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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A definite must for Hip fans
The Tragically Hip is the best and most profound band to hit the music scene in years. They've been putting out cds for almost 10 years now and have quite a large fanbase. Fully Completely is one of their earlier works, and although for me it is an impossible task to pinpoint the most outstanding Hip cd, if i had to, this would probably be it.
Published on July 25 1999

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1.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly Overrated Band and CD!
The Tragically Hip started out promising enough. "Up To Here" is a respectable debut and they even took their name from an Elvis Costello tune. Even "Road Apples" has a few good tunes on it.
But somewhere in there, The Hip just thought they were better than they were. The Hip want to be considered serious rock along with The Band, U2, The...
Published on Dec 21 2000 by Patrick D. Stella


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A definite must for Hip fans, July 25 1999
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This review is from: Fully Completely (Audio CD)
The Tragically Hip is the best and most profound band to hit the music scene in years. They've been putting out cds for almost 10 years now and have quite a large fanbase. Fully Completely is one of their earlier works, and although for me it is an impossible task to pinpoint the most outstanding Hip cd, if i had to, this would probably be it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Canadian rockers give it to the people, May 18 2004
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This is the 'must have' Tragically Hip album. Being a Scot, and having spent a considerable time in Canada I was able to see first hand what this album means to the people. The Hip as they are affectionately known in there native land write songs that express contemporary Canada and Fully Completely is a stand out in terms of breadth of style and pace. Personally the track with most resonance is 'Looking for a Place to Happen', which wonderfully summarizes anyone who is fed up with the same old bar hopping routine. Buy this album if you would like to learn more about Canadian culture, a nice wee bonus is the art work on the album cover pulls out to a nice size poster, which you can put on your wall, if you like - nice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Highly Recommended, July 4 1999
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This review is from: Fully Completely (Audio CD)
I first heard these guys and purchased this CD while visiting Canada a few years back. It still sits in my CD changer (as do my other Hip CDs), The music compliments the poetic nature of the lyrics, lending itself to thoughts that are at times amusingly poignant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Fully Completely" says it all, May 30 2002
This review is from: Fully Completely (Audio CD)
"Bill Barilko disappeared that summer.
He was on a fishing trip.
The last goal he ever scored won the Leafs the Cup.
They didn't win another until 1962, the year he was discovered."
These are lyrics from "Fifty Mission Cap", and with a little research I found that this is a true story. Bill Barilko was a star of the 1951 Stanley Cup Champions, the Toronto Maple Leafs. By the way, they defeated the Chicago Blackhawks in 1962, the year after the 'Hawks won their last Cup to date. So what does that have to do with this CD? What does it mean? What's the significance? I DON'T KNOW.
I really don't know how to explain why I like this CD so much. Would it be too much to ask you just to take my word for it? Probably.
I have listened to this disc so many times that I can't remember which songs used to get played on the radio when it came out in 1992. Every song on here sound to me like it should have been a big hit. Most of the songs have kind of a dark and heavy sound. But it is also light, appealing and versatile...an object that can be used freely in the imagination. Just kidding. I stole that last sentence from the liner notes on Iron Butterfly's "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" album. That just goes to prove that I should not be writing reviews at 2:00 AM after happy hour has become several happy hours.
My pick-to-click on this disc, along with the afore-mentioned "Fifty Mission Cap", is "Locked in the Trunk of a
Car". Check it out.
