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  • Audio CD (2 July 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Surrender All
  • ASIN: B000PTYPWU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 218,439 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
One word: WOW. Dance-rock duo James Lavelle and Richard File have excelled themselves on this, UNKLE's latest opus. Dirty great guitar riffs... top-notch guest spots... even the odd dance-floor filler... you really couldn't ask for much more. Enlisting the likes of Masters of Reality man/stoner-rock uber-producer Chris Goss and recording tracks at the Rancho de la Luna studio in the Californian desert has clearly played a major part in the way this album sounds, giving it an ethereal quality without forsaking the trademark dark, hypnotic vibe. The vocal lines provided by the likes of Josh Homme (QOTSA), Ian Astbury (The Cult) and Liela Moss (The Duke Spirit) are strong and memorable in their own right, while Gavin Clark's inclusion on penultimate track, 'Broken' is simply inspired. Somewhat less spectacular are the contributions from Massive Attack's 3D and Autolux but thankfully, they don't detract from the overall enjoyment of the album.

A tad over-long at 14 tracks (including the 14 minute finale, 'When Things Explode') War Stories is nevertheless like good quality dark chocolate: rich and flavoursome, with a distinct and pleasingly bitter edge.

Matt Pucci
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Format: Audio CD
Piggybacking on the success of Never, Never, Land, Lavelle, File and Gen return with a very stark, moody offering. Quelle surprise. A lot can happen in four years: new governments arise, wars can start and end, people get married, divorced and fight for custody, technological advances, etc. Its a good thing, then, that Unkle has decided to do the same. Their fans are getting a little older now: some have families, getting nice chunky guts, mortgages, perhaps have dramatic changes happen in their lives. Its nice to know that, although some things are different, they are still the same. This offering from Unkle retains so much of the attitude and mood that has made their work so popular, but has changed so very nicely to suit their now aging legion of fans.

I can happily say that I have been there since Psyence Fiction and, in my opinion, they have improved vastly and gained a maturity that I wish their contemporaries would consider. I am so very sick of The Chemical Brothers now. When will they learn? Having been staunchly anti-rock and pro-techno through most of my teens made me privy to the alternative sounds of Unkle in the first place, but it is now the abrasive rock sound that has drawn me back to them yet again. We seem to be maturing in parallel.

All of their albums had their place in time. They were very much of the moment. Very fashionable pieces of music made obvious by the ridiculous amount of merchandise that surrounded them. This album is no exception and i'm sure there will be silly plastic figures and £300 pairs of trainers to accompany this release. But I still like the music.

The album is very rock and, like I said, moody. Its probably got an agenda (its called War Stories for heaven's sake) but I don't care what it is.
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Format: Audio CD
an utterly compelling lp - deep and dark and aggressive and demanding...the closest comparisons i can think of would be Massive Attack's Mezzanine lp and Spirit of Eden by Talk Talk

an inspired choice of guest vocalists (the Gavin Clark of Clayhill & Ian Astbury tracks are fabulous) just show how on top of his game Lavelle is.

sometimes an lp grabs me so much intitally that after a week or so, i'm almost bored of it, but trust me, there's no way you could be bored by this...it's got the lot.

without a doubt, one of the top three lps of the year.
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By S Bruce TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 July 2007
Format: Audio CD
UNKLE have found a little niche for themselves as the 'real'-sounding band that dance music fans like myself can like. Partly that's due to the epic production values, partly that's due to UNKLE's ongoing fantastic selection of remixers and remixes to support their releases- their previous album "Never Never Land" spawned so many re-versions that they ended up getting released as a 4CD set in their own right.

With this album though they may have taken a step too far in the Radiohead direction that beats & breaks fans won't appreciate so much. The UNKLE sound is still there- rich orchestration, complex drums, melancholic melodies- but what one of the other reviewers has called "mature" I'd call "passionless". The whole thing just has a slight hint of resignedness that makes it, for me, not as good as "Never Never Land" was.

As I was particularly disappointed with the vocal guest appearances, then I was happy to get the limited edition 2CD version which includes a second disc containing all the instrumental versions of the songs on the first disc, in the same order. I have a feeling that disc two is the one I'll be going back to repeatedly.

I'm also looking forward to hearing some of these tracks being remixed.

However on the limited edition 2CD version, the packaging is TERRIBLE. Really, really poor. It is a chunky "what shelf will that go on?" box that is badly designed so that the inner part wedges awkwardly. The CDs don't sit properly in their 'slots'. The tracklist is printed onto the outer vacuum-plastic that you have to destroy in order to open it- why?! Music aside, UNKLE albums have had some awful packaging.

If you like this album, try also Rob Dougan's "Furious Angels" album.
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