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Searching For The Young Soul Rebels

Dexys Midnight Runners

1980

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Searching For The Young Soul Rebels

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3.06

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One I've not listened to before. Always heard praise for them but just thought of them as one hit wonders with "Come on Eileen" and kind of dismissed them. Love the way it starts with dialing through the radio. I'd bet this was a real fun live show to catch back around when this record came out. Ambitious punks trying to get soulful. Walking a fine line between earnestness and irony but it sure sounds like they are having a good time doing it. I think my favorite thing on the record is the verses on "thankfully not living in yorkshire..." (But not necessarily the choruses). Probably my favorite whole track is "tell me when my light turns green." I'd bet if I was really fucking drunk I'd love this.

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5

Love the little nudge to the specials at the start. Definitely a very good album with a nice touch with all the horns. Love the ska vibes it gives off

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L'album est bon mais une fois de plus la voix dégueulasse de Kevin Rowland à mi-chemin entre une poule en panique et un Jeff Buckley constipé vient gâcher la fête.

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I'm on record as being morally opposed to any "rock" band with a horn section. That comes into play here as every damn song is horn driven. I'm so sick of saxophones. Also, blue-eyed soul is just the worst. The. Worst. In short, this album was a trial to listen to and I didn't enjoy my time.

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Come off it Eileen

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God awful vocal style shits all over a clearly talented band. Why you'd throw a microphone at a guy having a stroke rather than ring 999 is beyond me.

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There is something simply uplifting and joyous about Dexys - the exuberance, the horns, a bit of ska, a bit of northern soul, a bit of blues, a bit of chanting, a bit of foot stomping - and a charming sincerity from Rowlands. Imaging them in their pomp, 14 band members prowling the stage, smashing out the tunes, playing soul covers… I bet their gigs were legendary. Geno is an absolute monster (and as a side note, I listened to Geno Washington for the first time and boy let me tell you that cleared out the cobwebs!). Fast, furious, infectious.

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Totally melodramatic but sort of leaning into it, I like it??? The crooning vocals are so hamfisted but it sounds fun. I love the punk element. It's like punk D'Sievers. Like, this live would be a fun time with friends. I didn't know these guys were the ones who did "Come on Eileen" which is a banger. I agree with Jon that "Tell Me When My Light Turns Green" might be my fav, along with Geno. I'd prob give it a 3.5 but I'll round up to 4.

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This was a grower. I guess you have to be in the right mood, as Kevin Rowland can be quite annoying. But it's very catchy, soulful, lots of horns.

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“Searching for the Young Soul Rebels” by Dexys Midnight Runners (1980) “Dexys” is a term that apparently refers to kids in northern England who were recreational users of dextroamphetamine in the late 70s and early 80s. They wanted to stay awake all night to dance energetically, I suppose. I recently read somewhere that during the WWII Battle of Britain (July-October 1940) the British RAF aircrews used dextroamphetamine (Benzedrine), while German Luftwaffe aircrews used methamphetamine (Pervitin). Everybody stayed high during the flights and the fights. But since dextroamphetamine leaves the system faster than methamphetamine, RAF crews could sleep the next day, but Luftwaffe crews could not. The result was long term German fatigue. If it had been the other way around, the title of this album might have been “Auf der Suche nach den jungen Seelenrebellen”. The photo on the cover art depicts an Irish Roman Catholic boy being forced from his Belfast home in 1971. These bits of background have significant explanatory power for one seeking to understand the creative impetus behind “Searching for the Young Soul Rebels”. You don’t have to search very far for the rebels. They’re the ones making the music, along with all serious listeners. And the music is a call for the hesitant fence-sitting warrior to get his ass back in the fight for the long term. The best poetry in these Kevin Rowland lyrics comes to the listener in the imperative mood—anger on uppers. In “Keep It”, he scolds: “You give credit for might, inspiration and sight But you miss the point You won't join the fight . . . You hear the sounds, miss all the hooks Your best is what you least understand You hate the graft, won't join the race You're scared to scar your pretty face Safe now cause your head is in the sand”. Okay, Kevin, you’ve got my attention. Now what? Your best is what I least understand. Help me, here, dude. Well, on “There There My Dear”, we get “You're always so happy, how the hell? You're like a dumb dumb patriot . . . You're supposed to be so angry, why not fight?” Alright, then give me a weapon and point me in the right direction. Crickets. I personally wish he had been more explicit and less obscurely referential about what the hell we’re supposed to be fighting for, or even who the enemy is. But he apparently wasn’t writing for boomers raised in the Midwest U.S. (like me). This does not, however, diminish the art. It appeals to rebellious old guys with young souls. I can attest. Spoken poetry on “Love Part One” is angrily potent, demanding a second listen. And a third . . . It’s good. The sound throughout most of this album is refreshingly dominated by trombone of all things, ably performed by “Big” Jim Patterson (with significant use of dubbing, to good effect) and saxophones by Jeff Blythe and Babyface Spooner (Love that handle!). Added to this are the very musical bass lines by Pete Williams, resulting in a very attractive mix. Vocals are uniformly bad. Don’t even get me started. This album isn’t for everyone, which is fine by me. But it’s very good. I am so pissed, and I don’t even know why. And finally, don’t do drugs, kids (unless you’re hurtling through home skies at 350 mph in a single engine Spitfire defending western civilization from the horrors of fascism—then we might make an exception). 4/5

