- 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)
Lost Riots Import
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Top Customer Reviews
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!Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Had to purchase this class album again after o had lost my previous copyPublished 16 months ago by adam greenwood
There's some outstanding song-writing here, some great musicianship, and it's all let down by the vocals. Read morePublished on 22 Jun. 2013 by EFN
one of the best most majestic beautifully orchestrated and delicately layered sonic soundscapes I've ever heard. Own it, wear it out, buy it again. Read morePublished on 2 April 2007 by Ally Heath
If you've read other reviews for this album you'll see a pattern emerging- generally high praise but a few people absolutely hating it. Read morePublished on 20 May 2006 by Jam sandwich
Most reviews of Hope of The States seem to be focussing on the inevitable comparisons to Radiohead- ie. Read morePublished on 31 Jan. 2006 by William Warren
I'm a big fan of GYBE and Explosions in the Sky and admit Hope of the States do borrow a lot from what makes these bands extraordinary, however that's not the point. Read morePublished on 28 July 2005
This CD has the ability to help you experience every single emotion in 13 amazing songs.
The mysterious start of 'The Black Amnesias' gives the listener no illusion as to what... Read more
'The Lost Riots' is exceptional and by far the best album of 2004. It is very instrumental and orcherstral; not to mention emotional. Read morePublished on 22 July 2005 by Mrs. B. Bastiampillai