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First, I agree that the single Here Comes the Future does not mesh with the rest of the tracks. All of the World Party CDs after Private Revolution have a track or two that heads into Motown/soul/Prince territory with the falsetto singing. Those are not necessarily the tracks that I hit repeat on either.
But downgrading this CD because it does not measure up to the classic Private Revolution or Goodbye Jumbo is just crazy. What other artists out there are making music this good in the pop genre? I listen to tons of music, World Party has few equals.
Just for the record, on Dumbing Up, there are three songs that are as good as anything World Party has done, and that's saying a lot in my book: What Does It Mean Now, the very prescient Who are You, and See the Light. The rest of the CD is merely terrific. Take it off your CD player for a month or so (I did too), then put it back on after you're done with Radiohead and Verve Pipe and Starsailor and whoever else you are fancying these days. Five stars all the way.
The opening song, "Here Comes The Future" has you humming along after the first listen and is further augmented with a few rap verses. "Another 1000 Years" instantly brings the Beatles "Baby You're A Rich Man" into your mind. Karl Wallinger is also heavily influenced by Bob Dylan. Another favorite of mine from "Dumbing Up" is a song called "Who Are You?", which is done in a style reminiscent of Dylan in his "Highway 61 Revisited" era.
In the song "Who Are You?", Wallinger asks: "Are you the problem or the answer? Who are you?" Wallinger is clearly the answer for the person who loves leading edge rock music with real melodies, great individual vocals and harmonies, innovative studio work and meaningful lyrics. No one is doing a better job satisfying the person who appreciates these things today than Karl Wallinger and World Party.
As an "old" fan (I loved World Party back in the late 80's and early 90's), this US release of their 2000 album is welcome, because it caught my eye, whereas I had completely missed the original release. Not only that, but this includes a DVD containing over two hours' worth of material, mostly videos made for songs from all the studio albums, 1987 up through 2000. I suppose the "true" fan who kept up to date by getting this CD on import would have appreciated the DVD being sold separately, but for me, it's a 2-for-1 deal that's quite welcome.
Karl & gang have been away far too long. I'm so glad he's recovered from the aneurysm in 2001! Scary stuff. World Party is on tour this summer (2006) and hopefully we can all say "welcome back" to new songs soon!
I felt on 'Egyptology' he really had nothing to say...good, safe melodies with absolutely no lyrical depth. This album finds him back to true form. Inspired Lyrics, strong melodies that grab you from the very first listen.
Don't be thrown off by the opening track...the rest of the album is nothing like it. In fact, after the first few listens I've programmed out the 1st and last song, which seem a little out of place with the rest of the album.
This album should be well received by critics and loyal fans, and should gain him some new ones along the way.
There is not a bad or mediocre World Party, although out of the five this one is probably their 2nd best (after Goodbye Jumbo). If you are new to World Party, this is a great place to start - highly recommended.
Ship Of Fools
All Come True
Put The Message In The Box
Way Down Now
Thank You World
Is It Like Today?
Give It All Away
All I Gave
It Is Time
Call Me Up
Here Comes The Future
What Does It Mean Now?
Strange Groove (Live)
Is It Too Late?
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Mark Wallinger is the best. If you still love the music that he produced in the 90's and 2000's = you'll love "Dummy Up". Read morePublished 19 months ago by Nirvananow
Another excellent album by the always excellent World Party (you have to see them in concert!). The brilliant Karl Wallinger does it again! Read morePublished 20 months ago by Paul Schoonover
World Party makes some good music, luckily I was able to find all their albums on Amazon. The CD worked, I just ripped it to my computer anyway.Published 23 months ago by Nathan Rajnovich
well, i first bought this CD many many years ago and listened to it perhaps maybe a handful of times and someway or another it went missing. Read morePublished on September 18, 2013 by JC88
I love World Party and Karl Wallinger. Anything by them is joyous to my ears. It's not as good as Goodbye Jumbo, but new and different and I will always enjoy anything Karl does. Read morePublished on June 21, 2013 by dana larsen
Short review, nice to have but not as essential as; "Goodbye Jumbo " and "Bang ". You figure it out yourself.Published on February 28, 2013 by George
What can I say. I love World Party. I didn't know this latest effort was out there. I was thrilled to discover it. And it's good stuff. Read morePublished on July 4, 2010 by SomeJohn
Although the music from "Dumbing Up" is excellent, the bonus DVD of videos from World Party is exceptional. I don't watch MTV or VH1, so I hadn't seen these videos. Read morePublished on November 3, 2009 by farmer john
Great CD . If you like Karl's previous CD's you'll love this one too. It is very Beatle like.He's definitely a great talent. Hope he'll have another great CD soon.Published on September 9, 2009 by Sarah Doty Michaelides