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I couldn't wait to get my ears around this follow up to the glorious "We'll Live And Die In These Towns" but unfortunately I found "Music For The People" a rather disappointing experience. I'm not sure what people the music was produced for I certainly wasn't one of them. The Coventry modernists set their stall out right from the start with the guitar heavy, mysterious vocal mess that is "Elephant Song" which is to be endured rather than enjoyed. It's then all a bit indie by numbers with a sprinkle of psychedelia that hints at an unhealthy obsession (for a band so youthful) with late sixties Small Faces. The one exception is the glorious "Sing When Your In Love" which in my opinion is sublime. However, the days when you could sell a trailer load of albums on the back of one decent single have long passed and if they want get back on form if and when they produce that difficult third album then they will have to tighten their quality control. Given the energy and emotive lyricism contained in their debut release and the fact that they are able to, on occasion, produce edgy but radio friendly tunes, I'm certain they have the potential to succeed.
After The Enemy's first album with great tunes like 'Away From Here' and the title track 'We'll Live and Die in These Towns' which captured the imagination of a lot of the population as they burst onto the music scene you would have thought that this album would develop them further into a really good band. However, you would be wrong this album does have hints of The Jam, The Clash and maybe even Pulp but this is one of the main reasons not to buy the album, these bands all do the same thing but a lot better than The Enemy have managed here. I will admit some of the tracks on the album do grow on you like 'No Time For Tears' but unfortunately a potentially great band have gone off the rails with the always difficult second album. Of course there is potential for them to come back with a great third album but there will have to be a huge improvement over this record. I feel that some people will still enjoy this album greatly as The Enemy have changed their sound a fair bit and gone away from the simple style that set them out so brilliantly for their first album. I haven't given this album the amount of time that i have to others and maybe it is a grower but i feel i gave it enough of a chance and was just disappointed
Having been a massive fan since The Enemy's debut outing with "We'll live and die in these Towns" I purchased this album with great excitement and optimism, This was added to further, following the release of the first single from the album "No time for tears" which I thought was a great release. Unfortunately the album was abit of a let down. The Enemy appear to have moved into a more commercial, stadium selling state of mind, and this is reflected in the music, which in places sounds...well...over the top actually. Obvious comparisons between some tracks on this album have been made and with good reason, tracks "Don't break the red tape" is "Londons Calling" and "Nation of checkout girls" a double take of "Common people". Although I accept this could be bands musical influences showing through, one cannot argue with the striking similarities which border on annoying to listen too. On a brighter note, there are one or two excellent tracks, "Sing when in you're in love" is the albums outstanding track and is the albums "We'll live and die in these towns". Then there is the upbeat "Be somebody" with its piano backed chorus and the more mellow "last goodbye". Although these tracks are very good, they only conceal what is actually a very average album.
After their fantastic first album, I couldnt wait for the release of this new album and to hear what they had spent what seemed like forever making. I must admit, when it was first released, I was slightly disappointed, the style seemed to have changed, and the new album contained many more 'slower' songs. The album quickly grew on me, and the lyrics to the songs are simply incredible and contain real meaning, the instrumental playing is first rate, and the song Be Somebody, my personal favourite is just simply sensational. The album has a nice blend of music, with fast, upbeat songs such as Be Somebody or Nation of Checkout Girls, and 51st State, and then more slower tempo and more thought prevoking type songs such as Sing When Your In Love and Last Goodbye, which you can imagine being played out at the end of any concert. Recently saw them live, and their perfomance was fantastic, a bunch of really genuine guys, who just love making music and getting their opinions out in the open, which is one reason why I like them so much.
This was a much antisipated album for me as i really enjoyed Well live and die in these town's which was the enemys first album realeased in 2005 i think might have been 2004. well any way that was a great album traks such as Had Enough, Away from here and Your not alone all great songs for a debut album. So the expectations were high for there next album music for the people i think many people didnt expect it to be as good because the first album was so good people just couldnt see how they could do any better. I belive music for the people is a great album i really like the traks Be Somebody, Dont break the red tape, and 51 st state they are amazing songs. I think that the enemy will just keep on improving and i really hope they do as i am a really big fan of them.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Elephant Song
2 No Time For Tears
3 51st State
4 Sing When You're In Love
5 Last Goodbye
6 Nation Of Checkout Girls
7 Be Somebody
8 Don't Break The Red Tape
9 Keep Losing
10 Silver Spoon