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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hugh goes back to basics
This is a rock n roll album by Hugh. After the mellow Beyond Elysian Fields, Hugh and his band come back with a fine no nonsense rock album. Highlights for me are Rain on the River, Slowboat to Trowbridge and Bangin On. This album is well worth checking out. Hugh's back to his best!
Published on 17 Dec 2008 by Stockers

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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Always worth a listen
All HC's stuff is well worth a listen and this is no exception. he doesn't seem to care much about fans or giving them what they want and this is a good thing otherwise there'd be no progress. There are some good songs on this, and some not so good, and some that certainly will stick in your head. Within you or without you is one, let down as usual by the frankie howard...
Published on 16 July 2008 by Il Papa


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hugh goes back to basics, 17 Dec 2008
This review is from: Hoover Dam (Audio CD)
This is a rock n roll album by Hugh. After the mellow Beyond Elysian Fields, Hugh and his band come back with a fine no nonsense rock album. Highlights for me are Rain on the River, Slowboat to Trowbridge and Bangin On. This album is well worth checking out. Hugh's back to his best!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great threesome, 21 Aug 2009
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C. S. Grant (London & Essex) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Hoover Dam (Audio CD)
This was bought on the basis of seeing Hugh and his band at the BasFest in Essex, despite his attempts to encourage the crowd to download the album for free. The DVD which comes with this very decently priced 2 disc album adds to the "live" experience, as many tracks are played live in the studio. Caroline Campbell who plays bass on the album (and backing vocals) is one of the best live bass players I have ever seen. The CD may not quite do her justice, but the DVD does more so. The album itself is more like a rocking Stranglers album, but without keyboards. Again, if you see Caroline live, you will know why a keyboard player is not required. For the album though, I think keyboards would have possibly made this into a 5 star "Stranglers-like" album. A very good album, but maybe not as good as Hi Fi or Beyond Elysian Fields.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Raw Rock, 22 Mar 2011
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Phil Rogers (Bournemouth, UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Hoover Dam (Audio CD)
The music industry seems to be run by executives who think they know what the public want, or think they have to tell the public what they want. Hugh Cornwell is in the enviable position of being able to completely bypass and ignore those executives and produce music that HE wants to make. Consequently, Hooverdam is a collection of raw rock music that harks back to the punk era from which Hugh and The Stranglers emerged, without actually being punk rock.

This entire album has been available for free download from Hugh's website since its release, but of course, with this set, you get live versions on the DVD as well. personally, I like the idea of a "physical" album complete with disc and sleeve art rather than downloads. So I downloaded it to check it out and then bought the album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hugh's best in a long time, 5 Dec 2009
This review is from: Hoover Dam (Audio CD)
For the first time in ages HC has released an album in which he seems to be having a bit of fun whilst playing, and the result is a marked improvement on other recent albums.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outrageous prices here......, 6 Dec 2011
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K. Russell (Hell) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Hooverdam [VINYL] (Vinyl)
Check Hughs official website and get the cd or vinyl at a fraction of the price. And the album's great! His best since leaving you know who........
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hugh Cornwell's on form and happy!, 13 Dec 2008
This review is from: Hoover Dam (Audio CD)
Kept playing Hugh Cornwell's latest album "Hooverdam" on repeat as its such a quality hard rocking album in places that is reminescent of The Kinks and The Who as each track bar the good instrumental "Philip K Riduclous" are simple and catchy enough to warrant a few repeated plays notably "Please Don't Put Me on the slow boat to trowbridge" and "Delightful Nightmare" which illustrates the effectiveness of being in a bad of three people as the quality of Caroline Campbell's bass playing matches the sublime guitar thrills of Hugh Cornwell's instrument backed up with solid drumming by Chris Bell.

The good thing about this album is that its not let down by any attempts at experimenting just Hugh sticking to the tried and tested formula of keeping things simple for us to remain interested.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars cool song writing, 9 Jun 2009
forgot what a great songwriter Hugh is, great to come across a well written album that has not been "hyped" onto the market. Up the reality-tv talentless rubbish, check this out.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best album by Hugh or the Stranglers for about 30 years, 26 Nov 2009
This review is from: Hoover Dam (Audio CD)
This is a fantastic album. Real music - recorded live in a studio and not messed about with afterwards. It's a complete joy to listen to. Like going down the pub and hearing a really talented, tight band who love playing. Hugh has achieved something here. The songs are excellent and the arrangements work really well. It's sounds like an album that they have been playing for years. It's easy to make a good album when your young and got everything to prove. But when you've done it already it's much more difficult. Nice one Hugh - I'm looking forward to the next one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure British Genius, 27 April 2013
This review is from: Hoover Dam (Audio CD)
Such a great album and a perfect example of pure British rock n roll at it's best. Great melodies, great lyrics and great musicianship from Caz, Chris and, of course, Hugh, who is still one of Britain's premier songsmiths. Buy it!
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Always worth a listen, 16 July 2008
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Il Papa (Vatican City) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Hoover Dam (Audio CD)
All HC's stuff is well worth a listen and this is no exception. he doesn't seem to care much about fans or giving them what they want and this is a good thing otherwise there'd be no progress. There are some good songs on this, and some not so good, and some that certainly will stick in your head. Within you or without you is one, let down as usual by the frankie howard school pun and a smattering of good old misogyny. Some things never change (to coin a phrase).

It's not the flawless masterpiece that the other review by "Ossian" seems to think it is (a curiously over-the-top review that, with insider knowledge about the album, studiously avoiding calling HC an "old" rocker...hmmm. I'm not convinced that review was an entirely independent or objective effort).
The songs - as on the last album - have a sort of sparse quality about them and seem to need another instrument - another guitar, or keyb...no maybe not.
Anyway, the album can be downloaded for free from the website. Whether it is worth paying extra for a DVD about the album I'm not so sure.
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