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The House That Dirt Built

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2009 release. With a background in the joys of sampling and a foreground in scuzzy guitar, bass and beaten up drums, with schizo music tastes and a West Country pace, theyve been building brick by dirty brick. Now, theyd like to welcome you into their beautiful home for a little nose around, a kind of party if you like. And if a little blood gets spilled then thats just how it is. Nobody said it was going to be a spread from "Hello" magazine. It will, though, be the best party youve ever been to. The House That Dirt Built represents a huge step forward from an already fantastic debut in Great Vengeance & Furious Fire. Since then The Heavy have toured the world and, where the first record was sample-based, the new one is much more a product of working as a band. The House That Dirt Built is larger than life, funny, terrifying and occasionally beautiful. It is, in fact, a house youll want to visit again.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. How You Like Me Now?
  2. Sixteen
  3. Short Change Hero
  4. No Time
  5. Long Way from Home
  6. Cause for Alarm
  7. Love Like That
  8. What You Want Me to Do?
  9. Stuck


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 13, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: COUNTER RECORDS
  • ASIN: B002GYS1FO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,165 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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After a Kia commercial & Google search, I found the wonder that is "How You Like Me Now?" The song was so good in fact, I couldn't resist buying the full album, to which I implore you to do also. Stepping into the music of The Heavy, you know you're stepping into something special. The quality of some of the songs on this album is just so good, so energetic, it transcends almost everything else in rock n' roll over the past 10 years. Heck, Letterman even had them play an encore for the first time in his show's career. And after sampling The Heavy, you'll be hard-pressed not to order an encore as well.

Highlights Include:
How You Like Me Now?
Short Change Hero
Long Way From Home
Cause for Alarm
Stuck

Once you get past some of the more indie/experimental elements of the album towards the beginning, and as soon as it transitions to full rock mode, then the album is almost virtually untouchable. The Heavy sounds like a combination of James Brown meets The White stripes, meets The Who/Classic 60s Rock. I'll admit, this isn't the most original product in the history of music, or even in its own genre, but The Heavy plays better than most out there. They also do a pretty decent ballad.

Overall, The Heavy mixes energy and soul into its blues rock, and brings out a killer combination. I can't recommend this album highly enough, and if you're a fan of modern indie or alternative rock, you'll be right at home. But even if you're not, The Heavy certainly does enough to convince you otherwise.
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Saw this band on the Late Show on January 18th, 2010 and they were excellent. The song they played "How You Like Me Now" was amazing and Letterman was so impressed that he asked for an encore, something I've never seen or heard him do before. Check out the album, you won't be disappointed.
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This album is amazing. If you haven't seen them do "How You Like Me Now?" on Late Show with David Letterman, I suggest you go the the CBS site and watch it. It's all you need to see. They are the real deal. The whole audience was movin' Always good to find real music that makes you move. Buy it. Just Buy it!
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A couple of the songs on this Album I had already heard, so it just seem natural that I listen the the whole thing. Wow! The lead singer's voice is sooo masculine, Like James Brown and Steve Winwood had a baby. It's raw and smoky at the same time, like a shot of good Scotch; and the band is tight and funky. It is like they studied the Sixties and Seventies funk scene and decided to move it to the 21st Century.
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I heard their song as the theme to Cinemax's popular action show Strikeback and figured I would download it for driving. When I saw that the entire album was only $5 more, I played a few 30 second clips (Amazon, shame on you for only giving 30 seconds. Most of the intros to this band's songs are 30+ seconds long.)

Therein lies my problem with this band. The track I wanted to download in the first place (Short Change Hero) has a 1 minute and 30 second intro of some weird spaghetti Western music punctuated by a scratching record needle throughout. Seriously? How about including a non-intro version without 1 minute and 30 seconds of creepy Western music. The crazy intros are a perfect way to deter people from buying your songs or getting ANY radio airplay. Which is a shame because the songs aren't bad and I think they would get played more often if not for the insanely long intros on your best songs.

Many songs have 15 - 30 second intros which are semi annoying but not as bad as the long one on Short Change Hero. This is the Rob Zombie effect who also is a fan of the pointless intro/sampled movie lyrics.

Beyond that, this band has an interesting sound ... Very intense. I don't know that you would necessarily hear this band on the mainstream radio but they are unique and bold enough where you will hear them. Most likely on commercials, television show promos or theme songs. Just about every song has that type of vibe where you expect to see the stylish main character or villain on a television show walking towards the camera in slow motion adjusting their sunglasses ... Or walking out of a high end suit store during a makeover show in slow motion.
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This CD contains The Heavy's most popular songs, 'How You Like Me Now' and 'Short Change Hero'. These songs alone warrant the purchase of this album, but I can assure you, every song on this CD is worth a listen.

The only complaint I have with this album, along with other albums from The Heavy, is that they seem to put their best songs at the start of the CD, and it makes me want to rewind to the earlier tracks midway through.

That being said, The Heavy is a great band that is amazing live, and I can't wait for more albums from them.
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As it says in the title, I first learned of the Heavy because Short Change Hero was used as the opening theme of Borderlands 2, but I ended up buying this album, and two others because of music. If you like bluesy rock, or rock that has just a little something extra, The Heavy is great choice.
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