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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Under Rated Genius
Very simple
Ginger is a genius
How he is not a major star is beyond my comprehention. Nobody has better riffs,hooks or whatever you want to call it.
Buy this album
Published on 19 Feb 2006 by Amazon Customer

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1.0 out of 5 stars Oh Dear
Well I was quite looking forward to this one, and then it arrived. Probably the biggest dissapointment since Endless Nameless.
An album with about 3 good songs, and that is about it. Ginger is probably the Prince of the riff (With Tony Iommi the King), but this album just lacks any decent ones, which is criminal. Every track sort of goes off and does it own thing and...
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Under Rated Genius, 19 Feb 2006
This review is from: VALOR DEL CORAZON (Audio CD)
Very simple
Ginger is a genius
How he is not a major star is beyond my comprehention. Nobody has better riffs,hooks or whatever you want to call it.
Buy this album
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ginger shows off his musical variety, 19 Jan 2006
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So the Wildhearts split up again (kinda split up.....again) and Ginger is faced with kicking Heroin, being dumped by his wife to be, joining and then quitting the Brides of Destruction, and being stranded in Texas. What to do under these circumstances? Well, release a double album of course!
This album essentially showcases the many varied musical styles of Ginger. The only common theme is that the man has an amazing grasp of a good tune, as ex-Wildhearts bassist Danny McCormack commented, "he can even shit good tunes".
The album starts with an Endless, Nameless-era feel to it. A simplistic dirty heavy rock tune big on the distortion. Unsurprising as the album is co-produced between Ginger and Ralph Jezzard, the man behind Endless, Nameless. This song quickly fades into a trademark happy sounding Ginger sing-along which gets you all fired up for sunshine melodies and feel-good anthems.
Next is an odd tune called G.T.T (Gone To Texas) which is an instrumental. It features the French horn, a looping bass line and one hell of a catchy riff. This melds into a song for the dumped, the anthemic Yeah Yeah Yeah with its extremely irresistible chorus of "You say you're gonna make it all up to me, I'm saying 'yeah yeah yeah'".
For me, the next few songs are growers. The pleasant This Is Only A Problem shows Ginger's love for the country way, unsurprising seeing as the album was recorded at Willie Nelson's studio and that Ginger is an unashamed Country and Western fan. I, however, am not a Country fan, so this tune is only a pleasant one. Ten Flaws down is a 8 minute long trek through country, rock and a slow laborious ending which sometimes captivates, and other times doesn't. The first disc closers of Paramour (a laid back tune about his ex having had lesbian relationships before him) and The Man Who Cheated Death (more country ballad) aren't particularly to my taste. Pleasant, but not addictive.
The second CD is by far my favourite. Starting with a 'Geordie In Wonderland'-esque drinkers hymn called "The Drunken Lord Of Everything" the listener is immediately fired up, only to be brought back down to a retrospective instrumental called L.O.V.E. (Loneliness Orchestrated Vaginal Empowerment). This song is slow, thoughtful and moulds your brain into an upset and lonely place, helped by 'Metal Dave' muttering "She said she loved me. Maybe she was lying all along?"
Another bouncy pop tune kicks in the form of "The Way" an inspirational power chorus telling you that the way doesn't have to be so hard, and stuff like that. Just when you might suspect that the whole thing is going to be inspirational and lonely tunes, Drinking In The Day time picks you up and spits you up into Rock land. It's thumping quickly changing riffs making you throw your head around in glorious appreciation.
"Keep It Cool" and "Only Lonely" are more joyous sing-a-longs which help drive the album forward, both with power chorus's to die for. If there is one thing Ginger can do better than anyone out there, it's write a chorus. "Your Mouth" is a piano based short ballad warning the subject matter that "your mouth is gonna get you killed one day". "Change" is another driving rock song with a thumping chorus. Ginger can churn these out easily and it's isn't until you sing along that you truly realise how fun the vocal melodies are.
