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  • Audio CD (13 July 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B002938K2Q
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 154,096 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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BBC Review

The Rumble Strips first appeared out of Devon in late 2005, when they were bugled by the NME. They, in turn, had the band headline their New Music Tour in 2007 after a moderate beginning with their infuriatingly catchy tunes such as Girls And Boys In Love and Alarm Clock. Later that year, just after releasing their quite good Dexy's-infused debut album, Girls And Weather, singer Charles helped out Mark Ronson at the Electric Proms to deliver a version of the increasingly-absent Amy Winehouse's Back To Black. That seed sown, Ronson decided to take on production duties on what would become this, their second album, and as a result, his input has reinvigorated the Strips immeasurably.

What with 2009 fast becoming the year of the second album volte face (The Horrors, Jack Penate etc) Welcome To The Walkalone is a far more enjoyable and rewarding experience as a result. With Scott Walker, the wall of sound approach of Phil Spector and early 60s European soul as touchstones, the 11 tracks of Welcome... are imbued with drama, added dimensions and all-round spectacle, not least where Arcade Fire/Last Shadow Puppets' string-meister Owen Pallet throws in arrangements to increase his position as the indie Wally Stott.

Not The Only Person details an apology to some would-be muggers who were seen off by Charles' wife, yet sounds as dramatic as anything Scott Walker came up with in his peerless first four solo albums; the opener and title track literally sounds not-of-this-time yet thrillingly contemporary; Daniel is as windswept and indecipherable as Brel in a North London greasy spoon; Sweet Heart Hooligan dispenses with the need of the so-called poetry of Peter Doherty in its opening verses, while closer Happy Hell could quite easily be something Winehouse may come up with at some point.

Timeless, economically perfect tunes of wonder and the wanderlust of post-pub dreamers and kebab shop romances. Welcome To The Walkalone is a fantastic reawakening for a band that could quite easily have fallen off Earth to not much fanfare. Marvellous stuff. --Ian Wade

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Don't do many of these reviews but, having seem them live in Portsmouth last night and read the other review, I felt had to come to their defence. This album is great, original and melodic but a bit darker than the first.

They are also one of the best live bands I've seen for a long time, with a strong vocalist, great brass section and manic bass player.

As for one star, Not The Only One is just a classic pop song, London is a belter and Welcome To The Walk Alone a deft opener. They remind me of Cousteau, if anyone remembers them, but with an indie edge and more fun.

Should be huge but doubt they will be.
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This is certainly different from "Girls and Weather", but like many great and legendary bands, this is simply an evolution to their next phase of genius. A moody and an original variety of tracks that would grace any West End musical stage, with a sumptious full orchestral support so typical of the perfectionist that is Mark Ronson, producer.

Certainly strains of Scott Walker in the opening and title track, but none the worse for that. "Raindrops" and "Happy Hell" are memorable, as is "Backbone", with a myriad of wonderful wavering discordant strings adding to the ambiance.

Although it could be labelled a retro-sixties collection, it would not do justice to this addictive compilation of the re-born Strips, that promises so much for the future. Ignore this space at your peril!
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Their first album was exuberant and full of sing-a-long brass camp. Rumbles second offering may have a darker edge and introduced the strings but is no less enjoyable. Indeed for a second effort it is nothing short of fantastic.

Like many great bands the home format doesn't do the live band justice. However Charlie's voice is still lung-bustingly brilliant and Ronson's production is stamped with class. I have seen them perform 4 times this year the best proving a personal highlight at Reading Festival.

I have been buying this as a present for people who do not know the band, I've heard no negative feedback yet.
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I heard one track from this band in the summer and liked it. I had seen one very bad review for this album so was hesitant to spend my hard earned cash on it. However, I found out they were playing live in Poole and went along. I only knew one track but thought they were amazing. One of the best live performances I have seen in a long time. So as a result I immediately bought this album and I haven't been disappointed. Highly recommended!
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