Still, when given time, 'We Have Sound' unfolds its achievement. The electric 'Nothing But Green Lights' is in my opinion the highlight, alongside the fine slap bass of 'If You Want' and the simply fantastic 'I Ain't Sayin My Goodbyes'. Tom's vocals aren't technically amazing, but in the context of his writing and performance, they work perfectly adding the finishing touch to his unique style. Definite proof of a huge talent, and anyway, what great albums are instant? Give it time and it'll give you a lot more in return.
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5.0 out of 5 stars We have sound. 20 Oct 2005
By thfcu2
Format:Audio CD
Bought some of his tickets for something to do on a friday night and thought i should at least get his album too, and i have to say, this is one of the best and most original albums i have heard in a while.
Its got a great sound to it, untouched by anyone but him and recorded in his parents garage, he's really hard to pin down musically as he has so many different influences. Grungy, rocky, electronica is as close as i can get, but you really do have to hear the album.
The best track is 'nothing but green lights', but they're all great. Most of it sounds even better live and he's interesting to watch on stage too. Kinda reminds me a bit of Beck.
I urge you, no order you, to get the album and go see a gig.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it 27 Dec 2013
Format:Audio CD
Love it! Totally excellent album. It is a few years old now but definitely worth getting. Treat yourself to some new music
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5.0 out of 5 stars All time electro indie pop classic 4 Dec 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Still listen to this now, one of favorite albums of all time. Get hold of the B-Sides compilation too, its just as brilliant, and ill wait in hope for some more music from the enigmatic Vekus.
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5.0 out of 5 stars where's the follow up? 19 Feb 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Bought this when it came out. Recently re-listened to it. It's tremendous. Blend of beats, sneaky, creepy guitars, computerised burbles along with Vek's laconic voice and lyrics - 'How many radiators have you got on in your house/do they make you feel warm at night/do they tell you what to do?' ('That can be arranged') 'When you get home there's gonna be a big present waiting on your bedside table you said/it's your Stanley knife, little, cutting into me..('Cover').

He's a kind of English love child of James Murphy and Kurt Cobain.

A big talent - just not that prolific.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fizzes on the tongue 23 Jun 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The opening 3 tracks are the strongest, mixing elements of Gang of Four,Television and cheap, jangling guitar. Tom Vek has managed a distinctive sound, with an endearing emotionally vulnerable voice (you might think it weak, but it suits the material perfectly). Throw in some Mark E Smith style shoutsing and Vek is 'The glove compartment'. It sounds like it's been recorded in a garage, but, again that suits, or even makes the music. If you're tired of pop and rock, if Kasabian, Killers and Kaiser Chiefs no longer flavour your jaded palate, try this.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We've found our British Beck! 7 May 2005
Format:Audio CD
I bought "We Have Sound" as a last ditch stab for some musical realism - mainly on the back its recent glowing reviews. It doesn't dissapoint. Vek straddles decades of popular music incorporating the mid sixties beatnik vibe, early eighties white soul and new romanticism, and the current pastiche for "garage" based rock.
The album works because Vek is a great songwriter and most of the songs on this album offer a killer hook through a variety of musical styles. His arrangements will appeal to a wide audience range from teens to those who fondly remember the eighties. Think about splicing the DNA of the Cure, Talking Heads, New Order, Donovan, Beck and the White Stripes and you get the picture. Likewise, Veks arrangements and his vocal ability are roots level, genuine and effective. You get the feel that there is no record company sugar coating on this effort.
This album gets back to basics - talent, musicianship and great songs. Recommended!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'We have......Something Totally Origional!' 16 Nov 2005
Format:Audio CD
As you get older, certain artists and sounds come along that change and refine you musical tastes forever. Tom Vek is definately one of these artists. His sound is hard to pin point, but that is what makes it so fresh and new. His combination of rock, grunge and programmed beats make both an uplifting sound you can dance too (as poeple were when I saw him live), and a sound you can relax too. His lyrics are fun yet deep, and very origional. Every track on the album is as good as the last, I would highly recommend 'We Have Sound'
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1.0 out of 5 stars Purchase with care
This CD was damaged when received and despite being in a sealed case the cover des played a different artist to the one contained within. To me this suggests some 'dodgy dealings'
Published 6 months ago by christine connell
4.0 out of 5 stars Listen to it
I've read the cereberal reviews above and have asked myself 'have we listened to the same album?' We have sound rocks, there is no dispute. Read more
Published on 28 Aug 2008 by SPARKER
Well this is good . I got sooo tired of these new indie bands like Hard-Fi or The Rakes which dont even try 2 create a new approach 2 music ....But thats besides the point . Read more
Published on 30 Jun 2006 by Crazy Rocket Guy In Superman Outfite Ready To Conquer The World
5.0 out of 5 stars I Like His Voice!
I was a little shocked when people were saying they didn't think his singing is great. I think his vocals are, well, the best I've heard since Paul Banks. Read more
Published on 17 Feb 2006 by Golda
5.0 out of 5 stars I have seen the light
I will keep this brief.
I am a big music fan. I have, for a while become a bit disalluisoned with all of these dull "indie" bands who are on the go. Read more
Published on 18 Oct 2005 by SfromL
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best this year.
If you get a chance to see him live, this will make you love this album even more. The guy's voice is quite unusual, very monotone, but it really suits the lo-fi kind of music. Read more
Published on 23 Sep 2005 by Mr. I. P. Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Best album of 2005!
I bought this album after hearing the singles 'If you want' and 'I aint saying my goodbyes', I love these two tracks and every other track on this phenomenal album is just as good,... Read more
Published on 19 May 2005
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