Strength In Numbers (Special Edition) Extra tracks, Special Edition
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* Please note that this version DOES contain two bonus tracks, 'The Price' and 'The Rain', but NOT 'No Danger', that is only available on the standard edition.
Also, the booklet DOES NOT contain track lyrics, just 4 art cards and one page of album credits. The lyrics can be found in the standard edition. *
To give this review context I should first mention how I view this band. I first heard the original version of Take the Long Road and Walk It on Lamaq about 7 or 8 years ago. It was immediately clear there might be something special happening, then I heard The People: Sold!! However, I don't agree their debut album was the spectacular triumph some claim. Firstly, Jim Abiss never captured their live energy and it doesn't sound nearly as good as it should have done. Songs like the Dance and Disco are a structural mess buried beneath blurry production. That said, it does contain some fantastic tunes. The aforementioned numbers along with Getaway, the Truth is no Words, Human, Turn out the Lights and Too High are awe inspiring enough, but knowing the band were still in their teens at the time of writing and recording made me realise they had the potential to be the best British band since Led Zeppelin. And I don't say that lightly.
Welcome to the North followed in 2004. At the time I thought it was a solid album, but it never really captured my imagination.Read more ›
It's been four years since the last album was released and it has been well worth the wait. The overall feel of the album is that it has a more dance orientated feel to it then the previous two albums, though the indie sound is still there. All the tracks are amazing, though the stand out one's are strength in numbers, the spike, the left side, get through it, vision, the last one and cold blooded. I hope this album will do well cos the band really deserve it on this effort, the last album was under recognised which was a disappointment. Buy this album because you will not be disappointed at all. Five stars for sure.
Singles `Strength in Numbers', `The Spike' and `Drugs' are your floor filling anthems and have slotted in nicely into their explosive live sets. `Strength in Numbers' comes out all guns blazing, with, `The emptiness it burns inside, see how they run see how they hide, all the animals come out at night'. To me this highlights Britain's binge drink culture and saying that nightlife in cities around Britain can turn ugly with fighting and drug abuse. All three singles for that matter are infectious, catchy dance rock songs to get even the most rigid person moving.
As you get further in to the album, it's as if you are delving deeper into the mind of lead singer Rob Harvey, as he puts into words his personal battles over the last few years. The honesty, passion and energy puts into his vocals transforms the album and makes it one many people can relate to. In tracks such as `Fire', `No weapon sharper than a will' and `The Price', you can feel the anger and frustration Rob was going through with lyrics like `Politics are getting in the way, people trying to tell me what I should say', from Fire.Read more ›
So what can I say, its a nice album with some great numbers; good rhythms, smooth melodies, catchy hooks and establish riffs. Anyone who knows them will appreciate they go beyond just indie rock or indie pop dappling their style with an additional touch of electronica to their sounds. A seemless blend that comes across pretty accompished.
There's a couple of tracks I couldnt get on with, oddly the headline song "Strength in Numbers" which is unusual in as much as I've never knowingly disliked the first song on an album before. But as soon as you get past that the next 6 songs (particularly Vision, The Last One and No Weapon Sharper than Will) are all 5 stars and while I initially felt down about it (because actually I wanted to like it.. despite protests from the person that lent me the CD that I had personal reasons for NOT wanting to ;)) I ended up finding it all very satisfying.
I have to add that although you can hear the taint of the north in the accents (I mean that in a good way) they don't find it necessary to belt it out like some sort of badge ala Arctic Monkeys. Its refreshing for an artist(s) not to have to over do the "this is where I come from you can hear it in the way I sing" bit thats all getting a bit cliched already.
In the end although perhaps not ground breaking, there's a lot of sounds that remind me of bands from the Stone Roses and New Order to the Blue Tones and U2, I think a purchase of the album is more than merited on the strength of the sound, and the album will provide continued entertainment for years to come.
(3rd run through the album and it really grows on you).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I could just pop it in the player, press repeat and let it play all day long. Great cd! To my opinion their best one. It's a shame, they decided to stop.Published on 8 Sept. 2012 by Mortitia
Takes a little arrogance to call your band The Music, maybe with this album they earn the right to it. Read morePublished on 3 Oct. 2008 by Amazon Customer
It seems like aeons since Welcome to the North and I was beginning to think I was waiting on another overlooked band that had bitten the dust in the face of a British music media... Read morePublished on 7 Sept. 2008 by George Connor
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