To close Ginger whacks in two rockers and a power ballad. "My Friend The Enemy" is the rabble rouster, the adrenaline fuelled song of the righteous, it's shouty chorus snarling "and you call this living?!!". "Bulb" has obvious echoes of Ginger's glam rock band Silver Ginger 5. Extremely poppy verses, extremely sing along rock chorus and a plainly ridiculous finger tapping solo. The album closes with "Something to Believe In" which is best summed up in the lyrics "music will get you through times of no love better than love with get you through times of no music." It's over the top. It's soppy. It's not quite as good as Silver Ginger 5's "Church of the Broken Hearted" but it has a damn fine go, gospel choirs aplenty.
So, this album is a work of brilliance. Let down a little by some ordinary songs on the first disc, but when you have 17 other gems that can be overlooked. If this is the quality of material that Ginger can produce when The Wildhearts crash and burn yet again then there is much optimism for many more extraordinary albums to come. Criminally overlooked, Ginger writes songs at an extraordinary rate and if there is any justice on this planet, the release of this album will finally bring him to the mainstream attention.
It even got a review in the Sun somehow, 5 out of 5.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ginger is back!, 2 Feb 2006
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J. Clarke "w1ldheart" (Bristol, UK) - See all my reviews
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Its Ginger, what other reason could you possibly need to buy this album?
You really shouldn't need to hear what anyone else thinks before buying anything ginger releases, should all be pre-ordered, as you just know its going to be brilliant.
And it is. Great. just getting in to it and still unsure about a couple of the tracks but at the moment favourites have to be Yeah, yeah, yeah which is utterly great, This is only a problem, ugly, keep it cool.....
anyway, it should live up to all your wildhearts, SG5, break in the weather expectations, and on many tracks exceed them
good work that man
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nineteen tracks of genius from this underrated musician., 6 Jan 2006
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Chris Hall "DLS Reviews" (Cardiff, Wales) - See all my reviews
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With a supposed early release date of the 19th December 2005 for an initial small run of just a thousand copies, the album was finally delivered just after Christmas. This early release (the album has a full release on the 8th January 2006) includes two small mistakes on the artwork (miss-spelling of the album title on the spine and a weird 'V' on the back cover). These mistakes won't appear on the final released versions, making it a bit of an odd collectable item I guess. Anyway, on with the review...
The album begins with a deep carving of guitar riffage that carries along some thumping bass work, creating the album opener "Ugly". With a surprisingly funky yet dark sound, the track sends nostalgic memories racing back to the days of the 'Endless Nameless' B-Sides.
Next we fly into a truly feel good 'The Wildhearts Must Die' anthem of a track. Titled "Mother City", the song delivers some rock 'n' roll Willie Dowling sounding piano parts, addictive riffage and sing-along lyrics, producing an instant classic for Wildhearts/Ginger fans from the very first listen. You know the score by now...
Instrumental track three bounces in with some funky-funky, almost 'Clam Abuse' sounding bass riffage with some over lying 'Silver Ginger 5' style guitar work licking at the beat. Laced with samples, saxophones and trumpets, the track is a monsterous jazzy-funk-fest creating an insatiable feet tapper.
Straight in with some crunching guitar riffs, track four entitled "Yeah, Yeah, Yeah" speaks volumes for Ginger's outstanding musical writing talents. An epic crowd pleaser of a chorus is bound to become a classic for live shows to come. Still clutching on to a feel good sound, with some more down beat lyrics accompanying it, the track screams out to be played in front of a energetic audience.
Coming in with a slower sound, "This Is Only A Problem" reminds you again of the 'Must Be Destroyed" album. Some haunting guitar work, and vocal building throughout. The song is a get-yer-lighter-in-the-air, sway with the crowd and sing till your lungs burst, monster of an emotional track.
