Music for the People (The Enemy album)
|Music for the People|
|Studio album by The Enemy|
|Released||27 April 2009|
|Genre||Indie rock, punk rock|
|The Enemy chronology|
Music for the People is the second studio album by Coventry-based indie rock band The Enemy, which was released 27 April 2009. It entered the UK charts at number two, losing out on the number one spot to Bob Dylan's Together Through Life.
Background and recording
Following a short break last summer, the trio spent the majority of autumn 2008 recording in rural Wales at Monnow Valley Studio in South Wales with producer Jim Anderson and Mike Crossey. Whilst the plan was to capitalise on the buzz from their debut, the band didn't rush the sessions. "We totally took our time," Clarke stated.
In early 2009, The Enemy completed the recording of the album. On their official MySpace blog, the band described the album as a "big step forward", deciding to "go back to basics with the recording and do it all on tape rather than computers which is how the vast majority of modern records are made, and as a result it sounds huge, like a proper old school rock record". They also described the album as having a more "raw and punkier sound", whilst Clarke noted that, although he was aiming to address various issues with the album's lyrics, the band took a less organised approach in writing them;
|“||I don't think my politics have changed. We've just got a broader perspective... We only ever wrote [lyrics] about the world around us. I can only think of Gallows and Jon McClure with us. There's a place for what we say, but it's down to the individual lyricist. You can't find an issue for the sake of it. And you need colourful bands like MGMT and Klaxons anyway, particularly in a recession, when you want escapism... I've never tried to write about a particular subject, I'd be terrible if I did. I don't even write my lyrics down. If they're any good, you'll remember them. We used to write in the car on the way to rehearsals, just to maximise the time. And, on this album, it was doing it in stolen moments between promo.||”|
The lead single, "No Time For Tears", was debuted on BBC Radio 1 on 17 February 2009, including an interview with the band discussing tour dates and their "new sound". The single was officially released on 13 April, with the album following a fortnight later on 27 April. As part of the promotion for the album, the band played a number of gigs in small, intimate venues throughout February 2009, in Lincoln, York, Dundee, Wakefield, Tunbridge Wells and Corby. They were supported by troubador Martin Fell at all dates.
The video for the second single, "Sing When You're In Love", was debuted on T4 on 9 May 2009, and will be released on 22 June.
|Drowned In Sound||(2/10) link|
The album has received average to scathing reviews with NME giving the album 5 out of 10 stars in its review, stating that "Tom Clarke's lot aim for the stars but sadly fall painfully short." John Earls of Planet Sound saw the LP as a progression from the band's debut album, but found fault with the lyrical content. The album was severely criticized by There Goes The Fear who said " ‘Music For The People’ is 43 minutes of bland noise which sounds like the worst 80s punk bootleg you ever heard. Honestly, the band sound like your dad and uncle just set up a (bad) Clash tribute band." Their song 'Nation of Checkout Girls' has also been widely derided for sounding similar to Common People by Pulp, while another song on their album "Don't Break The Red Tape" has also been criticized for its similarity to "London Calling" by The Clash. The BBC described the album as "terrible", asking, "What did the people ever do to deserve this?"
- "Elephant Song" - 4:39
- "No Time for Tears" - 5:15
- "51st State" - 2:30
- "Sing When You're in Love" - 3:37
- "Last Goodbye" - 4:52
- "Nation Of Checkout Girls" - 3:14
- "Be Somebody" - 3:04
- "Don't Break the Red Tape" - 3:42
- "Keep Losing" - 4:35
- "Silver Spoon" - 11:17 (Ends at 5:16, hidden track begins at 8:54)
- "A New England" (Billy Bragg cover) - 2:51
- "Hey Hey, My My (Into The Black)" - 2:54
- "Keep Losing (Strings Version)" - 4:32
- "Away From Here (Live At Union Chapel)" - 3:28
iTunes Exclusive tracks:
11. "This Song Is About You (Live At Glasgow Barrowlands Ballroom)" - 5:33
12. "We'll Live And Die In These Towns (Live At Glasgow Barrowlands Ballroom)" - 3:00
- Cochrane, Greg (2009-04-15). "The Enemy: 'Not a band of the people'". BBC News. Retrieved 2010-05-19.
- "The Enemy prepare 'punky' second album". 2008-10-22. Retrieved 2012-02-17.
- "The Enemy on the state". Retrieved 27 April 2009.
- "New single on radio tonight!". Retrieved 27 April 2009.
- "Exclusive: The Enemy want peace before playing on Oasis home turf". 2009-05-31. Retrieved 2012-02-17.
- Be Somebody Songfacts
- Power, Chris (30 April 2009). "What did the people ever do to deserve this?". BBC. Retrieved 24 May 2013.
- "The Enemy/Music For The People". Retrieved 27 April 2009.
- Morgan, Thom (2009-04-29). "Review: The Enemy – Music For The People". Retrieved 2012-02-17.
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