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  • Audio CD (4 Oct. 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Counter Records
  • ASIN: B002GYS1FO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,376 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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The Heavy have been building. With a background in the joys of sampling and a foreground in scuzzy guitar, bass and beaten up drums, with schizo music tastes and a West Country pace, they've been building brick by dirty brick. Now they'd like to welcome you into their beautiful home for a little nose around, a kind of party if you like. And if a little blood gets spilled then that's just how it is. Nobody said it was going to be a spread from 'Hello' magazine. It will, though, be the best party you've ever been to. 'Oh No! Not You Again' starts things off, hitting like the garage-punk monster it is, Shingae Shoniwa of The Noisettes offering up the backing vox on a tune which sounds like Little Richard posssessed by the devil and turned up to 11. Main single, 'How You Like Me Now' is pure voodoo-funk. 'Sixteen' channels the ghost of Screamin' Jay into a tawdry tale of Satan and his young bride. 'Short Change Hero' is an epic Spaghetti Western love song calling on the youth to drop their tools. 'No Time' combines a filthy break with thundering riffing about losing the love that was supposed to be forever. 'Long Way From Home' is punk-blues of genuine yearning. 'Cause For Alarm' is a reggae/2 Tone stepper, all crunched up and beaten-up for size. 'What You Want Me To Do' combines the intensity of Hendrix with an obia ceremony. 'Stuck' shows that for all the wide-eyed madness, The Heavy can also come out with the most affecting love songs which effortlessly combine their many influences into something both completely new and utterless timeless. Mixed and produced by Jim Abiss (best known for his work with the Arctic Monkeys, Adele and Kasabian) and with Noisettes input on three tracks, 'The House That Dirt Built' represents a huge step forward from an already fantastic debut in 'Great Vengeance & Furious Fire'. Since then The Heavy have toured the world and, where the first record was sample-based, the new one is much more a product of working as a band. Like the early rock 'n' roll, blues and rhythm and blues which have influenced it, 'The House That Dirt Built' is larger than life, funny, terrifying and occasionally beautiful. It is, in fact, a house you'll want to visit again.

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The title of The Heavy’s first album, 2007’s Great Vengeance and Furious Fire, was the perfect trailer. Lifting Samuel L Jackson’s biblical quote from Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction set their stall out perfectly; just like the director’s films, their music picked seeds from the past and ground them into a modern cut ’n’ paste cult classic, part Curtis Mayfield, part Isaac Hayes, part Led Zeppelin, all heart and soul.

The House That Dirt Built nicely builds the plot, opening up whole new musical storylines to explore. By the fifth track they’ve already gone through soul, garage punk, voodoo swamp revue, a bit of James Brown funk, Hendrix and balls-out rock; by album’s end they’ve also kicked rockabilly, reggae and even a closing ballad into the gumbo pot. The most surprising thing, however, is how good they are at making it all sound like the work of just one band.

Holding the centre is Kelvin Swaby’s sweet soul voice, whether it’s his Mayfield falsetto or a more muscular Otis Redding bellow, with just a hint of Cee-Lo’s Gnarls Barkley goofiness. That’s not to say this is pastiche: The House That Dirt Built is a serious business.

The monstrous Peter Gun-meets-The Stooges riff of Oh No! Not You Again! is the kind of garage rock that only gatecrashers play at parties: even the backing vocals from Noisettes’ Shingai Shoniwa sound like a one-woman 60s street gang. How You Like Me Now?, with its James Brown hook, is what the JBs might have sounded like if they’d recorded for Stax; Sixteen moves into Screaming Jay Hawkins/Dr John territory… and so it goes on. About the only time their magpie eyes miss the prize is with the white reggae of Cause for Alarm, but as it’s followed by the dancehall grind of Loved Like That, it’s just about forgivable.

Imagine if you could be in all your favourite bands at once. The Heavy already are. --Andy Fyfe

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I heard one track of theirs on one of Mark Lamarr's ever-excellent Radio 2 shows, and went straight out and bought the CD the next day. Everything about their unusual brand of bone-rattling, darkly thumping driving soulful rock, speaks to the fan in me of 60s and 70s deep soul and crazy 60s garage, Audioslave, Living Colour, motorcycle gangs in the mould of "The Wild One", and so on and on. There's so much going on in there that I can't, as it were, look away for a moment. The best tracks stand playing over and over again and have their own unique flavours. These are "Oh no not you again!", "Sixteen" and "How you like me now?" by a mile.