"Ten Flaws Down" flys in next. The track was the second track that has been previously available for a few months on Ginger's MySpace page on the internet. A clear album favourite, the track combines some deeply emotional lyrics with thick guitar parts until it all meets with a light-hearted chorus that swirls out old-old-Wildhearts. Just an absolute classic track that's guaranteed to please every fan.
"Paramour" slips in next, with joint vocals from Rachael (little j) Jones slipping delicately in next to our main man for the vast majority of the track. Some straight-to-the-point lyrics, that float from the song like lyrical butterflies, the track has a 'full' and well produced sound that fits in snugly at this early stage of the album.
Track eight is "The Man Who Cheated Death", which was the first track that Ginger put out on his MySpace page a fair few months back now. A beautiful, well written ballad of a Ginger track. Distinctive Geordie vocals rule over a slightly slower paced but still powerfully written country rock that delivers some simple yet almost dominating drums. This really is an album favourite. If you're going to hear one track from the CD....make it this one. And what a way to finish the first CD.
Disc two sets off to a Pogues sounding intro. "The Drunken Lord Of Everything" builds it's musical beat from the very start, layering instruments upon each other creating a cacophony of musical genius.
From the very first few seconds of track ten entitled "L.O.V.E." you know this is going to be a classic yet heart wrenching song from our ginger-dreaded musician. In fact the title is an abbreviation for 'Loneliness orchestrated vaginal empowerment', a bit of a mouthful! With guitar parts that would sound at home in the film 'Labyrinth' this quietly moody and romantic track sends spirals of carefully crafted guitar playing through an almost instrumental musical voyage.
Next up we have an upbeat rock 'n' roll track with a hefty wedge of technical guitar work and meaty backing vocals entitled "The Way". Sporting a truly Wildhearts-esq sing-along chorus, this track is likely to become a crowd favourite at live shows.
Barely a break between tracks leads us on to "Drinking In The Daytime". A rather unsubtle song about booze habits, the track starts as a slow paced down beat song but soon mounts to a hurtling riff fest of a monstrosity that boasts some of the thickest guitar sounds of any of Ginger's work. You almost expect Random John Poole to be behind some of this track, but no...all Ginger. This is a complete must for all Wildhearts fans. A hell of a track...and you thought O.C.D. held the award for mental amounts of changing riffs. It's like a miniature "Sky Babies", but not so miniature at six and a half mins in length.
Coming in at track number thirteen we have "Keep It Cool". Guitar heavy from the start, the song gives you that feel-good-wildhearts factor that I'm sure all WH fans have. Even at the first listen you'll find yourself singing along "Keep It Cool" in the chorus. More backing vox from Rachael Jones, the song flows well throughout, with some great guitar work building to mounting bridge that leads you towards a sing-along chorus that flows towards the end. Great stuff!
"Only Lonely" sounds more SilverGinger5 than anything else Gingers done. A thick slab of guitar work from the start with a meaty drum beat deals out this fast paced rock track. You can't help but strap on that air-guitar and play along Conny Bloom style. Ginger's solo work is second to none, as he shows off his talent for writing funky and addictive guitar parts. This is another one of those tracks that you just can't wait to see live.
Next we are treated to a beautiful piano piece with Ginger's vocals singing over, entitled "Your Mouth". With memories going back to the Wildhearts track "Saddend", it's a real sit back and listen song.
Thundering in next is the track "Change" that sends echos of the SG5 track "Monkey Zoo". Thumping out a very well produced guitar sound on top of some thick drumming, the song is one of those that almost demands a second listen straight away.
"My Friend The Enemy" slips in next, delivering some corking guitar work and a 'Wildhearts Must Be Destroyed" sound. Unless I'm very much mistaken, we have a sly helping of bongos in the middle that takes you spinning straight into some classic riffage that shows once again this man's talent for writing riff after riff after riff!
