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Feel the Sound

There’s an imperial team in California, a gang of four whose magic number is now five. The fifth album by Imperial Teen, Feel the Sound, succeeds completely at its goal, plainly stated in the collection’s title. From the exhilarating, propulsive “Runaway,” which features the entire band on lead vocals (how many other groups can make ... Read more in Amazon's Imperial Teen Store

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  • Audio CD (April 9, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Merge Records
  • ASIN: B000063IVH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,516 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Despite growing a respectable mullet at the height of the band's fame, keyboardist Roddy Bottum never seemed at ease with Faith No More 's menacing rap-rock doctrine. Things haven't been easy since striking out with Imperial Teen in 1996--the group's first two albums, Seasick and 1999's What Is Not to Love, didn't even rack up a fraction of The Real Thing's massive sales. But rather than retreating to safer commercial ground, Bottom and his coed San Francisco crew sound more determined than over on this third album. Employing angular new-wave rhythms, furious pop riffs, and stop-start melodies that gyrate over lines like "Shake, shake, va va voom / vis a vis / Go go I do you, you do me," songs like "Undone" and "Teacher's Pet" evoke the high-gloss punch of early MTV acts like Altered Images and Sparks while steadfastly looking forward. It's not only good fun, but far more illuminating than anything the latter-day nu-metal crybabies are whining on about. --Aidin Vaziri