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Groovy tunes, pretty catchy at parts but even 39 min is long for it 3.3

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Wonderful

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Que pieza tan maravillosa de la música, bonito rock steady, bonito ska, bonito blue eyes Sin duda un gran aporte al New wave

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Fantastic album.

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Fantastic

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vibey but old

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I really dug this album with its punk sound meets some classical/jazz instrumental ensemble. It gave me some pep in my step and swing in my jive Top Tracks: Tell Me Why My Light Turns Green, Geno, Burn it Down, There There My Dear

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So so good omg

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Una especie de The Cure animado y trompetero. Les compro el vinilo, va.

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The first side of this is just astonishing - six, even seven stars. A fully formed sound from nowhere. If the second half can't quite sustain the extra-ordinary first five tracks (of which Geno is perhaps the weakest. Think about that.) then its just by comparison. An album so in love with a form of music it seems entirely natural to have a cover from that genre that fits perfectly. ps fun fact Burn It Down was called Dance Stance on original release, as I have the 45.

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This is a fab album- love the sound!

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7/10 FT: tell me when my light turns green

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Goeie chille en toch swingende muziek. Mooi aangevuld met blazers.

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4.5 Very ska like, but almost sounds like the precursor to it

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De Dexys Midnight Runners solo conocía Come On Eileen, que no está en este disco. Me gustó especialmente notar como estos sonidos son enrome influencia a todo el rock latinoamericano que vino unos años después. De pronto la voz se pasa de chillona, pero me gustaron mucho Geno y Seven Days Too Long (que leí que está basada en otra rola)

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Nice covers. Lots of horns!

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Another band where I'm familiar with the name and one song. But I thought it was very good, if a little outside my genre tastes.

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Really cool that this was made in 1980. Brass instruments in rock music is fun.

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This one surprised me a little. I wasn’t really sure I would like it, but it’s pleasant with some surprising instrumental pieces that I enjoyed.

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La voz se parece a la del de The Cure. Son divertidos. Mucha trompeta.

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Great album

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Really good fun. Listened with the kids and they really enjoyed it too.

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This was quite an enjoyable album from an important time and music scene. I found it to be a fusion of punk and ska. The vocals are a punk growl that is Johnny Rotten like while the horns remind me of The Skatalites.

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Listens a lot like ska. I really liked it.

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This is a fantastic debut album. Fun music, kind of a punk-ish ska-ish pop, great trumpets or trombones or whatever, and a pretty cool voice. This band had a fine personality from the start, and I'll sure be coming back to them some other time

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All 3 Dexy's LPs are justifiably highly rated and on the 1001 list. Great driving soul, youthful modern lyricism and attitude. Great bass and brass. Those unmoved by Geno and There there my Dear must have ice in their veins!

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Had tried to get into Dexys before with no success but I really enjoyed this. Tell Me When My Light Turns Green my favourite track.

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Great album

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Excellent album. Extremely fun instrumentation with unique vocals. The opener really catches your attention instantly.

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1 neis

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I liked this

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A fun, high-energy record. Feel like if the Clash brought in a horn section. Theatrical, though not in a crazy, unbearable way. Favorite tracks: "Seven Days Too Long", "Tell Me When My Light Turns Green"

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Rating: 7/10 Best songs: Seven days too long, I couldn’t help it if I tried

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Surprisingly good

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4/5 Pretty fun album to listen to

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Pretty enjoyable album this one

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Have tried this before and not got into it. But growing on me. Shame he can’t sing.

