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Dumbing Up CD+DVD

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Dumbing Up marks the return of Karl Wallinger and World Party, recapturing the magic of previously acclaimed efforts such as Goodbye Jumbo and Bang!. During World Party's hiatus interest in the band has grown after their song She's The One became a worldwide hit for British pop star Robbie Williams. Dumbing Up reaffirms World Party's Lennonesque knack for memorable melodies and a hopeful perspective, featuring lead single What Does It Mean Now?, the prescient Who Are You? , See The Light and the anguished epic Always On My Mind. .Bonus DVD! The initial orders of Dumbing Up will contain a DVD featuring almost three hours of all that is World Party rare music video, archival footage, live and studio performances.

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After being given only a limited UK release four years ago, Dumbing Up has been expanded and is finally available in the US. 2002 was also the year that Karl Wallinger's longrunning, critically lauded and commercially successful World Party fell apart. With this album out and a return to touring, a new generation can be fully exposed to the resonant powers of Wallinger's songs. The first few bars of the opening "Another Thousand Years" make his love of pop smarts, and specifically The Beatles (with its shades of "Baby You're a Rich Man") readily apparent. Elsewhere, there are evident strains of the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and other pillars of well-crafted songs. What makes World Party -- essentially Karl Wallinger -- so compelling is that fact that those influences blend into a singular identity. The references are incorporated into a whole, absorbed, but not hidden. --David Greenberger
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 2, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD+DVD
  • Label: Seaview
  • ASIN: B000EWBKF8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,705 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on February 12, 2004
Format: Audio CD
The only problem with World Party's music is the leisurely pace at which new material emerges. I have read all of the previous reviews of Dumbing Up, and here is my take.
First, I agree that the single Here Comes the Future does not mesh with the rest of the tracks. All of the World Party CDs after Private Revolution have a track or two that heads into Motown/soul/Prince territory with the falsetto singing. Those are not necessarily the tracks that I hit repeat on either.
But downgrading this CD because it does not measure up to the classic Private Revolution or Goodbye Jumbo is just crazy. What other artists out there are making music this good in the pop genre? I listen to tons of music, World Party has few equals.
Just for the record, on Dumbing Up, there are three songs that are as good as anything World Party has done, and that's saying a lot in my book: What Does It Mean Now, the very prescient Who are You, and See the Light. The rest of the CD is merely terrific. Take it off your CD player for a month or so (I did too), then put it back on after you're done with Radiohead and Verve Pipe and Starsailor and whoever else you are fancying these days. Five stars all the way.
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World Party's new release features the catchy tunes, the soulful vocals and the often insightful lyrics of Karl Wallinger. The heavy Beatles influence on Wallinger is nothing he needs to apologize for. The arrangements are very modern and World Party albums are loaded with innovation.
The opening song, "Here Comes The Future" has you humming along after the first listen and is further augmented with a few rap verses. "Another 1000 Years" instantly brings the Beatles "Baby You're A Rich Man" into your mind. Karl Wallinger is also heavily influenced by Bob Dylan. Another favorite of mine from "Dumbing Up" is a song called "Who Are You?", which is done in a style reminiscent of Dylan in his "Highway 61 Revisited" era.
In the song "Who Are You?", Wallinger asks: "Are you the problem or the answer? Who are you?" Wallinger is clearly the answer for the person who loves leading edge rock music with real melodies, great individual vocals and harmonies, innovative studio work and meaningful lyrics. No one is doing a better job satisfying the person who appreciates these things today than Karl Wallinger and World Party.
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First, this CD is great on it's own, as good as anything in the World Party catalog. It loses a bit of steam toward the end but finishes with the epic 8-1/2-minute "Always On My Mind." Wonderful.

As an "old" fan (I loved World Party back in the late 80's and early 90's), this US release of their 2000 album is welcome, because it caught my eye, whereas I had completely missed the original release. Not only that, but this includes a DVD containing over two hours' worth of material, mostly videos made for songs from all the studio albums, 1987 up through 2000. I suppose the "true" fan who kept up to date by getting this CD on import would have appreciated the DVD being sold separately, but for me, it's a 2-for-1 deal that's quite welcome.

Karl & gang have been away far too long. I'm so glad he's recovered from the aneurysm in 2001! Scary stuff. World Party is on tour this summer (2006) and hopefully we can all say "welcome back" to new songs soon!
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By A Customer on November 15, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This album has some very strong performances from Kurt, and a welcome return back to the form of 'Goodbye Jumbo' and 'Bang'.
I felt on 'Egyptology' he really had nothing to say...good, safe melodies with absolutely no lyrical depth. This album finds him back to true form. Inspired Lyrics, strong melodies that grab you from the very first listen.
Don't be thrown off by the opening track...the rest of the album is nothing like it. In fact, after the first few listens I've programmed out the 1st and last song, which seem a little out of place with the rest of the album.
This album should be well received by critics and loyal fans, and should gain him some new ones along the way.
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Whether you refer to this CD as a reissue or a new release matters not, the songs are great. If I missed it the first time around, I am glad I found it this time around. This CD is as good as any in the World Party stable. Welcome back.
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By JC88 on September 18, 2013
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well, i first bought this CD many many years ago and listened to it perhaps maybe a handful of times and someway or another it went missing. to tell you the truth, i didn't miss it all that much. time warp (or should i say Flash Forward) to the present! i recently re-aquired it on amazon and ive gained and all new appreciation for this disc! i now think it's as good or better then anything they've ever released! the music has a certain.......? maturity/sophistication about it but without be condescendingor boring. Lyrics are great as usual, song consistency and melodies/hooks are brilliant. some songs may take a few listens to fully appreciate. but you are diffently rewarded for the effort!
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By R Smith on January 16, 2007
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The best way to describe World Party is they sound like the Beatles if Bob Dylan and Prince were band members.

There is not a bad or mediocre World Party, although out of the five this one is probably their 2nd best (after Goodbye Jumbo). If you are new to World Party, this is a great place to start - highly recommended.
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