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The Chinese Album [Import, CD]

Spacehog Audio CD
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Spacehog can make a better album than you 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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5.0 out of 5 stars This is good pop music. Oct. 23 2001
Format:Audio CD
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Bowiephiles take heed! Feb. 11 2001
Format:Audio CD
Although it doesn't boast a single as immediate as "In the Meantime", The Chinese Album stands on its own as a tribute to glam rock, with a few faint echoes of Radiohead thrown in for good measure. The complicated structures of songs like Lucy's Shoe and Second Ave hark back to the good ol days of Roxy, while Mungo City is pure Bowie. For those Stipe hounds out there, he rears his shiny head on Almond Kisses, a hoplessly catchy sparkler, and the closer, Beautiful Girl, is so shimmery it will make you sway. There are some duds,(Skylark and Carry On are a bit tepid) but as a whole a step forward from Resident Alien. Can't wait to see what they do next.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Dec 19 2000
Format:Audio CD
This disc is fun and creative. A genuine attempt to explore other aspects of rock. A fun trip from beginning to end. I picked this disc up on a whim when it first came out, and though I was surprised at first becuase I didn't know what to expect, it grew on me. A quick pointer: try and listen to a disc more than once. We all just need to be put in the groove. Music has a magic, just different types :)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good SpaceHog Album Aug. 19 2000
Format:Audio CD
This excellent Spacehog Album is a great album...there is very good songs like Goodbye Violet Race, Captain Freeman, and Almond Kisses...the songs I didn't like is One of These Days, SkyLark, Sand In Your Eyes, and Anonymous but the other songs are excellent..it's good as the Resident Album..give this a try..this album will amaze you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to top... May 10 2000
By Rob
Format:Audio CD
Spacehog will have trouble outdoing this album...It's one of the few CD's to come out in recent years that feels like an album- not just a collection of random songs slapped together. As for the band, they sound a lot tighter than they did on 'Resident Alien'. The songs are more creative and mature, but still just as fun. I suggest you give this album a listen...I recommend it to anyone who's tired of boy bands and post-grunge-alt-rock (Goo-Goo Dolls). You won't regret it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars YYYYYYYYYESSSSSSSSSSS! April 3 2000
Format:Audio CD
This disc is the most fun I've had since hitting rocks in the house at age six!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not a song worth missing! March 10 2000
By Allison
Format:Audio CD
This is by far one of my favorite albums of all time. Spacehog amazed me with their first album-- this one made me love them more. The lyrics are gold, especially on the track "Lucy's Shoe". There's also an homage to 70's glam rock, with the track "Mungo City" (the first single). "Almond Kisses", featuring guest vocalist Michael Stipe, is my favorite. It has a beautiful ring to it that hooks you-- along with the rest of the album's songs.
I'd reccomend this album if you like Bowie, Blur, or Pulp. If you're still unsure, take a listen to "Violet Race"-- it's your best sneak peek at the album.
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