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The Heavy is a quartet of well-mannered lads from Noid, England. They're all deeply enamored with the musical mythos of the American South, from the primal racket of Bo Diddley and Howlin’ Wolf to the horn-dappled soul of the Stax label and the Muscle Shoals studio. The Heavy's debut was an accomplished enough affair, but it was the band's second album, The House That Dirt Built, that really caught fire. That album was propelled into international attention by the success of “How You Like Me Now?," a bit of strutting retro-funk built around a meaty sample of Dyke & the Blazers’ “Let a Woman Be a Woman.” The Glorious Dead follows hot on the heels of this success and sees The Heavy broadening its sound to capitalize on this newfound popularity. The lead single, “What Makes a Good Man,” rides in on a wave of fuzztone braggadocio before building to a delirious climax, complete with massed vocals and swooning strings. It’s all a little over the top, but that, of course, is the point. The rest of Glorious Dead is equally ambitious and uncompromising, including everything from the gutbucket Tom Waits pastiche of “Lonesome Road” to the gentle psychedelic pop of “Be Mine."

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Well worth the money. The Heavy has delivered huge with The Glorious Dead. Check out What Makes a Good Man and Be Mine for a taste of this awesome dish.

Best album 2012

This band is one of the best in the world.

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I've been listening to this all morning!

Biography

Formed: Noid, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

A co-ed quintet from the outskirts of Bath, England, the Heavy draw influence from funk, soul, blaxploitation film soundtracks, and the gritty garage rock of the Sonics. Guitarist Dan Taylor and vocalist Kelvin Swaby became friends in the 1990s, bonding over a shared appreciation for vintage R&B and Jim Jarmusch films. Joined by bassist Spencer Page, drummer Chris Ellul, and keyboardist Hannah Collins, the two launched their own act — the Heavy — and began combining Taylor's distorted...
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