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4.1 out of 5 stars
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Ideas Above Our Station
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on 5 February 2006
I've not felt the urge to write a review before but after listening to this album I am gutted for the band that they are not as big as they deserve to be. If you are considering buying this album do yourself a favour and buy it now ! It's difficult to categorise their music as it has such a wide range of styles from the heavy tunes such as "What thought did" and "Gone too far" to the softer ballad (if you can call it that) of the single "Falter". Tracks 5 and 10 are the tracks you will most likely have heard before as they received heavy radio play when released and deservedly so. I can't stand U.S nu-metal and pop - punk and while this album has been put into this bracket by critics, it has a sound of its own - I guess because it's British. I have only just got into this band and I regret not giving them a chance when they first came on the scene. With a record label dispute behind them and a third album out in March 2006 maybe HR will get the credit they deserve. I hope they do.
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on 26 July 2015
What the what, what happened here? They deserved so much more than they got, this was a lost time in British music, after Brit pop had died but just before the rebirth with the likes of the libertines. I went to see these guys off the back of this album, they were great and showed so much promise a coulda, woulda, shoulda if I've ever seen one.
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on 23 November 2016
Ok
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on 13 January 2015
Excellent
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on 9 June 2002
wow.... this album is excelent stuff from HR there are heavy pasionate songs, there are slow emotional songs and there are some which got caught in the middle. i cant think of band to compare them with so i'll just say that they are somewhere in between Jimmy Eat World and At The Drive-in,(at the drive-in being at the louder end of the scale) both of whome i also greatly recomend. Great, great album buy it, buy it, buy it!!!
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on 2 January 2016
Bought as a gift. Recipient seems happy!
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on 9 March 2017
The go to album for early millennial UK post hardcore. We were all hooked from the opening bars of If I Could when it landed on our music video channel of choice and that was the perfect introduction to what was and is a bonafide classic. This album is all about that crunchy guitar sound so full of movement and bounce carrying you along with Colin's wonderfully phrased and beautifully earnest vocals keeping you engaged and invested. Lovely thick opening riff on track one. Big pop monster singles with Silver being the pick of them. Note perfect spikey little off beat gems like Shine and Gone too Far. Stunning album tracks like Dissolve and Falter. Then, as if more were needed, the jaw-dropping genre-defining anthem that should have been in Oratorio which propels this album from mere 'essential listening' into being a true behemoth of its time. This album was stunning back then but unlike so many others will sound just as good today and probably tomorrow too.
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on 13 March 2003
Its been a while since we've had a nice bit of hype for small band. Problem is whenever a band is due to release their debut and they're hyped up they usually end up flat on their faces, rueing the day they entered the studio.
Not here. Having already released the best songs of the album on EP (sorry couldn't resist a small dig), I was beginning to get sceptical as to whether HR could pull it off. But they have. The familiar crunching guitar riffs are there along with the growling vocals we've come to love.
I was going to write about how their live performances are outstanding (and by God I just have), but that shouldn't be taken into consideration when buying this album.
For once a Brit band that promises much, and actually delivers.
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on 4 June 2002
This band have true songwriting ability. They write like established masters such as Weezer or the Wedding Present. This album is one great tune after another. You'll put it on repeat.
Then they have the hard edge and rawness which will keep proper rock fans enchanted. They have the passion that only a few bands really command. And unleashed live they absolutely kick. You MUST see them.
HR will undoubtedly be big. Just when you thought there were no more niches to fill, they've found one. While every other band out there turns Alternative to seek the New Mainstream, Hundred Reasons offer a tantalising alternative vision of the future of music.
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on 27 May 2002
"Ideas Above..." can best be described as loud, crunchy, dynamic and very melodic...it's also absolutely fantastic and easily the best British-guitar-rock-record I've heard for absolutely ages. It's easily improved each time I've played it, and could well spawn, surprisingly, countless singles to bother the Top 40 for several months to come. The band know the importance of hiding great hooks in various places, and so thankfully don't rely too heavily on just having bombastic choruses to carry them along. Of all twelve songs the only one that hasn't left much of an impression on me is "Gone Too Far", but other than that I love what I've heard, and that can't be bad. It's strong, consistent and has bundles of energy, it's also a flab free 39 odd minutes so the pace never stumbles. The band are also extremely talented and guitars and drums create an almighty racket, with Colin's vocals also proving incredibly impressive.
A great live band and a great album...with the amount of ideas that are leaping around here it suggests Hundred Reasons could well dish out some more excellent records in the future.
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