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Black Fingernails, Red Wine
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 30 November 2006
If you are even of thinking of buying this album, do it...don't think about it....buy it. This album is just full fantastic songs. From the opening track Comfort You, which sounds so U2 New Years Day era it's almost worth the court going to court to admit there influences, it's so familiar yet new at the same time.

The title track is just superb, and the chorus (including the infamous Whoa)will be stuck in your head for days. As you go through the album, you realise this group is no one trick pony.

Other stand out tracks include Breaking Up, which is so radio friendly, it's painful. Setting Sun has the sort of reverb guitar sound that did Keane no harm on 'Is It Any Wonder', and again is another single in the waiting.

If you deal is simplicity, then London Bombs should satisfy. This track starts with just a simple piano and acoustic guitar. From what i gathered, the track seems to be linked into the bombing in London and family trying to track a loved one...it's simple but a very effective song.

I truely hope in reading this you want to buy it...because to me the UK has missed out on what i consider to be an absolute classic of an album. If you are after the next big thing, it's here waiting to entertain..and don't get me going on there other album....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 30 November 2006
Alongside Wolfmother, Eskimo Joe are the current darlings of the Australian music press. The single Black Fingernails, Red Wine is consistently being voted as the best song release in 2006 and for good reason. It's a dark, moody, catchy and lyrically interesting song that will you will find humming a few days later without knowing what it is you're humming. The rest of the album continues in much the same vein with big sing-a-long choruses. Whether or not they'll make it big in the UK is uncertain, but this is certainly a record that gives them a fighting chance.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 13 August 2006
Forget Rolf, forget Waltzing Matilda, Eskimo Joe is Australian music you'll want to listen to. A great sound, mainstream pop/rock music in a similar way to Oasis. Good lyrics sung well with good music in the background. I bought it in Oz a month ago and haven't stopped listening to it.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 3 March 2013
A few years back I was on a mini tour of Australia and there was song on the radio constantly that I hadn't heard before. That song was Black Fingernails, Red Wine and the band was Eskimo Joe. I bought the album for a friend and then a second copy for myself. A few months later in London we saw them live - surrounded by Aussies. Great night. Quite why they haven't been bigger over here I will never know.

This is rock music, no frills and is reminiscent of many guitar bands. Nothing too heavy, just some great tunes with piano, guitars and vocals. The title track is a stomping number which sounds bitter and joyous at the same time. Its a stop start affair which doesn't at first seem to be memorable but lingers long after. Beating Like A Drum combines the bass and drums well to deliver a taut number. Sarah crashes about to great effect. Think a noisier Coldplay and you are close.

This is one album which works well from start to finish. It should have been bigger than it was. However, seek it out and discover a great Aussie band and a very strong album
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on 5 August 2010
Opens with the slightly Keaneish piano lead 'Comfort You' (virtually instrumental); 2nd track 'New York' is a beautiful example of their epic approach - melodic & powerful as Kav's voice suddenly shifts into another dimension; the title track 'Black Fingernails, Red Wine' owes more to INXS & Icehouse 80s rock style sounds; 4th track 'Breaking Up' is again melodic & powerful - a piano led epic piece (reminds of 80s Aussie band Choirboys); 'Setting Sun' maintains the pace then 'London Bombs' is very moving - with strings, acoustic guitars, reverb guitars, keyboards plus Kav's soulful distinctive voice creates this into an album highlight; 'Sarah' and 'This Is Pressure' continues matters; 'Beating Like A Drum' reminds of The Triffids & is a darker sound; 11th track 'Suicide Girl' is another highlight even if the subject matter is not so good. 12th & final number is the apt 'How Does It Feel?' with an epic end to the album even if slightly tragic. Highly recommended & for me just misses out on a 5 because of a slight lack of originality...but in any case really excellent.
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on 22 July 2007
I can't recommend this highly enough. I bought it on somewhat of a whim, after hearing just one track, and in part because of the positive reviews already on here.

I've now got the first two albums as well and am playing them to death. The band are already clearly popular in Australia, and are touring in the USA this summer - I just hope other people in the UK get to hear and appreciate this album too. Every single song is a gem, from "London Bombs" which breaks your heart, to the title track which makes you sing along to the chorus at the top of your voice.

I'm so glad I discovered this band. Buy the album NOW!
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on 21 September 2011
I discovered Eskimo Joe by accident but they are such a great band. This was the first Eskimo Joe album I bought and I love it. The best tracks on the album in my opinion are London Bombs, Black Fingernails Red Wine, Sarah and New York.
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on 26 December 2009
Fantastic album with a feel good factor +10.

I highly recommend this cd to everyone.
Perfect dreamy summertime vibes.. even perfect in wintertime too!
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