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Guitar Romantic [Live]

The Exploding Hearts, Exploding HeartsAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (April 1, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Dirtnap Records
  • ASIN: B000088E9O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,123 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6. Rumours in Town
7. Throwaway Style
8. Boulevard Trash
9. Jailbird
10. Still Crazy

Editorial Reviews

The latest in 1970s-styled power pop rocking from Portland, Oregon rave-ups EXPLODING HEARTS. Blending the songwriting charm and guitars of early Brit pop bands like the Undertones and The Jam, the romance of pop legends like Nick Lowe, the energy and attitude of power pop/punk bands like Buzzcocks and the Boys, and the beat and soul of the early Motown and Stax combos, the band gives-it-up with foot-stomping beats, great songwriting, and killer Rickenbacker guitar riffs.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Modern kicks April 25, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Zippy punk served up '77 style, from the shoutalong girl-group-derived melodies to the dayglo cover art to a mix that boasts all meters buried in the red. Lotsa fun, in other words, if just shy of greatness. Full marks for effort, though. This is what punk rock sounded like before it got codified into simple barre chords and zitty whining. If you've ever heard the Vibrator's classic "Pure Mania" then you're already well-acquainted with the game plan. And although it's all highly derivative, the Exploding Hearts at least show good sense and smart album collections in their choice of idols. It also helps that the band possesses an infectious exuberance and a seemingly limitless energy supply. With any luck, a million and one Good Charlotte-lovin' teenie punks will clutch onto this as their favorite album ever and all their subsequent bands will be formed in the image of the Exploding Hearts. And then the world will be a better place. Or something.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Broken mirrors and a bloody nose June 3, 2004
Format:Audio CD
The loss of the Exploding Hearts in a tragic car wreck is one of the most depressing things to happen musically in the last few years. In this current scene, where 70's / 80's retro has become the hottest ticket around, the `Hearts stopped in to drop this `lil bombshell. If you scream for all the dreamy neo / retro punk / post-punk bands like Rapture, Hot Hot Heat, the Strokes et al. then please do yourself a big favor and pick up this release. It will kick in the door with its blazing raw punk beats (ala The Fall, The Clash, etc) punch those pretty boy bands in the nose , take their best girl and toss her on the back of their bike, and leave a big cloud of smoke and rubber in their driveway. There's the throwback love saga "Jailbird", there's the anathematic "Boulevard Trash", the blistering "I'm a Pretender", the very Clash-y "Rumours in Town". And if it were still the eighties, "Sleeping Aides and Razor Blades" would be the off kilter radio hit. Crap, lets face it every track on this album absolutely goes toe down, leaving you crying with a black eye and a big fat lip. Then there's "Modern Kicks", that's probably one of the best songs this decade, if not ever. A fired up guitar mugging of a song that has everything a classic song should have... shouting punk chorus, scorching guitar riffs and solos, and lead vocals delivered with a sneer. At a battle of the bands, it would be standing there laughing while those other MTV bands ran crying for their mommy.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic garage rock with a punk feel June 8, 2006
Format:Audio CD
The Exploding Hearts were a bunch of young kids playing a musical style twice their age but you wouldn't know that from their flawless recreation of the sounds of the classic rock n' roll/garage movement of the late 60's. Despite their youth, there's a timeless feel to their modern take on this genre as they belt through a series of rock n' roll originals that surely would have been chart toppers in that era. Helping this out is the absolutely retro straight out of the amp, fuzzy around the edges guitars and a strict adherence to blues based rock songwriting but with a superb flair for writing memorable songs that stick out from the considerable amount of bands playing this style past and present. They also incorporate some of the energy of the early British punk movement, keeping things moving at a brisk pace that keeps the interest level high from start to finish.

