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The Boy Bands Have Won

ChumbawambaAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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1986, while the rest of the music industry was clawing out each others' eyes to appear on Live Aid and trying to work out how many units starvation could sell, CHUMBAWAMBA released the aptly titled LIVE AID critique: PICTURES OF STARVING CHILDREN SELL RECORDS. The band were labelled "heartless bastards" and the hate/hate relationship with the music industry was launched. ... Read more in Amazon's Chumbawamba Store

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  • Audio CD (June 17, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Trade Root Music Group
  • ASIN: B001AR01B0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,536 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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We should be grateful for the Chumbas. Moving on from that anarchic post-punk phase and the bestselling single 'Tubthumping', they have eased across to the folk scene and reinvented themselves yet again - this time as a classy, low-key harmony band writing inventive, intelligent songs. --Robin Denselow, The Guardian (UK)

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The new acoustic Chumbawamba are now three albums into their career, and they seem to have really got the hang of it with this one. The boy bands haven't won, of course, not when there's creativity like this around. Perhaps they've now settled comfortably enough into their new identity to become more open, but this collection of songs long and short includes drumming, some programming, fuller arrangements here and there with Dixieland, and a stray brass band, a couple of samples (Martin Carthy speaking) and even some guests, in the shape of the Oysterband's Robb Johnson and Roy Bailey -- all folkies with a strong political bent. The songs here actually seem to pick up from where the older version of the band left off with Readymades, hutting notes that are political and poignant -- usually together -- "Refugee" is a perfect example, but there's also plenty of acid wit ("Add Me") and in "Word Bomber" they've made a gorgeous plea for peace that never comes close to the maudlin. They know their strengths and play to them, using harmonies and simple melodies -- witness "Words Can Save Us." Now they're firmly fixed on the folkie side of the aisle, they cock a snoot at trad folk with the delicious "Lord Bateman's Motorbike." The anger might not be as overt as it was in the mid-'90s, but it's still there, and they now seem to thoroughly understand how to mix pop -- of the acoustic folk variety, of course -- and politics in the most natural way. Perhaps surprisingly for a band that's been around for so long, but one of the most satisfying discs of their career. ~ Chris Nickson, Rovi

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chumbawamba's best album yet July 14, 2008
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This is an album to fall for; I love it and have listened to it again and again. I think it is much easier to say why you really like something than explain why you should love it...but I shall make a brave attempt at the risk of sounding silly (though perhaps this capacity for silliness is our one saving grace).

Musically it is superb. The harmonies are tight as always, the songs mix up sounds, instrumentation and pace in a grand combination of the old and the new to create something that is...close to perfect I think. And these are all great songs: witty, thought-provoking, inspiring by turns. But this alone cannot explain how I fell in love; it takes more than that. I was reading a book by Mervyn Peake the other morning on the train while listening to this for the first time. And I found the following brilliant line in it through some luck of the universe; he says, "It was not often that Flay approved of happiness in others. He saw in happiness the seeds of independence, and in independence the seeds of revolt." And this album contains happiness, the melodies are beautiful and they make my heart sing along. The words are hard and sharp and deep, they speak to life as it is lived and struggle as it is fought, and these words paired so perfectly with such melodies mean even the sad ones bring a smile (of resolve) to my lips. Too many beautiful and happy things signify an escape from reality, an illusion, a simplified version of the world that I find unacceptable and think we'd all be better off for smashing completely. And so those rare instances where you can find something both true and lovely are all the more precious. We need smiles and beauty and happiness, I think we revel too much sometimes in our anger and martyred commitment.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Chumbawamba CD November 11, 2008
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I have 7 Chumbawamba albums in all and all of them are really good and this one is no exception. This is a great album with nice melodies, powerful lyrics and a strong message. I recommend it very much.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mindthumping! September 26, 2008
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Brilliant lyrics and harmonies! Funny, melodic, poetic, intelligent and deadly! The deceivingly gentle, harmonic, madrigal quality of the vocals enhances the socially acerbic lyricism. "Add Me" should be required listening for every facebook subscriber! While "Sing about Love" pretty much says it all. A very simple yet profound song that clearly expresses the continuing need for protest anthems. Hard to believe this is the same band that brought us "Tubthumping."
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