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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 15 January 2004
Well here it is ladies and gentlemen,for me, the most anticipated album of last year and can I just say that not only was I not dissapointed, I was SHOCKED!!!.
This album is not , I believe, what anyone was expecting. With their first album "Leaving Through The Window" (which by the way if their was ever an album that screamed "teenage years" at everyone who listened, then this was it), displayed such raw talent for catchy songwriting, that you were almost worried that the follow up could've been so similair that you would've been dissapointed.
So then they bring this to the table and turn things up to 11.If the first CD was about Youth then this CD is definatley about Growth and moving from the person you were to the person that you need to be. The Piano definatley takes much more of a leading role on this album with Andrews (much improved vocals), the guitars have a much more pounding,defined sound which compliments the often soaring piano notes suprisingly well.
Standout tracks :- "She paints me blue" (For me the best song of last year) "Space" "Ruthless" "Watch the sky" "Miss America"
If you want uplifting, soaring rock buy this cd and I would bet you anything that you'll be smiling and nodding your head like everyone else.
Gi
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 3 November 2003
North is a great album and I feel sad that it has received so much criticism from the band's fans. Something Corporate's sound has matured and mellowed and I think this is a good thing. The last thing we needed was another LTTW. There are truly beautiful songs like 'Me and the Moon' and 'Miss America' and more catchy songs like 'space' and 'only ashes'. There is much more piano music in this album and Andrew’s voice is becoming really amazing. Something Corporate have produced yet another brilliant album that is different from their previous work but just as good.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 30 October 2003
After getting hooked on their previous album, I thought that this album had alot to live up to and had doubts but it's brilliant. Tracks such as 'As You Sleep', 'Only Ashes' and of course one of my favourite tracks 'Space' have a certain kick to them, whereas tracks such as 'Unravel' are calmer, and relaxing with extremely emotionally lyrics. Infact, all the lyrics on this album are well written, I invite anyone who enjoyed the album 'Leaving Through the Window' to at least listen to this, Something Corporate will entertain you and you'll love it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 23 November 2005
I myself am a musician, and something corporate where recommended to me about a year ago. I got the album last christmas and now after a year of it being in my cd player most of the time... i can honestly write a review.
"Amazing" simply isnt good enough to describe this album... "Something of genius" isn't respectable enough. "Something that came down from heaven" just doesnt some up how good it is.
The vocals are crisp and clear, the piano is in perfect motion and the guitars just rule. The drums are fantastic and fit the song perfectly and the bass simply kicks ass. A talented group, a a pleasure to listen to.
Every single track on this album is truely amazing, the piano is just right the effects are perfect. And his voice is so clear and never out of key.
This album is perfect.
Even if your not a fan of the punk/americainrock/emo/indie scene i have yet to find a metal fan, a rap fan, a dance fan or even a classical fan that does not enjoy this album. I now own all there albums and can honestly say this is the best... in LTTW SoCo where trying to find there sound, experimenting with rocky pieces, piano pieces and acoustic pieces. In this album they found there sound... a little bit of everything. The first something corporate song i listened to was "break myself" and i never look back on that moment... except in wonder.
Sure its not the most complicated tune, or the most heavy tune. Its a perfect tune
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 November 2003
Lttw is one of my all time favourite albums, with Hurricane being my favourite song of all time, so you could so I was anxious to hear the new SoCo album. North is fantastic!! Every single song apart from the last song is great.
