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Nice and Nicely Done

The Spinto BandAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 7, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bar/None Records
  • ASIN: B0009J4O9A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,928 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Did I Tell You
2. Brown Boxes
3. Oh Mandy
4. Trust Vs. Mistrust
5. Spy Vs. Spy
6. Crack The Whip
7. Direct To Helmet
8. Late
9. So Kind, Stacy
10. Mountains

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Let the bloggers do the talking...Shout-out to the Spinto Band. First time I saw these guys it seemed like Ric Ocasek had seen the Strokes on TRL, decided the world needed to be shown how new wave guitar rock was done, grabbed six of his children, threw instruments on them and made them practice 7 nights a week until their fingers were sore. They were so tight (the cover of "Just What I Needed" was almost fascist in its perfection), so catchy and so enthusiastic (looked like they were 16 AND had choreographed moves) that I assumed an abusive dad had to be behind it all. I've seen them a couple times since, and my admiration has not waned. Their new songs are terrific (as soon as they release some new material I'll undoubtedly be shouting about it somewhere), they aren't afraid to rock the kazoos, their cover of the Motels' "Airport" is so fun I almost don't want to hear the original and if the audience is real nice they'll bust out their breathtaking rendition of "Walk The Dinosaur/Where My Dogs At?" Check it out.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Amazing November 9, 2005
By Pi guy
Format:Audio CD
Buy this album before all your friends do.

Spinto band shows incredible promise as a band with a knack for catchy rhythm and beautiful compositions that will leave you humming later. It is simply a matter of time and radio play until they go big.

Ok, the album is not perfect but it's close, close enough to warrent 5 stars.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Contagiously Fun August 17, 2005
Format:Audio CD
The Spinto Band essentially take every style of pop rock from the last 10 years and compact it into a fun, exuberant package. Early- and Mid-Nineties-style alterna-rock, neo garage, and, everyone's current favorite, neo 80's dance rock, all have their place within the Spinto sound. Nick Krill and Thomas Hughes, the principal songwriters in the group, each have an incredible knack for hooks and melodies; it is futile to try and resist singing along with their music.

These six young men are clearly having a fun time being in a band together, and this fun radiates out from them, especially in live concert setting. You can't help but have a good time along with them.

Most of the comparisons to bands with a similar sound are valid, particularly to groups like Pavement, Grandaddy, and Yo La Tengo. As another reviwer pointed out, "Crack the Whip" is immediately reminiscent of the danceable rock purveyed by groups like Franz Ferdinand, Interpol, and the rest. If there is any one band I would compare the Spintos to, though, it would be Blue Album-era Weezer; many of their songs might sound simple if you weren't paying attention, but once you focus in, you're captivated by just how catchy and well-written they are, as well as just how flat-out fun the music is. It's a subtle kind of specialness that few bands can actually achieve.

