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  • Audio CD (14 Mar. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B004I8W56W
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,766 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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.

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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.

--Mark Beaumont

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This album is brilliant. I came to this as a complete neutral (if anything with very mixed feelings) as I always thought "Same jeans" - their first single from a couple of albums back was a pale imitation of "Brimful of Asha". I have played and played and played this album. I love every song and love listening to it cranked up loud in the car. This was one of my albums of the year last year. I have since gone back and bought "Which Bitch" which is also cracking. I will try album no 1 next but all I can say is without any pretentious muso ramblings this album is brill :) BUY
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The View's third album, released in 2011 is another great record from a great indie-rock band from Scotland. For those of you who went out and bought these lads' debut at the time, you'll notice that the music here is far more mature in the lyrics department, and more so than the excellent second. However, 'Bread and Circuses' is none the less fun or entertaining because of it. If you appreciate strong melodies and catchy, uplifting pop-rock songs from real musicians who know their craft, I can thoroughly recommend it. The guys haven't lost their wit either whilst writing their clever lyrics, despite them branching into new territories, less punk, more pop!

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.
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By The Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Mar. 2011
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The first memory of The View which comes back to my mind's eye
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.

Highly Recommended.
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Can't rate this album highly enough. Haven't stop playing it for weeks. Wide exploration of different musical styles and themes without losing their wit and great knack to nail an incessantly catchy melody. 'Life' is simply one of the best songs from a British band in recent years! Buy it and forget the folks who have posted negative reviews that I simply don't comprehend.
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Bought this album after hearing 'Grace' and it was not a disappointment! Every track is different and I would defo give this 5 stars!
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I have to agree with the other reviewer who rated this album poor, I too loved and treasured The Views other Albums. I know and accept Bands have to grow and change, but while some Bands (The Smiths) use an orchestra to enhance and thicken their sound it seems just to have been utilised to fatten thin ideas. That spark, that energy, that rawness of naive youth has sadly gone, along with any social commentary from an obviously dissatisfied generation. I shall perhaps change my mind when I hear it live, without the pop and pap added? This Album really does them no favours when they were a bastion of hope in this Pop idol/X Factor dominated musically sad times our ears have to endure, bring back the edge!
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The View were easily one of my favourite bands, their punk rag n bone tunes were such a breath of fresh air.

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!!
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