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VersusAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (May 5, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Caroline
  • ASIN: B000005ZEI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #358,187 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Atomic Kid
2. Dumb Fun
3. Never Be O.K.
4. Morning Glory
5. Radar Follows You
6. Underground
7. Spastic Reaction
8. Crazy-Maker (I'm Still In Love With Your Eyes)
9. Jack & Jill
10. Mouth Of Heaven

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...Versus sound like Sonic Youth if the latter leveraged pop heartache over guitar abstractions. This set delivers both in a wistful song suite about post-cold war blues, romantic betrayal, and love so raw it makes you dizzy.... -- Entertainment Weekly

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The future of pop September 20, 2000
Format:Audio CD
The more music gets complicated, the more comforting it is to have a band like Versus cranking out honest to goodness guitar pop. There's something liberating in hearing the rumbling basslines and crackle of static from the amps on the newest collection of songs. In something of a contrast to the brightness of the sound, the songs are lyrically dark and moody but deceptively so. The dark content of "Morning Glory" is balanced with sweet alternating verses that play off the tension building guitars and a tinkling piano at the end.
The twin vocals of Richard Baluyut and Fontaine Toups are still a force to be reckoned with and "Underground" lets the two intertwine with great results. Far from one trick-kids, there's a semi-country twang to "Spastic Reaction" and a few electronic beats in with the strums of "Jack and Jill." Versus can also toss all the frills out the window and rock out with the furious "Atomic Kid." These guys see the future, and even if they don't like what they see - they make it sound cool.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Their best so far... June 4, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This is simultaneously Versus' attempt to crack the big time *and* their best written, most consistent full-length record-which probably makes some indie fans uncomfortable, but shouldn't. Yes, the guitars go for twin-axe wall of sound volume over indie jangle, odd tunings and feedback freakouts, but when the result is as exhilarating as "Atomic Kid" you can't take exception. The lyrics on this record are the best ones they ever wrote, hands down-about Cold War nostalgics ("Atomic Kid"), ageing party animals ("Dumb Fun"), small town indie gurus ("Underground") and love gone jarringly wrong. Richard and Fontaine's harmonies are at their peak, whether channeling Neil Young and Nicolette Larson in "Crazymaker", or brilliantly singing across each other like Eno and Cale's Wrong Way Up experiments in "Morning Glory", which also highlights their ability to shift dynamics. Instead of the old post-grunge thing of simply using quiet verses to highlight loud choruses, they show that they know that sometimes the comedown is the most affecting part, just like in the broken relationships they sing about. Fontaine also shows an interesting New Order influence on the record, not so much in sound but in how she conceals unsettling adult emotions in apparently simplistic sing-song lyrics (and an enunciated, halting vocal style reminiscent of Barney Sumner). I own and love all the Versus albums and EPs but this is the one I listen to most.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic indie rock in all it's implications January 22, 2000
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Format:Audio CD
This album is a very good indie rock album so if you like that kind of music you will not be disappointed. But if you're looking for a unique sound you won't find it here. That's not a criticism, really - just a reflection of how familiar this genre is nowadays.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly amazing January 3, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Versus continue to astound me with song after song of simply breathtaking music: "Dumb Fun" and "Morning Glory," in particular, make me want to quit my job and learn how to play my guitar.
I strongly encourage anyone and everyone to buy this (and every other Versus) album; if you don't find yourself addicted within a week, seek medical treatment.
One last recommendation: Never miss a chance to see Versus live!
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5.0 out of 5 stars great indie rock January 8, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
Versus raises the bar in what to expect from an indie band. The harmonies are memorable and the guitar lines are smartly written. They leave just enough head room to be spacy while retaining the infectious pulse of a good rocker. I am unaware of their other recordings but I can't say enough good things about this one. Go get it!
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