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  • Audio CD (August 28, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Modular Interscope
  • ASIN: B000ROAB6C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,918 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Debut album from the London five piece, fresh from the NME Nu-Rave tour having played with the likes of Klaxons and CSS. This electro pop album includes indie dancefloor hits 'The Bomb' and 'Get Lucky' as well as the insanely sexy and catchy 'Ice Cream', recognisable from Intel's recent TV campaign.

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New Young Pony Club: new rave or new disco? Answer: who cares when their music sounds this good? The London quintet might be a new phenomenon to some, but others will know them well, as they’ve been working hard behind the scenes for a good three years or so, building up a solid fan base to accommodate the release of this debut album. And what a debut it is. Fantastic Playroom ticks all the right "influence" boxes--Bowie, Blondie, New Order-–to make it suitably zeitgeist-capturing, yet their tunes are infused with an extra savvy and edginess, putting them slightly ahead of the new whatever game. Singles like "Ice Cream" and "The Bomb" illustrate the band’s way with a sexy rhythm; songs like the percussive "Hiding on the Staircase" keep the party going, while the band’s 80s style synth-pop indulgences come unashamedly to the fore on "The Get Go" and "The Jerk." A large part of the band’s appeal is vocalist Tahita Bulmer, whose slightly detached vocal delivery sits well on the band’s songs. True, Fantastic Playroom can feel more like a collection of singles than a coherent album at times, but that’s just what this band do best. We should love them for it. --Paul Sullivan

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lovblad on August 28, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This new group is all the rage in Britain at the moment and I have been following them for a while in the NME. I first got to hear them on the ultra-cheap digital penetration sampler that came out quite a while ago. This debut album really confirms that they are one of the more interesting bands to come out at the moment. They have very strong New Wave influences which might seem to be a bit trendy but they are really better than that. Blondie and others have been cited but I would in may ways put them closer to the Waitresses or ESG. The music is rather simle melodic New Wave with guitar and synthesizer. The singing is really good. The production could have been slightly cleaner but overall the album is great. One of the few records to buy this year so far (and believe me I have unfortunately bought the others as well).
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jym Buss on October 17, 2007
Format: Audio CD
About every 6 to 7 years an album will come out where I hear it the first time and love everything on it. It is SO rare - examples would be 10,000 Maniacs "In My Tribe", Eurythmics "Peace", and Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians "Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars".

I was listening to independent radio here in LA and they played Ice Cream. The song IMMEDIATELY caught my attention with its hook much like CAKE did with "Never There".

I checked it out on Itunes and bought the album immediately. I have turned so many friends onto it and they are all amazed how hot their sound is...the band is tight and she is such a Blondie-esque detached almost "Waitresses" sound.

If you like punk, 80s new wave, dance or pop this CD will work for you!

Keep it coming NYPC!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By The_Lucas on April 2, 2008
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I can't get enough of this CD. I burned it to CD with Fancy Footwork
by Chromeo. I can't even begin to guess at how many times in a row I've listened to it, it took me a few listens to really get into it, but as with most CDs that happens. It is hard to describe the music...it's pop-y, catchy, and reminds me of the 80's. It is one of my most listened to CDs since I got a hold of The Essential Alice in Chains: Alice in Chains, The Faint, or Give Up: The Postal Service.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Norman on January 7, 2008
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The New Young Pony Club is one of many bands that are embracing the sound of Disco Rock. With groups like Maroon 5 taking it mainstream, smaller, more dance-oriented acts can fully flesh out that sound without fear. NYPC hails from London (but has a huge following in Australia, where they are signed to Modular Records), and has toured with Lily Allen, CSS, and the Klaxons, to name a few. Some might call their sound New Rave, but I much prefer my own labeling.

Fantastic Playroom, NYCP's debut album, is a romper room of fun and danceable beats. Singer Tahita Bulmer's voice sounds more like Imperial Teen (i.e. frequently out of tune) than Sarah Brightman, but this isn't really a bad thing in this case. Sometimes the more technically correct a vocalist sings, the less accessible they are.

"Get Lucky" opens the album, a groovy number about, gasp!, getting lucky! This song reminds me of Peaches, without the vulgarity. "Hiding on the Staircase" is the next track, and the one that stands out the most on the album. It is very different from the disco rock sound that is featured just about everywhere else. This song has a great tribal beat (not circuit tribal for all those people out there who love their club music) and a great political message. This is probably one of the most exciting songs on the album. "Ice Cream," their big cult hit, is the following song. I cannot get enough of this song, and for those in the same boat, track down Van She's fantastic Tech Mix of this song. Blowing full force back into disco, this song is not only as infectious as ice cream, but just as smooth and delicious. NYCP amp it up for "The Bomb," a relative stomper with a sing-a-long feel to it. Definitely a stand out.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J.W. Koester on October 16, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I love that EVERY song on this album is worth listening to! This is my favorite new band, they are so fun and if you are into indie pop, or like to dance - buy this album!
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