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Is There Anything About? [Import]

Brand XAudio CD
2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (April 1, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: United States of Distribution
  • ASIN: B00E9E4FW2
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,016 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brand X's Contractual Obligation Album July 20, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Not long after jazz/rock fusion greats Brand X put out their 1980 album, "Do They Hurt?", the band members went their separate ways (until their comeback in 1992). However, they still owed their record label one more album. The solution? Release a rarities album! The problem, though, was that Brand X hardly had any unreleased material in the vaults at all---about three or four tracks at the most. But with a little doctoring & remixing of tapes, keyboardist Robin Lumley extended that number to six tracks (still scant, but better than four), and released Brand X's appropriately-titled collection, "Is There Anything About?", in 1982. The album has been panned ever since the day it was released (and judging by the previous Amazon reviews, it's STILL being panned), but honestly, people, this album is nowhere near as bad as you've been led to believe. Is it a masterpiece? No. But is it bad? Absolutely not. "Is There Anything About?" DOES contain some very cool Brand X nuggets. Even the "filler" tracks, in my opinion, are enjoyable. Let's check out the material, shall we?:"Ipanemia": written by guitarist John Goodsall, this piece is an excellent jazz/rock popper. Very cool and breezy."A Longer April": this track is exactly what it says it is---a longer version of "April," from 1979's "Product." Either this is how Brand X originally recorded the tune before having to edit it down for the "Product" album, or Robin Lumley extended the track by doing some re-mixing on it. Either way it's a very dreamy, pleasant piece, and I like it. I also like the spacey little bridge section that's been added to it. "TMIU-ATGA": as the liner notes say, the title stands for "They're Making It Up As They Go Along. Read more ›
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars For completist fans only! (like myself) January 14, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Most people (total of 2?) trash this CD. Well I have it on LP and CD so I guess I'm nuts. I like Brand X and try to get everything they did, even if they hated it. How much pop gets put out where the artist isn't creatively satisfied and pressured by the record company? But surely this is not the case with this album? Then again, there are bits that seem rather commercially aimed. Anyway, here I go track by track (there are only 6):
1. Ipanaemia - I agree this is the best track, even if it is a far cry from classic X and the newer X material. Nicely played and a bit "lite jazz" aura - Weather Channel could get away playing this one. Is the title a take on "The Girl from Ipanema"? Straight 4/4.
2. A Longer April - Not the best track from "Product" since it is so repetetive (if tranquil) and so no better for being made longer. Is this another take or just a longer fadeout? I never checked... mostly 4/4 with a 3/4 measure every cycle of the bass pattern.
3. Modern, Noisy, and Effective - obviously a tongue-in-cheek title and the music comes off the same. Very synth-poppish with disco bass lines. A silly fun up-beat track unlike anything they ever recorded. Straight 4/4.
4. Swan Song - Very basic tune with Collins' name the lead songwriting credit - hmm - but not another "And so to F..." This is also very synthy (in an 80's way) but much slower than the previous track. Bass is more slappy than disco. Vocals are a lot of repetitive "oh's" - straight 4/4.
5. Is There Anything About - probably the 2nd best track on the album, or tied with the first. At least a more classic X style track from Moroccan Roll. Improvised feel to it. Collins best drumming on the CD (though #1 is tasteful too). straight 3/4 for 1st half then changes to 4/4.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Is there anything about this that is familiar? February 2, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This album was first released c. early 1980s, and it contains very little fresh material. Some of the tracks are simply remixes of older stuff. Brand X fans will recognize some of the fare from the Product album, such as the rhythm track from "Soho" played with a different melody, and "A longer April", which is exactly that. The only track I mildly enjoyed was "TMIU-ATGA", which is vaguely reminiscent of "Why Should I lend you mine..." from the Moroccan Roll album.
I have heard anecdotally that Percy Jones thought this album was an embarrassment, and I agree with him. Don't bother with this one unless you are hard core and have to have all of Brand X's material.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I haven't heard this 2013 master... February 19, 2014
By Ed Rose
Format:Audio CD
…as I have the old Sony Rewind cd, which sounded quite good. My three star rating is intended to be comparative to the superb Unorthodox Behaviour, Moroccan Roll, Livestock, and Product, and the ridiculously churlish reviews. There is some really great stuff on this, including a brief but splendid drum solo from Phil on the title track. I'm quite fond of Swan Song as well, especially as it gets going. I think the whole catalogue is essential, and this one is part of it. Get it while it's still in print, and adjust your expectations. I think I'll put it on tonight.
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