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This was a surprising joy

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So everyone knows 1 Dexy's song (I know 3!) - and this features Geno one of the greatest get up and dance songs ever. So happy to listen to an entire album, might feel 'samey', but an absolute joy.

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Okay. I know Geno, and that this is a band which had a very loyal following. A strong couple of openers to start. I'm not sure I love the strained singing voice, but it does make Dexys sound unique beyond their brass led music. Bold to then have a four minute instrumental, The Teams That Meet In Caffs. It had to be good not to lose me, and thankfully it is. The run from Geno (an all timer) to Thankfully Not Living In Yorkshire..." (an odd falsetto Northern Soul stomper) is bloody good! Even a poem being read out doesn't offend me. Have I mellowed in my old age, or is this band just dead charming?!

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I do like the sound, never been that keen on the vocals mind

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3.75

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Wat een lekker album, een dansje in de keuken gedaan!

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Really surprised by this. I think I know where the Kooks were born.

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Even in remaster, the timbre of the instruments is often a bit harsh. Nonetheless, I dig the brass and its contrast with the vocal affect. It's not what I expected, but I think the combination takes the band a long way. The jazzier tunes and instrumental sections are also points in favor.

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It turns out there's a lot more to Dexys than that one song. I'd heard their other hit single "Geno" before but the rest of the album was new to me. It's a lively collection, with a surprising (for the early 80s) amount of hard swearing.

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Great 80s pop album. More than a one-hit-wonder.

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didn't finish the album but I liked the stuff I heard

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I didn't think I'd like this, but I do. Poppy, but not over much. Far more than "Come On Eileen"

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Hadn’t heard of these guys and really enjoyed the ska punk type vibe

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This is a much more interesting band than I would have given them credit for based on Come On Eileen. I watched a YouTube video about their history, and it was pretty cool what they were trying to do. I liked the album after Too-Rye-Ay, so it's cool to get to hear the album before it Overall it's a neat album. I didn't have a lot of time to make notes while I was listening, but the variety of instrumentation was great 4/5

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Pretty good.

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Although not the first time listening to this, I only discovered this recently. For me it is and still remains a very surprising and original album. The 80s update on classic soul which doesn't even sound like R&B, and his voice, also so typically 80s; alright, I might be alone in this but the way he sings reminds me of Robert Smith. It is not supposed to work but it does!

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Hress og skemmtileg plata!

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Beter als verwacht, beetje ska achtig

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I'll dance my ass off to Come on Eileen every goddamn time that song comes on and love every minute of it. I'll never get sick of it! But I always thought this band was a one hit wonder. Was pleasantly surprised by this album. Contrary to everyone else who hates the sloppy vocals and horns I love those things! I like uniqueness and going against the grain. This is the kind of band I'd love to have seen live at a small dingy shithole bar before they got their 15 minutes of fame. Ooo-ooo ah ah indeed!

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They have other music

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I actually really enjoyed the sound on this one. I suppose it was the brass. Consequently it scores above average and is a 4*

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A splendid album with quality songs and excellent arrangements. The singing works but is a grating on the odd occasion. And really it's just fun and who would not jump in and sing along with their mates.

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I had only ever heard come on Eileen from this band, and assumed they were a one hit wonder, but wow this was a great album!

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extremely british and extremely good pop music! this album just makes keeps you in a constant state of happiness for 50 minutes. simply great

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Liked this. More to Dexys than Come on Eileen.

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Listened to on 5/17/22 4/5 Favorite song: Geno, I couldn’t help it if I tried I had no expectations for this album but it was SO fun to listen to, very British, upbeat and just wildly entertaining - Eileen would be proud

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It was fine, but I dont think ill revisit it.

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I prefer their sophomore album a bit more. This didn't have the same oomph/wow factor for me personally. I think I just don't like brass too much haha.

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Not bad, but it didnt have Come On Eileen.

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Robert Smith (The Cure) auf Valium. Komm ich nicht drüber weg. Das jammern ist sehr ähnlich und die Musik passt nicht dazu. Dabei ist die Musik gut, zumindest gefiel sie mir ab und an, wenn ich durch Pausen das Jammern vergessen habe.

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If the cure went ska.

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This album features great horn pieces with that distinct sound of the band. This band is best known for come on Eileen.

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поставил бы 3 с половиной, наверное под настроение надо слушать

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Good album, great use of horns though nothing special or revolutionary about it. Would give it another go.

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An enjoyable mix of 80s rock and jazz trumpet create a fun album. Favourite song was burn it down.

