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Kicking the National Habit

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On their debut album, Kicking the National Habit, London duo Grand National unveil an interesting twist on indie pop. Their sound suggests yacht-rockers under the influence of the kind of midtempo skank Sting and the Police perfected in their early days. A distinctly English ambivalence lurks within songs such as “Drink to Moving On,” “Playing in the Distance,” and “Boner,” while “Daylight Goes” and “North Sound Off” suggest happier resolutions. Reaching for “a strange magnificent noise,” the two make something nearly as good, and something that suggests fine things to come. Nods toward the UK’s post-dance culture lend an enticing flexibility to the whole project. That gives Grand National plenty of room to maneuver; their next moves will be worth following.

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A Different kind of Sound

Modern rock with an old school funk flare. Only the first half of the album is really worth listening to on a consistent basis but that portion of the album is incredibly strong and very hard to get out of your head once you've been listening to them. Maybe not worth a purchase of the entire album but well worth the 4 bucks for the first 4 tracks.

I love it!

Peanut Dreams is one of my favorites off this album.

Talk amongst your self

#1 best music ever heard


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '00s

As Grand National, the duo of Rupert Lyddon and Lawrence Rudd combines the electro-pop of bands like New Order and Depeche Mode with sweet harmonies and laid-back grooves. The two first met in a Police tribute band based out of London. Rupert eventually became friends with the band Primal Scream and was offered some free studio time from the group. Whenever the Scream weren't actively working on their upcoming XTRMNTR album, Lyddon and Rudd were busy recording their own tunes and becoming Grand National....
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