The only thing that lets the album down is, in a way, also its strength - that schizophrenic indecision about who they are. When a band really comes together its because their influences are streaming nicely and consistently into the music they've decided to play; underpinning it, but not sat bulkily on the surface. There's a countryish track in there, and a dub track, and neither really work: the sources are too obvious - that pot of ingredients hasn't boiled away nearly long enough. But those three great tracks are so brazenly brilliant, such complete representations of what The Heavy are about, that I forgive them the odd wasted filler track and the underwhelming closing song. Definitely, one to watch. Nice backing vocals from the Noisettes' lead singer, too.
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Fantastically talented group - and that voice? Triple WOW!

I couldn’t decide which of the three CDs by The Heavy to buy, so the only thing to do was to buy all three, and I don’t regret it for a moment. I LOVE this band. They are considered to be a Soul group, but they are so much more than that through ‘Headbanging’ and, Ska to Southern Soul and Punk influence. Their music is exciting and soothing at the same time.
My first introduction to their music was “Short Change Hero” the theme to TV Show ‘Strike Back’. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that t the main reason for me watching the programme, and hugely disappointing if it got cut short at any point. I could (and do) listen to Kelvin Swaby’s voice for hours on end. Just can’t get enough of it, which is not to underestimate the musical ability of the rest of the band.
Their songs are ‘real’ it’s about real life and emotions, with layers of subtleties underpinning them. The melodious structure of ‘Short Change Hero’ (my joint number one favourite along with ‘Stuck’) is little short of genius, and no coincidence that the song along with much of the rest of their work features in so many movies.
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One of my favourite albums of all time now, possibly my favourite of the year. The worst song on it is probably a 7/10.

The heavy are a band where i cannot describe their genre. And i am often fond of this as it means they're usually unique. The thing is though, they sound like a million different bands you've heard before, but all mixed up and made into something so fresh, new and unique. Theres garage rock, reggae, rock, james brown-esque songs, r n b, hip hop.... All sorts in there. And it works.

A modern classic for me for sure.
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Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant, buy it! Such an eclectic mix, you don't know what's coming next. Googled the Argos ad and found out song was by these guys so thought I'd give it a go. So happy to have found a new band that are so good, something new to listen to, been playing it constantly in my car and indoors!
Arrived much earlier than predicted, within days, which was a bonus. Overall, if you can't tell, I'm very happy with this purchase all round.
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I'm a great NFL fan and I was watch this years draft (I won't bore you with what this means!) but the programme had as its opening tune 'How you like me now' and I was immediately hooked and then I found that this Group also wrote the song for the action series on Sky called 'Strike Back' and I thought all my prayers had been answered in one! They have an eclectic range of songs that don't fit any mould but all are interesting in their own way.

I'm now desperately trying to see these guys live as I've seen them on YouTube and they look great.
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how do you like me now is a fantastic song.....worth the album cost on its own
now appearing in several movie soundtracks also (The Fighter)
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"If you value your sanity don't go in the house" is a threatening start to any album. Here Heavy do their best to live up to that threat. `Oh No! Not You Again' is a strong two minute rock track with a driving riff, nice but simple harmonies as well as a screaming piano line and closing vocal. `How You Like Me Now Then?' on the other hand swaggers with rock cool before `Sixteen' swings into view like a rock and roll carnival show with the protagonist supported by beautiful assistants providing more of those elegantly simple harmonies. `Short Change Hero' then signals the start of the final show down in an old Western. `No Time' is another swaggering song but the next few tracks are unfortunately forgettable before once again `What Do You Want Me To Do' kicks in with that rock cool which Heavy do so well at moments on the album. `Struck' then ends the whole affair calmly rather than with the threat and menace with which it started. It is a pleasant ending that does not live up to the promise of the first few tracks. Heavy have managed to sort of glare at your sanity rather than really threatening it.
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