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Music For The People CD

3.8 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (27 April 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Warner
  • ASIN: B001URRXCA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,751 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Elephant Song
  2. No Time For Tears
  3. 51st State
  4. Sing When You're In Love
  5. Last Goodbye
  6. Nation Of Checkout Girls
  7. Be Somebody
  8. Don't Break The Red Tape
  9. Keep Losing
  10. Silver Spoon

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THE ENEMY Music For The People (2009 UK 10-track CD album including the single No Time For Tears and Sing When Youre In Love picture sleeve in a hype stickered jewel case)

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If the title hadn’t already given it away, the appropriately heavy opener "Elephant Song" makes their intentions clear from the off. Music For The People is a big stadium ready rock album, miles from the relatively parochial approach of the Enemy’s chart-topping 2007 debut We’ll Live and Die In These Towns. That record’s downbeat lyrical approach rankled with some, who wondered just what a band of young men who left school to sign a record deal were so grumpy about. But it was full of good tunes. And the Enemy remain aggrieved--the sparky, piano-led "51st State" bemoans a fading democracy while the witty "Be Somebody" is the sharpest comment on Britain’s enduring class system in years, echoed by the thumping closer "Silver Spoon". Cheerful they are not. The heroically resigned "Keep Losing" bears the definitive Enemy song title. Even the catchy "Sing When You’re In Love" is as gloomy as Glasvegas. Music For The People isn’t perfect. "Last Goodbye" could fit seamlessly on any Richard Ashcroft record--not a strong recommendation--and "Nation of Checkout Girls" lifts its melody straight from Pulp’s classic "Common People". But as an exercise in populism, a record that manages to combine the rowdiest moments of the Clash and Jam with the proven commercial potential of Stereophonics (and some slick harmonies oddly evocative of old Def Leppard tunes), Music For The People actually lives up to its title. --Steve Jelbert

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Format: Audio CD
I think that this is a pretty good album. I really liked the first album and listened to that dozens of times. Having listened to this album a couple of times now and I do like it. The songs are all different, a problem which bands these days can't seem to get over but with them all sounding different they begin to sound a lot like other bands. "Don't Break the Red Tape" stands out as a carbon copy of "London Calling" I guess that is just how they are influenced though. I heard a lot of people coparing "Nation of Checkout Girls" to "Common People" personally I am yet to see a huge resemblance.
I saw then live at T in the Park last year and was highly impressed, I know that songs like "Elephant Song" and "No Time For Fears" would only improve their live show, they are energetic and thumping songs which are brilliant to listen to.
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Indie rock band The Enemy gave us a second album in 2009 which really wasn't a patch on their debut We'll Live And Die In These Towns, but it's a still worthwhile listen, give it a few plays, and it will grow on you.

Whilst lacking the instantly catchy, 'angry' anthems that were all over the first, 'Music For The People' does contain some good tunes like the flop single 'Be Somebody', amongst a blatant rip-off of Pulp's '90s anthem 'Common People' with the song 'Nation of Checkout Girls, The Jam's 'London Calling' is also shamelessly reworked with 'Don't Break The Red Tape', and most obvious of all is the track 'Last Goodbye, which is basically Blur's mega hit 'The Universal' re-written and re-named. You have to give these lads some credit for their nerve, but did they really think that we wouldn't notice?

Whilst 'Music For The People' often lacks the power, passion, and originality of the first, it's still a fun listen if you enjoy straight-forward indie-rock music, even if it does sometimes feel like an albums of covers.
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this is an awesome album. great tunes, catchy with some familar sounds thrown in. Oasis, The Clash, The Jam with aires of Kasabian. This is what it is - a great guitar band that's produced a great 2nd album. it's a lot better than the skinny jean culture and music that seems to be churned out these days. being in my 30's perhaps I'm not down with the kids or something! but this reminds me of the brit pop heyday of my younger days. Top music, great album
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I'm just on my second listen to this album and I have to say I'm very impressed with the direction that The Enemy have taken. If you are looking for something that sounds like "We'll live and Die in these towns" then you will be disappointed but if you're looking for something more mature and meaningful then this is for you. From the opening "Elephant Song" which is epic in it's sound to the (dare I say)slightly pop sounding "Sing when you're in love" every track is different, gorgeous and really pretty damn good. I read reviews on the internet about this CD before purchasing and The Enemy were slated for trying to emulate other bands (Zeppelin, The clash and Pulp to name a few!). I don't think this is true. This is a young band finding their own sound and to be honest I can't wait for the next album!
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Let's face it, it was never gonna be as good as their first album, and it most definitely isn't, however it does some have good songs on it and once you get over the quite blatant plagiarism on some songs it does grow on you.
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For some reason when I really like a Debut Album I find the second album an anti climax. I loved "We'll live and die in these towns". Though this album has lost some of the raw fighting aggression that the first ablum had, its gained maturity and an even more refined sence of humor! Think this might be stuck in the car CD player for the next month or so!
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So disappointed with this after their amazing debut. There's a couple of really good tunes on this but the rip off of Common People and London Calling is so blatent.
The Jam's second LP was poor also so The Enemy have time to pull this round and I think they will.
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The first Album was great. angry, punchy pop songs, so the second album was always gonna be an issue: do they come out with the same style or change it up a bit?

Well, they've opted for the latter and I have to say I'm VERY disappointed.
This offering is really Overproduced and the songs lack the fire of the first CD.

The major problem is the blatent stealing from other bands!
Ok, all bands "borrow" the odd riff or melody line from other songs, (thats how music progresses after all)but this takes the biscuit!

ELEPHANT SONG = Listen! remind you of the start of a certain OASIS Album?....

LAST GOODBYE = Great Song.. but is it Richard Ashcroft singing? TOTAL VERVE RIPOFF! + even more obviously the chorus is THE UNIVERSAL by BLUR! try it! sing along!

NATION OF CHECKOUT GIRLS = Come on.. it's COMMON PEOPLE by PULP. Scandalous!

DON'T BREAK THE RED TAPE = Oh God . Stop! The verses are blatently LONDON CALLING by the CLASH.

Music for the people? more like STOLEN FROM THE BANDS.
Hope they made lots of money from the first CD, they'll need it for the court actions...
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