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5.0 out of 5 stars A hope for the British Music industry, 7 Jun 2004
This review is from: The Lost Riots (Audio CD)
Do you know when you hear a track for the first time and the hairs on the back of your neck stand up? well listening to the Hope Of The States debut single 'Black Dollar Bills' for the first time did exactly that. Then came Enemies/Friends .... then I was hooked, a great new band had arrived, and I couldn't wait for the album.
On listening to 'The Last Riots' I can't remember the last time an album was injected with so many emotional up's and down's and a bucket full of political anger thrown in for good measure. I was devastated when I heard guitarist Jimmi Lawrence committed suicide, it seemed such a tragic end to a young mans beginning and I can't comprehend or understand why someone so talented would even consider such an act. Somehow the band picked themselves up and finished production on their musical masterpiece 'The Last Riots' to which Jimmy Lawrence was so dedicated to. I honestly can't recommend this album enough, from the guitar swirling cinematic opening 'The Black Amnesias' to it's tender finale '1776'.
To pick out a couple of tracks as highlights might seem unfair considering all the tracks on the album are important, musically beautiful and lyrically a sign of our times, but I must point out the stand out tracks. 'Enemies/Friends' , 'Black Dollar Bills' & 'Goodhorsehym' are simply some of the best pieces of music ever put to plastic. Everybody who likes serious music should go out, buy a copy & just listen to a band who must have hit their prime, I know as ridiculously as it sound, it can't get much better than this ... can it ?.
Influences are array on this album, lets just say if you like Mercury Rev, Sigor Ros, The Verve & The Sleepy Jackson's 'Lovers' album (another equally stunning album), you won't fail to be impressed.
All in all 'The Last Riots' is a superb album, and more importantly a superb British album, maybe after all I won't glance across the atlantic as much and look to the likes of Mercury Rev, The Flaming Lips and the Polyphonic Spree to produce shimmering beauty.
Ohh and by the way ... after the final track keep the CD running, there's a 13th track, I dont know what it's called but what's strange is, I can't understand why such a fantastic song didn't get a track listing.
Enjoy 'The Last Riots' theres very little quality about these days ......
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