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Concretes


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  • Audio CD (May 29 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Astralwerks
  • ASIN: B0002CH9DW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #235,542 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Say Something New
2. You Can't Hurry Love
3. Chico
4. New Friend
5. Diana Ross
6. Warm Night
7. Foreign Country
8. Seems Fine
9. Lovin Kind
10. Lonely As Can Be
11. This One's For You

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Includes bonus track. EMI. 2005. --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.

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By diG on July 18 2004
Format: Audio CD
The Concretes aren't just cool--they're Swedish. Like meatballs or Volvos or people who drink too much Aquavit and go running naked through the snow. Cool as a bright-white wall of sound, with organs, trumpets, harps, and blondes who worship the Supremes in all their evening-gloved glory. Fizzy as peppermint soda, shiny as Christmas decorations, chilly as an ice sculpture of Nico's vocal cords. Loose as only a 20-member octet can get, finally deciding to rehearse hard enough to produce their first "proper" recording, and coming up with a snow globe of an album that's sparkling, brilliant and only held back by gravity.
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Who knew that a bunch of Swedes could make an album this eclectic and wonderful? After being inundated with bland, derivatve Scandinavian rock from Sahara Hotnights, The Sounds, and The Hives, I wasn't expecting The Concretes to sound much different. But when I first heard the album I was blown away. They sound like a weird and wonderful cross between the Velvet Underground and the Ronettes. My favorite track is the gorgeous and haunting "Lonely as Can Be". Buy this album so you can be smug to all your friends when this band becomes huge, which, with music like this, should be any day now.
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With bands like The Hives and Sahara Hotnights putting out new records, I was expecting this summer to be a rehash of 2001-2002. But with this album, the ground has shifted. Dreamy pop and cool rock is what is cool now. Garage rock is sort of old news. The Concretes are what is great about Sweden now. Songs like "You Can't Hurry Love" are like the great songs of summer 2004. It's a mix of Velvet Undergound and The Supremes. It's the 1960s again when they came out of the garage and became more mod, urban and cool. Get out your big sunglasses.
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Amazon.com: 15 reviews
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
A beautiful, if inconsistent, album July 26 2005
By Head ChImp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The Concretes have made a beautiful album that sounds exactly like a combination of Mazzy Star and Bettie Serveert. Just like those two bands' albums, there are some stunningly gorgeous songs and others that are more mediocre. Overall, this album is very strong and depending on the listener's mood, one song may stand out at any given time. It starts out with "Say Something New", which feels like one of those songs I will still love listening to decades from now. There are several other standouts, "You Can't Hurry Love" and "Foreign Country" come to mind, that make this an album to listen to in its entirety. This is not a Top 40 single and filler album like most of the garbage out there, this is a complete album. Listen to it and enjoy. (Check out any Mazzy Star's "So Tonight That I Might See" or Bettie Serveert's "Dust Bunnies" if you like this.)
14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
like a reverb soaked party in the sky July 4 2005
By J. Riley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I checked out The Concretes because I heard their song on the Target Ad. Not ashamed of that in the slightest and I am so happy that I followed my ears. This album is a real joy to listen to. It's not so artistic that it leaves you wanting a good tune (because all of the melodies are memorable and lovely), but it is so unique in it's approach.

I heard that the band used something like 24 people to record this album, and that's what it sounds like. It sounds like a bunch of good friends (talented Swedish friends) got together in each other's living rooms and made a sparkling, elegant pop album.

My favorite song on the album is probably still Say Something New (the one from the comercial), but the next two are wonderful too. Can't Hurry Love is a fun driving song with a great hook about...well, read the title. And I believe the next song Chico is an ode to the singer's cat, but it's basically just a song about how nice it is to have a friend when a romance has failed. Foreign Country is a great song too, as are the whole collection.

If you like bands like Sigur Ros, Coldplay, Beck (Sea Change style), The Innocence Mission, The Flaming Lips, all glittering semi-sad pop, you might really enjoy this record.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A Sweet Surprise Jan. 13 2005
By A. French - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The Concretes deliver a refreshingly sweet debut drenched with early 60's harmonies and cooled off with a charm reminiscent of The Velvet Underground. Tracks like "Say Something New" and "You Can't Hurry Love" are instantly catchy and yet soberingly melancholy. The combination keeps the album from becoming too saccharinely sweet. Vocalist Victoria Bergsman's cool delivery compliments the nine piece collective's musicianship perfectly. Overall the Concretes prove that the Swedish talent pool grows deeper every day.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
very special April 12 2005
By Milleraaq Hazel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
A pinnacle of pop music and one of the most perfect encapsulations of a band on record. Though they're not very much like anyone particularly, an arm's length list of influences are all over this amazing album. Warm melodies, snow outside the window. Perfect for long night-time train journeys. Highly recommended.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Sugar Sweet set from Sixties-loving Swedes Dec 6 2004
By Erik Rust - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The Concretes really seemed to have found a sound that suits them like a tailor-perfect sweater. The lead off single "Can't Hurry Love," is short, sweet, and infectiously catchy, clocking in at less than two minutes and adeptly displaying the band's stylistic mission. The remainder of the album beautifully expands on this formula, with lush horns and mellow-tempo ditties that fall just short of being hypnotic. Obviously, the band members are schooled in the arts of Diana Ross (i.e., "Diana Ross," "Can't Hurry Love") and sixties girl groups, along with shades of more subdued acts like The Velvet Underground and Mazzy Star. In fact, during "Seems Fine" and "Lonely As Can Be," the group sounds just like a Swedish version of the Supremes fronted by a higher-registered Nico. The music tends to be airy; not in a gloomy sense, but instead approaching a sort of wide-eyed, coyness. There is little doubt that the group's intention is for the listener to crack a grin. Altogether, It's quite a pleasant concoction that, while far from being groundbreaking, is plenty coaxing enough for repeat listens.


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