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Official Fiction [Import]

Something for KateAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (October 1, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B0001HQ2G8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,662,846 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Max Planck
2. Best Weapon
3. Song for a Sleepwalker
4. Kaplan/Thornhill
5. Light at the End of the Tunnel
6. Letter to the Editor
7. Deja Vú
8. Reverse Soundtrack
9. Coldwater Canyon
10. Souvenir
11. Moving Right Along
12. Asleep at the Wheel
13. No Man's Land

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The popular Aussie indie rock act's fourth full length.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the official fiction October 23, 2003
Format:Audio CD
being a good sized SFK fan, of course i had some (just a few) expectations when it came to the new record. i had heard some of the songs before the record came out and liked them, was interested to see how how they came out in the album.
when i finally recieved my copy of the record and listened to it the entire way through, all my expectations were not only met, but surpassed by a thousand.
this record is quite possibly the best thing this band has every done. From the opening track, "Max Planck", to the closing track "No Man's Land", you are taken through a whirlwhind of thought and emotion, making your brain soar into places you didn't know possible.
The sound quality of this band is such to where i cannot even describe.. it cannot be met. whether live or on disc, it completely encapsulates you and stays in the back of your mind. Paul Dempsey's voice articulates exactly what he's singing; his lyrics are straight out front honest, and just when you think you've got them figured out, you find another way to look at them which leaves you mystified.
"The Official Fiction" is a must for anyone who appreciates good music on any level. There are no highlights to name, the whole record really is that good.
make no bones about it. Something for Kate are, quite possibly, one of the best groups of our time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Official Fiction November 18, 2003
By Gwen Le
Format:Audio CD
Seriously, when I first listened to Echolalia, I hated it. It depressed me. However, I went to see SFK live, whilst they were promoting music from Official Fiction, and soon bought Official Fiction when it hit the shelves.
I must say, I was pleasantly surprised...and quickly converted. Official Fiction is of a much more mellow, acoustic feel than SFK's previous albums. The band have really cut down on their sound, so that Paul Dempsey's voice does not have to compete with ten chords. The music is also more accessible, with...dare I say...some "poppy" ballads such as "Song for a Sleepwalker".
Fortunately, for true SFK fans, the band has not completely abandoned their roots. Lyrics are still just as complex. Rhythm and melodies still just as unpredictable. I can't say what the highlights are...each song appeals to me in a different way.
A commendable album.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Alternative Music with Sophistication November 27, 2003
By Ez
Format:Audio CD
Aussie alternative band SFK is a prime example of self-development. Some artists have a way of keeping the same style throughout each album, but SFK is changing. In the beginning, with the album "Elsewhere for 8 Minutes", they were more rock. "Beautiful Sharks" was more commercial with a bit of experimentation, capturing attention with rock songs such as "Hallways" and the catchiness of "Electricity" (which has an excellent riff). "Echolalia" brought the most public attention, a very commercially friendly album that seems pretty much flawless. Now with "The Official Fiction", they've grown to add classy sophistication to their repertoire.
The differences between this and past albums are evident. While the commerciality isn't as frequent, "The Official Fiction" is nonetheless quite powerful and emotional, and is best played during a quiet night in. And to get the most out of this album, one should pay close attention to the lyrics, and SFK provides some of the best in the song-writing business of recent times.
A brilliant example of quality lyrics is "Best Weapon", clearly inspired by today's world. One can tell by the sinister tones in the opening bars that there is something disturbing going on. "His machines all agree, let's wind them up and march them out / History repeated and read out loud - this could be our best weapon now..." The second verse is even more powerful: "Stripes and suits pushing the numbers through / They treat them like they don't exist / And they count them up like they're matchsticks..." The lyrics are perfectly suited to the music, which has a haunting and emotional outro, with those two adjectives capable of pretty much summing up the entire album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to listen to. May 2, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Good stuff, certainly more commercial and produced than the others. You can certainly listen to every song and not reach for the forward button... Best Weapon is a standout song. Those who like SFK will like it and those who don't know them or haven't fully got into previous albums should start here.
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