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War Stories (2007)

Artist: Unkle
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Format: CD
Sku: 204855889
UPC: 800314898627
UPC 14: 00800314898627
Release Date: 7/24/2007
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Tired of Sleeping ~ UNKLE
2. Chemistry ~ UNKLE
3. Hold My Hand ~ UNKLE
4. Restless ~ UNKLE
5. Keys to the Kingdom ~ UNKLE
6. Price You Pay ~ UNKLE
7. Burn My Shadow ~ UNKLE
8. Mayday ~ UNKLE
9. Persons & Machinery ~ UNKLE
10. Twilight ~ UNKLE
11. Morning Rage ~ UNKLE
12. Lawless ~ UNKLE
13. Broken ~ UNKLE
14. When Things Explode ~ UNKLE
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote UNKLE: Richard File (vocals, guitar, guitars, acoustic guitar, strings, piano, Fender Rhodes piano, organ, synthesizer, bass synthesizer, glockenspiel, bass guitar, percussion, programming, sequencer, Theremin, background vocals); James Lavelle (vocals, organ, synthesizer, bells, background vocals).
Muze PNote Additional personnel: Chris Goss (vocals, guitar, guitars, organ, synthesizer, bass synthesizer, bass guitar, background vocals); Josh Homme (vocals, guitar, guitars, bass guitar, drums); Greg Edwards (vocals, guitar); Ian Astbury (vocals, guitars, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, shaker); Liela Moss, Dan Higgins (vocals, harmonium); Eugene Goreshter (vocals, keyboards, bass instrument, bass guitar); Carla Azar (vocals, glockenspiel, drums); Neil Davidge, Robert "3D" del Naja (vocals, drum machine, programming, sampler); Alex Grazioli, Gavin Clark (vocals); Dave Catching (guitar, guitars, piano, synthesizer, drums); Toby Butler (guitar, bass guitar); Luke Ford, Ali Love, Matthew Caws (guitars); Philip Shepherd (cello, electric cello); Lucy Wilkins, Alison Dods, Chris Worsey, Calina de la Mare (strings); Jeordie White (synthesizer, bass guitar); Pablo Clements (synthesizer, programming, background vocals); Aidan Lavelle (synthesizer, background vocals); James Book (bass guitar, programming); Brian O'Connor (bass guitar); Oliver Betts, Brett Shaw, Dave Henderson (drums); Chris Allen (programming); 3D, Autolux, The Duke Spirit.
Muze PNote James Lavelle's UNKLE project has offered virtually everything to its fans and the listening public -- virtually everything, except for great music. UNKLE full-lengths seem primed to make a major impact on music and culture. They're packed with high concept, dense with thematic elements ripped from the headlines (especially the war in Iraq), and this time out, include an artwork-packed booklet (featuring Massive Attack's Robert del Naja, Ben Drury, and Will Bankhead). The fact that the music has never fulfilled its expectations, despite the undeniable talents of everyone involved, points to a too-many-cooks problem. War Stories finds the group, a core duo of Lavelle and Richard File, enlisting major production help from Chris Goss. Goss' work with Masters of Reality and Kyuss made the California/Arizona desert a haven for progressive metal, and its influence is all over this record. Fellow desert rat Josh Homme reprises his role from the last UNKLE full length, along with del Naja (as 3D), indie rockers Autolux, English neo-garage band the Duke Spirit, and finally, Ian Astbury (like Lavelle, another Englishman apparently fascinated with the American Southwest). Astbury's vocals on "Burn My Shadow" and "When Things Explode" make for a pair of highlights; they're one of the few points on War Stories when a hint of personality threatens to overwhelm the many tenebrous guitars and gloomy, plaintive vocals. Newcomer Gavin Clark also shines as a stand-in for Jeff Buckley, but amid the many features and incredible dynamism that mark every UNKLE full-length, there are no songs to grab onto and little of real essence. [Some editions also included a bonus disc with instrumentals.] ~ John Bush

Producer: Unkle; Chris Goss

Engineer: Autolux; Pablo Clements; Neil Davidge; Robert Del Naja; Richard File; Edmund Monsef
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review Unkle - War Stories - Music Review
By: David R Perry Blogcritics.org Reviews
Published on: 7/25/2007 9:46 AM
War Stories twists and turns and thumps and glitches into a groove-tastic rock opus. "Burn My Shadow", featuring Ian Astbury, is the lead-off single for the album and follows suit admirably. In general, there are a lot of loose, jangly, or fuzzy guitars augmented by razor-sharp drum fills, and forever thick and muscular bass licks. This is a rock record with both teeth and brains....read the full review
Expert Review Unkle - War Stories - CD Review
By: Kirsten Cameron Blogcritics.org Reviews
Published on: 7/25/2007 7:10 PM
The first impression of War Stories, the third release from UK outfit Unkle, is one of awesome power: a towering juggernaut of sonic beautastic-ness. Wily and hard-bitten in places, lush and orchestral in others, War Stories strains and snaps at its leash like a feral, wholly unpredictable beast....read the full review

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Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 07/24/2007
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2007
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : SURR-005CDXX
Music Label Name Label : Unkle
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00800314898627

Professional Reviews

Uncut (p.117)
- 3 stars out of 5 -- "Ditching electronics for stoner metal, WAR STORIES is James Lavelle's desert rock fantasy fulfilled."

Alternative Press (p.183)
- 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[A] strangely psychedelic, raucous rock concoction....Less about singles than a grander scheme."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Unkle
Product attributeLabel:   Surrender Records
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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