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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])
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, were 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 PattisonSee all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
found this album for 3 quid, 2.99 too much in my opinion. I don't like but if other people do, good on them. Read morePublished on 15 Nov. 2011 by jezabell
If you have any of the other Young Knives albums you'll already know how good they; if you are a first time buyer you won't be disappointed. Read morePublished on 20 Feb. 2010 by Claire Limonade
Initialy it struck me as good album that had a few standout tunes on it. But the more I listened to it the more it consumed me. It's an awsome album. Read morePublished on 29 Feb. 2008 by Mr. C. E. Jones
Brilliant, it's not often these days that I stumble across something this outstanding, I was watching Glasto coverage and saw The Decision which intrigued me enough to find the... Read morePublished on 21 Feb. 2008 by sawyer
I first heard the young knives on MTV2 when they played the new video for 'the decision' i was hugely amazed and decided to look for moer on their music on youtube. Read morePublished on 29 Nov. 2007 by Mr. T. W. Culley
Somehow it feels wrong to label the Young Knives "Britpop" -- they're so decidedly rock'n'roll that the last half of the word doesn't fit them. Read morePublished on 15 July 2007 by EA Solinas
One of the darlings of the Zane Lowe/Jo Whiley bandwaggon, this is off the wall English pop in all it's glory. Read morePublished on 3 Jan. 2007 by R. B. Moore
"you were screaming at your mum an' I was punching your dad" - if that's not punk pop genius, I don't know what is. Buy this album if only for track 9 'She's Attracted To'.Published on 31 Oct. 2006 by Sameold