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  • Audio CD (December 9, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 02. Records
  • ASIN: B001JL2UZ2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #285,909 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. A Nation Fit for Heroes
2. Under the Wheels
3. Dr. Woofenstein
4. Shallow Diamonds
5. Since I Met You
6. A Danger to Yourself
7. Maid for Pleasure
8. Perfect Sunday
9. Nature's Dark Passion
10. Little Miss Disaster
11. Just Hangin'
12. Nothing
13. Dark Asteroid

Editorial Reviews

So, who's paranoid? Certainly not The Damned, who have conjured another collection of genre defying anthems. From the jangly garage rock opener of A Danger To Yourself to the lushly psychedelic closer Dark Asteroid, The Damned pull yet another rabbit out of the hat and masterfully affirm their legendary status. 32 years on, the heart of the Damned, Dave Vanian and Captain Sensible, beat stronger than ever, proving with ''So, Who's Paranoid?'', that their trademark dark, melodic beauty, tinged with jagged satire is truly timeless.

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This is one of those albums.
Johnathan Glass Devaney
The best musicians of all times have always been "rules-breakers", just think of other great musicians who REALLY CHANGED things in music.
Mr. Durel Philippe
They continue with their rocking music, unique melodies, catchy tunes, and melliflouous vocals from Mr Vanian.
pookle

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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Durel Philippe on November 26, 2008
Format: Audio CD
The Sex Pistols - DEAD -
The Clash - DEAD -
The Ramones - R.I.P. (unfortunately ...) -
... a.s.o. ...

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* THE DAMNED - ALIVE AND STILL ROCKING !!! *
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These guys should be in the CHARTS, for f**k sake !!!

Mr VANIAN and Captain SENSIBLE, with some "new" band members such as Pinch (the drumming maniac who plays faster than his own shadow), Stu West on Bass, and the psycho-psychedelic Mr Oxymoron on keyboards and stage gymnastics, have composed some of the finest tunes ever heard in the history of the British popular music.

"Grave Disorder" in 2001 was already a masterpiece of it's own.
And here is the new journey into "The Damned" world :
. Straight punchy pop-rock tracks from the finest
. Goth tunes
. Punk "head-blows"
. Psychedelic musical trips
Like a "Frankenstein" monster made of the Beatles, the early Pink Floyd, the Beach Boys (just listen to some choirs...), the head of the monster of the Black Lagoon, and a heart made of a dragster engine.

Hey ! This is an album from "The DAMNED", and these guys don't give a s**t about "what punk-rock should be", or whatsoever irrelevant considerations about the respect of some musical style of any kind.
The best musicians of all times have always been "rules-breakers", just think of other great musicians who REALLY CHANGED things in music.
These guys play WHATEVER THEY WANT TO PLAY, and the result is FANTASTIC...
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Craig Walker on November 1, 2008
Format: MP3 Music
I got the CD at their show in So. Cal. It is a fantastic Damned record in the vein of The Black Album, Strawberries, and Phantasmagoria. I've been listening to it over and over. Dave Vanian's vocals are masterful. Captain Sensible is one of the most underrated guitarists ever. It's definitely a progression from Grave Disorder. There is some classic material on this one. Buy it now and be glad. And if you get a chance, go see them.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Johnathan Glass Devaney on November 6, 2008
Format: MP3 Music
Like the reviewer above me, I picked this album up at a Damned show in LA on Halloween, where they also performed some of the new material.

Whenever they played one of their new songs, I was actually excited, looking forward to the car ride home when I could listen to them all again. This is one of those albums. I've been listening to this album on a loop for days now.

Upon first my first listen, I noticed that the music presented here isn't as hard hitting as Grave Disorder. That's not to say that some of these songs aren't driving, it just isn't as heavy. But this isn't a bad thing at all; it's just different. This album has a more psychedelic feel to it. Really, it's pure DAMNED. It's dark and gothic, it's satirical and sometimes comical, it's bouncy and makes you want to dance, and it makes you want to throw a hammer at the television, all at the same time.

This album is true to form. If you're a fan of the Damned you will love this album. That's really all there is to it.

Catch them on tour if you can, where they're selling an advance tour edition (read as: DIY edition) that's signed by the band for only ten dollars!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jeroen Van Dyk on November 2, 2009
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So,in the time that it takes most bands to have their entire career,the Damned turn out another 'at our own leisure'album of shimmering tracks that serve only to remind everyone what a magnificent beast they are.This,thier first album since the astounding 'Grave Disorder' of 2002 (which to the uninitiated would serve well as an example of everything that's brilliant about the Damned,originality,first class musicianship,craftsmanship)although slightly tamer than thier previous effort,shines through as yet another reason these guys should be hailed and respected for the non conformist geniuses they are.with all of thier albums,the first listen or two rarely grab you,the songs having a tendency to 'grow' on you,each passage ,each lyric,every unexpected turn taking its time to creep up on you.Initial stand out tracks for me were 'under the wheels',the ridiculously catchy 'dr.woofenstein',and'nothing'.The huge closing jam on wah wah pedal and keyboards is electrifying and harks back to influences like the stooges.This album has so much going on it's hard to know where to start.Buy it and ensure these guys make a next album!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Brewzerr on June 24, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Let me start by saying that the Damned have been my favorite band, through thick and thin, for the last 27 years of my life. I own every single one of their actual albums, plus tons of singles, EP's, compilations, bootlegs, and of course the Naz Nomad album, and I never miss seeing them live when they tour through my neck of the woods. With that said, I like to be objective without being too biased when I give my opinion on a new release, and I like to have a little time to sink my teeth into them, since most Damned recordings are not easy to peg at first or second listen (as someone else pointed out in their review here).

Now, down to business. I actually downloaded this album before it came out, so I've had a good 8 or so months to digest it. I gotta say, it's not their best work. Not their worst either... but it's uneven. According to Captain Sensible, they took a lot of time making this album, and are very happy with the results. Personally I think they took too much time, and got mediocre results. The production is an improvement over the last album, "Grave Disorder", but the material isn't as consistent as that one was. A few songs are really great grade-A Damned (Under the Wheels, Little Miss Disaster, A Nation Fit For Heroes), a few are really awful (Dr. Woofenstein, Since I Met You), and the rest are either just kind of... okay, or instantly forgettable. For a Damned song to fall into the category of "instantly forgettable" is a sad statement.

The feeling this time around is very similar to how I felt when "Anything" was released in '86. I know they can do better. It seems a little uninspired on some parts. The cogency of the great Damned albums like M.G.E., the Black Album, and Strawberries is simply missing here.
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