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Brass! British and fun

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Hard not to like all that sax but it did get a bit same same after a while.

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Cool

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I like the way these guys sound with some brass. Certainly different from their 'come on Eileen ' style.

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Couple of solid songs, didn't stick out too much to me

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I need to give it another listen. There are definitely a few I liked.

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Wow, I totally underestimated this band. It's exactly what it is, and it's not like much else. Like a sophiti-pop album made by a folker with an unorthodox croon.

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Fun 80's album.

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Muy agradable sonido con el sax. A veces la voz me saturó, muy rockabilly, pero lo escuché 3 o 4 veces de corrido sin problema. Sin llegar a tocar ska, me recordó a Madness o LFC en algunos momentos. Tracks: The team that meets in caffs, Seven days is too long.

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Very likeable album heard a lot of stuff I liked. Some sax that felt like a precursor to ska, the vocals were a bit hit or miss but when they hit at the same time as the music they were pretty great.

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Meh. No come on Eileen

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Friegos de saxofones y nada de ska me agradó bastante. Musicalmente es bueno, creo que no esperaba mucho del disco pero es un postpunk muy distinto a todo lo que se hizo en su momento, con muchos pedazos tal cual de música soul casi plagiados de los 60s pero que cuadran muy decente. Aunque no es una cosa espectacular en música lo eleva un poco más que las letras están bien escritas y no son nada idiotas (como a veces el ritmo podría hacer pensar si no pone uno atención). De hecho la canción que más me gustó fue la más distinta del resto (I'm Just Looking). 3.5

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Bastante bueno. Interesante. Soul. Pop... Bastante ritmo.

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La voz afectada y el saxofón a tope. Entretiene, pero está claro que es el grupo de "Come On Eileen" y el resto está eclipsado por ese mega éxito. Aquí está Geno y Tell me when my light turns green. Ha sido interesante buscar información de la portada y saber que pertenece a un mal momento de "The Troubles" en que se expulsó a ciudadanos de Irlanda del Norte de sus viviendas.

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Creo que escucharlo lineal tiene un bache, lo volví a escuchar en random y mucho mejor. La música me parece digerible siempre, no así la voz. Rola: 7 days too long Festivo

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Saxy. 5/10

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Fun! Much more enjoyable than I expected, more talented than their famous single would have you believe. Fun, mod rock new wave 80s weirdness album. 3.5

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Highlights: Seven Days Too Long Unmistakably British, raucous, and distinctively DMR is fun and bouncy. I enjoy most of this album.

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Cool new soul record from early 80s, with a handful of minor classics. Especially Burn It Down, but also Geno, Keep It, Tell Me..., 7 Days Too Long

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I give them 3/3 after the first three songs. I like the soul influence and I can feel even a bit of ska with the horns. Speaking of the horns, they are a nice addition and define the sound, but the trombone is a bit dominant and they could use more higher end. Kevin Rowland's vocal range is limited, but that doesn't stop him from singing way outside of his wheelhouse, like the falsetto in Thankfully...

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Geno <3

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pretty good, I liked their energy and the flow of the album. Nothing crazy tho

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Ehh it was pretty good, but I stand by my opinion that they were one-hit wonders with Come on Eileen.

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I didn’t expect this album to be so horny! I like the ska sound. I didn’t like not being able to understand the lyrics through his accent. There was some good stuff here - almost a 4 except then there was a poem..

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Good, was expecting something a little bit more similar to "Come on Eileen", but it wasn't bad at all.

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Okay

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Not bad tbf

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Didn't mind this.

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The first half of this Albums wasn't really clicking for me, but after Geno they really hit their stride and it turns into a pretty excellent second half. The lead vocalist wavers on annoying, but with the right song it hits. Favorite song: Seven Days Too Long

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There was some pretty sick saxophone stuff but mostly meh

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I like the combination of soul, punk, and ska, but I've never really liked Kevin Rowland's voice and vocal style.

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kinda boppy, like the brass

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This takes a while to get going but then it's a good stomp and some very good tracks. "Thankfully Not Living In Yorkshire It Doesn't Apply" is as mad as the title implies.

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Good album with great playing, love the horn section. Dexy’s would have been class to see live around this time

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Really interesting to hear soul meet post-punk.

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Was not half bad. Good instrumentals. Vocals fine but had a difficult time with the lyrics....

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Just average some songs quite upbeat and good and others just meh 3/5

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Not bad bit too British

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Is this the cure ?! I like the album, not anything spectacular and compositionally I find it a bit bland with the same sort of riffs and instruments on each song. But its enjoyable.

