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Any Other City

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  • Audio CD (1 Jan. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Tugboat
  • ASIN: B00005AKO2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 233,360 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. PS Exclusive
  2. Let's Get Out
  3. Juno
  4. The Leanover
  5. Young Offenders
  6. Philip
  7. Envoys
  8. 14 Days
  9. New Town
  10. Sorrow

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By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME on 3 July 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Life Without Buildings were a Scottish band formed in 1999 who split in 2002 - their material getting a thumbs down from the NME at the time, though the reaction to their recent posthumous live LP Live at the Annandale suggests that they are viewed positively. Their name appears to come from a Japan b-side, though anyone expecting to find a Ladytron/Electroclash type band will not find that here. The sound is very post punk, what I'd generally describe as a meeting between The Slits/The Raincoats and the revered Kenickie - you could hear someone like the Little Flames & the Mescalitas in this too (though those two bands have split/shed a member lately!). Life Without Buildings have a jangly angular thing, so were definitely ahead of the pack when they released this offering - post-punk a much more in thing now, especially with bands like Bloc Party, Franz Ferdinand, Interpol and Maximo Park following in that particular slipstream. I also thought that the indie/angular thing reminded me of Postcard Josef K and Orange Juice, both of whom have had great retrospective releases on Domino.

Several of their Tugboat singles are found on Any Other City - 'The Leanover b/w New Town, 'Let's Get Out' (though not it's double a-side 'Is Is and the IRS')and 'Young Offenders' - though not 'Love Trinity.' I think if you like one track, you'll like it all - though the angular material and Sue Tompkins' vocals won't be for everyone. It might be only angular indie rock, but I like it - the right stuff/the right stuff - as the opening track 'PS Exclusive' has it. Any Other City is a fine album, one passed over by some people (me included) - well worth tracking down, alongside the recent live album...
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Format: Audio CD
This is really refreshing record. It'll put a smile on your face. The music has got great spirit and vitality. The Leanover (their debut single) is excellent, and this CD sees an even better recording of this song. Juno, Envoys and Sorrow are also particularly good. The music has got a great rough LoFi feel to it. I like it lots.
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Format: Audio CD
Just listened to this and I can't decide if it's the best album of the last few years or actually just very average. But if I were you I'd definitely buy it and decide then. Your life will improve for having listened to this record. There is something so fresh and sparkling about the atmosphere on it; it reminds me of blankets of snow in cities in the winter...
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Format: Vinyl
With just one great song (any of which could have been singles) after another, its difficult not to get so completely immersed in Any Other City that you forget that you've been sitting staring at the stereo for the past 45 minutes just taking it all in. And theres alot to take in. Some of the most genuine, freshest guitar music since The Smiths doesnt prove too difficult on the ears. Theres no mathematically calculated time signature changes either. But, as you may have heard before, its the endless ramblings of singer Sue Tompkins that proves to be the one factor keeping me peeled to the speakers for so long. Basically, Sue sounds like no one else and its completely encapsulating. Of the moments i can make out, there's tales of love and failed relationships ("Im leaving you in 14 days" on 14 Days and "Your phonecalls, dont think they're wearing me out, they're not" on Sorrow) proving that theres something very meaningful and personal in what is first thought to be jibberish, adding a whole new dimension to the maturity of the sound and destroying any initial thoughts that Sue was, in fact, 5 years old. Give it a few listens though and the music will start to shine through obtaining, no doubt, the equal credit it so rightfully deserves. Beautiful melodies and glorious chords. You couldnt have put these vocals to any other style, and to realise that is like to realise you have something so very, very special playing at you as you sit listening, taking it all in.
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One of the other reviewers here mentioned that they can't decide whether this album is album of the year or really average, which is an interestingly accurate description of this band. They are unique and brilliant but all their charms are hidden by a very pedestrian sound. They never use effects (even distortion), the recordings are very dry, and most of the songs are mid-tempo. The only conspicuous factor is Sue Tompkins stream-of-consciousness speak-singing that could put as many people off as draw them in. However, I remember liking this album from the very first listen, there is nothing half-arsed about anything Life Without Buildings do. Every track is precise, with melodies that leave you wanting more rather than hitting every sweet spot at every opportunity, and lyrics that while often appearing cryptic, allow gorgeous moments through more regularly with every listen. If you only have time to listen to one song, listen to "14 Days" first.

If you like your music off-beat without being gimmicky you should lap this up.
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By A Customer on 6 Mar. 2001
Format: Vinyl
I have been waiting for this album since i first heard "Newtown", and when i listened to it for the first time i got exactly what i expected, the most interesting, moving, confusing and beautiful album i have heard for a long, long time. An album which i don't expect to be bettered for a long, long time (possibly until LWB's next album).
After reading other review sof this album I really can not see peoples' promblem with it, the songs are finely crafted, and simply could not be improved upon. "Sorrow" broke my heart and made me thankful for it, a perfect finish to the album leaving the listener feeling wholy satiated. With an album this enjoyable and emotive, what more could you want?
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