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Album Review

The Enemy hail from Coventry, home of 2-Tone stars the Specials and the Selecter, but this young trio takes its retro cues instead from the bright and shiny mod pop of the Jam circa All Mod Cons and Setting Sons, adding more than a little Brit-pop vintage swagger à la the Stone Roses and Oasis. Their debut album, We'll Live and Die in These Towns, is isn't an unworthy addition to this long and respectable lineage, but at the same time, the Enemy are one of those bands with the unmistakable whiff of hype about them. Their initial pre-album singles were released on the Stiff Records label, the first new releases on that imprint since it had been shuttered 20 years beforehand, but following that buzz- and cred-building move, they were shifted over to Warner Bros., current holder of the Stiff insignia. Fully seven of this album's 11 tracks have been released as singles (the two best songs on the album, "Had Enough" and "Away from Here," were deserved Top Ten hits in the U.K.), a level of promotional overkill rarely seen since the days of Moby Grape, and the "controversies" that were circulated by the band and label's press agents — feuds with popular disc jockeys, an incident where the group was banned from a festival, reportedly after setting fire to its trailer — feel like a deliberate positioning of the relatively mild-mannered band as the new bad boys of rock & roll. (A stint opening for the superannuated Rolling Stones at their 2007 U.K. tour dates has an equally contrived "passing of the torch" feel.) The contrivance and falsity of the hype around the band shouldn't affect the music, but unfortunately, it does, highlighting the false notes in singer/songwriter Tom Clarke's tales of urban anomie, which ring less true than those of, say, Arctic Monkeys' Alex Turner (and, crucially, lack his sardonic wit) and pointing out how very much he's copying late-'70s Paul Weller. The title track is an especially blatant bit of musical hero worship. On its own merits, We'll Live and Die in These Towns is a lightweight but enjoyable bit of laddish rock & roll, but heard in the context of the almost overwhelming hype that surrounded its release, the album simply doesn't stack up to the claims made on its behalf. [This edition includes a bonus CD.]

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Not for Trendy winkers in plastic macs

From the first track, this album grabs you by the Gonads, gives them a playful squeeze and has you hooked. Grabbing inspiration from The early Who, Jam, Oasis and Kasabian and blending them in a fusion of energy and musical passion that will grab you and you will be humming the various choruses for days. Full of biting social commentary that many people might not get, the songs describe life for lads whose only hope lies on the Building site, shop or factory floor and whose life (if they're lucky) will end up with a mortgage and 2.4 kids. I can see various "casuals" and other lads loving this album and rightly so. Not for middle class, trendies, they should stick to Coldplay! So dig out those adidas Trimm Trabs, grab a Stoney jacket and pump the stereo up. Move over Liam and Noel, The Enemy have arrived and in some style too.

More Attitude than Oasis!

After seeing them live about month ago I had to get this album and it did not dissapoint. The 3 singles "Away From Here", "Had Enough" & "It's Not Ok" are all great singalong modern indie classics, but the album tracks are simply brillant!! "Aggro", "Pressure", Technodanceaphobic" & "40 Days and 40 Nights" have pure attitude and will get you in a mood to 'have it' basically. The songs seemed closely linked to football casual anthems and the lads from coventry have cracked it with this album. Also there are tracks that slow down but still hold the same raw attitude as the other fast tracks, "Youre Not Alone" is particularly good and has a real singalong chorus. MODERN INDIE CLASSIC

fookin' mint!

wise words from the enemy, this is a great album by a great new band i recommend it highly. if the enemy keep on making music like this, then we will live and die in our bedrooms BUY IT!

Biography

Formed: Coventry, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Young gunslingers from the British Midlands who bring together the potent swagger of Oasis with the nervy passion of the Jam, the Enemy became one of the U.K.'s most talked about new bands of 2007 on the basis of a pair of independent singles and some firebrand live shows. Born and raised in Coventry, lead singer and guitarist Tom Clarke, bassist Andy Hopkins, and drummer Liam Watts were only 16 years old when they decided to pool their talents and form a band (though Clarke had started learning...
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