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To Britain With Love... And Bruises [Limited Tour Edition]
To Britain With Love... And Bruises [Limited Tour Edition]
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars money-spinner, but not really, 10 Nov. 2006
"(slurp, sigh)Where do I begin? I remember the first night we met. It was 1996 at The Splash Club in London. You were so beautiful..." A vocal introduction that is cornier than a popular Chiropodist's clinic situated in a farmer's field starts with a choreographed swig on a bottle, and it's from this moment it's evident that Tairrie hasn't got any less melodramatic - she wallows in it.

It's a strange release. Is it for more money? Doubtful. Is it to show more devotion to Britain and their hardcore fans? Probably. But even if this is the case, what is the point, really? This is a studio version of their current set, all polished, produced and mixed, and with only two albums, can these guys plausibly warrant a compilation that isn't even live?

Nevertheless, it gives a new, up to date twist with the songs found on `Speak & Destroy' (`My Beautiful Flower') that were previously slightly flat and low budget. And still, Ms B's throat is somehow still intact despite being regularly torn into a bloody mess. So maybe this is just an audio-reminder of how much this lady and her band have the balls and tits. But it's pretty pointless, as this will in no way entice other metal fans into the scene.

Monday at the Hug & Pint
Monday at the Hug & Pint
Price: £8.38

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sad brilliance, 10 Nov. 2006
Slurrings heavily laced with a Scottish tongue and more swearwords than expected for tunes involving string accompaniments and acoustic guitars (`Fucking Little Bastards' or lyrics like "so come on darling, break my heart// mess me about then shag all my friends" speak volumes, don't they?), there is something unnervingly brilliant about Arab Strap.

There is a backbone that is full of stored venom and released in such a delicate and saddening way that contributes to the whole release being memorable - and somewhere in all this, there is a bitter influence from drink, making it a devastating masterpiece. If this is the result of going to the Hug & Pint on a Monday, then thank their aching hearts that Arab Strap attended - you can certainly hear the drink talking at points.

And as well as this, there is a delicate underside, best exemplified by the tortured string arrangements with expressive lyrics like: `If your hair was a call to arms/ And your legs were what skirts are for/ Then your mouth was a red alert/ But your eyes were an act of war'.

All work projects a message: this is what comes natural and has been intensely nurtured. Sure, this could be said for many an album, but this is so prominent that it brings an authenticity to the tracks and a genuine guarantee that Scottish heart and soul is in there somewhere.

Make Up The Breakdown
Make Up The Breakdown
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars bah., 10 Nov. 2006
This review is from: Make Up The Breakdown (Audio CD)
(Straight in comes everything, washing in and being fronted by extremely annoying vocals. Or is it just unique? It is certainly a distinguished taste.)

A key signature to this act is the crazy rhythms that jerk around and feature on more than a few tracks, making it an interesting listen that cannot be easily judged. A modest track that opts for a disco beat is `No, Not Now', that has a catchy verse, chorus and whatever else you care to mention. So when it isn't tugging you around, it's laying its spawn on the front of your memory.

It could be a bit too quirky. `Talk To Me, Dance With Me' with its coco cabaña Latino beat (which features a `break it down' section - eek) is going to force dancers en masse to prance. That alone should say it all.

It's so 2003, y'know? You can almost smell the posing pricks in clubs downtown. It is rather trendy and takes the place of where The Vines were last year. Furthermore, there's something distinctly Strokes about the bassline in `Oh Goddamnit'... And components of many others...

Something, just something, feels right. Something that is more outstanding then in others like The Vines. They have that rare quality: you'd know it was them from the very first syllable of the singing.

(Nah, the vocals are ANNOYING. If it isn't because of the sound, it could be because there is the trusty one-vocal-line-fits-all scheme or that they jump about the place with squeals whines and whimpers. And they have one song.)

Art of Losing
Art of Losing
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Price: £15.21

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars All in the name..., 10 Nov. 2006
This review is from: Art of Losing (Audio CD)
There is something distinctively Adam & The Ants about the intro song. Maybe the rattle-merchant drums? Luckily, this feeling doesn't last, but the air of rebellion does.

It does seem that one of their key ideas for maturing and cutting their cords with the younger market is to swear a lot more than before. It doesn't work - it is still as intimidating as a fluffy bunny wearing a fluffy bunny costume.

They're full of unashamed, frontal, popular teenie-bop contagious stuff; every song has the potential for people - no matter how little count of brain cells they have or tuneless tongue that they possess - to sing along whilst bouncing around. Spotting a song that doesn't have a chant, or a `hey!' or a clappy beat is few and far between and as a result all can be safely categorised as a `hey!' song, or a drippy song.

Noise from an American Hi-Fi, indeed; you couldn't get more American if you stuck an Abraham Lincoln beard on it.

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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Well alright..., 10 Nov. 2006
This review is from: Nice (Audio CD)
Some albums give some very strong images through their music and their lyrics and their feel. Admittedly, Nice projects some potent little pictures in the back of your mind and they mostly revolve around the following: Huge Harleys eating up long dusty roads; Mr Rollins being buff; women with the Rollins Band; Oil; Sweat; Suave; Clubs; Recording Studios. So the album is a cheesy, U.S.-induced release that sounds the way Henry Rollins looks.

This is an adventurous and somewhat pretentious remark, but... it's true!

Crudely, 'Nice' can be dissected into three distinct parts. 'One Shot' is a classic opener, in that it sets it all on the line, pulling no false moves. It isn't the most serious of rock tracks - roots are firmly in the leather-rebel biker rock scene and without an open mind it is almost laughable. This along with tracks such as 'What's The Matter Man' and 'We Walk Alone' make one segment.