Finally, check out "Oh Mandy." Whenever this song breaks through to the big modern rock radio stations, it will probably be huge. Nick Krill's mandolin (which is as immediately enticing and recognizable as the instrument is in R.E.M.'s "Losing My Religion") will draw people in, and Sam Hughes's spooky, pretty 50's sci-fi sounding keyboard will be the clincher, floating in the background but making the song stamp directly into your brain.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spinto Band Nice and Nicely Done March 14, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Nice and Nicely done is that perfect mid ninties indie album you never heard because it came out ten years later. Catchy hooks, smart choruses and a marching rhythm section lead you through a world of backyard gnomes, WB reruns, and of course, Atari. Utilizing two main singers, Nick Krill and Thomas Hiughes (who play guitar and bass respectivly), and led by Krill's Stephen Malkumus style vocals, the Spinto Band deftly manuever the indie rock totem pole without ever getting stuck in the same place. Oh Mandy, a beautiful mandolin driven tribute perfectly captures the bands irresitably poppy sound, while current single "Direct to Helmet" jitters its way into your brain thanks to Jeff Hobsons impecable marching drum beat, Hughes' matching bassline, and group harmonies that would make even Brian Wilson crack a smile..
Forget Pavement reissues, catch it before the hype and see a band that is right now making music to live by. Nice and Nicely done does not disappoint.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars spinto goodness December 13, 2005
By reilly
Format:Audio CD
I heard the spintos on the radio and knew right away i needed this record. It's not out in the uk yet, so i had to import for the first time, and it was so worth it. Coming on like the offspring of pavement and the beach boys this album is a glorious pop gem. musically inventive and lyrically witty, these boys will go far.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nicely done indeed. June 28, 2005
By Mike K.
Format:Audio CD
Though this is their first major label album, The Spinto Band have been prolifically self-releasing material for almost 10 years. Their earlier releases were generally sprawling and eclectic (ranging from rock and Ween-esque sound experimentation to ska and hip-hop), but on Nice And Nicely Done they tighten things down to a short and sweet 35 minutes of indie pop. Fortunately, this happens to be some quality indie-pop. Nick Krill (who I guess has gradually become the group "leader", writing and singing 8 of these 11 tunes) shows quite a knack for a great vocal hook: in particular the chorus of "Oh Mandy" (definitely one of the best singles to come out so far this year in my book) and the "suuupppeersonic!" bit of "Late" tend to nest in my head and never leave. The remaining 3 songs, sung and written by Thomas Hughes, are perhaps slightly less instantly accessible, but his combination of almost dizzing melodic inventiveness and clever wordplay like "Your work looks good/ your look works great" tends to grow like a fungus. You definitely will find echoes of other bands throughout: the tendencies towards vintage keyboard sounds can alternately bring to mind Weezer, The Rentals, or Grandaddy, while Nick Krill shows some distinctly Malkmus-inspired vocal ticks throughout, and you just might hear the intro to "Direct To Helmet" and think "hey, the Flaming Lips!". Still the only time a song sounds a little too derivative is the clear Strokes/Franz Ferdinand homage "Crack The Whip", and for the most part despite some clear influences the Spintos manage to craft something with originality and personality. This is the kind of album that should be blaring in the car stereos of hip teenagers all summer, and I mean that in the best way.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Oh and OK
2 1/2

Struggling against the current of indie pop-rock boredom, these earnestly conceived but forgetfully derivative anthems only excel at streamlining already posited... Read more
Published on December 5, 2009 by IRate
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely cracking. Give it a listen!
Spinto are the sort of band that should be huge in Indie circles. Having seen them live, I can confirm there are about ten of them, and they fill the record in the same way they... Read more
Published on April 1, 2009 by Robbie Swale
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical Melodies!
This album is absolutely superb. The songs are melodic with a bit of a twist (like the best pop songs!). Read more
Published on March 11, 2007 by fairdes
5.0 out of 5 stars Their science hurts
This is a funny, thoughtful original debut that has kept me returning. An impulse purchase that has continued to delight and amuse with it's kazoo riffs and catchy hooks. Read more
Published on October 9, 2006 by J. Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Switch me chairs
This is a funny, thoughtful original debut that has kept me returning. An impulse purchase that has continued to delight and amuse with it's kazoo riffs and catchy hooks. Read more
Published on October 9, 2006 by J. Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy This Record!
The only thing better than listening to this band's recorded material is seeing them live. Saw them for the second time last night and I'm hooked!
Published on August 31, 2006 by J. Kec
5.0 out of 5 stars The Spinto Band - Nice and Nicely Done
This is proboly one of the best albums out there (in my opinion). Their work is so fresh and different.

Did I Tell You is a wonderful song. Read more
Published on July 26, 2006 by Matt
5.0 out of 5 stars Spinto Band
I saw these guys live at the 9:30 club, and while they're not great live, they sound amazing on this album. Read more
Published on June 7, 2006 by Sparky McFly
4.0 out of 5 stars Spinto-lucious
i saw these guys open for Head of Femur in Aug 2005 and bought the disc at the show.

A solid pop effort that rocks.

Nick Krill is the new David Byrne. Read more
Published on May 28, 2006 by poppaculture
5.0 out of 5 stars super solid album
i saw these guys open up for arctic monkeys last night after only hearing one of their songs (Oh Mandy) on my local indie station. Read more
Published on March 27, 2006 by Lane
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