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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

The Exploding Hearts - Guitar Romantic

The Exploding Hearts - Guitar Romantic 
In wav - scans are included
1  Modern Kicks  3:19   
2  I'm A Pretender  2:32   
3  Thorns In Roses  2:43   
4  You're Black & Blue  2:05   
5  Sleeping Aides & Razorblades  2:36   
6  Rumours In Town  2:33   
7  Throwaway Style  2:58   
8  Boulevard Trash  2:10   
9  Jailbird  3:37   
10  Still Crazy  4:04  
At first glance, the Exploding Hearts seem like mere revivalists. From the pink and yellow cover to their 1977 looks to their influences, it would be easy to dismiss them. But you need to hold the phone a minute and listen, because the Exploding Hearts are the best punk band since the original wave. About those influences, here is a partial list: the early Clash if Mick Jones wrote all the songs and the Only Ones or Buzzcocks at their emotional best, but also classic power pop sounds like a (much) tougher Rubinoos, rock & roll like a tighter and sober New York Dolls. Guitar Romantic is an amazingly raw and melodic debut, fully realized and original despite the obvious debt to the punk past. It is difficult to pinpoint just what it is about the band that helps overcome their idol worship. Maybe it is the love and authenticity that they pour into the worship, the raw production that smashes the guitars and bass into a whirling mess of tuneful noise, or the wonderfully tough but tender vocals. Most likely it is the songwriting. Too many bands that seek to re-create a sound or an era don't have the tunes to back it up. Not the Hearts.


Anonymous said...

bought this cd years ago. a great one. good post.

Alfonso said...

Million thanks for your contributions :)

Can you back up "The Vice Barons - Raritease"?

Million thanks again

ratboy69 said...


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Woody said...

Thank you very much for this and for all music. All the best

Daniel Argüello said...

GRRRRREAT!!! What about some of their WONDERFUL singles??? Keepunkrockin'!!

Daniel Argüello said...

GRRREAT!! What about some of their WONDERFUL singles?? Keepunkrockin'!!

Vickie G said...

Thank you so much, excelent quality! Saludos!


Vickie G said...

Thank you so much, excelent quality!