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Power [Vinyl]

Q and Not UVinyl
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Q And Not U, John Davis, Harris Klahr and Chris Richards, formed in the summer of 1998 (along with former member Matt Borlik) and began playing out in November of that year. The band's first release, the "Hot and Informed" single, came out in April 2000 followed by the band's debut full-length, "No Kill No Beep Beep," released in October of 2000. After much touring ... Read more in Amazon's Q and Not U Store

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Product Details

  • Vinyl (October 5, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dischord
  • ASIN: B00031TYHQ
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #964,344 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The next step in the Q progression October 10, 2004
Format:Audio CD
The verdict is still, in many respects, out, but I can already tell that this album is growing on me in the same way that Different Damage and No Kill did. Power is about as much of a leap from Damage as Damage was a leap from No Kill.

The songwriting is top notch. Yes, people will hear the opening track "Wonderful People" and draw the obvious Justin Timberlake/Michael Jackson comparisons, but the most likely scenario is not that Q and Not U is drawing on watered down pop influences, but more likely that they're turning to the same source influences as perhaps some of these pop geeks are. In other words, the gentlemen of Q and Not U continue to listen to a wide variety of music, including but certainly not limited to Parliament, Afro-beat, post-punk like Gang of Four, but probably mostly putting on records by their DC gogo and Dischord contemporaries. The listen to all this music and allow themselves to garner some influence from it while still putting their own take on the music.

Speaking of Dischord contemporaries, my biggest complaint about the album is the production--Ian MacKaye and Don Zienetra did a superb job of giving the Q a natural recording sound for their past several albums and singles, but the production duties on Power were handled by the gentlemen from the DC band El Guapo (who incidentally, I've never liked much). El Guapo production makes Q and Not U sound, well, more like El Guapo! However, the key difference is that Q and Not U actually write good songs, but they come close to ruining a few of their songs with useless noise in the name of experimentation (Sheck out the pointless recorder meandering on the updated version of "X-Polynation" and tell me if you agree).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I want more !!!! October 7, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Wow...I was pretty taken back when I first heard this album..My brother thought "Wonderful People"(the first track on the album) was the new single by Justin Timberlake...Umm yeah. The boys in Q and not U do it once again and manage to keep it real and keep it funky on their third album, "Power"...Lots of synth,lots of percussion and a whole lot of love is what you'll get if you pick up "Power". Check them out when they come to your town too..
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Get your dance on! December 26, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This cd is quite wonderful. A leap from their previous, marvelous efforts, this album expands without ruining the elements of Q and noy U that make them who they are. A nice fusion of the past two albums, with some very nice addtions, I think this band and this album are pretty amazing. and fun. and great live. ok thats about all I think.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars POWER!! May 20, 2005
Format:Audio CD
this album is phenominal. i'm a long time Q fan. each of their albums has digressed a little while retaining the band's tenets. this album took a month to fully grow on me, and it has not left my turntable in seven days.

mr. "no bass blayer" reviewer below me: chris and harris alternate live and in studio. most of their tracks have a bassline. others don't need them. there is no formula for perfection. Q stumbled on it like penicillin.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars ehhhh. December 24, 2004
Format:Audio CD
dont get me wrong, i love q and not u. i love no kill beep beep, and different damage definitely has some great songs on it. i bought this cd because i thought it'd be like the others, and because i heard wonderful people and liked that. but i just cant get into this cd. i keep trying to give it that one good listen that will make me like it, but every time i put it in the cd player, i only take it out a few minutes later. if you want an awesome q and not u cd, i totally recommend no kill no beep beep over power.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Go Dischord, not Amazon! October 17, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Well, I found it disappointing after 'No Kill No Beep Beep' but you know, diff'rent strokes for diff'rent folks. It doesn't seem as honest, lively, and energetic. In some ways it just feels a bit contrived - go 80s.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The only Q and Not U album I got rid of... September 30, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I, like many other reviewers, am a *HUGE* fan of No Kill, No Beep Beep (easily one of the Top Ten albums of all time.) That said, my problem with Power isn't that it doesn't sound like No Kill, No Beep Beep. I like Different Damage just fine and it's a pretty dramatic departure from the guitar driven spasmotica of NKNBB. My problem with Power has more to do with the fact that it simply isn't a good album.

Which isn't to say that there aren't good songs on this album. Tracks such as "Wonderful People," like other reviewers have said, are solid and catchy. Other tracks, like "L.A.X." I find compelling and interesting (I listened to lots of drum&bass as a teen.) But Power as a whole is a completely inconsistent album. For every "Wonderful People," there's a song like "District Night Prayer," which is too annoying to sit through even once.

I don't mind when bands experiment. Most great bands do. Radiohead, for instance, sounds like a different band on every album. But I don't respect experimentation for the sake of experimentation. And the bottom line for me is that Power is an experiment that didn't quite work. I will, without a doubt, buy Q and Not U's next album, because they are still a great band (seeing them live after Power's release convinced me of that.) And if it's another dance-punk record, then great. I just hope it's a good dance-punk record.
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1.0 out of 5 stars This is one of the worst albums I've ever heard
Such a shame... No Kill No Beep is one of my favorite albums, and I hope I never see or hear this album again. Read more
Published 16 months ago by dhinged
1.0 out of 5 stars If you like dance music, then this is the album for you.
I was wholly disappointed in the direction that Q And Not U went with this album. In 2000, Q And Not U was a breath of fresh air where Indie rock had been quite stagnant in respect... Read more
Published on May 4, 2007 by scabflakes
5.0 out of 5 stars you can't not dance
it's as simple as that, whenever i listen i can't help moving some part of me some way. great album, i enjoy different damage a lot as well. Read more
Published on June 29, 2005 by Das Vachenklopter
3.0 out of 5 stars MORE DRUMS...
Q and Not U are pretty much amazing, but the drums are mixed far too low on this album. As a band, they thrive on energy, and the frentic drums are a key ingredient in building... Read more
Published on May 23, 2005 by dovoodoo
3.0 out of 5 stars NO BASS PLAYER
Although this is a fantastic band because of their ecletic creativity, being without a bassist is a tough transition to this Power album. Read more
Published on April 25, 2005 by Jeff Spencer
5.0 out of 5 stars this is it
I was really anticipating this album, especially after the awesome X-Polynation/Book of Flags 7". But after Power came in the mail and I played it for the first time, I wasn't sure... Read more
Published on February 25, 2005 by Michael B. Joyce
5.0 out of 5 stars dance core
A big change from No Kill No Beep Beep. It' not so much post punk/emo as we seen in Q and Not U's debut realese. Q and Not U blends Indie/Cetchy-Funk/Dance/and even hymn! Read more
Published on February 1, 2005 by s.simms
5.0 out of 5 stars these guys are awesome
I get so bummed out when I read reviews of my favorite bands and they get bashed because their new stuff doesn't sound exactly like their old stuff. Power is excellent. Read more
Published on January 29, 2005 by C. Matthew Flaig
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