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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars C'mon C'mon
"Pawn Shoppe Heart" is the follow up to The Von Bondies' debut album "Lack of Communication" and doesn't stray too far from it's precursor; that said it is hard to find serious fault with any song on here. "C'mon C'mon", the first single release from the album, was clearly chosen for its anthemnic qualities and is perhaps the signature track of the album - boosted by...
Published on 22 Feb 2004 by Marrissey

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3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Decent Album
Comparisons to the White Stripes are only natural. I think the Von Bondies put out a much different style than the White Stripes, but on Pawn Shoppe Heart, they tend to lack the focus. After the sixth song, the album really slows down, though crawl through the darkness and right of way are okay songs. Each song somehow gives a slightly different style - like the inherent...
Published on 14 Feb 2004 by Jerome Levitch


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4.0 out of 5 stars C'mon C'mon, 22 Feb 2004
This review is from: Pawn Shoppe Heart (Audio CD)
"Pawn Shoppe Heart" is the follow up to The Von Bondies' debut album "Lack of Communication" and doesn't stray too far from it's precursor; that said it is hard to find serious fault with any song on here. "C'mon C'mon", the first single release from the album, was clearly chosen for its anthemnic qualities and is perhaps the signature track of the album - boosted by Stollsteimer's vocals, slightly reminiscent of Jim Morrison and even more so a more soulful and forceful Jack White. However, "C'mon C'mon" is backed up by a series of catchy tunes - not least "Not That Social", where Carrie Smith (the bassist) takes the vocals to give the Von Bondies almost a Blondie feel! Indeed, "Pawn Shoppe Heart" does seem to lend itself fairly heavily to its predecessors, much like a lot of stuff coming out of Detroit, but this is not such a bad thing when executed with such style and panache. Indeed, "Been Swank" and "Tell Me What You See" would almost be at home on the next Strokes album, and in "Pawn Shoppe Heart" the Von Bondies really do seem to have captured what's good from the past and blended it with the Detriot cool of tomorrow - definitely an early contender for album of the year.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not the White Stripes, 19 Mar 2004
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This review is from: Pawn Shoppe Heart (Audio CD)
If you're looking for a new White Stripes album this isn't it and that's no bad thing.
This is very different and very good. The album does take a few listens to get into, but once you've put the effort in you are rewarded. Tracks like C'mon C'mon and Been Swank are standout but the rest really grow on you. I've had trouble getting this out of my CD player since I bought it and would recommend to anyone who wants to get into different Detroit groove.
I can't wait to see them live in April.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a von bondies convert!!!!, 15 Jun 2004
This review is from: Pawn Shoppe Heart (Audio CD)
ABSOLUTELY amazing album!!!! If you only buy 1 album this year, make it this one. Jason Stollsteiner on vocals is awesome, a cross between jim morrison and mark bolan with a bit of gravel thrown in for good measure.
There is not 1 weak song on this album which is testament to the superbly drafted lyrics and catchy guitar riffs which will have you reaching for your airguitar straight away (not in a cheesy status quo kinda way, think more led zeppelin). I urge anyone not to nod there head or tap there foot while this albums playing because it's IMPOSSIBLE!!
In short buy this album now i promise you, you will not be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short, energetic and power-packed!, 19 Sep 2004
This review is from: Pawn Shoppe Heart (Audio CD)
This is a superb and in my opinion superior album to 'Lack of Communication', which was produced by ex-friend Jack White, from the White Stripes. Comparisons between the two are inevitable. Like with the White Stripes, drums are critical. Bon Blums work is far superior to that of Meg White and is extremely powerful and to the forefront throughout, he's the star in this band! Their sound is punky, raw and dark. Stollsteimers vocals are powerful and his high tempo work on the guitar makes this a cracking album. The two female singers (Carrie Smith and Marcie Bolen) offer a nice contrast with their backing vocals. Smith sings the lead on track 7. The best song is probably 'C'mon C'mon', other great songs are 'Poison Ivy' and 'No Regrets'. All the songs are short, energetic and power-packed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Short, energetic and power-packed!, 14 Sep 2004
This review is from: Pawn Shoppe Heart (Audio CD)
This is a superb and in my opinion superior album to 'Lack of Communication', which was produced by ex-friend Jack White, from the White Stripes. Comparisons between the two are inevitable. Like with the White Stripes, drums are critical. Bon Blums work is far superior to that of Meg White and is extremely powerful and to the forefront throughout, he's the star in this band! Their sound is punky, raw and dark. Stollsteimers vocals are powerful and his high tempo work on the guitar makes this a cracking album. The two female singers (Carrie Smith and Marcie Bolen) offer a nice contrast with their backing vocals. Smith sings the lead on track 7. The best song is probably 'C'mon C'mon', other great songs are 'Poison Ivy' and 'No Regrets'. All the songs are short, energetic and power-packed!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Raw POWer!, 29 Jan 2004
This review is from: Pawn Shoppe Heart (Audio CD)
Talk about upping your ante! The new album by Detroit darlings The Von Bondies is better than 'Elephant'. Fact. Unlike their Detroit rivals, (The White Stripes) this boy-girl combo have made an album that feels complete. Want proof? Take a listen to it, and then try not to play the whole thing over again but just a little louder. It's completely addictive stuff, full of glam ramshackled punk and crooning. Jason Stollsteimer is possibly the most beautiful man in rock and his vocal delivery is there to match his perfect pout.
The primal cry of first single, 'C'Mon, C'Mon' hurls along at 300 miles-per-hour, and then takes a quick breath before launching into the depths of garage with 'Tell Me What You See'. The tongue-in-cheek 'Been Swank' takes a swipe at Detroit scene stalwart Ben Swank, but it's all good fun.
He may have been beaten black-and-blue but our Jace has answered back in no uncertain terms with this showcase album. It reveals the urgency of The Von Bondies live performance, and their understanding of what makes Detroit sound, well, so 'Detroit'. Not since Iggy released 'Raw Power' has mid-west America sounded so dirty, and so much fun. Go buy this.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Glam..glam..glam...good...good..good...C'mon..C'mon!, 9 Mar 2004
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This review is from: Pawn Shoppe Heart (Audio CD)
Jason Stollsteimer howls on this record...he howls at the moon..at his girl ...at life in Detroit City.....a deep,guttural beast of a voice and it really supercharges this glam-rock love-in.
Thats not to say that the music is weak either,simple four to the floor garage-rock dominates but there are slower,cleverer tracks too,almost voodoo-garage at points.
Its almost impossible not to enjoy this album...buy it now!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Detriot Blues?, 23 Jan 2004
This review is from: Pawn Shoppe Heart (Audio CD)
The Von Bondies return with a magical new album, and proof that they are here to stay. There is no denying the commerical leanings of the album - "Lack of Communication" it isn't. But, it doesn't pretend to be. The album is produced to a much higher standard and the recording quality is above and beyond their previous efforts. If you buy one album this year - buy this. It is worth if for C'mon, C'mon alone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pawn Shoppe Plus!!!!, 25 May 2009
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This review is from: Pawn Shoppe Heart (Audio CD)
A great album with cracking feedback and punchy guitar tracks. Track 3 is an absolute corker with the others not far behind in quality. Managed to trace this album after some of the songs featured on the movie: "9 Songs"(Which is also a must for fans of indie/rock music).
Fans will love it, newcomers will be like it. Buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good, 12 Jun 2012
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This review is from: Pawn Shoppe Heart (Audio CD)
This is album is awesome. You will not be disappointed. Every song is superb!! Go on buy it!! What your ears were designed for!!
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