'Up For It' follows in with funk in numbers, backed with the obligatory black backing singers. It's catchy and it boasts a catchy break beat. This and its carbon copy - 'I Want So Much More' - make the second segment.

And for the final piece to this release, there are those songs that are slightly more innovative and sharp. 'Hello', which in a nice way is reminiscent of the old hit 'Liar', is mildly addictive, 'Your Number Is One' also stands apart from others due to the distinct bass line and the cheeky fusion of jazz and rock n roll that is 'Let That Devil Out' is, well, different.

But it's all a bit tacky and Henry Rollins vocals are transparent and limited (the inlay states him to play the 'throat'). Nice is mediocre.
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Evil Heat
Evil Heat
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sleazy Synths, 10 Nov. 2006
This review is from: Evil Heat (Audio CD)
The ambient, haunting opening track `Deep Hit of Morning Sun' is packed with buzzes and crackles, building tension for Primal Scream to kick in with the Electronica Rock they are now renowned for. That is exactly what happens when the black dancefloor anthem `Miss Lucifer' bursts out.

It is a curious and particular formula that was used in the previous album but still works. Except this time more punk has trickled into the beats and the guitar. The chanting, loose vocals and the chainsaw guitars that have a painfully sharp edge that permanently compete for attention shows this work has taken much influence from punk rock groups of the 70s.

A thin boundary lay in Primal Screams' work: is it pretentious or not? `Some Velvet Morning' is the case in question, where Kate Moss and her extremely airy vocals breeze over the synths and rumbles and distant crunches, whilst the question buzzes round your head.

It is laced with delicate and diverse sounds that make the overall sound very layered, whilst the riffs are almost 12 bar blues or classic rock n roll, except - like bands such as Add N to X - the riff is rarely played on what sounds like a guitar. Rock is hidden behind the sounds of dance - it is predominantly Iggy and The Stooges playing with robots.

What Remains Inside a Black Ho
What Remains Inside a Black Ho
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Price: £14.95

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The chevvy space rocket, 10 Nov. 2006
This is freaked out 50s space-age rock `n' roll that oozes cool and live far away from such a mundane place such as Earth (Planet Quiff?). The guitars are drowned in reverb and the whammy-bar is attacked at every available opportunity, the drums are frantic American surf-style, accompanied by the occasional "Arrgh!" or "Whoowwee!" from a miscellaneous member that is immersed in the 50s influenced rock `n' roll.

Due to the very nature of instrumentals - i.e. lacking a personal depth - this will not to everyone's liking (the most vocals available are some good samples and aforementioned shouts), but is a good addition to someone's `57 Chevy sound system. Driving music it most certainly is...

However, it is exactly what it states it is - a collection of rarities and not an album. This is a collection of B-sides, that - as stated in the inlay - "were created and recorded in frequency audible to the human ear." Thank God that our brave guys got out there and retrieved them. But to many a human ear it will not make much sense due to their post-70s brains.

Price: £7.00

0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars love, love, love., 10 Nov. 2006
This review is from: Exciter (Audio CD)
The now veteran act finally return after a good four years of absence with a slightly more relaxed offering that calms the intensity that ran through Ultra. Sadly, it hasn't a thing on the aforementioned as all sense of depth and purpose is watered down but shines independently through the opening track `Dream On', modern vampire anthem `The Dead of Night' and the booming nightclub track. `I Feel Loved'.

Layered within any sound imaginable, the sound is polished, smooth, deep, professional and the very heart of them - since starting they have given a vast array of sounds from whatever latest equipment is on offer. It is an ambient mix meant for the tired return from a club. Background music to flake to (so maybe changing the gear down was intentional) and the sounds underline this.

The theme throughout the album is love: "Can you feel a little love?", "if you've suffered in love..." (Free) and titled "I Feel Loved" are examples and illustrate that it is still the primary topic that runs through Dave Gahan's musical persona.

Horse Of The Dog
Horse Of The Dog
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure filth and sleaze, 10 Nov. 2006
This review is from: Horse Of The Dog (Audio CD)
An almost ridiculous barrage of mental, short and filthy tales wrapped in rock `n' roll that lasts for a glorious 22 minutes, the extravagantly named pull off the extravagantly basic and repulsively beautiful.

There is a lot of memorable blurts from the clubsinger-meets-Misfits style vocalist, with more `Owww!'s and screams than you can shake a stick at, as guitars slice through with menacing and sometimes American southern-rock substance. The goodness `Horse of the Dog' supplies is inexpressible as the blend within the music just works and has obviously just appeared without a second thought as to what it consisted of.

They show that there still a light of the well-used rock `n' roll tunnel, and it is they who are bearing the torch, aiding those hard-edged newcomers to follow.

But: how is this band British when everything reeks of U.S swagger?

Relationship Of Command
Relationship Of Command
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Power and Pulls, 10 Nov. 2006
This review is from: Relationship Of Command (Audio CD)
The surge of power that runs through these compositions is remarkable. Set to explode, the band maintain such an intense level of energy that it

With the aid of none other than Iggy Pop, on the song `Rolodex Propaganda', it is surely to attract attention and also serves as a slap in the face that pulls back the attention.

But the stomping, destructive sound of every song - every chanted vocal line - means that things mush easily. All apart from `Non-Zero Possibility' follow a distinct pattern of gut-wrenching screams and full-on drums, slamming bass and fierce guitars. Critically, they are questionably insubstantial, but are honestly good `trashing' music.

Pure power surges through the recording, driving it on in with adrenaline until the very end. Along with bands such as ...Trail Of Dead, these guys will set the way for their genre. They're the epitome of an aggressive musical assault on the senses, but this album sadly doesn't demand to be played regularly.

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