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Greatest White Liar

Nic ArmstrongAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 8, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: New West Records
  • ASIN: B0007LXP8G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,455 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Can't Stand It
2. Broken Mouth Blues
3. In Your Arms On My Mind
4. Down Home Girl
5. On A Promise
6. I'll Come To You
7. Back In That Room
8. Too Long For Her
9. She Changes Like The Weather
10. Natural Flair
11. Scratch The Surface
12. You Made It True
13. The Finishing Touch
14. Mrs. The Moraliser
15. I Want To Be Your Driver

Editorial Reviews

Though he was born well after the pure beginnings of rock & roll had become boardroom contrivances and generic pastiches, Nic Armstrong has tapped into the real deal and made it his own. This young Brit fell under the spell of the Americans who inspired the first wave of English rockers, as well as those lauded countrymen (Beatles, Kinks, Stones, etc.). A sharp sense of melody informs both the uptempo numbers and the ballads. "Too Long For Her" sounds like a long lost sixties nugget without being cloying or nostalgic. The arrangement and production sensibilities throughout are perfectly in sync with the songs and singing (the bass tone on "She Changes Like the Weather" is a joy in and of itself). A terrific take on Chuck Berry's "I Want To Be Your Driver" chauffeurs this brilliant and perfectly rendered rock debut on home. --David Greenberger

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Whitest Great Buyer March 21, 2005
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Format:Audio CD
The current vintage craze is already tediously infiltrating even the most remote recesses of society- seen any fourth graders with homemade holes in their jeans recently? The term vintage even is suspect. What qualifies? The look alike old t-shirt you got from Old Navy? The argyle sweater from that fancy second hand store? The windbreaker you got last year? In a society where even the most immediate moments seem so last second, the week that was becomes historically relevant, at least until next weeks show. If everything old is new again, what about everything new but made to seem old? Is that twice as good or twice as bad? Or simply twice as irrelevant? In the musical world, fads come and go like aromas in a fast food restaurant, but one fad that's always in style is musical mining. No decade is safe, no style too obscure to cop or to make a vague reference. What if, hypothetically, there was a new record that didn't simply give a polite nod, but rather embodied a whole decade and genre's worth of music in every way, shape, and form?

The Greatest White Liar is one such record, one of the more peculiar and intriguing releases of the year. It is at best a facsimile of all the hits of pre-hippie-hair-era Beatles, and at worst the same. These are all the songs you've heard on that oldies station that goes way back to the black and white decades, only you'll be stuck trying to sing the lyrics. Or hum the melody perfectly the first time through. Or remember exactly where it was you first heard that song. This is also the perfect album to play a trick on your parents. Simply turn it on, ever so innocently, with some vague remarks about a "greatest hits record" and see if they "remember" the songs. Odds are they will.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this pop masterpiece NOW! March 8, 2005
By Matty K
Format:Audio CD
This is no phoney retro throwback. Nic Armstrong is the real deal. Sure, it hearkens back to the fab 60s when British rockers would fill their songs with hooks galore. But it sounds fresh and new. Each song is a little treasure - fantastic melodies, little twists in the arrangements and an absolute sense of POP joy. And I mean pop like the Beatles. Or the Kinks. But the album also rocks. The edges remain a little rough and raw. There is a fine line between knowing what 60s rock from Britain should sound like (paging Noel Gallagher) and making a really grand, rocking record for those who love great pop songs. Some folks carry the torch and others are content to merely try to warm their hands on the flame. Nic Armstrong is absolutely running, torch in hand.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Saw them at Oasis(6-20) / Buy it! June 21, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Even with limited lights & sound, these guys opened for Jet who then opened for Oasis. I think the order should have been reversed. They ruled. I downloaded this disc when I got home last night. As a previous reviewer so aptly put: these guys are the real deal. Totally. Support musicians who actually play their instruments, not techno button pushers or pop celebs! BUY IT! IT ROCKS FOR SUMMER!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome throwback rock 'n' roll September 26, 2005
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As another reviewer stated, this is throwback rock, pure and simple. If you're looking for originality or experimentation, please look elsewhere. But if vintage '60s rock/blues/pop is your thing, Nic Armstrong is your man. "The Greatest White Liar," from the songs to the performances to the production, could have been released alongside the classic albums it draws inspiration from: Beatles, early Rolling Stones, and Kinks (especially "The Kink Kontroversy" and "Face to Face"). Yet it has a soul all its own and never strays into parody or mere copycatting. Crank this up and keep the British Invasion alive!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fresh retro pop rock January 25, 2013
Format:Audio CD
Nic Armstrong - Greatest White Liar

Good stuff here in the 60's pop rock style. This is a well produced, well executed vision of music that sounds dated but is newly made. I enjoyed every track and compare this most closely with some early Kinks and Donovan. No wicked guitar solos here, just short, catchy tunes with clear vocals. The only question I have is why no follow up disc from Nic Armstrong? Recommended.
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