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Complete Blam Bl Import

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 6, 2009)
  • Imported ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B000B9G6YE
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,882,479 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Glen L. Smith on October 22, 2014
Format: Audio CD
I would pay quite a bit to get this CD; I used to have their album "Luxury Length" in the 1980's This band was very talented and their musical ideas and sound was far more mature and intelligent than anything else at the time in NZ. Not for everyone, if you are hoping for straight rock or a more commercial feel - but well worth the investment.
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Format: Audio CD
This 80s trio's most well-known for what's the strongest song on this nineteen-track compilation of their complete works, "There Is No Depression in New Zealand." This muscular, post-punk tune benefits from an assaultive base, a wry delivery of an ironic lyric, and a steady propulsion. The rest of the tracks, however, show a steady slog through unvarying takes on XTC's tribal rhythms, Magazine's claustrophobic ennui, and the Talking Heads' lighter global-light tunes with nods to reggaeish and funky beats. None of this has worn particularly well.

The album seems to never end, and the similar sludgy pace of most of the songs weighs down whatever clever insights the lyrics might contain. The band is accomplished at what they do, and the vocal and bass-playing abilities sound confident, but there's nothing that makes this band stand out from any other group elsewhere in the early 80s, unfortunately. For completists of NZ rock only, alas.
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