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on 17 September 2004
Amplifiers eponymous debut is a fine example of modern rock with a slightly retro feel.
It is an album composed of a single mood. Melodic but downbeat with most of the tracks delivered in mid-tempo with a bass heavy, lightly fuzzy, feedbacky sound.
More of a stoner groove rather than full on rock (foot-tapping and swaying rather than vigorous headbanging) and occupying a middle ground somewhere between Pearl Jam's Ten, Soundgarden's Superunknown and Tool's Lateralus. Despite these exhalted comparisons and the fact that Conspiracy, Panzer, One Great Summer and the opener Motorhead are all very good songs, the album does just lack that killer track (hence the 4 stars rather than 5) .
My only real issue is with the extended intros and outros that appear on a few of the songs. It's the kind of over-indulgence that is ok when you are in the mood.
None the less, this is a very accomplished and confident debut and I recommend that you give it a spin.
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on 2 September 2004
Amplifiers eponymous debut is a fine example of modern rock with a slightly retro feel.
It is an album composed of a single mood. Melodic but downbeat with most of the tracks delivered in mid-tempo with a bass heavy, slightly fuzzy, feedbacky sound.
More of a stoner groove rather than full on rock (foot-tapping and swaying rather than vigorous headbanging) and occupying a middle ground somewhere between Pearl Jam's Ten, Soundgarden's Superunknown and Tool's Lateralus. Despite these exhalted comparisons and the fact that Conspiracy, Panzer, One Great Summer and the opener Motorhead are all very good songs, the album does just lack that killer track (hence the 4 stars rather than 5) .
My only real issue is with the extended intros and outros that appear on a few of the songs. It's the kind of over-indulgence that is ok when you are in the mood, but I think it will begin to irritate me after a while.
None the less, this is a very accomplished and confident debut and I recommend that you give it a spin.
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What a debut!
Amplifier have made an album worthy of placement alongside Doves 'Last Broadcast' and Elbow's 'Cast of Thousands'. It's an epic, sweeping masterpiece of a record that reaffirms your belief in music in this country of ours.
As the opening strains of Motorhead are played, you realise that this is a seriously intense record where feedback and full on sound are blended in with quality tunes.
It's difficult to pick out highlights, but 'Panzer', 'On/Off' are two good examples of how they've managed to blend their slightly spaced out lyrics with grinding tunes.
I guess if you are looking for musical genre's to put them in, think Kyuss, Elbow, Feeder, Deftones, but Amplifier have really defined their own sound and have a beautiful approachability that should see this album eventually fly off the shelves.
You've probably read the reviews in NME and Q, well, they're spot on, go for it, it's the best money you'll have spent on a new band's CD so far this year.
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on 19 May 2004
Here is a band that deserve to be heard by anyone with even a fleeting interest in guitars. This album is epic yet intricate every step of the way, with the opening of motorhead drawing you in from as early as the first few seconds, although as with all the best albums you will need to give this a few listens before you can fully appreciate it, there is too much to take in, in one go. Airborne is in my opinion the best track here, the guitars build up through this 8 and a half minute song and come to a soaring finish that will take your breath away. Sel Balamir's voacls are full of feeling and leave a british stamp on their music, reminding those of us in britain that this is a band to be truly proud of, and deserve to be up there with Muse and Radiohead in terms of cult like support from their fans. Buy this album, give it a few listens, and you won't look back I assure you.
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on 31 May 2004
A sonic mealtdown of an album from this manchester based 3 piece, envoking memories of Mother Love Bone, heavily seaped in a healthy dose of Led Zepplin and through to the power and imagery of The Black Crowes, in the way that the music is a cosmic cloud of distorted guitars, crashing drums and dreamscape vocals, it is easy to get sucked into tne soundscape they create and loose all track of time and space. The Album that will give the music world the kick it has been waiting for for far too long,
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on 18 December 2006
I thoroughly enjoyed this CD. I'd recommend it to anyone interested in modern rock/prog. To all those who already know Amplifier's work, take a listen to Monster Magnet who have a similar feel.
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on 11 June 2004
3 pieces always have a lot of sonic frequency to generate.
but Amplifier have managed this with game and imagination.
they have created an expansive and atmospheric collection of songs, all of which are exellently performed and pristinely produced, sadly much of the material here is overly derivative.
as well as lacking an intelligent melodic sense,they display little understanding of real dynamics by insisting on overlong and indulgent arrangements which simply meander.
there are certain moments however,which do arrive long after another 2 minute intro, in which Amplifier slide into a telepathic swing that moves beautifully, the grand chorus of "off/on" is epic in the most tasteful sense.
i'd be very surprised if they had'nt listened to a lot of God Machine, but as a band i've always rated as highly as any of their generation, Amplifier have shown influence of impeccable taster and was maybe why,overall i enjoyed this record.
probably more than i've just told you i did.
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on 5 December 2014
Not a bad album. Good seller.
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