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4.2 out of 5 stars
The Closer You Get
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 18 July 2012
Six By Seven's 2000 album release The Closer You Get was their second and, for me, is the best thing they ever recorded. Sound and style comparisons for the band were many and varied over their 10 or so year lifetime ('final' disbandment occurring in 2008), ranging from the likes of My Bloody Valentine, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, even Radiohead (bizarre). The Closer You Get puts paid to any such theories, containing as it does an eclectic (though predominantly menacing) mix of full-on post-punk rockers and more sombre, crescendo-building 'ballads', the latter (in particular) underpinned by the band's powerhouse rhythm section of Paul Douglas' bass and Chris Davis' drums.

Fitting most definitely into the former category, the album kicks off with two of the band's most vibrant, though, sound-wise, rather atypical songs, Eat Junk Become Junk and Sawn Off Metallica T-Shirt. The former is a brilliant tongue-in-cheek rant against the lot of the working man suffering the oppressive weight of external authority whilst the latter is a cry for help on behalf of the stylistically-challenged. The other brilliant up-tempo song here is the raucous and unrelenting Slab Square - a composition (probably not) affectionately named after Nottingham's pedestrianised main square - and on which Chris Olley's love-stricken vocals are at their most impassioned. However, this album is at its most impressive during its outstanding selection of moody, menacing semi-ballads. These include Ten Places To Die, on which Olley's falsetto vocal simply (but mesmerizingly) lists his view of potential final resting places, One Easy Ship Away, in which a suicidal narrator plans to escape to foreign parts for Christmas, My Life Is An Accident, on which Olley's vocals reach breaking point as he bemoans life's misfortunes, and England And A Broken Radio, a superbly subtle and poignant plea on behalf of the struggling music artist. But, for me, the album's standout song is Another Love Song, which builds from a mellow beginning to an all out aural assault, with minimal vocal accompaniment, but with guitar, keyboards and drums providing a blisteringly dynamic tour-de-force. The band also frequently used this song as a stunning opener to their live set.

An album, and a band, that is well worth a listen.
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on 3 September 2000
Six. By Seven - The Closer You Get: In the words of Mr Williams from Bruce Lee's Enter the Dragon, the music on this album is "too busy looking good" compared to ANYTHING out there. It's the best thing I've heard since Radiohead's the bends and that's saying something. From the lamenting Eat Junk Become Junk to 100 & Something Foxhall Road, all the songs have a certain subtle violence about them; it's the way they start off soft and end up making your ears bleed in a cacophony of guitars, banging-drums and weird noises. A definite must for anybody's record collection.
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on 30 March 2000
Whilst the first Six By Seven album has maybe two top class songs on it, The Closer You get has 5 or 6, and another seems to leap out at me every time I hear it. 'Ten Places to Die' is a slowburning nightmare, that just builds and builds, 'One Easy Ship Away' a tortured ballad from the Radiohead school of gut wrenching, and 'My Life is An Accident' comes to a astonishing climax, as frontman Chris Olley screams the title of the album over and over again. This is very intense and heavy music, owing a whole lot more to Sonic youth, Joy Division and the Velvet Underground, than to Radiohead.
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on 27 October 2003
lyrically, this album is appauling, but don't let that put you off. It's an ear pulverising smash and grab journey, taking at lot from the bands like Mogwai, with the huge crescendos that last the whole song. If you like your music starting off a bit softly, then getting louder and noiser throughout the whole song with no respite, then this is for you.
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on 16 September 2002
the second lp by six by seven fails to deliver.It has several highlights - new year, one easy ship away, another love song, 100 and something foxhall road - but many songs are painstakingly average and tuneless like the opener eat junk become junk, sawn off metallica t shirt, slab square. in addition ten places to die and england and a broken radio already appear on an ep so their inclusion here is redundant. They will redeem themselves on their third offering though.
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