4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 3 June 2004
The biggest tragedy here is that Amplifier probably won't get the exposure that they merit. This explosive and powerful debut is not only one of the best rock albums of recent times but also one of the best British albums I've heard lately.
The music is big, that's the only word for it. Huge wide soundscapes of multi layered guitar, bass and drums, overlaid with clear soulful vocals. Not a duff moment in the whole 71 minutes, a real rarity today.
For reference, you could say that the Amplifier sound has Soundgarden's drive, Pearl Jam's grit, Mogwai's atmosphere, a bit of psychedelia and a little magic of their own.
I first came across them as a support band and I was bowled over by the sheer power of their live performance. The only other band I've seen with as much guts is Muse. Like Muse, Amplifier are also a 3 piece. The album captures ths spirit well.
Amazing stuff and deserves every one of the 5 stars.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 16 May 2004
This is, quite simply, a wonderful album. Some of you may have heard the magnificent album by Oceansize, Effloresce (which is also essential)- if you like that, you'll love this. Im not sure whether it has something to do with the fact that both Amplifier and Oceansize are from Manchester and are friends, but the truth is, this is brilliant music.
My favourite songs are Motorhead, Panzer, Old Movies and The Consultancy, but this album flows with such consistency that it's impossible not to just listen to it all in one go, again and again. If you love loud rock music, look no further. And even if you like softer music, this has some pretty excellent melodies. I dont know if you can even compare this to other bands, Amplifier play it their own way. Maybe you could say they are a cross between Tool, Cave In, Hundred Reasons, Pink Floyd, Audioslave, and Radiohead. But that's as close as I can get. Listen for yourself.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 10 May 2004
Wow! Prepare yourself for an epic journey. I hadn’t read a bad review of this album and now I know why!! It is an immense monster of an album and it’s hard to believe that this is the debut from three British lads. The musicianship is first class and where some bands are then let down, this band has a strength in a lead singer whose heartfelt vocals add to the layers of guitars and drums.
From opening track ‘Motorhead’ you are grabbed and rather than the album refusing to let go, you are compelled to listen as you are taken along by the stirring melodies and hypnotic beats of tracks such as ‘Old Movies’ through to the climax of closing track ‘UFO’, wondering where it will take you to next and trust me its worth staying around to find out for yourself.
This could be a dark horse for debut of the year. This band is taking you on an emotional trip and they deserve to make it big for having the courage of their convictions to go for it. If you are a fan of music that moves you then you could do a lot worse than listen to this!