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Army Navy (Dig)
Army Navy (Dig)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh as a Posie, 28 May 2010
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Jangly guitars? Check. Tight Harmonies? Check. Bittersweet lyrics? Check. So what's new? People have been making this kind of music for aeons now and it takes a band with real talent to keep it sounding fresh and interesting. Thankfully, Army Navy are just such a band. This is a very immediate record and there is much to love at the first listen (the single 'Saints' is absolutely glorious), but repeated plays reveal a genuine depth to the songwriting and a treasure trove of hidden hooks to die for, coupled with an uncanny ability to find the perfect chorus for every single song. All of the usual reference points are present, with The Byrds, Big Star and Teenage Fanclub being the most obvious. Many of the arrangements recall the Posies at their most lush, and it's hard to pay them a bigger compliment than that. Highly recommended for fans of all the aforementioned bands, and also anyone looking for a sunny summer soundtrack.


Invisible Lantern
Invisible Lantern

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4.0 out of 5 stars Their first great album, 11 Jan 2010
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After a promising start with their debut Clairvoyance and 1987s Even If and Especially When, this album sees the Trees make their first truly great record. The sound on display here comes across like the bastard offspring of the Doors and the Meat Puppets, drenched in feedback and dripping with melody. The frazzled guitars, hooky basslines and pounding drums combine for a sound that is at once familiar and at the same time something completely unique. Mark Lanegan's vocals have yet to attain the mythic status of later releases but he's still a commanding frontman, proving that even at this early stage in his career few could match him for range and sheer vocal power. It's a much more assured record - although happily it retains the rawness of its predecessors - which points the way to the magnificent heights they'd later reach, first with Buzz Factory and then with their three releases for Epic records.

They're often tagged with the grunge label but all such comparisons are invalid. They were always a classic, bluesy hard rock band, albeit one with some hardcore punk influences, and this record proves it. Copies of this release are scarce these days, so grab a copy while you still can.


Deaths And Entrances
Deaths And Entrances
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One to treasure, 20 May 2009
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They won over a lot of people with their first album 'Wolves', and this eagerly awaited second offering is sure to do the same. They've gone for a harder sound this time around and they're all the better for it, coming across like a blend of Mogwai and Nick Drake. They're supremely talented musicians and they prove it time and again here, key changes and shifts in time signature that would have been shaky on the debut are now done effortlessly and the arrangements are lovely throughout. Finger-picked guitars twinkle like stars at midnight, three- and four-part harmonies soar like swallows in summertime and the fiddle playing is just gorgeous.

It's an intelligent album - musically, lyrically, sonically - played with real feeling by a band who are unconcerned with current musical trends and are clearly completely in love with what they do. It's no wonder the NME didn't like it.

If it's a literate, earthy, atmospheric album you seek then look no further than this. It sounds wonderful now as the summer approaches, but, like it's predecessor, it will be best served in the darker months with a roaring fire, your favourite cardigan and a bottle of good red wine. Highly recommended.
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The Hazey Janes
The Hazey Janes
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A promising debut, 27 Sep 2007
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The Hazey janes are the latest addition to the long line of bittersweet Scottish pop acts, continuing the tradition of the Pastels, Teenage Fanclub, Belle and Sebastian and all the rest of them. This six track mini-album is a promising debut, alternating between winsome acoustic strumming and gloriously exuberant, melodic power-pop. The boy-girl-boy harmonies are lovely throughout, and they score bonus points for their use of the xylophone to add to the sound. The standout track is the panoramic sweep of Morning Rain, a great song to complete a great little album. It's a tune the Fannies themselves would be proud of, and that is high praise indeed.


Bubblegum
Bubblegum
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5.0 out of 5 stars The king of the blues, 25 Sep 2007
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Screaming Trees were one of the most under-appreciated acts of the late 80s/early 90s, a swaggering, hip-shaking monster of a rock n roll band, and to those in the know, singer Mark Lanegan has one of the finest voices in rock. His post-Trees output has been astonishing, album after album of dark, moody, rootsy blues, so earthy that the CDs should come packed in a crate of soil, and this album is a worthy addition to his back catalogue. The folk and blues of his previous solo work are still writ large all over this, but he also reintroduces some grunge and rock elements, no doubt influenced by his stint as vocalist with QOTSA. This is no bad thing, and the drive of songs like Sideways in Reverse prove that he can still rock out with the best of them. The lyrics are as dark as ever, and the vocals are still hot enough to fry a steak on. He's still overlooked by many, but in years to come his monumental body of work will be discovered by a new generation of music fans and he will rightly take his place in the pantheon of American rock legends. Wonderful stuff.


Hotel Radio
Hotel Radio
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great addition to the canon, 25 Sep 2007
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Fans of a certain kind of bittersweet Scottish guitar pop will go absolutely crazy for this band. Scuzzy guitars chug away beautifully, melodies soar and tight boy-girl harmonies swoop and swoon away throughout. In the background, Teenage Fanclub smile approvingly. There's clearly a lot of traditional influences here - the Byrds, the Beach Boys, the Mamas and Papas, not to mention the Fannies, the Pastels et al - but it still sounds refreshingly new, and without a hint of the tweeness that can sometimes detract from bands with a similar sound. The songwriting is remarkably assured for such a young band, and that bodes extremely well for the future. Highly recommended for anyone with an interest in sunny day pop tunes.


Lies & Gold Dust
Lies & Gold Dust
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Price: 4.65

4.0 out of 5 stars Blast from the past, 23 Sep 2007
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On first listen, this album seems pretty solid, if unspectacular. It's power pop by numbers, nice and bouncy, chunky riffs, powerhouse drumming, slacker lyrics about getting stoned in front of the TV.......after a few listens it takes on a new life though, some of the melodies are glorious and once the hooks get under your skin there's no getting away from them. It's a great album for a sunny day in the back garden.


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