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  • Audio CD (27 Sept. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Spectrum Audio
  • ASIN: B00002MHME
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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LONGPIGS Mobile Home (1999 UK 13-track CD album the second and final album from the band that included a young Richard Hawley in their line-up picture sleeve MUMCD9901)

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It could have all gone so wrong for the Longpigs. By 1999, they hadn't stepped into the public eye for over two years and relations with their previous drummer had reached such a low point that he'd glassed frontman Crispin Hunt in a Sheffield nightclub. In lean times, they needed to come back with something special; thankfully, comeback single "Blue Skies" was precisely that--a shrieking, soaring post-Britpop monster that eclipsed even the impassioned anthemics of their debut album, The Sun Is Often Out. Sadly, elsewhere Mobile Home tarries over Longpigs' favoured talking points--drugs, relationships, kissing with tongues--with increasingly diminishing returns. "Free Toy" might shimmer with the seedy glamour of yesteryear, but as Mobile Home rolls on, it seems that Longpigs' dirty passions are spent. "There is not yet a neat media label to describe you and me in this age", sings Hunt on "Gangsters". Uh, how about "past it"? --Louis Pattison

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I'm not really sure why this album sank without trace upon its release, or why every professional review I've ever read of it seems so nonplussed. I suppose the story of a "Britpop" band making a disappointing second album and disappearing without trace is so familiar that it practically writes itself, without a thought as to whether or not it might apply in this case.
This record is astounding. I believe I once heard the sound described as "trip-hop", which does it a massive disservice. It's "trip-hop" only in the most complimentary sense; dripping in atmosphere and distinguished melody. Indeed, it's so far ahead of the post-Britpop crowd in 1999 that in a way I can see why they had trouble selling it as the straight guitar album suggested by bolt-on single-by-numbers "Blue Skies".
It's hard to convincingly enthuse about Mobile Home in words, because it's charm comes from the sheer strength of the songs. Perhaps it's best to communicate its quality by thinking about the personnel involved; The best voice of the "Britpop" era combined with a guitarist who later, packaged to the "singer songwriter" coffee table crowd, was to be lauded in his own right.
I think perhaps few people listened hard enough first time around simply because you don't expect to hear songs of this caliber on the sophomore effort of a knockabout guitar pop band. In reality, the Longpigs were streets ahead of their contemporaries. We only have two records to remember them by, and Mobile Home is absolutely essential.
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Unfortunately - for unknown reasons - it was popular and trendy in the music press to dismiss Longpigs (much as Amazon's offical reviewer has)
Having traveled the world with this quirky and inventive album for a number of years - I can state that friends who know nothing of the vagaries and tastes of the UK music press and have listend to this all think its fantastic - original, unusual and layered with lots of good tunes. Its funny how the professional music writers can't get enough of the Flaming Lips' weirdness (and rightly so) but dismiss bands such as Longpigs who produce similarly skewed music!
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I have put off reviewing this album for some time now, simply because words do not do it justice. In a vast CD collection it takes pride of place and three years after its release I still have not tired of it, despite constant rotation!

Crispin Hunt is THE songwriter of a generation. His lyrics, although often bizarre ("Lying in the sun like a fat dog with you, is worth cancer"), are nothing short of genius. 'Mobile Home' encompasses a range of styles to keep it interesting, yet as an album, it flows like all great records should. The album recalls tall tales of love, drugs and well erm... celebrity dogs ("...like Lassie's final mile"!)
The achingly beautiful songs such as 'Gangsters', 'Misbeliever' and 'In the Snow' are enough to bring a lump to the throat of any grown man. These contrast starkly with the anthemic guitar driven 'Blue Skies' and the lounging 'Baby Blue' making for a truly excellent and criminally overlooked album. There is not a single bad song on this record and it is tragic that Crispin Hunt has disappeared from the music scene.
Come back Crispin, the world needs you!
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I can't disagree with any of the reviews on here except the one Amazon have done. I agree that the first album contained some absolutely class songs, but I personally found it rather patchy. I remember Crispin being on one of the music shows promoting a video for the new album, and him being such an overblown big head that I seriously considered not buying Mobile Home at all. I presume he was "under the weather" at the time, but luckily I decided to buy it after all, and was then amazed that someone so full of himself was so capable of writing such stunningly sensitive, beautiful music. There are five or six songs on this album that will simply blow you away with the emotion contained in them, and how well they are sung.

Apart from the Amazon review, there are no bad reviews of this album because it is quite simply a lost gem of British rock music, and anyone who is capable of giving music a chance to grow on them(probably not the i-Pod generation who never seem to listen to an album as an entity)will be rewarded with the realisation of what a treasure they have found. Even when I listen to this album after all this time I am still at a loss to understand why it didn't get the recognition it deserved. There are rumours Crispin might be working on a solo album, so all is not lost for the future, as I am sure most of us would be very interested in hearing more from such an undoubted musical talent.
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First of all I'm diappointed with the review from amazon, it sounds like they were expecting not to like the album before giving it a chance.

I think the main problem this album faced was it dared to be different than the first album. The Longpigs dared to elvolve and grow and people couldn't cope with that.

I think this album is brilliant. Some songs take a while to get into, and it is an album that takes a little work. But these albums are generally the ones that stay with you longer, and this is one of those albums.

For me this album has the right balance of up tempo, guitar driven and softer songs to make it a great album. there seems to be a song for every mood!

It is a shame this passed under the radar because it is a great work of art and it is a bigger shame this is the last we heard of the longpigs. Hopefully Cripsins new band Gramercy will surface soon. At least we have Richard Hawley making fantastic solo albums!
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