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Love the instrumentation. Lead singer's voice doesn't quite do it for me on most tracks. Fun, high energy pop. 2.5 rounded up.

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Meh.

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Can't really sum up this one. Definitely worth one listen though.

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Nice horns. Wailing vocals aren't always my favorite.

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I like this album. Burn it Down is uch a GREAT song. Kevin's voice used to perfection. The follow-up Tell Me When my Light Turns Green is just as strong. For me this album is soooo much better than Too Rye Aye. 3.5 stars

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Fun listen, talking heads esq Big 80s vibesss

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this was quite meh... i liked the other record by them better-

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Un album décevant après le très surprenant album comportant Come on Eileen écouté il y a de cela quelques mois, mais l'essentiel n'etait pas là: en effet, les Midnight Runners on réalisé une performance epoustouflante, réussissant à enregistrer les voix malgré un microphone disposé à plus de 15m du chanteur, égalant ainsi la distance record de cette discipline.

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This album started well, but then apart from Geno, it wasnt that good. Glad I listened to it though.

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Can’t get past come on Eileen

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So excessively British my god

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If they weren't so angry they'd probably be another Madness

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I liked it a lot more than I was expecting. Pretty good.

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Pretty good listen, better overall than the album with Come On Eileen.

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Not bad. Liked a few songs, particularly the one about Yorkshire :)

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There ain't no Come On Eileen here. TIL there are THREE Dexy's albums on this list. Seems high. Granted, that's due to the fact that I'm in the United States where Dexy's Midnight Runners are considered a one hit wonder. The aforementioned "Come On Eileen" was their only hit to chart here. Granted, it was number 1 with a bullet during a very competitive time, but yeah. Surprised not only to see the band here (let alone, with two more albums). They sure like the horns on this one. Maybe a little too much. It could be that when it comes to Dexy's, I prefer the fiddle. Both "Geno" and "Seven Days Too Long" are bangers, and this album could have used a few more of those. As always, fewer horns/more fiddle!

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Tykkäsin kovasti torvista, joita olikin tuuttailtu koko levyn läpi. Joissain kohdin oli myös mukavaa pianotykittelyä. Laulajan melankolisesta mölinästä en kuitenkaan pitänyt, se laskee arvosanan kolmoseen.

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Reading their Wikipedia page, it makes a lot of sense why they started off as a cover band. Some of their tracks feel like Soul/Jazz band covers of someone else's better song. Apart from Geno, that's ace!

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I was expecting big things from this album but I just couldn’t get into it and didn’t make it to the end. Love Geno though!

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I’m happy that Dexys Midnight Runners exists outside of Come On Eileen, and that this album is actually pretty cool too. Love that northern soul influence mixed with a less aggressive punk stying. It works overall and I understand the album, but none of the songs really kept with me too much. There there my dear, Geno, and the album opener probably stuck with me the most. That being said, some of the soul songs kinda dragged too. And for some reason, and it might just be my headphones, the production sounded a bit too “tinny” to me. Still overall, a pretty cool album I didn’t know existed.

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Krisch direkt Chumbawamba-Vibes von. Juchzgesang, Bläser, Ballonhüte und Latzhosen - ihr macht es mir nicht leicht, Leute. Puh, und der nächste Song (Turning for ...) wird ja noch juchziger/bläsriger. Puh puh puh. Ok, angekommen in No. 3, The Teams That Meet ... - da mag ich die Bläser schon lieber. Bisschen Specials-Style vielleicht? Haha, ok danke - gerade läuft Geno, just to prove me right. Seven Days Too Long auch ganz gut, hätte ich damals auf den Klassenfeten jedenfalls lieber gehört als zum hunderttausendstenmal Come On Eileen. Ach, überhaupt wird die zum Ende hin deutlich besser, Yorkshire und Love, Pt. 1: gut zu hören, tatsächlich. Auch die immer wieder hörbaren Specials-Sound: I like. Versöhnt und bekommt 2,7 insgesamt.

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3.75

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First Listen. Pretty great album. Great horns. Very enjoyable. 3/5.

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Liked it but didn't love it. Nice to hear the sound of what previously was a 1-hit wonder to me. Learned a little bit about the band and definitely appreciate them more.

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A lot of fun poppy songs on here.

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Short album that is technically even shorter since it's filled with interludes. Decent 80s pop, although a rather annoying singing voice

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Similar to their other album. Nothing I would consider must hear in any way, but a decent album for those who like the ska and street jam style of the band.

