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Over the Counter Culture
Over the Counter Culture
Offered by Todays Great Deal
Price: £1.36

2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extra-ordinary, 5 July 2004
Imagine a supergroup which included Morrissey on vocals, Keith Richards and Graham Coxon on guitar, Paul Simonon on bass and Dave Grohl on drums. Stop dreaming. It's here.
OK, these artists may never overcome their differences and produce such a band, but the Ordinary boys have managed to merge these conflicting inspirations and (the really difficult bit) they still create something that sounds completely ORIGINAL.
Sam Preston's songwriting is nothing short of genious. Witty, deep, moving and (amazingly) FUN. And as many people have already commented, very, very British. All of this is true from the blistering rock attack of the first few lines of the openning track "Over the counterculture/ well that's right where you belong/ you try to sever your ties to the London skies/ But you've got the whole thing wrong" right through to the moving Just A Song, where Preston sings: "Because I've done nothing wrong/ It's just a song, it's just a song"
The instrumentation is jsut as exiting, ranging from the rock'n'roll riffing of the title track and "In Awe Of The Aweful" to the lush accoustic chords and harmomnic piano tinkling of "Just A Song".
Almost flawless, this album sets The Ordinary Boys up as one of the most exiting new bands in years. Along with Razorlight, Franz and the Libertines they are crafting the bright future of British rock. This band is above hype. Join the weekend revolution.

Hot Fuss
Hot Fuss
Offered by Bridge_Records
Price: £3.93

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Killer Debut Album!, 6 Jun. 2004
This review is from: Hot Fuss (Audio CD)
It was pretty much by chance that I found this album on the XFM listening post ([...] and having heard the touching single "Mr.Brightside", decided to check it out and was not disappointed.
The lead-singer's voice is somewhere between Alex Kaprinos of Franz Ferdinand and the lead-singer of Starsailor, as is their music. The music is also in places remeniscent of some of Pink Floyd's more experimental moments, only without the twenty-minute long guitar solos.
If you generally only like bands that torture guitars until they scream, admittedly this album is not for you. Although guitars do take an important role in this album, the band usually prefer to use catchy synthesised strings.
The only aspect that really lets this album down is the songwriting, which more than often leaves much to be desired. There are though some well-placed anthemic lines every now and then- e.g. in "All The Things I've Done" the line "I've got soul but I'm not a soldier" is begging to be screamed back by a stadium-full of fans.
In summary, this album is not glamourus, and isnt really that rock'n'roll, but it sure as hell is the best synth-indie you'll hear all year.

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