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  • Audio CD (4 Feb. 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Galaxian Chomp
  • ASIN: B00004SZM3
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 343,383 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Great American Starving Band
  2. Load It All On Me
  3. Stay Outside
  4. Play Something
  5. Silver Boats
  6. Swim Home
  7. Caboose
  8. Somerset
  9. Son Of Kong
  10. Bird Machine

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Candidate - Taking on the Enemy's Sound

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North London's Candidate are indie romantics, burdened with a rueful sense that they may be destined never to reach the fast-moving waters of the pop mainstream. At times their attitude borders on defeatism; "It won't work--but I can say I was there," is among their adages on the sleeve of Taking On The Enemy's Sound. If they are under-achievers, however, they are ultimately proud of it. "The Great American Starving Band" is their ironic tribute to all of those wonderful transatlantic combos doomed to commercial failure, who briefly waft across the rock terrain like tumbleweed, unheard of again. Nor do Candidate take refuge in lo-fi mediocrity or miserabilism. Joel Morriss's wavering vocals rise to almost epic, Scott Walker-like heights on "Somerset", and "Swim Home" is a defiant, look-ma-made-it-to-the-top-of-the-world song scenario. Musically, the odd guitar tunings of "Load It All On Me" and the varied use of acoustic instrumentation are enough to offset any threatening clouds of indie tedium. --David Stubbs

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By A Customer on 19 April 2001
Format: Audio CD
One to file under the 'Criminally Ignored Albums of 2000' list. The album comes across as an English take on of the best bits of American Music Club, Mercury Rev and the Flaming Lips with the pop sensibilities of XTC or Julian Cope. Fave tracks 'Swim Home', 'Somerset' and 'Bird Machine' hint at something quietly spectacular for the Candidate boys' follow-up album. A gentle but memorable debut that benefits from repeated, late-night listening.
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By A Customer on 5 Feb. 2002
Format: Audio CD
One of those albums that a mate thrusts into your hand as you're walking out of the door and says "You might like this". You listen a few times and although it makes no great impression on your conciousness, you take it anyway, and every now and then whack it on. It gives you some pleasure, but can't quite rise above that.
It's a nice, gentle, floaty sound - the almost obligatory late nineties/early noughties soft-sounding voice and twangy, lilting guitars are there. The first few tracks are good (the apparent pitch-bending on "Load it All on Me" is particularly pleasant) and it kind of tails off after that. Not great, but worth having if you like that sort of thing, I suppose.
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By A Customer on 11 Feb. 2002
Format: Audio CD
Wider press attention for the new Candidate album 'Tiger Flies' may lead to this, their debut, coming to wider attention. Whether it particularly deserves it is another matter. Coming after some hugely promising EPs ('Take Over Tokyo' and the excellent 'Leader'), 'Taking on the Enemy's Sound' is at times infuriatingly mediocre - several songs continue to drift by and make little impression, even after several listens - and lacks the effervescent melodies of its obvious influences (Grandaddy, Nick Drake, Lambchop, Sparklehorse). Nonetheless, the quite lovely 'Somerset' and the off-kilter 'Load It All On Me' are the album's clearest evidence of a potential more fully realised on 'Tiger Flies'.
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