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  • Audio CD (November 14, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: November 14, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: EP
  • Label: Vagrant Startime
  • ASIN: B000053F7Z
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #571,148 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Young Lawyer
2. Living Room Is Empty
3. The 88
4. Call Our Hands
5. Destro
6. Piano

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It's pretty difficult to accurately pigeonhole hip young New York City gunslingers French Kicks, but we can say for sure that Young Lawyer contains a substantial streak of irony-free enthusiasm. It fuses the bluesy drawl of Detroit's White Stripes to an angular, pop-hardcore interface that hints at the band's inception in a Washington, D.C., schoolyard. These nine tracks reveal the Kicks to be a pleasantly rambunctious rock & roll proposition with a sharp twist of left-field attitude. "Arena" hints at the spacious, treble-heavy back-room clatter that gave Jon Spencer Blues Explosion their bite. And "The 88" hangs precariously between lank, shambolic slacker rock and a tightly drilled hardcore dynamic, with Jamie Krents's casual bass groove clashing with the spit and polish of Josh Wise's and Matthew Stinchcomb's shrieking guitar lines. Matching fashion with passion, French Kicks are striking a blow for the newest new wave. --Louis Pattison

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By zeromachine on January 19, 2004
Format: Audio CD
this is the first time i've ever bothered to write a review on amazon. but this is truly a great album. i can't stop listening to it. and unlike most albums i own, i haven't come close to getting sick of it. every time i listen to it, i get something different from it.
having listened a few times to my girlfriend's copy of their more recent album, one time bells, i was somewhat interested to see them live, as they were opening at a hot hot heat show. i was truly impressed. they were very tight and sounded great. i decided to pick up a copy of young lawyer at the show and was surprised by how much i liked it. it is a great album and a refreshing change of pace from some of the crap that is out now.
that being said. having read some of the reviews of them here on amazon, it seems to me that their stuff is more of an acquired taste. in fact, prior to seeing them live, i wasn't really into one time bells. but now, that album is definitely one of my favorites, along with young lawyer. i can't put my finger on why this is the case with them.
anyways, you can't go wrong with giving young lawyer or one time bells or both a try. if you don't like it right away, give it another shot. see if they're playing any shows near you and go see them. they made a true fan out of me.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Billy Nitz on June 6, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is one of those CD's that, upon first listen, you want to throw out the window at a stop sign. But then you'll slip it into the CD player again. Then a few days later you'll be singing along. The lead singer was saying something about how they write songs by coming up with real hard sounding instrumentation and adding harmonized vocals--and that pretty much hits it on the head. The first track is probably the best (young lawyer), meandering but eventually likable. "Piano" features hammering chords on a piano honky-tonk style, but nevertheless pleasant. And some of the guitar sounds are extremely raw, like scraping a metal rake across a blackboard. If you have the patience, you just might like it. Good CD, only six songs, but then again only 8 bucks.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robert L. Wehrle on May 14, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is one of the best bands I have heard in a long time. It's hard to describe who exactly they sound like which makes them unique - a very hard thing to do these days. They have an incredibly tasteful and melodic drummer (think Keith Moon and Ringo and Stewart Copeland) and beautiful but tough (like the Beatles) 3 part harmonies. They throw in extremely clever guitar licks and staccato rhythms both on piano and drum that round out their catchy yet substantial sound. Think of it as pop music with swagger and attitude. A wonderful recording also serves the songs very well. The only thing wrong with this CD is that it is too short! You'll be starving for more. The next big thing? You better believe it. Watch these guys like a hawk.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S.E. Towers on March 6, 2001
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I just got the EP and listened to the songs on the band's website. Sounds tremendous. Me buy!
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