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Club Anthems 2001

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  • Audio CD (22 Oct. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sl
  • ASIN: B00005QJGQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 202,484 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Don't be fooled by the ironic title. Club Anthems 2001 isn't the latest glowstick-clutching Ministry trance compilation--just fourteen songs written and recorded by some skinny Scottish boys and girls that play guitars and roll their eyes at the records you hear on the radio. But despite that air of Luddism, this compilation of Ballboy's last three EPs--is actually quite excellent. Poised somewhere between the wide-eyed philosophical tale-telling of Looper and the darker, melancholy avant-rock of Arab Strap, Club Anthems 2001 is built in that quintessentially Scottish-sounding indie mould, but it's frontman Gordon McIntyre's spoken vocals--funny, poignant and heavy with pathos--that help Ballboy rise above simple pastiche. "One Sailor was Waving" explodes grim Scottish fatalism into a celebratory adrenaline rush, MacIntyre wearing the line "I'm not the brightest hope / I'm not the shining light / Of my generation" like a badge of victory. Meanwhile, the stark, expansive two-chord scrawl of "I Hate Scotland" scribbles brattish malcontent over Ballboy's rich cultural heritage. "I hate the way we expect to fail", sneers McIntyre, "and then we fail, and we get bitter because we failed." Well, for once, that's just not true.--Louis Pattison

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