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1. Salt Fare, North Sea: Invokes a kind of sad nostalgia with a soft piano melody and soothing vocals by Alice or Lou, don't know which. The eventually-introduced beat adds to the song's charm.
2. Jacob's Ladder: Kind of folky; more of the Chumbawamba I'm used to hearing. I'm not a big fan of this song, actually.
3. All In Vain: A kind of mournful dirge set to a clubby beat. The female vocals sound resigned and almost on the verge of tears. Quite a good song.
4. Home With Me: A song about traveling. It's catchy, but lacks charm.
5. If It Is To Be, It Is Up To Me: A more comical dancebeat-dittie, if you listen to the lyrics. "Sweet flows the water, yellow as royal piss..." I really enjoy this song.
6. Don't Try This At Home: Piano and a chorus of the group's voices starts off this song. Not as dance-inspired as the others, but still relevant and interesting.
7. Song For Len Shackleton: I'm not sure what to make of this one. A folk sampling starts off this tune. It's not too bad, but I'm not a big fan of this one.
8. Without Rhyme or Reason: A sad melody with little percussion to accompany the vocals and synth. There's a voiceover sample discussing police. I like this song.
9. Don't Pass Go: I really enjoy this one. The first thing you hear is a dark, almost angry sounding piano melody.Read more ›
'Readymades' is, quite simply, a corker of an album. Yes, it still sounds like Chumbawamba, but it is a quieter CD than the two previous ones (no real verse, shout chorus, verse thing). In part this is due to the remarkable samples on this CD: they are utilizing English folk singers here, alongside the group's wonderful harmonizing.
So right away, you get the gorgeous voice of the recently passed Lal Waterson of the legendary Watersons, and you know that you are in for a treat. The way in which the traditional voices -- and music (check out the sampled Davey Graham guitar, even!) is worked in here is a WONDER to behold.
Is it political? You bet. Is it danceable? Of course; lots of drum and bass. Is it beautiful, even? Hell, yes. Is it commercial? YES, and steady on, Chumbawamba, NO ONE knows how to work within the system like you do. At least you can rest assured that if some of the songs get picked up for use in radio or television advertising, non-violent direct action groups (of course the Chumbas support 'em -- thereby acting as a conduit between big business money and the groups kicking them in the...) will have something to smile about.
100% Brilliant, and let's hope this CD is a HUGE success in bringing Chumbawamba back to the attention of the masses!
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I have been a fan for a long time, and this is probably my favorite album from them. This is the second time I've bought this album. That should say it all.Published on August 23, 2013 by Coach_z
the Readymades sessions from Chumbawamba is probably the best techno album for those who enjoy both the dance music and the dance whilst shouting and serenading the love out of... Read morePublished on May 6, 2007 by G. N. Fernandez
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I own several albums by Chumbawamba, and have always felt bad for them that they've been dismissed as a one-hit wonder (for "Tubthumping") when in actuality they're an incredibly... Read morePublished on October 20, 2005 by Mike Smith
I bought this CD just by chance - I had found it at a big warehouse sell-off on Industrial rd. in Ottawa for $2. Read morePublished on December 2, 2004 by canrocks
I got Chumba's first CD solely because I loved the song Tubthumping. Little did I know the beauty I had in my hands- the whole CD was/is brilliant. I loved that CD... Read morePublished on December 27, 2003 by Leti
My third Chumbawamba disk that's given me strong confidence to go after a fourth. These gals and guys are very very talented (an understatement), and they send out their... Read morePublished on November 20, 2003 by Matthew
I loved this album..oops CD. It brings to mind some of the classic English art bands of the 60's and 70's ( Caravan, Strawbs and Genesis to name a few). Read morePublished on October 9, 2002 by another clown