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  • Audio CD (5 Nov. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Moonska
  • ASIN: B00066FN82
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 275,716 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Too Little Too Late
  2. Sober Days
  3. Promises
  4. Dim Blue Light
  5. People Say
  6. Side By Side
  7. Bad Intentions
  8. Skunk No.1
  9. Fighting For Today
  10. October Ends
  11. Friday I'm In Love
  12. Harsh Realities
  13. Flicking The Bean
  14. Changing World
  15. Holding Out
  16. Ethics
  17. Drop The Bomb (Toasters Ska-core version) (Bonus Video)

Product Description

Product Description

Back in late 2002 WHITMORE were a secret of the Ska-Punk undergound scene, since then their debut album "Smoke The Roach" has gone on to be one of Moon Ska Europe's biggest sellers, with no daytime radio play or even a feature in a UK national magazine!

Endless touring of the UK and more recently Europe has seen the band establish themselves as one of the scenes top acts being featured on the theme tune for p-rock TV, and more recently being featured on the Playstation and X Box computer game "Flat Out" and the inclusion of their track "Sober Days" on the recent Daily Sport free "Summer Ska" giveaway CD.

This album sees the band with a more mature sound but still bedded in the Punk and Ska-Punk scenes. Live favourites"Flicking The Bean", "Skunk No.1" and "Fighting For Today" are featured as well as the Ska-Punk tunes "Dim Blue Light" and "Don't Care About You". The bands trademark Melodic Punk sound is well represented in "Promises" and "Harsh Realities" and the album continues from the first album "Smoke The Roach" with dare we say it almost Emo sounding new tracks like "Bad Intentions" and Holding Out".

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By A Customer on 18 Jan. 2005
Format: Audio CD
What happened Whitmore? There first album "Smoke the Roach" was fantastic, full to the brim with simple, effective, ska-punk, 3 minute wonders that I loved. In fact the first album has become my favourite album of all time! Imagine my excitement when I finally got my hands on there long awaited second album "Solstice Rice"......but what a disappointment. If you after more of the same from "Smoke the roach" then you will be disappointed. The album is more sensible and arguably more sophisticated musically (it is more heavily produced!) but I feel that have lost they way a bit. The songs are dull, the lyrics unimaginable and the sound too mainstream (there are even two songs with Acoustic guitar!). Whitmore seems to me to have gone for a more mainstream, pop style, perhaps hoping for wider sucess but I believe they have completely missed what made "Smoke the roach" so good and that is the quick, catchy, simple, ska-punk 3 minutes wonders that put a huge smile on your face and made you get up and jump around.
There is nothing on this album that even remotely appoaches "on the Ceiling, Listed, Star thing or Alison" from the previous album. To me it is full of dull punk-pop songs with dull melodies disected with a couple of dull reggae tracks. The only track I found even that even remotely sounded like the Whitmore I know is track 6....and don't even know the name of the track!!!
I sorry Whitmore to slat your latest offering, some will enjoy it I have no doubt, but for me I was looking for more of "smoke the raoch" and this album falls a long way short of that!
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Format: Audio CD
Ok, so to all those detracters who said Whitmore couldn't come up with an album to better their first, here's the proof of how wrong you were. It's got Ska, it's got Punk, it's got depth and it's got some damn hooky songs to. All in all it a more mature, more rounded and more polished album than the first. If you wan't it raw then see them live, if you want the full phat experience then listen to the album. Make no mistake, this album rocks. It's just a shame their seems to be a "let's slag new UK bands" attitude amongst some of the British press. Shame on you.
Buy this, listen at least 3 times all the way through. You won't be disappointed. Nice one boys. See you at Reading next year.
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Not as good as 1st album but gets better after a few listens
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Whitmores brilliant ska punk 'Smoke the Roach' was followed up with this soft rock rubbish. Not worth the wait, no wonder they packed in after this.
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