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Well, today is the day I learned that these are the people behind Come On Eileen and I'm not sure I could have guessed that. But overall this has a very jazzy feel which I enjoyed. More horns please!

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My previous knowledge of this band was limited to Come on Eileen. This was a decent (but not amazing) album of ska-influenced 1980s British pop.

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Started strong but the pitchy, squeaky lead singing wore thin. A good album - certainly better than I expected since I dislike "Come on, Eileen". Glad I listened to it, but didn't add.

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7/10

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A band that dares ask the question: what if Sparks went ska?

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Leuk die blazers. Heb zelfs getwijfeld over vier sterren :).

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Fake gypsy wannabe dabble with blue-eyed soul. Makes me hate dungarees and polka dot handkerchiefs to an irrational degree. Best Tracks: Geno; Seven Days Is Too Long; Thankfully Not Living In Yorkshire It Doesn't Apply

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Britse popmuziek. Leuk dat er een blazerssectie bij zit, maar de zang is soms wel wat rommelig. Verder lekker melodieus en heel toegankelijk. ***

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Party music, kinda folksy, very British

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For a few years now, I've been a big fan of Dexy's Midnight Runners' "Too Rye Ay" album (looking forward to that coming up on this list later), where they cemented their unique blend of "celtic soul" and punk. Here, it all feels a bit embryonic by comparison, but there are signs of great things to come. While there isn't much range to what the horn section do, and their arrangements are quite basic, they still take these songs a long way, and really help to set Dexy's apart from many other punk bands of the early 1980s. The album's best known track, "Geno", is my favourite- a distinctive horn riff, drunken singalong and rowdy atmosphere pervades the whole song to the point where even the most cynical of listeners would have to at least nod along. Coming hot on its heels is "Seven Days Too Long", an energetic Northern soul cover where the band play with vigour and excitement, and Kevin Rowland's yelping, shout-along vocals feel most at home. It's the most powerful 1-2 hit of the album, and arguably the peak of Dexy's early career. Sadly, the rest of the album doesn't quite live up to these two highlights. Dexy's are much more suited to the energetic up-tempo material here ("There There My Dear" and "Thankfully Not Living in Yorkshire..." are two other strong selections), while their ballads flounder in mediocrity. The instrumental "Teams That Meet in Caffs" feels distinctly like filler, with little to reward repeat listens. "Just Looking" is a bit of a dirge that even sharp hits of brass and swirling organ can't save, and "I Couldn't Help It If I Tried" limps the album into its second half, badly damaging the pace. On the whole, Dexys Midnight Runners certainly forge a unique sound here and there are enough tracks to make it a fun, engaging listen- just disappointing that it doesn't reach the heights of what they would go on to.

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Parhaimmillaan oikein toimivaa settiä eikä lievä epätasaisuus pahemmin paina. Jämäkkä kolmonen.

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5th December 2021 Listened during the day on my phone before going to see back to the future the musical with lev. They're not just come on Eileen, they're punky, ska-infused northern soul and I was very pleasantly surprised. 3.5 if I could.

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Quite a fun album. I love the rich instrumentals and the lyrics are actually quite beautiful at times too. Only complaint is that there wasn’t much variation in the overall sound from each song. 6/10

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Bon album pop rock des années 80. L'influence new wave est cool.

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Love the angry horn parts: a little sloppy, but SO enthusiastic. Their cover of The Horse from the b-sides disc is great! As usual, the voice gets on my nerves. This 1001 albums process is making me realize I mainly dislike bands because of vocal styling. This sounds like Bryan Ferry gone wrong.

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Surprise 0-3-5

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Wasn't expecting a Dexy's album without Come On Eileen, but I get how they work for some people. The instrumentation was surprising, I wasn't expecting the horns to be present throughout the whole thing. Dectn but not my jam

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One Dexys Midnight Runners album is enough (the one with Come On Eileen), but this one is pretty good too. Lots of personality, energy, horns. God, there's so much brass.

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'Come on Eileen' is one of my favorite songs, so I was excited to see more from Dexys Midnight Runners on here, because I really wasn't familiar with them other than the album with that one song. Some really enjoyable songs, but also some unenjoyable ones, unfortunately. Love 'Geno' and really disliked 'I'm Just Looking.' Kind of a hit or miss album for me.

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Očekivo sam više nakon prve pjesme.

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Okej album. Ništa prerevolucionarno.

