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Dumbing Up [CD+DVD]

World PartyAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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listen  2. What Does It Mean Now? 4:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 2, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD+DVD
  • Label: Seaview
  • ASIN: B000EWBKF8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,956 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Dumbing Up marks the return of Karl Wallinger and World Party, recapturing the magic of previously acclaimed efforts such as Goodbye Jumbo and Bang!. During World Party's hiatus interest in the band has grown after their song She's The One became a worldwide hit for British pop star Robbie Williams. Dumbing Up reaffirms World Party's Lennonesque knack for memorable melodies and a hopeful perspective, featuring lead single What Does It Mean Now?, the prescient Who Are You? , See The Light and the anguished epic Always On My Mind. .Bonus DVD! The initial orders of Dumbing Up will contain a DVD featuring almost three hours of all that is World Party rare music video, archival footage, live and studio performances.

After being given only a limited UK release four years ago, Dumbing Up has been expanded and is finally available in the US. 2002 was also the year that Karl Wallinger's longrunning, critically lauded and commercially successful World Party fell apart. With this album out and a return to touring, a new generation can be fully exposed to the resonant powers of Wallinger's songs. The first few bars of the opening "Another Thousand Years" make his love of pop smarts, and specifically The Beatles (with its shades of "Baby You're a Rich Man") readily apparent. Elsewhere, there are evident strains of the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and other pillars of well-crafted songs. What makes World Party -- essentially Karl Wallinger -- so compelling is that fact that those influences blend into a singular identity. The references are incorporated into a whole, absorbed, but not hidden. --David Greenberger

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still the One February 12, 2004
Format:Audio CD
The only problem with World Party's music is the leisurely pace at which new material emerges. I have read all of the previous reviews of Dumbing Up, and here is my take.
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.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
First, this CD is great on it's own, as good as anything in the World Party catalog. It loses a bit of steam toward the end but finishes with the epic 8-1/2-minute "Always On My Mind." Wonderful.

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!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tunesmith Karl Wallinger Comes Through Again September 16, 2000
Format:Audio CD
World Party's new release features the catchy tunes, the soulful vocals and the often insightful lyrics of Karl Wallinger. The heavy Beatles influence on Wallinger is nothing he needs to apologize for. The arrangements are very modern and World Party albums are loaded with innovation.
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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars old or new, borrowed or blue - great CD July 1, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Whether you refer to this CD as a reissue or a new release matters not, the songs are great. If I missed it the first time around, I am glad I found it this time around. This CD is as good as any in the World Party stable. Welcome back.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A welcome World Party return... November 15, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This album has some very strong performances from Kurt, and a welcome return back to the form of 'Goodbye Jumbo' and 'Bang'.
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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great January 16, 2007
By R Smith
Format:Audio CD
The best way to describe World Party is they sound like the Beatles if Bob Dylan and Prince were band members.

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.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bonus DVD is essential August 11, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Below is the tracklisting for the videos on the DVD:

Seaview TV

Ship Of Fools

Private Revoltion

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

Beautiful Dream

Call Me Up

Here Comes The Future

What Does It Mean Now?

Strange Groove (Live)

Is It Too Late?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars World Party Lives On
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 more
Published 3 months ago by Nirvananow
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of "Dumbing up" by World Party
Another excellent album by the always excellent World Party (you have to see them in concert!). The brilliant Karl Wallinger does it again! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Paul Schoonover
5.0 out of 5 stars I got what I paid for.
World Party makes some good music, luckily I was able to find all they're albums on Amazon. The CD worked, I just ripped it to my computer anyway.
Published 7 months ago by Nathan Rajnovich
5.0 out of 5 stars New appriciation!
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 more
Published 13 months ago by JC88
4.0 out of 5 stars More World Party
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 more
Published 16 months ago by dana larsen
2.0 out of 5 stars Nice to have
Short review, nice to have but not as essential as; "Goodbye Jumbo " and "Bang ". You figure it out yourself.
Published 20 months ago by George
4.0 out of 5 stars World Party Rules
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 more
Published on July 4, 2010 by SomeJohn
5.0 out of 5 stars Bonus DVD is awesome
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 more
Published on November 3, 2009 by farmer john
5.0 out of 5 stars World Party
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Is this the complete DVD?
I purchased this reissue mainly for the DVD. The reviews (previews) I read stated that the DVD contained more than 2 hours of content including music videos, interviews etc. Read more
Published on January 17, 2009 by Dibbs Martin
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