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  • Audio CD (22 July 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Liberty
  • ASIN: B0000072J1
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,752 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Every time I looked through the New Order section of cds I would always find New Model Army! so throwing caution to the wind I picked up this album (never heard a single song by them or knew anything of substance about the band)and took the chance and bought it. The best risk of money I have ever taken concerning music. This album was unlike anything I had ever heard before and found the mixture of songs so under rated and the lyrics absolutely thrilling. I have bought every single album since and will continue to. Take this chance! This album is ace, and New Model are so underrated the british music buying public dont know a good thing when it slaps them in the face. Musical poetry, my best discovery!
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TV nostalgia shows tend to portray the 80's in Britain as nothing but yuppies, Wham, shoulder pads and conspicuous consumption. The other side of Britain - for example, the millions made unemployed by the decline in traditional industries - has had very few voices.
Without wishing to sound pretentious, "Thunder and Consolation" was a powerful outcry from the excluded and increasingly powerless part of society. The album has an overall texture of fractured lives and the punk-era cries for resistance become increasingly tinged with disillusion and aspirations toward withdrawal, isolation and escape.
Don't let this put the prospective buyer off: the album is not a simple "them and us" Ken Loach polemic. The tracks have a tremendous variety, from the elegiac "Green and Grey" to the lust-for-life power of "125 MPH" and the adrenalin pace of "225" (the title refers to the beats per minute of the track). "Archway Towers" is particularly and deliberately discordant, mirroring the subject matter, "Bodmin Pill" is unquantifiable - not quite a ballad but touched with humanity and fragility - and the storming "Vagabonds" - perhaps _the_ definitive NMA track - makes us pine for a way of life that most of us will never experience.
For me, the standout pieces are "Green and Grey" or "Vagabonds", depending on my mood. I doubt that everyone will take to every track on the album but there is more than enough here to please virtually every music fan. If you only own one NMA album then make it this one.
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Bizarrely, this was the first CD I ever bought, back in 1990. Due to wear and tear I've had to buy it again after 15 years - and I do _not_ begrudge shelling out, since it is just excellent.
There was a lot of "indie" music I liked back then that frankly I couldn't care if I heard again, but this is timeless. It doesn't show any signs of ageing (other than "the little words of green" - an 80s computer reference), and if anything it gets more relevant as time goes on. I don't have long hair (indeed, any hair :) nowadays, and I'm definitely a lot more conservative in my views than the wannabe-anarchist student I was when I first bought this album, but tracks like "Green and Grey" and "The Charge" just take on more significance with age.
If you only ever buy one NMA album, buy this one.
And I was very sad to hear about Rob Heaton. A great loss to The World.
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This album ranks in my top ten best albums of all time. Every track on it is a belter. Vagabonds and 225 are the stand out tracks. New Model Army have a massive following, with this album, in my opinion, they reached their peak, but they did it in style, providing an albums worth of tracks that make me want to get up and dance to reminisce the days of my youth. If you like your rock music with a healthy dollop of violins, catchy choruses and pounding drums, then this is the album for you. I would highly recommend buying this CD.
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By A Customer on 21 April 2002
Format: Audio CD
I was introduced to this album years ago by a friend - and it was the best thing he ever did for me !!
Fantastic lyrics, Stunning melodies - this album has the lot. From the haunting and despondent Green and Grey, to the upbeat and fantastic Stupid Questions, this album flies by leaving you wishing it was longer.
If you have never heard New Model Army before, then this is the CD for you - if you have but don't have this CD - what are you waiting for ???
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By WOOLLY MAMMOTH TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Feb. 2016
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This is a gem of an album from New Model Army.

Here is a band reaching maturity, knocking off some of the rough edges and producing an album of thoughtful and compelling songs and anthems.

Many of the songs here are top notch - the fabulous 'I Love the World', 'Vagabonds' and the penetrating 'Stupid Questions'. Others are more contemplative but no less enjoyable.

A great album from a very special band.
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This album is excellent, plain and simple. I was never a massive NMA fan but saw them at the 1989 Reading Festival and was dragged to a dodgy gig in Chester by my girlfriend at the time in 1992.

I had a sudden and unexpected hankering to check this, which always was my fave album of theirs out again after the best part of 20 years and I was incredibly impressed. If you don't ever buy anything by NMA buy this! It is one of the best albums I can ever remember hearing and it sounds as good now as it did then.

225 should be a song that every single person in the country should be made to sit down and listen to. Justin Sullivan still sounds like a public schoolboy but every single chord and rift and lyric of that song sounds as fresh and as even more meaningful now (post 9/11) as it did then.

Good point well made as far as where are all the reviews for this album? Come on all you clog wearing, pikey, dreadlocked fan boys - where are you when a review of this fantastic album by the faithful few is more than worth a go? Please don't tell me you have all submitted to the pressures of corporate life and sold your souls?

Buy this album if you haven't already done so, you won't regret it!
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