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first listen great horn work, great mix of styles, but ultimately kinda meh

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It was alright I guess. The voice can be a bit much at times. Biggest disappointment is Come On Eileen isn’t on this album.

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Kind of reminded me of a lighter, more ska version of The Clash. I liked a couple of songs but probably wouldn’t listen to it again.

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Weird. Almost cool, but not.

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Must be fun to play...not my music.

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Not the worst thing I have heard so far, but I am starting to wonder why so many 1-hit wonders are being included.

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Some of the songs sound okay and then the big blaring horns come in and ruin them. Some of the songs don't even sounds okay before the big blaring horns come in and ruin them.

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Not a fan-- thanks, but no thanks.

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Die Mucke ist stellenweise mehr als ok, aber WAS SOLL DIESER BESCHISSENE GESANGSSTIL?! Ich kannte bislang nur 'Come On Eileen‘, jetzt weiß ich, was mich an der Band so nervt. 2 Sterne.

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Not as good as the other Dexy's album. Too much trumpet, not enough revelry.

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Would have been a better album if it didn’t sound like the singer hit puberty while recording.

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Not as much fun as I expected

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Este álbum me sonó como a The Cure mezclado con Los Fabulosos Cadillacs (escuchen "Igual a Quien"). Not my cup of tea either

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Is ok. This album lands perfectly in the middle of the scale as I neither like it nor dislike it. Love Pt. 1 (Poem) is the highlightest of highlights as it's the only one I can say I actively liked.

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Could not get past the vocal delivery, so whiney and melodramatic. Also found the instrumentation rather irritating. Had to struggle through this one a bit.

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not my THANGGG

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it wasn't that good :(

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The only redeeming thing about this album was the horn section, and I usually hate horns used in this way. The singing and song writing are putrid.

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I strongly considered giving this a one, but it was a very unique album that sounded like a weird mashup of pop, ska, and soul. I'd add 'Geno' to a playlist but otherwise I'm not interested in revisiting.

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Not my jam. Not into his vocals and the incessant horns. Their best with Come on Eileen was yet to come.

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It has a lot of the annoying singing parts from Come On Eileen and not enough of anything else I like to overcome it... and you weren’t kidding about the extensive horn use

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It was alright. 0RS

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Unintelligible British underground

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2/5 Annoying vocalist, decent music. Not an album i wanna listen to again.

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Some good sounds. Unlikely to revisit.

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Monotonous in a not good way for me. Singular in ways that don't suit - brassy and whiny. Vocals just not good.

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Liatened through twice and really not for me, its all a bit sincere. Its also hard to place where it falls, its 'not quite' music.. its not awful by any means just not for me.

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I don't think it's bad. But the sort of weird shakey over the top vocals don't really do it for me. It's all a bit much at times.

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Täysin vieras nimi itselleni, mutta tämä yllätti vähintään puolipositiivisesti vaikkei genre olekaan ihan itselleni ominaisin. Letkeätä torvien törinää ja tarttuvia sävellyksiä. Ei tosiaankaan mitään erityisen hienoa tai älykästä musiikkia, mutta kyllä tämän pariin kertaan läpi kuunteli ilman suurempia tuskia.

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I fail to see why this album made it into this list

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If Kevin Rowland didn't murder every song on this album with his 'singing' voice, I probably would've liked it more as the actual band and the tunes are generally decent.

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I know this band can bring the energy just from 'Come on Eileen' alone – this LP instead just sounds limpid and flat, even the brass/string sections sound as if they're just reading the sheet without much enthusiasm.

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The vocals were pretty bad, the music was sometimes not so bad...Sometimes. Overall I would've been fine if all I had ever known from this band was Come on Eileen.

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Vleesch nog visch. Normaal hou ik wel van blazers, maar in deze band klinkt het echt alsof ze hun laatste adem aan het uitblazen zijn. Ongeinspireerd getoeter.

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Op zich wel gezellig, maar kan er verder niet zoveel mee

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Nah this ain’t me

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It is an ok album. Nothing is really memorable on it. The group's best song (Come On Eileen) apparently is on another album. You can skip this one.

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Kuuntelinkohan loppuun… joutu niin pätkissä kuunnella, että ei oikein mitään muistikuvaa tästä. Taisi paikoin olla ihan kivaa settiä, mut mitään ”oho”-fiiliksiä ei syntyny

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not for me but not terrible

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A lot of jazz notes happening here. A lot of horns... Not a lot of vocals? Huh. "Seven Days Too Long" - No means no, Dexys Midnight Runners.

