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5.0 out of 5 stars Just Ecstatica, June 26 2006
This review is from: This Is the Day, This Is the Hour, This Is This (Audio CD)
For new grungers, old goths or even just electronica freaks, you can't compare - the Poppies are a little bit of everything rolled into one.

One of the first bands to go with sampling in a big way, mixing in this album with some seriously deep lyrics (Inject me and This is This to name just a couple) If you haven't heard it, try it. I'd also recommend Box Frenzy as another great fnd if you just recently found P.W.E.I.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Boo Ya, Jan. 23 2004
This review is from: This Is the Day, This Is the Hour, This Is This (Audio CD)
This album ranks with De La Soul's first and Beasties' Paul's Boutique... and "Pump up the Volume" as a sampling Masterpiece. It's from an era where music could, if it was good enough, make you feel like you were bouncing between satellites, maybe high on something yet discovered. A brilliant album for the dawn of home satellites or for the end of the world... whatever. PWEI says "bring it on" full speed and with vigor. What a shame all the sampling lawyers had to step into this great musical genre, in which PWEI hit the hardest. They're just amazing. Their "Cure for Sanity" is probably as good, but takes repeated listens to grasp. "This is the Day" grabs your labels and shakes from the first listen, first beat.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "The sky's the limit, the limit is the sky - why? P.W.E.I!", Nov. 14 2003
This review is from: This Is the Day, This Is the Hour, This Is This (Audio CD)
If the lyrical snippet I used for the title of this review doesn't arrest your attention then I suggest you leave PWEI well alone and go back to your mass-produced MTV and TRL-endorsed pop outfits; the musical ingenuity and genuine wit found on this album will no doubt go straight over your head.
Back in the late 80s, industrial music had yet to make a name for itself in the mainstream (which wouldn't truly come to pass until Nine Inch Nails and Marilyn Manson watered down the genre for mass consumption). Thanks to the likes of Ministry, Front 242 and Skinny Puppy, however, it was rapidly evolving into a more palatable form of music; a stark contrast with the freeform, atonal abstractions of Throbbing Gristle that dominated the scene a decade earlier. Enter Pop Will Eat Itself: they, along with Meat Beat Manifesto, where the first to inject a severe dose of hip-hop mentality into the genre and give it a new twist. And it is on this album that their style was best realised. "This is the Day..." is a towering slab of noise-funk; an electrifying concoction of sample-heavy industrial strength punk rock hip-hop that is, odd as it may sound, as uncompromising as it is accessible. Employing the same cut-and-paste techniques as the likes of the Bomb Squad (whose production skills sent Public Enemy into the stratosphere a year earlier), the Dust Brothers and the aforementioned Meat Beat Manifesto, PWEI knew exactly what they were doing - creating a dense wall of noise backed with simple, yet effective drum programming (think "Land of R*** and Honey"-era Ministry) and chunky guitar riffs. Very punk-influenced, with a dash of 80s thrash metal thrown in for good measure. Where the band really scores, however, is with the lyrics. They're smart, streetwise, irreverent, daft and unbelievably awesome. Giving their transatlantic counterparts The Beastie Boys a run for their money, they toss cultural references and witticisms around like housewives toss salad. Vocalists Clint Mansell and Graham Crabb are often lambasted for not being the most godlike MCs ever, but I think this criticism is wholly unwarranted - they put every single rapper on radio today to absolute shame. Plus, they have two of the *coolest* sounding voices I've heard, their performances (replete with astute English accents) giving the lyrical passages a ever-so-slight hint of underlying irony. Impressive stuff, to say the very least. "Not Now James, We're Busy" is quite possibly the best song I've ever heard, cramming more ingenuity in the space of three minutes than most bands manage in their entire career, let alone an album. Other highlights include "Preaching to the Weirdos", "Def Con One" and "Radio P.W.E.I."
