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The Chinese Album Import, CD


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (Sept. 24 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, CD
  • Label: Sire-Wbr
  • ASIN: B0000062VE
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

1. One Of These Days
2. Goodbye Violet Race
3. Lucy's Shoe
4. Mungo City
5. Skylark
6. Sand In Your Eyes
7. Captain Freeman
8. 2nd Avenue
9. Almond Kisses
10. Carry On
11. Anonymous
12. Beautiful Girl

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Resurrecting fashion-oriented glam rock in the midst of all of the corduroy of indie rock helped propel Spacehog's "In the Meantime" onto the charts. The Chinese Album, their followup to their exciting debut, Resident Alien, is far from a sophomore slump, but it definitely shows the band in a bit of transition. The dramatic, rock star stylings of vocalist Royston Langdon are growing beyond the Bowie-like imitations that often plagued the first CD. As a single, "Mungo City" is a worthy successor to "In the Meantime," if not as immediately accessible. "One of These Days" has the band experimenting with trip-hop beats rather effectively. "Skylark" is a Beatles-like ditty displaying the band's tongue-in-cheek take on the music that most inspired them, and ultimately on themselves as well. "Captain Freemans" is another homage, not only to the Fab Four, but to mod-punks The Jam. The Chinese Album should hold Spacehog's detractors at bay and make fans of the first release anxious for even more from the band. --Steve Gdula

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. GARRATT on April 17 2003
Format: Audio CD
Ever since they made their presence known in the mid 90s, no one has taken Spacehog very seriously. The general public gives them the cold shoulder in sales, the radio doesn't play them anymore, and critics think their music is laughable.
What is wrong with updating glam rock? While these generic, dime-a-dozen alterna-rock bands soak up the attention and praise, Spacehog is actually giving us new sounds to listen to and enjoy. All three albums have unique qualities that are characteristic of a band that puts time and effort into their songs and production. And for me, The Chinese Album is the one that stands out as being head and shoulders above the rest.
Queen and David Bowie meet up in these 12 songs with a crunchy sound that can easily slip into relevancy today. There is no way that a fan of the Jam can listen to Goodbye Violet Race, Mungo City, and Captain Freeman and not get a big grin on their face. Seriously, this stuff is good. Other standouts are Anonymous, Lucy's Shoe, Second Ave., and the pastoral Beautiful Girl.
So keep your generic three-chord rock if you must. But The Chinese Album is for anyone who wants something that's both fun and interesting.
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There are a million genres out there today, some of them so odd or experimental that if you manage to release an album at all, you're an instant hit. Then, on the other side of things, there's good, old-fashioned, bubble-gum beautiful pop music, which seems to be one of the most difficult genres of music to perform because absolutely nobody these days is getting it even close to right except for a very, very choice few.
Spacehog is one of them. This is simply pop done right, pure and simple and loud. Unfortunately, pop is so utterly common these days that people tend to forget about it, even when it's done very, very well, or to complain about it if it shows any depth or variety at all... Hence you've got some saying that Spacehog is utterly forgettable (perhaps it is), or way too derivative and giddy (of course it is) or perhaps too odd or diverse to be pop (maybe also true)...
But such people should stop analyzing Spacehog and simply listen, because there's no denying that while it spins, you are smiling very large...
This is their best album so far. Get it, skip around a little, you're sure find _something_ you absolutely love.
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Spacehog have affirmed a reputation for being one of the most innovative and exciting live acts to cross the stage. With this record, they have managed to capture the unique and explosive energy spurring at the live shows. Tamed and polished in the studio, the resulting tracks are a collective expedience of rock anthems.
Spacehog have gone a step beyond by forming epic tracks "carry on" and "beautiful girl" - a romantic aggression which is unseen in today's era of one-hit guitar bands. What is most notable about this record is the wide range of vocals and instrumentation consummated by "Goodbye Violet Race" "2nd Avenue" and "Anonymous." It seems the lads from Leeds have had their fair share of influence and experimentation. Who could forget "Mungo City," a tune so attractive and inspiring that the listener can't help but sing along. As one spacehog fan put it: "no two spacehog songs are alike, y! et the spacehog sound is unmistakable."
Whether it be an intense jam, clever ostinato, or romantic overture, it is all to be found in The Chinese Album. Above all else, spacehog have risen from within the depths of catchy pop-mania onto the pillars of confidence and creativity. This is glam-rock at its finest.
O. Asensio
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By A Customer on July 23 1999
Format: Audio CD
First of all, I'd just like to say that a band like Spacehog is undefinable with a maximum limit set of 1000 words. They are truly the most "spacehoggy" band out there...I had to make a new word for them because no other word can describe their greatness. Okay, coming back to "The Chinese Album"...yes, buy this album. It's truly magnificent in all aspects. Just when you're finished listening to one song and you think you've got their musical style pegged, the next song begins, and you have to start from square one. Every song is an uplifting mix of new melodic tones coupled with the wonderful familiarity of bass, guitar, and drum. Buy the album, and buy "Resident Alien" too if you don't have it. Go to a Spacehog concert, request them on the radio, and tell your friends too! Do all you can! Who can resist four talented guys who sound great, look great, and ARE great? Yeah!!! Spacehog rocks the world!!!
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By A Customer on May 27 1999
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Why more bands can't be this excellent is beyond me. The Chinese Album is one of the few must own albums of the 90s. Resident Alien was great...I dug it because of all the Bowie influences, but on The Chinese Album, Spacehog takes glam rock one step further and makes it their own.
It's cool to see a few bands pulling off the whole glam genre. I think it certainly beats the more popular and increasingly boring swing and ska revivals. Spacehog definitely has a bright future ahead of them. I only hope they don't become like other great pop experimenters such as Jellyfish and Big Star and break up after 2 or 3 albums. Rock and roll needs more bands like this. Just try to think back when thousands of teenage girls screamed for the likes of Bowie, et al and not for talentless dorks like the Backstreet Boys. Perhaps rock and roll will live and breathe again in the near future.
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