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Tough! I hear that emotion, and a couple of tracks really pulled me in. But it’s not an album I’m going to toss on unless it’s background to a party, and even then probably not? The voice would edge into whiny too many times. Not enough mix in the mix… just not enough. But E for effort.

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I really dug the ska vibe. The music was nice and bouncy….but lawwwwwwd this album was long AND repetitive. I mean, I dug it for the first third and then I had to check to make sure that I wasn’t listening to it on repeat. I’d like to give it a 2.5, maybe a 2.75, but these is ruthless times. It’s a 2 for me dawg.

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More varied than I expected, but hampered by a not very good singer. Geno is the best song, burn it down is pretty good, and the rest are fairly forgettable

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Not a fan. Sounds like pub music, but the lead singer was castrated before singing. "Keep It" has to be one of the most annoying songs I've ever heard and the fact that it's 4 minutes long is painful. My favorite track was probably either "Geno" or the instrumental "The Teams that Meet in Caffs", but I still wouldn't call them good, just above-average.

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Genre: Blue-Eyed Soul 2/5 My second album of theirs that I’ve received throughout this project. Out of over 1,000 albums, I’ve gotten two of three(??) Dexys Midnight Runners albums in the book. Much like the other one, I was over this long before it finished. The horns in this are so absolutely bizarre, and so off-putting, the entire time. I could never feel comfortable throughout this entire project, as the horn flares were bound to jar me loose, and completely break me. I was laughing throughout a large majority of this. Although I would never listen to this again, and new wave is DEFINITELY not for me, and the enjoyment I got out of listening to this was not from the music itself, this album tickled me. It’s a complete joy bomb. But it’s way too much for me.

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Didn’t enjoy the vocals, music was interesting ska

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Listened Before? N This is interesting. Not really for me, but interesting. Reminds me of when I used to be cool. Pros: Early Ska and late Punk influences here make it a historical piece. Some of the horns are very nice sounding. Cons: The vocals are not particularly nice, and they're not enunciated well so I don't know what he's singing about. The slow songs are a terrible grind to get through. Added to Library? N Songs added to Playlist: Tell Me When My Light Turns Green, Geno

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Annoying

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Correct... 2.75

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Not really my thing

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Unoteworthy album, save for a couple of brief tracks

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I feel like I should've liked this more than I did. Perhaps I didn't give it enough attention what with my first day back at work for a week and a bit.

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Supposed to be punk soul or something like that, according to some review I read online, but couldn't get into this mish mash of whatever it is.

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Okay I guess. A bit samey after a while.

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litt rotete - alt var ikke på spotify. men det var helt greit. vanskelig å finne høydepunkter - samme med lavpunkt. Usikker på bruksområder. det passer like dårlig til alt

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There were beats that I enjoy, but his over-affected accent was a turn-off. And at first I was like - ah, a predecessor to ska, like the horns on every track. But then the further into the album, the more I found the horns distracting and taking away from the songs.

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Big brass band combined with rock, not my cup of tea.

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Not for me

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Trash

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The other Dexys album didn't irritate me this much.. His voice is intensely annoying, all the instruments sound out of tune, its just a hot mess

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Wow. What is this even? Please miss me with this. Absolutely hated it.

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Think I made it to the 4th track. All I could manage. Hateful

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1:49 for a one hit wonder that doesn't contain the hit? Nope

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Not really for me.

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Friggin‘ lame 1.0

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the only listenable track is the instrumental "the team that meet in caffs" reaally annoying album

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I feel like the lead vocalist's sound is an inside joke that I'm just not in on. I mean listen to "Tell Me When My Light Turns Green" or "I'm Just Looking" and help me understand what is going on. It's like the first time I heard "I Believe in a Thing Called Love" from "The Darkness" and I struggled to understand if it was authentic or satire. Looking over my difference in taste for the vocalist, tracks like "The Teams That Meet in Caffs" gave me a chance to consider the band on it's own. As a unit, they sound good. Not necessarily great, but good. I think they would probably sound great as a part of the background din of a pub, but the vibe didn't translate to recording in my opinion. In the end, I couldn't bring myself to finish the album. My only assumption as to why this is on the list would be because of the impact the album had in it's historical context. Given this is the 2nd album by this band that I've come across in the list, I'm a bit concerned. Especially given I've yet to see entire genres (i.e. classical, world music) represented. I can't really fathom how this one is on the list at all.

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Ja, dat was 'm dan ook weer niet voor mij...

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