In any case, how can you not love a band who give their drum machine the name of "Dr. Nightmare"? Buy this album now, or forever live a meaningless and futile life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All purpose nostalgic party album, Dec 31 2002
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Ronald Battista (Colorado Springs, CO) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: This Is the Day, This Is the Hour, This Is This (Audio CD)
White boy Brit rap melded with a hard rock/punkish edge(almost Run DMCish with heavier emphasis on the riffage), loaded with pop cult samples,party philosophy, and a must hear recounting of James Brown's legendary police chase. Buy this and dance until your can falls off, cracker.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Out of left field, April 21 2002
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x_bruce (Oak Park, ILLINOIS United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: This Is the Day, This Is the Hour, This Is This (Audio CD)
When PWEI unleashed This Is The Day...This Is The Hour...This Is This in 1989 they brought a lot of ideas together at a time when music was fairly boring.
Going from a new wave past to this album's mixture of anglo rap and metal meets funk mix complete with sampled beats and loud guitars this was one of the first serious attempts to fuse rap to rock. It was exceptionally well done.
Standout tracks are Wise Up Sucker, Not Now James, We're Busy and Wake Up, Time To Die. PWEI show a political side that is laced with humor. The rapping works in it's own odd way, it's not exactly Public Enemy, but it fits well into the concept of the musical whole.
The beats are strong, the guitars are big and brash, this album rocks AND gets funky. Of course this concept was about a decade too early for the general public. It's a shame how neglected it still is. It has aged well, meaning it doesn't sound like a 13 year old record. Check out PWEI, give it a chance while keeping in mind it's not Linkin Park or Limp Bizkit. PWEI tend to be more arty and closer to a mixture of Manchester rock and hip hop.
This was way beyond most music of it's time and deserves to be heard. Vastly underrated.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites, Jan. 5 2002
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Michael Kumpf (Acworth, Georgia) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: This Is the Day, This Is the Hour, This Is This (Audio CD)
Remember back in the days when musicians would sample bits of songs and never have to worry about it? Ahh the good old days! Before techno really hit it big if you went to some of the more underground (i.e. non-yuppie) clubs you'd hear industrial music blasting from the speakers. PWEI was one of those bands. The album is a flurry of samples and other beats, guitars and any other noise they would think was cool. The result is wonderful. Not as heavy as Ministry or sinister as Skinny Puppy (think more like Meat Beat Manifesto circa 99%), this cd is what I guess you could classify as techno-industrial. This is a must have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Frickin' Awesome, Oct. 29 2000
This review is from: This Is the Day, This Is the Hour, This Is This (Audio CD)
By far one of the best CDs I've ever spent my money...Please do yourself a favor and go out and buy this CD...immediately!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy This CD to Kill The Baddies, Aug. 30 2000
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Jon Cooley "drenn" (USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: This Is the Day, This Is the Hour, This Is This (Audio CD)
This is the day to resist no longer! This is the hour to sit back and listen. THis is.....Pop Will Eat Itself (PWEI). England's own beastie boys. IF there's a Poppies album to own, it is this one! Every track on here are classics. If your radio station had any balls in the late eighties/early nineties they were playing stuff off this album (and thier follow- up to this "Cure for Sanity". Def Con One, Can U Dig it?, not now james, we're busy... all classics. This from a band who started out has a "punk band" (actually grebo, as their original style was once refered to as) to a band that mixed samples, with white boy rap, and mild sacarsm. Thier first album is for pure fans only! (now for a feast). Their second album, Box Frenzy, show's their maturing musical mayhem. THis is the day..... is the classic that should be in everyone's cd collections. as the nineties rolled on, trent reznor signed them to his label (nothing) and took them out on tour. Its been a while since new material has reached the american shores, but we still have our fond memories...........
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5.0 out of 5 stars PWEI - underrated, July 2 2000
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Kim M Hainze (Austin, TX United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: This Is the Day, This Is the Hour, This Is This (Audio CD)
This album, "...This is This", and their followup "Cure for Sanity", are great. "Cure" is more polished, with a fuller sound, but either album rocks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars cn you dig it !, April 19 2000
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This review is from: This Is the Day, This Is the Hour, This Is This (Audio CD)
pwei are cool ther funny and they rock do pick this cd up you wont be dissaponted!
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