Next up is "Bulb" which goes back once again to the sound of SG5 days. An instant classic, so late in the album, you're going to find yourself returning to it over and over and over again. Another personal favourite from the CD, the song has a funky sound that flys into an anthem of a chorus. I can see myself demanding this little number at the local rock club and bouncing around sporting a rather fine air guitar. This is a sit in your memory track that you're going to love!
Finally we come to the last track on the album entitled "Something To Believe In". With a hefty serving of backing vocals, this beauty of a track reminds me of early Ginger work such as "Church Of The Broken Hearted". Some well placed organ adds a little extra to the songs slightly slower sound, ending this epic musical voyage.
This is certainly an album to be proud of by this hugely underrated musician. If you've been a fan of any of Ginger's work in the past then you're going to love this album. It shows a musical maturity that can only come from such a dedicated and long musical path, such as this mans career. Hats off to Ginger, what an album!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars YOU MUST BUY THIS RECORD, 12 July 2006
This review is from: VALOR DEL CORAZON (Audio CD)
People, I'd give this thing 20 stars if I could. The whole album is incredibly good. If you're a big fan of rock n roll, you gotta hear Ginger, plain and simple.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ginger's best work for a long time, 20 Aug 2006
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Ginger always seems to write his best music during the worst times of his turbulent life and this is no exception, surpassing the feel-good "Wildhearts Must be Destroyed" this album needs to be listened to a few times before things click and songs like "Drinking in the Daytime" and "My friend the Enemy" start to sound like the amazing songs they are.

With trademark Ginger catchiness and riffs "Drinking..." bringing to mind the wonderful Fishing For Luckies. The ending of this song is one of those tempo changing "I love this part.." moments that only the most under - valued UK rock songwriter around can produce.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ginger un never lets us down...., 13 Jan 2006
This review is from: VALOR DEL CORAZON (Audio CD)
Im a self confessed wildhearts/ginger fan and to me the man can do no wrong. ive followed gingers career for the last 10 years so my opinions may be a little biast but.....Thism double album contains some of the finest work ginger has done to date. there are some classic wildhearts style songs like 'bulb' 'my friend the enemy' 'drinkin in the daytime' for pure riffage, and there is a splendid variety of styles in all the songs. Listening to this album has made me re-listen to everything ginger has done previously and it fits in perfectly.
this review is not to try and convert newbies, but to reasure ginger fans that indeed....'The ginger un's still got it' and NO MISTAKE.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy This Album!, 28 Oct 2006
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Influences from all across the musical spectrum, not as 'hard' as most of Ginger's previous output, it never the less manages to excite, amaze and exceed all expectations.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ginger's Best Work!, 9 May 2007
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F. Mowbray (Larkhall, Scotland.) - See all my reviews
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This is my favourite Ginger release. For me it's better than all of his other great Wildhearts and Silver Ginger 5 albums. The production is immaculate and do the songs justice, very crisp. 'Drinking in the Daytime' has some severe riffage as does 'Ten Flaws Down', and are broken up by amazing vocal harmonies that are present in every song. 'Keep it Cool', 'Man Who Cheated Death', 'Bulb' and 'My Friend the Enemy' are all of equal brilliance, bit of air guitar in Bulb! 'Mother City' and 'Yeah Yeah Yeah' are the would-be hits, shame its a young man's game!

My ONLY qualm is the format, double albums (except in collection albums etc) are my pet hate! All the songs are good, but I rate about fourteen of them as great, and the 2 CD format just breaks up the listening pleasure. It's just splitting hairs really. This album is nothing short of incredible
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Songwriting genius, 31 Dec 2005
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MR R A JOHNSON (Leamington Spa, Warwickshire United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This album really rocks, and 19 songs for the price is excellent. Its an eclectic mixture going from rock/metal riff or rama to laid back country songs. All the songs have one thing in common - bags of melody and choruses big enough to raise the titanic. Highlights for me include Ugly, Drinking in the Daytime, Bulb, and My Friend the Enemy. Anyone who likes the Wildhearts will love this stuff.
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