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Imperial Teen continue to expand upon their already rich musical palate of pop music with hooks that bite, melodies that soar and songwriting that reveals itself to be much more than sugar coated pop confection.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pop Is Not Your Enemy! Give In!!!!! July 7, 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I've never understood the blase reaction to Imperial Teen's magnificent work by the alternative radio. Sure, "Yoo Hoo" and "You're One" got appropriate exposure, but people just never really woke up to the magic that is Imperial Teen. Apparently, they're just too cool for gritty pop these days. Blur suffered the same fate in the States so, whaddaya gonna do?
Well, if you are going to get a Teen record, it might as well be "On". After dissapointing sales of their previous record and splitting between two (now three) cities, it looked like I.T. was on it's way to calling it quits. "On" is almost like a defiant rebuke to that sentiment. Dismissing the Sonic Youth-like flourishes of "What Is Not To Love?", the Teen's go full-on bubble-gum pop with this one and the result is that rarity in today's music: a true pop rock album with nary a false move. "Ivanka" is "Devil With The Blue Dress" with irrisistable attitude, the slithery hip-shaker "Sugar" could have been one of Blondie's hits, and the almost ridiculously bouncy "Baby", has the dippy sensibility of "She's Tight" or maybe "Love Shack". Other songs recall everything from Sweet to Thomas Dolby. You'd think it would be a tonic to a market consumed with theatrical angst, macho posturing, and Barbie-style vacuousness, but "On" never got beyond cult status, like Imperial Teen's other fine releases. Feh. Their loss. But for fans of Blur, the B-52's, and early Cheap Trick...you MUST check out Imperial Teen at once!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Great Album April 15, 2002
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If you're looking for an album that you can put on and just love every song, this is it. The opening song "Ivanka" is probably one of the catchiest pop songs you'll hear this year, and the rest of the songs on the album are the same way. (Incidentally, when you see "Ivanka" played live it will literally blow you away). It's interesting about Imperial Teen. Each of their three records so far have contained at least one song that, alone, would be worth the price of the record. On "Seasick" it was "You're One," and on "What is Not to Love" it was the killer "Yoo-Hoo." Yet if you buy an Imperial Teen album for that "one song" you can't get out of your head, you end up realizing that all of the other songs on their albums are almost better than that one song. It's the same with "On." You'll buy it (and love it) for "Ivanka," but after a few listens, you'll realize you can't get the other songs out of your head either. For instance, check out the infectious melodies of "Sugar," "Million Dollar Man," and "Baby." Then there's the dreamy sounds of "Captain," "Undone," and "My Spy." Well, there's nothing left to say except this is the best pop album of the year.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW May 1, 2002
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Comebacks that are worthy of unglowing praise are few and far between. Normally, when one thinks of a comeback, they're usually prone to think of someone like Elvis or Frank Sinatra, whose bright careers had slumped terribly, and are revived on a wave of both inspiration and nostalga. Other comebacks stem from an artist or group returning after years of absence or uncomfortable silence--such as John Lennon's brief return shortly before his murder, or like Wire, a long-dormant beast whose return is quite welcome.
Over the past few years, the music industry has changed in a most unfortunate way. With an increasing focus on marketing towards already-successful trends in order to assure a fast buck, the idea of developing new, interesting, and original artists has become a naive concept. Records that are very good indeed never see the light of day, or are presssed up in such a small quantity that nobody ever gets to hear them.
Imperial Teen are one of those bands that suffered at the hands of an unsympathetic record label. Their debut album, Seasick, was a fresh, breezy breath of fresh new-wave pop air, full of more harmonies and hooks than you can shake a stick at. It was a lovely record that you couldn't help but love and enjoy. The follow up, What Is Not to Love was aptly titled, though a bit ironic, considering the indifference it met with, and the fact that the band was dropped not long after its release.
Now signed to Merge, Imperial Teen present us with a glorious new album, On. You know, as in "Spot On." On proves that Imperial Teen was far from giving up the ghost when dropped, and like their labelmates Spoon, the Teens prove that losing their label doth not mean that the band loses their quality.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Imperial Teen record yet April 10, 2002
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Format:Audio CD
After three years of no new material, Imperial Teen has a great new record. This album is amazing. It is a big departure from their pop classic "seasick", but I must say it is far more interesting and maybe even more fun. It is like the best songs from 7 different bands all rolled up in one record. All the songs have their own unique style. This band just knows what sounds cool. If you like indie pop with an edge, then give this a shot. You won't be let down.
Make sure to check out Sugar, Million Dollar Man, Our Time and The First.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great New Find!! June 7, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I had never heard of Imperial Teen before reading an article about cute drummer boy Roddy Bottem in OUT Magazine. I bought the album, admittedly, as a charitable act. I thought, I'll do this band a favor by deigning to purchase their work. Fast forward four weeks and I've all but worn out the damn CD! It's my FAVORITE album in the last two years--fresh, funny, intelligent pop that deserves a much bigger audience! Think a modern B-52's, a jangly, adorable melange of sexy beats, bops and words.
I hate to sound like a 14-year-old over this, but every song is great. They run through my head like a soundtrack of a favorite movie. If you're going to buy one album this summer, then I heartily recommend "On" by Imperial Teen.
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3.0 out of 5 stars others are better
imperial teen has some excellent albums. this one is good, but i'd start with seasick and what is not to love
Published 5 months ago by Joseph McGuinness (Ray Ray's Records)
5.0 out of 5 stars review title
This is an awesome album. It might not seem like it the first time you listen to it, but it grows on you the more you listen to it.
Published 23 months ago by Fender
5.0 out of 5 stars Endless Fun
God, what would a summer be without this album! This album sounds just as fresh the 1000th time as it did the first. Solid fun, bombastic alt-pop. You'll fall in love with it!
Published on January 5, 2009 by Daniel T. Gerdes
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun!
You want a fun album? This is it. Nothing but pure, energetic pop brillance. The best part is all of the boy/girl backing vocals that swirl in and out of the lyrics as if they... Read more
Published on September 29, 2003 by H. Semones
5.0 out of 5 stars On is WAY on
I was tapping my toes and bopping my head almost immediately. This is such fun. I saw Imperial Teen in 1997 here in SF at the Great American Music Hall. I danced my bum off. Read more
Published on August 23, 2003 by Susannah L. Mannell
3.0 out of 5 stars Imperial F.F.R.R. Teen
I hope they send a royalty check to Mark Robinson for every CD sold.
Published on April 29, 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars love, love, love!
Fun, sassy, sweet but not saccharin, hip-shaking pop music. Buy "On" now - the hand claps alone on "Baby" make it all worth it.
Published on November 5, 2002 by "ktgirl32"
5.0 out of 5 stars seen em, heard em, love em -- buy now
They are cool. They rock. Buy the CD. The album is definitely power pop. Happy stuff with good melodies and harmonies. Nothing too serious, but very well done. Read more
Published on September 25, 2002 by E. Sens
5.0 out of 5 stars For improved quality of life . . .
. . . buy this disc. Toe-tapping and head-bobbing are scientifically proven means of phasing anti-depressant medication out of one's life. Cheaper, too.
Published on July 28, 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars I love baby, baby is a doll
This CD rocks. I first heard it in my local record store (actually Borders Books & Music). The song was "Baby" and at first it was kinda irritating me but after a... Read more
Published on July 18, 2002
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