1. As you sleep : A good solid opener with awesome piano
2. Space : Their first single of the album, one of the standout tracks
3. Down : Great singing from Andrew, and a good tune
4. Only Ashes : One of the faster ones with an excellent chorus
5. Me and the Moon : Second best song on the album, really good
6. The runaway : My favourite after the first listen, really catchy
7. Ruthless : another stand out track
8. She paints me blue : Happy catchy song, Andrew's singing is great
9. Break Myself : My favourite track, this song HAS to be played loud!
10. I won't make you : Good slow song
11. 21 and Invincible : Sounds more like Lttw stuff, really good
12. Miss America : Another quality song, needs more than one listen
13. Watch the sky : A really good song, cool piano
14. Unravel : ummm, the only track I cant listen to
North is a great album, although it is not the same style as LTTW, its a turn for the better in my opinion and North is awesome. if you havent listened to Something Corporate before though, buy their first album ; )
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 9 October 2003
Something Coporate have been a favourite of mine for a few years now, and news of a new album was quite literally music to my ears. I have heard previews of a number of tracks, especially the first single, Space, and i can deffinitely say, without a doubt, that they have done it again. Following on from the brilliant leaving throught the window in magnificant form, piano and punk has never sounded so good. Buy ANYTHING from the band and you will be pleased, buy everything and you will be addicted like me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 November 2003
This is a crucial album for Something Corporate. LTTW was an incredible 1st album to release, therefore the followup needed to cement their position as a great band rather than a one album band (ala Eve 6 - Horoscope!). SC and Andrew McMahon have grown up with this album and the quality of production is noticable, from vocals through to use of strings on tracks such as The Runaway. A great mix of slow and fast tracks that capture the imagination from the start of the album right through. SC's albums should be in anyone's CD collection, I have also had the pleasure of seeing them live in a small hall and was one of the best live shows I have ever seen. An exceptional followup.
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on 1 September 2005
I thought 'Leaving Through The Window' was good, this blew me away, it truly did, the variety in songs and the pure genius of Andrew McMahon behind the piano. 'As You Sleep' is a fantastic song to show the brilliance of Andrew McMahon behind the piano. He is one of the most talnted pianists not on the classical or pop side of music that i have heard in a good few years. 'Space' comes straight after 'As You Sleep' and instantly shows a huge difference, 'Space' is much more revolved around the guitars. Its fantastic, but not as good as 'As You Sleep'. 'Me and The Moon' is a brilliant tale of a wife, driven to insanity by her seemingly unloving and uncaring husband, causing her to murder him. It is lyrically perfect. I have seen a video performance of 'Me and the Moon' with JUST the piano and none of the percussion or guitars, Andrew is just magnificent. All of this album is deserving of the money, one of the best albums that i have bought this year, and it shows the growth of the band since 'Leaving Through The Window'. Andrew has grown as a vocalist, and the rest of the band has also grown as musicians.
I will continue to love Something Corporate and hope for a release sometime in the future. I wish Andrew McMahon a full and speedy recovery from Acute Lymphatic Leukemia with which he has suffered for months now. Get well Andrew, and good luck for the future.
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on 9 November 2003
I thought SCs new album was absolutely fantastic. I havn't really found any tracks on the CD that I don't like. I brought the CD and havn't stopped playing it since. The really sad thing is, I have found that not that many people have heard of SC. Infact everyone I have asked has never heard of them, but loves their music when they hear them.
From this album I would say the best track is impossible to pick, I like the first three alot ("As you sleep", "Space", Down) but I also love many other tracks such as "She Pains Me Blue" and "I wont make you".
The lyrics are fantastic also, I think everyone can relate to SCs music and their style, no matter your mood you can pick up this album and play it. Go on a road trip and sing along with Something Corporate, "When the first star you see my not be a star."
Congratulations on a great album guys.
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on 2 May 2004
Anyone who loved the first album will NOT be dissapointed with North. Its first track, although a lot like 'save you', kick starts the album with great piano playing and improved vocals from andrew. The rest is possibly even better... though one or two are a bit slow for me inc unravel. Also if you liked the tracks little and drunk girl on lttw, North improves them with similar songs, 'watch the sky' and '21 and invindible'...which are my favs on this album.
Overall this is possibly better than theyre first kik ass dubut and shows off the bands improved vocals, fantastic piano playing and a more grown up approach with songs such as 'me and the moon'.
The lyrics are still the best of any band and the songs will be whizzing round your head for months.
4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13 are greeaaattt
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