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  • Audio CD (October 26, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Restless Records
  • ASIN: B000020603
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,395 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8. Blue Sky
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Maybe all of this hype for me was too much.
Wallace V. French III
The Hang Ups have always been one of my favorite bands, and they just keep getting better.
Chuck Olsen (punkboy@winternet.com)
They have lost the old trio sound, but have changed themselves in an interesting way.
Bill Hartman

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andy Whorehall on December 4, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This album from the Minneapolis based band is quite possibly the finest set of college folk rock songs I've heard in a LONG time. Shades of early REM and the Jayhawks with historical strokes of genius coming from the Byrds, Beatles, Beach Boys and Paul Simon. It also helps that respected producers Mitch Easter and Don Dixon (early REM) helped with the creative flow of this beautiful harmonious album. Tracks 7 & 8, "The Long Goodbye," and "Blue Sky," are from another planet both lyrically and musically. One of the top three artistically produced albums I've heard this year, right behind Wilco and The Flaming Lips. Rock on.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jtupelo@yahoo.com on April 19, 2000
Format: Audio CD
With the departure of John Crozier and a new bass player added to the mix (Aaron Lundholm) it only makes sense that the sound of the band would change. While maintaining the sweet meloncholy pop that made them cult gods they've turned themselves into a Kinks(ish) Pop/Rock band... The melodies are even more catchy than ever and the harmonies are sublime (thanks to Mr. Ittner in the studio)... Excellent album.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By PJFC on February 19, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I had read a lot about this band before I picked up this cd and was expecting something a little more poppy and direct. Unfortunately this sounds like a "producer's" project. I thought that this was going to be a mid-tempo, jangly, power-popish record, sort of in line with what Matthew Sweet keeps trying to do despite himself. What I found, however, is a band that throws in everything but the kitchen sink and buries promising songs in uninteresting muck. I don't think that this is overstating it at all. I imagine that this stuff might come off more honestly in a live setting (drums, guitar, voice, bass, maybe an organ), but most stuff built up around chamberlain (sorry, a bias I have a hard time getting around and probably the reason that I can't stand Michael Penn's stuff to this day)and production gimmicks betrays what power pop promises. A better record, I think, is the last Mayflies USA thing. It's simple, direct, and uncluttered. Not everyone has to sound like The Raspberries or The Beach Boys to be considered pop, but overemphasising studio gimmickery is like putting chocolate frosting on a steak.
Don Dixon and Mitch Easter are gods, but it would have been nice if the band would have shown up.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Beej on January 3, 2000
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I've been a fan of the Hang-Ups from pretty much the beginning. I've always felt that their CDs don't hold up to their live shows. But that changes with Second Story. Don Dixon and Mitch Easter do a great job refining their soulful, melodic sound, but they've also added the punch from live shows that previous studio efforts missed. I can recite the same old comparisons to pop icons like the Kinks, Byrds and Paul Simon, but the best advice I can give is to get to their web site, find out when they're coming to your town and get yourself to the show. Or at least buy this CD. It's one of the best I heard in '99.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 11, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I was a little disappointed at this effort. So We Go was one of my all-time faves. I should have known they couldnt repeat it without the guitar playing of John Crozier. Second Story is more folky sounding, lacking the lovely, fuzzy distortion atmospherics and understated production quality of So We Go. Still, this is tasty pop confection served with a few tangy twists. Absolutely worth checking out.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Chuck Olsen (punkboy@winternet.com) on November 1, 1999
Format: Audio CD
The Hang Ups have always been one of my favorite bands, and they just keep getting better. Second Story is a beautiful, spacious recording with reverberations of Byrds and Kinks guitars and the Hang Ups trademark vocal harmonies.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 2, 2001
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the idea that people would compare the hang ups to the Kinks is flat out preposterous--that's not saying the Minneapolis popsters don't have merit, however. far better to compare them to a lot of very wimpy Sarah Records outfits from the 80s--nor is that a bad thing. its just that there are a number of bands out there that do this kind of pop stuff with more teeth and daring: PAPAS FRITAS, THE BLACK WATCH, IVY, AND SUGARPLASTIC. still, "the Queen" is an undeniably great great song, one you can play over and over again. the rest of the record is very very wimpy, but pretty. i used to love the hang ups when they were fuzzier and dirtier (their cover of the Byrds "Eight Miles High" on another release is really worth searching out). just wish they'd get their distortion pedals from the pawn shops!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cudgel on February 29, 2000
Format: Audio CD
get used to it. some one is trying to shape these guys into the standard issue americana folk-rock pop band, but this disc doesn't have the throat-lump inducing beauty of their earlier discs, but guess what? it's still great pop music, but the singers voice really needs some dressing up, it's so feathery.
much has been made of the easter/dixon production on this but i don't think the atmosphere is as rich as the two earlier records. the songs are frequently great, but why try to rock out hang ups? it's wasted, just be heartbreaking and beautiful, it's what you do!
still, this is a damn good record and has many wonderful moments, more echo and more john crozier.
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