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on 17 July 2011
. The themes on Vulnerabilia (the title suggests a concept) relate to simple everyday mundanity and towards drug addiction and much in between. But this is not an indulgently bleak album. Comparing well with the classic work of New Order or Happy Mondays before them this is a very literal body of work- lyrics that don't echo -rather ram down the throat the despondency of a life with no outlook somewhere in Manchester and musically the feel of the stamp of locality and its roots.

On it's own terms it's an audacious record and despite the duo's origins doesn't sound much like the aforementioned bands or for that matter anything like Stone Roses who's producer John Leckie is involved here. And whereas Manchester bands tended to fuse sounds most notably deft beats to melancholic hooks this dramatically veers from styles from opposite ends of the spectrum to the other in a schizophrenic fashion. Perhaps most obviously on Magic Bus -one moment a quality techno stomp gives way to evocative classical piano then to 50's sci- fi theremin sounds in it's dramatic conclusion. Preposterous - it shouldn't work but it seems, almost organic.

The guy who worked at Action Records wanted to listen to this but unfortunately for him I bought the last of what was likely few copies, - it (the record) deserved a better fate. Yet significant sales success, seemed ludicrous given the gloomy demeanour and lo- fi production- Unpolished, even rustic the joins in this album are laid bare. In short one of the astonishing/underrated albums of the last ten years.
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on 2 March 2015
Excellent price, excellent service, excellent product [prefer 'No CV' by the same band but 'Vulnerabilia' is near impossible to get now...]
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on 3 September 2002
This album defies description on several levels.
Firstly, it's a real broad mix of styles. The album starts out with the title track "All I Ever Really Wanted Was A Good Time", which begins with a subtle little ambient lead in and vocodered vocals á la "Eiffel 65"; the track them transmutes into hardcore, nosebleed Techno and then fades out into bliss-out acoustic guitar overlaid with, yup, you guessed, more vocodered vocals. The rest of the album is a similarly eclectic mix, managing to somehow blend in deep-South American blues guitar somewhere along the way.
Secondly, albeit the range of styles vary so much, this album is really well produced and gels in a really well-put-together sort of a way. This is even more surprising considering that the two guys who make up "My Computer", Messrs Luke and Chester, put the whole thing together with no more than a household PC, a sampler, a few guitars and a mixing desk.
Thirdly and finally, the CD is overprinted with the image of a large, orange rat, while the cover itself seems to have been assembled out of cut-up newspapers and magazines by a colour-blind Rhesus monkey. Or possibly even a Macac.
One to buy for anyone into bliss-out/trip-out/hardcore house/ambient tunes. Everyone should buy it, we'd all learn something.
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on 24 March 2003
Anyone for folk-pop techno? Don't all rush at once.
This is one of the most original albums of 2002, but is far too clever for it's own good. "Vulnerabilia" is the work of two Manchester scallies who look old enough to know better. Repeat listens may be required to get your head around this records sonic direction, which is at first baffling. This is what might happen if The Doves and Air formed a supergroup with The Happy Mondays...with The Prodigy producing. An inspired shambles, totally schizo in structure. Scattershot soundscapes for the morning after, one toke over the line. Songs about broken love, broken minds, everything broken but bad habits. Theres a lot of paranoia and angst in these tracks, interspersed with a distillation of modern dance sounds, and it has a fragmented, almost psychedelic feel.
Sometimes when listening to "Vulnerabilia", you can't help but think these boys have too many fingers in too many pies to tempt us with something distinctive, but when they play it straight, as on the lovely ambient swoon of "No More Dealing", it can't be knocked. But please lads-cut out the vocoder next time, its not clever and just makes you sound like Cher, and thats going to impress no-one.
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VINE VOICEon 9 May 2003
No album that sounds like a collision involving Radiohead, Steely Dan, Pavlovs Dog, Underworld & Air deserves to sound this good. It takes a few listens to got into it though. I bought after hearing 'More To Life' on Radio 1s Blue Room and initially wasn't impressed - for a start I don't usually like vocoded vocals. However after a few listens I am now hooked. As others have said the range of musical styles (in each song!) is huge yet it all works beautifully - the music is almost impossible to describe - you have to hear it!
Perhaps this is how Kid A should have sounded?
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on 4 January 2003
This album would be the result of a lovechild of Radiohead, Death In Vegas and Air. What a beautiful baby it is too!! i implore you to give it a go. a style that verges on eclecticism, My computer's debut vulnerabilia suprises the listner into submission. The collection of songs lend themselves to the type of music fan that prays at the altar of Thom 'squinty-boy' Yorke, as experimental as this genre of music gets, my computer involves the listner to a point where you sing the songs even though you dont know them. a great experimental album and nothing but good ear candy.
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on 30 August 2002
Vulnerabilia is an interesting mix of electronica, guitar and radioheadesque singing. Imagine a combination of Pink Floyd, Bent, Radiohead and Air and you are just scrpaing the surface. Sounds like it might not work but it does, and to great effect.
I would recommend this album to anyone wanting to listen to something chilled out, melodic, original and REFRESHING.
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