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  • Audio CD (11 Oct. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Special Edition
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B0006ZRWL4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 150,197 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Welcome To The North
2. Freedom Fighters
3. Bleed From Within
4. Breakin
5. Cessation
6. Fight The Feeling
7. Guide
8. Into The Night
9. I Need Love
10. One Way In, No Way Out
See all 12 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Welcome To The North
2. The People
3. Freedom Fighters
4. I Need Love
5. Bleed From Within
6. Take The Long Road And Walk It

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MUSIC, THE - WELCOME TO THE NORTH CD 17 TRACKS (61443)

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This special edition includes a bonus disc with six exclusive live tracks from the Liverpool Academy.

The Music are nothing if not confounding. Their second album, Welcome to the North would, based on its title alone, suggest that this quartet wear their Northerness on their sleeve. But rather than producing yet another tired Oasis or Stone Roses pastiche, the Music decamped to the distinctly un-Northern town of Atlanta, Georgia to work with renowned rock producer Brendan O'Brien (best known for working with Pearl Jam and Soundgarden). The results are thrilling--an over-the-top, bombastic album that often manages to combine the rock power of Led Zeppelin with the epic psychedelia of Jane's Addiction (helped by frontman Robert Harvey's vocal similarities to Perry Farrell and drummer Phil Jordan's breakneck drumming, reminiscent of Stephen Perkins). And though the lyrics occasionally venture into pretension (really, who says "mine eyes" anymore?), they're made forgivable by the power of tracks like "Freedom Fighters" and "Bleed from Within" (which even boasts a drum solo). In fact, the only outright homage to their Northern indie heritage is "I Need Love", with a danceable, New Order-esque bassline that drives the whole thing along. But generally, they stick to their guns instead of their roots, making Welcome to the North a great rock album. --Robert Burrow

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "paul_graham" on 9 Sept. 2005
Format: Audio CD
When i first heard it all i could say was wow but after that it just kept getting better and better. Definately one of the best ive heard in the last few years buy it and you will not regret it, just cant hipe it enough and if you get a chance go see them as they are maybe even better live. It is one of the few albums that i dont skip a single track. A true five star album.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "paul_graham" on 8 Sept. 2005
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When i first heard this album i thought WOW but after listening to it a few times it just kept getting better. Probably the best album i have heard in the last few years. Buy it and prepare to be blown away. The only problem is i couldn't bring myself to take it out th hi-fi. If asked one word to describe it i have to say mindblowing. Get it
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Not as good as their debut album but worth a loud listen.
Live tracks on the bonus disc are cool!
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4 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Oli Grünfeld on 15 Mar. 2006
Format: Audio CD
This CD is LOUD. Stupidly loud. After a couple of tracks it's like listening to a hairdryer -- with all "highs" and no "lows" it gradually starts to sound like a blur. You really notice it on headphones -- it's almost unlistenable on headphones. Oddly enough the "best" this CD sounded was on the cheap and CD player -- go figure.
It's a such a shame because "Welcome To The North" is basically a fantastic set of songs but ruined by horrible production.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Welcome to the north 30 Sept. 2005
By E. A Solinas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Okay, they have what may be the most boring name in all of rock-dom. But the Music do better in their sophomore album than in their self-titled debut, tightening up their music and losing the Led Zepplin-wannabe sound in favor of more dancerock. "Welcome to the North" is a bombastic rocker with heart.

"Where I'm from/Is not who, who I am," is the rather generic opener to the title track, a roaring rocker that blossoms from a slow riff. Well, it's not really about the songwriting -- it's actually about how it's sung. Lead singer Robert Harvey really stretches his voice as he shouts "Welcome to the NOOORTTH!", sounding as if he's gesturing at a panoramic view of north Britain. Instead of the jaded mumbles of many alt-rockers now, Harvey throws his heart, soul, and vocal chords into each song.

Their catchy brand of rock goes heavy on the electric guitars, grinding bass and smashin' percussion -- at times you can hear bands like Led Zeppelin, New Order and Rush mixed in there, but fortunately not so heavily that it feels derivative. A particular bonus is the rippling guitar in "Into The Night" -- that's what makes a good band.

They keep the sound catchy, but stray into ballads once or twice -- although only the flowing, exquisite "Fight the Feeling" could be strictly described as a ballad. What's more, bad singer could not depend on the music to cover his flaws in the ballads -- and Harvey proves that he's very good.

The Music do pretty well in their sophomore album -- their gusto keep them from sounding generic or cliched. They have the guts, the youth and the energy -- now all they need is the polish to go with it. Some of their riffs and basslines can be repetitive, and their songwriting definitely needs a boost up. Yes, the songs are catchy, but they're also very generic.

This fiery young band has the excellent lead singer and good musicianship that it needs to be huge -- all they need is some polish-ups, and a songwriter to match their guitar playing.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Welcome to the "North" 19 Mar. 2005
By E. A Solinas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Okay, they have what may be the most boring name in all of rock-dom. But the Music do better in their sophomore album than in their self-titled debut, tightening up their music and losing the Led Zepplin-wannabe sound in favor of more dancerock. "Welcome to the North" is a bombastic rocker with heart.

"Where I'm from/Is not who, who I am," is the rather generic opener to the title track, a roaring rocker that blossoms from a slow riff. Well, it's not really about the songwriting -- it's actually about how it's sung. Lead singer Robert Harvey really stretches his voice as he shouts "Welcome to the NOOORTTH!", sounding as if he's gesturing at a panoramic view of north Britain. Instead of the jaded mumbles of many alt-rockers now, Harvey throws his heart, soul, and vocal chords into each song.

Their catchy brand of rock goes heavy on the electric guitars, grinding bass and smashin' percussion -- at times you can hear bands like Led Zeppelin, New Order and Rush mixed in there, but fortunately not so heavily that it feels derivative. A particular bonus is the rippling guitar in "Into The Night" -- that's what makes a good band.

They keep the sound catchy, but stray into ballads once or twice -- although only the flowing, exquisite "Fight the Feeling" could be strictly described as a ballad. What's more, bad singer could not depend on the music to cover his flaws in the ballads -- and Harvey proves that he's very good.

The Music do pretty well in their sophomore album -- their gusto keep them from sounding generic or cliched. They have the guts, the youth and the energy -- now all they need is the polish to go with it. Some of their riffs and basslines can be repetitive, and their songwriting definitely needs a boost up. Yes, the songs are catchy, but they're also very generic.

This fiery young band has the excellent lead singer and good musicianship that it needs to be huge -- all they need is some polish-ups, and a songwriter to match their guitar playing.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Take It , and Hard 24 Feb. 2005
By Gerardo Martinez Casas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is better than buying their fist 2 cds mostly because of killer live songs from their best cuts . These guys remind me of Led Zep with an angry Black Sabbath twist and Puddle of Mudd Come Clean attitude . Mean guitar licks with rock metal vocals ... I Like It ...
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Welcome to the North- Open Your Mind 26 July 2005
By K. Beck - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This album (Okay CD, what ever you call them now-a-days) was pretty hard for me to find. I'm in my late 40's, so I'm a little bit Old Rock. But when I hear something I like, I don't stop till I find it. I found it, and it's called; "Open Your Mind". By the... ?? Welcome to the North? Lame name... but hey.. They can do it!
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