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4.4 out of 5 stars
The Sound of ... McAlmont & Butler
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 22 January 2004
I re-discovered this glorious piece of music recently whilst thumbling through tapes when stuck in traffic. How glad I was to be stuck in traffic because this is a complete gem... a lot of people who do know of McAlmont and Butler will know of them because of the massive hit, 'Yes', but thats the first track and only the start of something very special indeed. Bursting with highlight tracks and standout moments, 'Whats the excuse this time?' and 'The Debitor' are both splendidly imaginative groovers, while 'Dissapointment', with its soul-funk feel gradually builds into respectable pop-anthem status. The highlight for me has to be the simply wonderful 'How About You?' which has a soaring summer melody capable of breaking many a heart, but the whole consistancy and mood of the album is a credit to 2 fantastic artists in their own right in a fascinating collaboration.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 25 February 2001
David McAlmont's vocals and former Suede guitarist Bernard Butler combine beautifully to make this album a special pop moment - on songs like 'Yes' and 'You Do', the pair make the best music of either of their careers. Personal differences led to their split very soon after this album, making this a once-off opportunity. If you've never heard it, get hold of it - its really not to be missed. Magic.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 6 March 2001
99% of my cassettes are in a big box in the cupboard, only a few of them have lasted from the time I bought my CD player. One of them is the first Portishead album and the other is this masterpiece.
Starting on a high with 'yes' the album continues for an hour with some of the best music you will ever hear.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 July 2008
Again, as always, I owned this on tape in the '90s and binned it. Bought it the other day and it's still stunning. I was mortified when they initially fell out, but glad they patched things up, although I never did hear the follow-up record.

Make no mistake, there are a few absolutely astonishing tracks on this CD that are worth it's purchase alone; Yes, You Do, Although, etc.

It's a work of beauty and will be on my ipod and hifi for years to come. I still can't get my head around McAlmont's vocal range and Butler's playing. Plus the '60s slightly Spector-ish production. Oh it's a dream.

Buy it & treasure it, especially at that price.
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on 3 April 2012
I bought this CD back in 1997 after hearing the fantastic "Yes". Even now, 15 years later, the entire album is still a constant delight and never away from my stereo for more than a couple of months. Singing along to the incredibly emotional lyrics and trying to match McAlmont's swooping vocals have brought me some very strange looks in many a traffic jam, but it is such an incredible collection of music that just I can't help myself. There's not a bad track on the album (although obviously I have my favourites among them) and the mood switches from despair to exhilaration and everything in between without jarring the ear. It takes you on a bitter-sweet emotional journey and gives a quick flash of what legendary musical pairing this could have been. Undoubtably one of the most overlooked albums of the 90s. I secretly judge people's musical taste by whether or not they have heard of McAlmont & Butler.
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VINE VOICEon 15 January 2009
It is so good to read so many rave reviews of this great and unexpectedly neglected masterpiece from the end of the last century. It is a true test of an album to pluck it out again after so long ~ why have I not played it again in so long?? and discover it like it was the first time. David McAlmont's voice is such a rare and beautiful thing and is so for real as I saw him at a tiny venue in Brighton singing his wonderful heart out ably accompanied by the magnificent Mr Butler.
I think it must be a time for a reissue or at the very least a re- evaluation of what made the nineties not really so bad after all
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on 27 September 2014
It is going to sound a bit like a cop out but this album was bought at random on the strength of hearing a track played on the radio. In truth it is not really my cup of tea but there is absolutely nothing wrong with it. Production levels are high, performances are fine it's just not engaging to my ears. Sorry guys it is me and I'm certain that many many people will love it.
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on 4 August 2015
Yes, two brilliant stand out tunes.. the rest is poor by comparison. 'You do' and 'Yes' sold the album but I struggled to find another track worth mentioning. He's got a brilliant voice and that is some great guitar work but.. no, not worth more than three stars
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on 26 August 2013
I loved McAlmont & Butler first time round & they haven't lost their appeal. David McAlmont has a fantastic voice & I never tire of listening to him. "Yes" sounds as good now as it did in 1995.
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on 19 January 2015
i think sound of mcalmont voice is fantastic. but im sorry to say i can only give this album 5 out of 10. but i must say the more i listen to it. it is starting to grow on me. joe uk
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