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  • Audio CD (21 Aug. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Transgressive Records
  • ASIN: B000H3092Y
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,057 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Part Timer
  2. The Decision
  3. Weekends and Bleak Days (Hot Summer)
  4. In The Pink
  5. Mystic Energy
  6. Here Comes The Rumour Mill
  7. Tailors
  8. Half Timer
  9. She's Attracted To
  10. Dialling Darling
  11. Another Hollow Line
  12. Coastguard
  13. Loughborough Suicide
  14. Tremblings Of Trails

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THE YOUNG KNIVES Voices Of Animals And Men (2006 UK 14-track CD album - This their long-awaited debut album includes the singles Shes Attracted To Here Comes The Rumour Mill and Weekends And Bleak Days [Hot Summer])

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Three young men who dress like old men who hail from the decidedly un-rock'n'roll environs of Ashby-de-la-Zouche, The Young Knives may not immediately resemble a band bound for the big time. Their Voices Of Animals And Men, however – the follow-up to 2002 mini-album Young Knives Are Dead – demonstrates the sort of furious ambition and unfettered eccentricity that has catapulted bands like Queen, Sparks and – oh yes – The Darkness into the British musical consciousness. Musically, we’re talking lean, 70s-tinged art-rock a la Gang Of Four or many of their myriad modern copyists. It's the vocal interplay of Henry Dartnall and his brother 'The House Of Lords' (so nicknamed because he vetoes the band's best ideas) that's truly their calling card, amusing narratives like "Weekends And Bleak Days (Hot Summer)" and the immortal meet-the-parents tale "She's Attracted To" delivered in shrill, priggish Middle English accents. Rollicking good fun, but a whole album of it could get obnoxious, so thank goodness for the likes of "Tailors", a mid-album interlude of chattering sewing machine and gentle, Syd Barrett-style vocal whimsy. –-Louis Pattison

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Format: Audio CD
I'm usually rather cautious when I've looked forward to an album for so long that I'll be disappointed to find, as so often in the past, a couple of singles, two or three decent enough songs, six fillers and a 'meaningful' closing ballad. Something about the Young Knives made me much more optimistic, and wasn't I just right to be.

Based in Oxford and dressed by Oxfam, I am stunned into endless euphemism by these marvellous three kings of English indie-pop.

English is a word that will be used in just about every review of these boys and their work, and it's not hard to hear why. It travels effortlessly between wit, whimsy and wallop. It makes you dream of bunking off work on a hot-hot summer (Weekends and Bleakdays), laying in a corn field dressed in tweed and drinking scrumpy. "The Decision" is a delicious, ingenious piece of insanity that teaches you how, when all else fails, you can still be the Prince of Wales. And there's still time for a fight with your girlfriends dad under the security lights, thanks to the raucous anthem "She's Attracted To". "Coastguard" is dark and clever, and you can feel the unfluence of Gang of Four's Andy Gill who produced the album. "Loughborough Suicide", despite it's deseperate subject matter is one of the most uplifting songs I've ever heard, like when you felt joy at how damn good the Smiths were at despondency. The lyric "I will never go down fighting" has been in my head for a month.

The Knives are sharp, and their music is too. It's uplifting to know that amidst the pompous herion-chic look-at-me-what-a-rock-star-I-am bands bloating the music scene these days with their inspid mewlings, someone like the Young Knives can knock out a piece of perfect pop in brown corduroy and still get down the Dog and Duck for a real ale and a game of dominoes before Pete Doherty has even arrived for his court appearance.
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This album by the 3 piece band who are now based in Oxford and signed to Transgressive Records (the same stable as ladyfuzz and regina spektor and such musical luminaries) have put together an album full of English whit and good music.

I used to work with Oli and House of Lords (so named because "he's big and all all important decisions have to go through him") in HMV in Oxford and know that their musical interests are as varied as this album is impressive.

It's a well crafted record with some amazing songs:

Part Timer -

The album starts with a riff driven, high tempo affair. And sets the tone for much of the album. very much the bread and butter of the band. the lead vocals being taken by Henry (guitar) and with the usual inserts from House, its a good, raucus opening.

The Decision -

the song that made me love the band. with some of the greatest lyrics. "i'm the prince of Wales, i'm the prince of Wales and if all the else fails i am the prince of Wales" is a case in point.

Weekends and Bleak Days (hot summer) -

the latest album released just before this album. It's a great song looking at working through the summer, being fed up of having to and then bunking off. The video for this is excellent - as are all their videos. The song itself is classic indie pop. I really great song with a chorus that will be sung at all the festivals!

In the pink -

It's a slower-paced affair. with a nice plodding beat and a nice tune. for some reason it harks back to 1970's rock to me. it comes across as a little more sinister than the rest.

Mystic Energy -

a great song that would fit into many an indie bands reportoire.
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Poppy, spikey, catchy, witty, exciting, interesting and very, very English. Best of all is the way it holds together as a complete album and makes you want to keep returning to it. At first listen, it comes across as very simple musically but each repeated listen reveals something new, and soon the interplay between the instruments, the imaginative chord changes and drum patterns and the great vocal shenanigans all add plenty of depth and energy. Franz Ferdinand and one or two other bands could do well to take a few notes here. This is my album of the year so far by a country mile. Go on, give it a shot!
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This album was bought from Amazon on the spur of the moment while I was trying to get hold of some new stuff for my collection... I picked up this, some Be Your Own PET, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and Giant Drag.

Out of all those, this is the one that I've been listening to the most. I like it a lot... good guitars, lyrics can be extremely funny (very clever) and poignant too, and the singer's voice is definitely very English - something that I like. My favourite tracks would be Track 9 "She's Attracted To" really funny and Track 13 "Loughborough Suicide" - but that's not to say the first track off the album doesn't get you going straight away... "I was bored, I was bored!" ... "And everything stays the same!"

Yeah - this is great... head-rocking tunes with the odd whoop of joy! As I'm writing this review I've been going through the CD again, I must say that Track 2 is damn good too... "I was a difficult child, Ì was abstract and mild"...

Why only 4 stars? Well, it's not perfect, and I can be quite a harsh reviewer. 4 stars is really good and a solid recommendation from me.
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