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Lost Riots Import

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Product details

  • Audio CD (10 May 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00049QLWI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 517,045 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Black Amnesias
  2. Enemies/Friends
  3. 66 Sleepers To Summer
  4. Don't Go To Pieces
  5. The Red The White The Black The Blue
  6. Black Dollar Bills
  7. George Washington
  8. Me Ves Y Sufres
  9. Sadness On My Back
  10. Nahemiah
  11. Goodhorsehymn
  12. 1776

Product Description

Hope Of The States - Lost Riots - Cd

Customer Reviews

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Format: Audio CD
When I first got 'The Lost Riots' I was a bit disappointed. I bought it off the back of the incendiary call to arms of 'The Red The White The Black The Blue' and was then quite annoyed that the rest of the album was a more sombre affair. To be fair, I had absolutely no idea what I was on about.

HOTS practically bleed sincerity, and while Sam's voice is admittedly terrible, this is not a bad thing. Bob Dylan was no singer, and his cracked and broken voice only made his protest songs better. Exactly the same thing happens here, with Sam howling over a storm of feedback on more than one occasion, sounding like a man with nothing to lose and everything to say.

From the frankly terrifying aural storm of opener 'The Black Amnesias' you know that HOTS are not your average indie rock band, and they prove this again and again throughout the album. Their most commercial songs - 'Nehemiah' and 'The Red The White The Black The Blue' - are still wilfully different to the rest of the stuff in the charts, with weird staccato violins and fuzzy guitars everywhere. Songs like 'Black Dollar Bills' just build and build into a crescendo of sound that is at once soothing and unsettling, and the overall sense is one of despair at the way things are, but also optimism that things can change.

Lyrics, too, are a real highlight with some of the best lines to come out of a British band in years. Forget the 'street' wit of Arctic Monkeys, HOTS know how to create both rabble-rousing slogans ("less politics and dirty tricks/more standing up and shouting out!
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It's odd the way you find yourself listing to bands you normally would have found an excuse to avoid when you turn up at a music festival. Maybe it's the beer, the company, or perhaps even just the atmosphere which leads you into a tent to watch some unknown band trying to make it big. This is exactly what happened to me at T in the Park 2004. "Hope of the States", not new, but relatively unknown by those who have had their eyes glazed over by whatever manufactured "musicians" MTV executives decide to force feed the British public. Fortunately, being a lover of most things alternative, I had heard some of Hope of the States earlier works, but not enough to have aloud me to make a firm decision whether I liked the band or not. After a 30 or so minuet set however, my some what limited opinion of Hope of the States was to change. The atmosphere was incredible. The projections which illuminated back and forth across the tent walls made the audience fell like they were actually inside the music itself. The very essence of the sounds stirred emotions of such incredible happiness; it was a pleasure to be at that place, at that very moment. After witnessing over 200 or so bands across the past 3 years id never felt sp privileged watching such a talented group of musicians. Like "Saves the Day" its strange the way in which music can hide lyrics of such sorrow, and yet, Hope of the States cover them well, yet leave splinters of meanings by which, if we want, we can discover the truth. The day after I got home I went out and bought "The lost Riots" and let's just say... I never regretted it for one second.
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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.
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