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4.0 out of 5 stars read this review, March 18 2001
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This review is from: Fully Completely (Audio CD)
With "Fully Completely" the Tragically Hip made their darkest album to date. Gordon Downie takes the lyrical brilliance of their previous masterpiece, "Road Apples", and fleshes out most of the optimism. In it's place he has inserted a series of grisly, psychotic mood pieces that together produce an album of songs about bodies in the trunk, drowned hockey players, implied incest, doomed romance, and cold winds blowing over your private parts. And strangly enough it all works, because once again Downie and the band have produced an excellent collection of songs. The only thing keeping this album from being a five star effort is the muddy production, very similar in sound to "Up To Here". The only song that would sound at home on the looser, rootsier "Road Apples" is "At the Hundredth Meridian", and not surprisingly it is the album's best song. "Courage" and "Looking For A Place To Happen" kick things off and suffer the most from the production. Until you've heard "Courage" live the song should not be judged. It comes to life on stage, on the album it shows weak signs of life. But it is still classic Hip, as Gordon sarcastically sings "courage, it couldn't come at a worse time". Other highlights are the stark "Pigeon Camera", with it's veiled incest in the second verse and hauntingly memorable melody. "Fifty Mission Cap" is the interesting true story of Bill Barilko, an old hockey player who disappeared on a fishing trip, only to resurface years later. It is a must listen, and is a great example of why Downie can be one of the best story-songwriters around. "Locked In the Trunk of a Car" is another gem, with the most urgent music on the album, and another glimpse into Downie's twisted mind. As the song fades Downie is poignantly screaming "let me out", echoing Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins at the end of his "Cherub Rock". But whereas Corgan was demanding release from the "alternative" music scene, here Downie is demanding release from the trunk, and also maybe from his own demons. "Wheat Kings" is the sole acoustic song on the album, again telling a fascinatingly dark story, again true, about David Milguard. Milguard spent 20 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit. Downie's imagery invokes a tragic loss of innocence, as childhood imagination gives way to grown up reality. The nation's shift of the blame off of themselves is heartbreaking, and difficult to stomach. There are more strong songs here, but these are the best. This album has about 6-8 great songs, so it is not as consistent as "Road Apples". However, the highpoints on this album are higher than "Road Apples", making this an essential album for Hip fans and rock fans alike.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best album by a great band, June 29 2000
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"kevinbourke" (Needham Heights, Massachusetts USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Fully Completely (Audio CD)
In answer to the question about whether or not this album has been re-released--the answer is a resounding yes. A CD-ROM element has been added and the disc now includes a few videos that you can access via the 'net.
Now, on to the review. The best band to ever come out of Canada hits its absolute peak (sorry Rush) with this 1992 release. In the three albums leading up to "Fully Completely" the band put out some great music, but was still finding its sound. In the albums since, the band's gotten a little soft--still great, but softer. This release catches the band at it's rockin' best.
Highlights include Courage, At The Hundredth Meridian, and the title track--all of which rock. But perhaps the best tune, in typical Hip form, handles a topic that is truly Canadian--hockey. Fifty-Mission Cap tells the true story of Bill Barilko, a star player for the 'leafs who disappeared after scoring the winning goal in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Next time the team won a Cup was the year he was discovered. Lyrics don't get much beyond that, but again--the tune rocks!
If you've heard some latter day Hip and are partial to the more mellow tunes, there's a few here too. Wheat Kings, for example, has a Bobcaygeon (from "Phantom Power") feel to it. And Pigeon Camera has a sound so sweet it'll break your heart, even though I have no idea what they're yapping about in the lyrics.
There are other great songs on this CD--hell there isn't a clunker in the bunch--but it'd take too long to go through each one. Bottom line: if you've heard of the Hip and need a place to begin exploring, this is the CD you want.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, June 29 1999
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Fantastic record. Easily their best - recommended unconditionally. One of the best rock records of the '90's.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Completely Rocks, Dec 5 2000
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Bobby Otter (Chicago, IL USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Fully Completely (Audio CD)
Where to start? The fact that just about every song on this album rocks? Or the fact that it rocks? This might not be the most innovated or complicated album of all time, but it does something that most albums don't, come from the heart and rock. You put it in and listen to the album and let the music take you. This album lays it all out for the listener; from "Courage" to "Eldorado" the Hip hold nothing back. They aren't afraid to play hard and fast or calm or slow. It the album works, fully and completely.
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4.0 out of 5 stars For all music fans - not just Canadians, April 21 1999
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It doesn't matter where these guys are from. They're a great band despite what they may sound like in the Netherlands. "Fully Completley" is probably their best album, although "Up to Here" and "Trouble at the Henhouse" are equally fun. How could you not love this band, especially if you were privy to their live shows? If you want the best exposure, see these guys live, then go buy all their CD's. What a great band.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Hip at their best, Jan. 19 2000
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These guys are absolutely fantastic. They have always been true to their music and are definitely worth the listen. They have a sound to them that has not been duplicated anywhere (IMO) and can only be described as... well... the Hip! :) They'll get your blood pumping with "At the Hundredth Meridian" and they'll touch your heart with "Wheat Kings." Go for it... it's worth the purchase.
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