Bread and Circuses CD
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Having been nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 2007 with their debut Hats Off To The Buskers and then followed that up with their critically-acclaimed sophomore album Which Bitch? in 2009, The View release their third album Bread And Circuses. Featuring "Sunday," complete with a synth/drum machine opening as well as first single proper "Grace," a raucous and anthemic tour-du-force that is sure to soundtrack the summer ahead, Bread And Circuses sees The View back to their most gripping and exuberant best. Overseen by producer Youth (The Verve’s Urban Hymns)--the first two albums having been produced by Owen Morris--this album saw The View decamp to London’s Britannia Studios for the first time with a whole batch of songs ready to go.
The strict release structure of modern rock music – one album every couple of years, band dropped if they’re not serious contenders by album three – has encouraged the more stylistically ambitious acts to forget it took The Beatles seven albums to go from Please Please Me to Revolver and attempt a similar giant leap in just two. Such a band were Dundee’s The View, whose impressive but indigestible 2009 second album Which Bitch? was a sprawling hour meshing their melodic rock finesse with mariachi punk, pirate operettas, flute shanties and intoxicated brass experiments. An admirable folly, but for the pop pixies behind Wasted Little DJs, too much too soon.
So it’s refreshing to find them consolidate their not inconsiderable talents on third album Bread and Circuses, trimming the eclectic fat down to the lean power rock meat. Sharpened by producer Youth’s insistence that the band enunciate clearly and coloured a purpling scarlet by Kyle Falconer’s stories of love, drugs and violence on the streets of Dundee ("I’ve had so many hidings in the city that it’s stopped being rare," goes rollicking first single Grace, whole Tragic Magic is an enlightened take on the weekend drug binge and the punter/dealer dynamic), The View find an intensity and focus that gives these 12 tunes an irrepressible punch while still allowing them the indulgence of the odd fairground carousel or slinky blues middle eight when the fancy takes them.
Bread and Circuses, then, is where The View’s ambition gels seamlessly with their ability and strengths, and magic results. Girl is a jubilant hoedown about an annoying neighbour who’d regularly crash Kyle’s smoking sessions and nick all his gear; Life is as close as four blootered Scotsmen have ever come to a Take That torch song; the raucously romantic Underneath the Light makes pulling a groupie at a fist-swinging club gig sound like the stuff of a Richard Curtis rom-com. By the time Friend turns a classic case of cock-block ("The girl that I’ve been speaking to all night / Has left me for my friend") into an anti-religion funk disco number and Blondie and Sunday make effervescent stabs at being modern indie versions of Girls Just Want to Have Fun and St Elmo’s Fire respectively, The View’s thrill at their own limitless creativity has left little room for filler.
Their most coherent, alive and plain best album yet concludes with a stately and defiant epic called Best Lasts Forever – full of bravado for their own brilliance and longevity – and a playful oompah coda called Witches, its solos played on paper and comb. So you see, lads, it is possible to be fun and fantastic.
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Top Customer Reviews
Personal favourite songs here include the perfect-for-rocking-out 'Tragic Magic', the insanely feel-good track 'Underneath the Lights', the brilliantly catchy 'Friend', and the cool, should-have-been hit single 'Grace', which was apparently written by View's frontman Kyle Falconer about the guitarist Pete Reilly's neighbours downstairs, and their noise complaints against him. There's a slower, more serious gem to be found with 'Life', which they do really well.
I love these guys, and I'm not ashamed to say it. Despite the fact that I still don't think that they receive the full credit and long-running chart success that they deserve, they do have a loyal following. With The View due release their fifth album later this year, these Scots aren't going anywhere!
For fans for the early Arctic Monkeys, The Enemy, The Courteeners and The Libertines, I suggest that you dig dipper into The View's studio albums.
positions vocalist Kyle Falconer centre-stage on Jools' 'Later'
show sometime in 2007, singing 'Same Jeans' from their debut
album 'Hats Off To The Buskers' though a lank veil of hair and 3D
acne. His diction was refreshingly uncompromising. I sort-of
didn't really want to like them but they won me over with their
naivete and convincingly straight-forward way with a good song.
Four years on and three albums in and it seems to me that this fine
little band still knows how to deliver a barrel full of the right stuff!
'Bread and Circuses' is a winner. There are 13 tracks in the set and it
is more than possible to sing along to more than a few of them. It's
clearly had major-league moolah thrown at it and Youth's production gives
the band a deeper, fuller sound than we have come to know but this is
not a bad thing. The View's unique energy remains blissfully intact.
There are some cracking tunes here. Not least amongst them the
rollicking opening track 'Grace' (doubtless a storming live number!);
the lovely dancehall knees-up 'Girl', which had me grinning from ear
to ear; the pristine anthemic soulful perfection of 'Friend', with its
clever bitter-sweet lyrics and winning harmonies and the techicolour
sixties splendour of 'Best Lasts Forever'. Uplifting and inspiring!
Final track 'Witches' delivers a wonderfully daft hootennany ending!
The View have gone from strength to strength. Everywhichway 'Bread
and Circuses' ticks all the boxes. An album to savour and to treasure.
2nd album was brilliant bar the nutini rubbish, looks as though theyve been scared into writing a pop album by their label.
How can the same folk who wrote skag trendy, one off pretender and wasteland write this trash, lyrics are abysmal on this new album.
I hope they get back to their dosser roots soon!
Check oot twisted wheel and thee spivs if you want to smash it up la!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The View came as a really nice surprise to me. They're really something else. Guitars and clever lyrics. This album and "Cheeky For A Reason" are my favourite.Published on 21 Aug. 2014 by Almudena Díaz
Think this has to be my favourite album from The View not one bad song on it would recommend anyone to buy this!Published on 13 Feb. 2014 by Lana
I bought this, along with 'Which Bitch', 'Cheeky for a Reason' and 'Hats Off'. Good songs on all, but this album is head and shoulders above the rest. Read morePublished on 11 July 2013 by phoenix58
Saw them live in a little venue in Stockholm. They were great so I decided to buy the back catalogue and have not been disappointed.Published on 11 Dec. 2012 by Hutters
cd is great, with a new CD, however the case arrived broken and isnt worth using now.
still a good buy.
... Sell out and release an album like this. It's a massive disappointment ! Hats off to the buskers was a fantastic first album and Which bitch was the perfect second, it wasn't... Read morePublished on 25 Jan. 2012 by waterman
There best album to date simply amazing, not a bad song on the cd, dont understand the negative reviews, one of the best bands to come out of britain in years.Published on 17 Dec. 2011 by arran thomson