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  • Audio CD (26 Mar. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Fantastic Plastic
  • ASIN: B00005A03B
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 238,333 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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ASTRID Play Dead (2001 UK 14-track CD album booklet picture sleeve)

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Play Dead is Astrid's second album and--rather like their first--casts them as toddler-like pretenders to Teenage Fanclub's golden throne. Indicatively, several abundantly hummable songs--the albums's title track and the single "Tick Tock" for example--champion traditional pop values to excellent effect. But, oh, for a little more individuality. The nagging suspicion that Astrid are playing their cards too far away from their chest becomes apparent on "It Never Happened", which recalls Dodgy circa 1993, and "Wrong For You" which is Shack's "Cornish Town" with extra clotted-cream and an all too similar Simon and Garfunkel vocal coda. The albums' standout track, the playful "Horror Movies", couldn't be any more like the Fountains of Wayne if it was written and performed by the Fountains of Wayne. Hang on, that's a real compliment. --Kevin Maidment

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Since when has the harmonies-guitar-bass-drums format been buried in the muiscal graveyard with "PASSE" on it's epitaph? Why the sudden need for advanced technology and distorted vocals or incongruous arrangements (*cough* neoRadiohead *cough*)?
Enter astrid: undaunted soldiers in indie rock's finest regiment. Armed with bite-size nuggets of melody and harmony, this fearsome foursome fight in the name of good ol'-fashioned guitar pop. And *Play Dead*, their latest battle-cry, is one that should leave technophiles shaking in their Swear Shoes.
While slower songs have been the bulk of astrid's b-sides over the course of their young career, here they become one of the album's strongest points. The achingly beautiful "Alas" invokes sleepy smiles, while the tender vocals on "Taken for Granted" are sweet and peaceful. But, as they are known to do, astrid rock through a number of tracks. "It Never Happened" and "Just One Name" have bodies bopping and shaggy heads bobbing. "Crying Boy", one of the most dancable indie tracks of the year, delights with it's infectious beat and energetic horns. Not to say that astrid have lost their sense of fun amidst all this heartbreak and sincerity. "Horror Movies" and "What You're Thinking" prove that, when it comes to the line, meaning still loses to melody. And that's the way it should be.
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This really is top notch electropop. i doff my cap to these Scottish Scotrockers. The first track sounds like Aqualung on helium, soaring high over Birmingham in a big yellow balloon.
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Ever since Oasis gave us retro guitar pop (a necessary move, given the bleakness of the early 1990s UK music scene) we've been bombarded with the stuff. That's no bad thing if it's done well and 'Play Dead' is. The band are tight, enthusiastic and their songs possess a refreshing brevity. The title track is gorgeous and the Byrds-style opening to 'Modes of Transport' heralds a memorable chorus. 'Hard to be a Person' has a distinct rhythm and an intriguing lyric ('It's hard to be a person when your friends all look the same'). The tracks which bookend the album are also highlights.

So, it's mostly been done before, but the album rests on the quality of the songs. None are bad, though a few are forgettable. Overall, one of the better British pop albums of recent years, though not a classic.
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I bought this album with high hopes as I have been a semi-fan for a while now. The first album was a tad patchy but had some great songs, so I knew there was potential. Then, all of a sudden the year 2000 comes along and Astrid release the best EP in absolute donkeys - "Modes Of Transport". All four songs were amazing - perfect pop blending true emotion with melody and even humour seamlessly. Wow! I was hungry from that point!
"Tick Tock" on it's own I couldn't quite get my head around after the perfection of the "Modes of Transport" EP. But, in the context of the album it makes perfect sense! The album is a complete guitar pop masterpiece. Astrid make me want to be in a band myself (if only I was talented) - their excellent harmonies and guitar based melody is consistent throughout.
Furthermore, this album has every emotion and keeps it mixed enough in style to keep you interested throughout - without detracting from their catchy sound too much. Basically, it's an album of excellent songs, and I would encourage all people who listen to the likes of Fountains Of Wayne, Elliott Smith, Matthew Jay and the Wannasdies to check it out.
Highlights are too many to list really, but Modes Of Transport, Play Dead and It Never Happened name a few! Fat Girl also needs to heard to be believed! Check this album out, and see them live - NOW!!!
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