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  • Audio CD (August 7, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Xl Recordings
  • ASIN: B00005N6PA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,075,691 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Bookends
2. It's Just About The Weather
3. James's Dream
4. 2 Up 2 Down
5. You Make No Bones
6. Umlaut
7. Sure And Simple Time
8. Check The Weight
9. Talking Song
10. Manor House Farm
11. Montevideo

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If You Happy With ~ If You Happy With

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With If You Happy With, You Need Do Nothing, Alfie seem set on becoming the latest group of young scallywags to come slouching out of Manchester, set on turning the music world upside down. Collecting all the tracks from their first three vinyl-only single releases ("alfie EP," "Bookends," and "Montevideo") plus two new tracks, If You Happy With places Alfie up there with fellow Mancunian upstarts such as the Buzzcocks, Joy Division, Stone Roses, and Oasis. Imagine a more languid take on that refried 1960s vibe that the Manchester scene pumped full of attitude and took out dancing: "2 Up 2 Down" is Arthur Lee's Love jostling with the Lovin' Spoonful over who gets to use the trumpet, while "Manor House Farm" sounds like Tim Buckley in a sunshine-flooded Salford. Alfie are a little bit of summer and a whole lot of Baggy; only this time, it's wearing sandals. --Billie Swift

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By fetish_2000 on October 29, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Although released in 2001, this appears to be a `Discoutinued' album, which is an huge shame as this is an album of unprecedented beauty, encompassing, Guitar-Pop/Pop-Psychedelia & a little alt.Country...(similar comparisons would be "Baldy Drawn Boy/The Beta Band/The Flaming lips/Mercury Rev" and most definitely closest to "Kings of Convenience" in overall sound/Vocals), with some outstanding slide guitar / Cello work that provides ample space for singer `Lee Gorton' to lay down some wholly intimate (and at times breathtakingly beautiful) vocals....opener track "Bookends" is a lesson in how to perform brilliant folky-rock, and the mostly instrumental "James's Dream" aptly shows how to hold the listeners attention before bursting into vocals ¾ of the way into the track.....it's entirely likely the band "Alfie" will remain a niche act, that captivates whomever listens to them, but the sheer hands down masterpiece of this album, really demands a much bigger audience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "ekswyzed" on May 14, 2001
Format: Audio CD
The first time I saw Alfie I was at another band's show. They were nothing like anything I've seen before! But after they'd finished I still wasn't sure. By the third time I 'bumped' into them going to see other bands I realised just how good these guys are. I found myself not only recognising every song but LOVING every song.
They are best described as Folk-Rock and are well suited to the stools they occupy live. This swagger and faux-unproffesionalism comes across as on this recording to produce a relaxing, beautiful marriage of vocals, lyrics and most certainly the music. They are diverse and skilled musicians who can easily crowd a stage with vocals, guitars, bass, cello(?), drums, flute and trumpet.
If you want comparisons they're hard to classify, but I suppose they sound like Turin Brakes without the vocal harmonies. Just buy it and listen - especially to 'All About the Weather' and 'Make No Bones'.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By kendrick yamamoto on January 3, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Manchester has set itself apart as of late by bragging so loud and so long even the babies have swagger. For once all the bravado is worth it. Sounding the way Oasis can only now dream of sounding, Alfie give us the sunshine in our lives.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 6, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Really good albumn, if I was to make music this is how I would want it to sound, its all sweet, not a bad moment. A mixture of all that is good in music, this albumn will charm you and win your heart and live in your cd player whilst your other cds grow envious of this cd.
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