Beyond a couple almost ballads (they still rock!), most of the album is packed with upbeat numbers driven by raw, jangly guitars and almost non-stop lead guitar riffs. The lead work is especially good on this album, ranging from classic straight 50's greaser type solos to bold, anthemic solos that dominate tracks like "Modern Kicks" and "Rumors In Town". At times this comes across as a more poppy version of the New York Dolls but flush with the vibe and feel of a more straight rock version of The Undertones or The Vibrators. It has that same crazy punk energy but not the angry power chords, instead going with a more bubblegum rock style full of a ton of solos.

The vocals are fairly bubblegum as well with lots of back up vocals and tons of lyrics about girls but never come across as cheesy or forced.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW...and then a tear. October 14, 2008
Format:Audio CD
As a guy who has owned a copy of this record since its release in 2003, and played, and over-played the hell out of it, it has never once gotten boring, or old like some of the other formulaic music the radio or MTV tries to pass off as music. You can't however even compare this to the crap that gets airplay. It goes beyond the casual listen, it gets inside of you and makes you feel alive.
It has everything that makes a record great to me. Loud, brash vocals, loud brash guitars that have a melody, great hooks, and a lo-fi quality to the recording(it was recorded in a basement)though it sounds really really clear considering. It has charm, substance, and potential. These guys were only kids, and to think they could produce such hooky music is astounding.
Then the sad part.
This same music that makes you feel so alive inside was recorded only months before three fourths of this band would die in a car accident. Their one and only true studio album still stands above almost everything else in my collection and thats saying alot.
If you stumbled across this cd here, and are reading this review because a friend told you the story, or you read about them somewhere and were curious about the hype...its all it's hyped up to be. Don't hesitate and deprive yourself of this one magical moment in music history, just buy the damn record, sit back, smile, tap your feet, and try not to cry once you fall in love with the band and realize that there will never be another studio album.
RIP The Exploding Hearts
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Reviewing the music, standalone
It certainly achieves all the pop 'punk' joys that it is credited for.
I never saw the band live and I bet they were magnificent, but I would say Guitar Romantic is a good,... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Tex: Innocent
5.0 out of 5 stars British punk!
Always a favorite in the punk rock genre. British punk that is, fun and kind of poppy, but pure oldie but goodie Punk rock.
Published 18 months ago by Tina
5.0 out of 5 stars Grab Your Switchblade and Motorcycle Chain
Marquee Moon is only punk record that I know of that is better than Guitar Romantic. This is what rock and roll is supposed to be, from the songs to the production to the tempos. Read more
Published on May 13, 2007 by John Wraith
5.0 out of 5 stars they could have been big......
Most people who adore the Exploding Hearts have the secret of this wonderful album kept. This may be a good thing, because it is cool for bands to have a cult following, espacially... Read more
Published on May 10, 2006 by Melvin Poindexter
5.0 out of 5 stars I really have never met anyone who didn't like them.
Every kid I've shown this band to either immediately fell in love with their incredible garagey power-pop sound or sheepishly added them to their 'favorites' list a few days... Read more
Published on April 9, 2006 by Robyn
5.0 out of 5 stars How can Rock and Roll sound so pure, take a look
Really, when you think about it shouldn't rock and roll be this easy to listen to, enjoy and even feel good about liking.

When I got into the Ramones, it was late sure. Read more
Published on December 28, 2005 by Jasper Mcworthy
5.0 out of 5 stars sad but truly rock n roll
This is an ageless, punk rock, rock & roll, power pop blast of catchy tunedom. Every song makes you want to convulse your whole body manically. Read more
Published on August 11, 2005 by J. Batten
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
This is a great album. If you love rock and roll, punk rock, or hell, any good music at all - buy this CD. Read more
Published on January 2, 2005 by Guitar Romantic 77
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, dynamic explosive
this band rocked. This album will always bring me back to Summer 2003.
RIP Exploding Hearts
Published on May 16, 2004 by Susannah L. Mannell
5.0 out of 5 stars A Question
Do you like music? Good, I thought so. You're going to need this.
Published on April 29, 2004 by L. Katsikas
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