|Hard To Beat|
|I seen you darlin' Seen you hangin' round town You in a short skirt Shinin' eyes of deep brown You had a dirty look You caught me on your hook Turn...||See the rest of the song lyrics|
UncutThe likes of "Hard To Beat" and "Cash Machine" jack not just the offbeat skank and dubby bass of The Specials but some of their creeping dread and downbeat humanity as well. [Aug 2005, p.92]
Musically there's nothing on 'Stars of CCTV' that stands out as particularly innovative or imaginative[;] it's above average modern indie fare made with gusto by people who want to make records that sound like the records they like: The Clash, The Specials, The Verve and a bunch of other bygone Britpoppers.
MojoA steely-eyed desperation to succeed is transparent all through Hard-Fi's debut. [Aug 2005, p.112]
EdwardMMay 12, 2007Probably the most energetic album I've heard in the last 5 years. It takes a few listens to fully appreciate, but after that you'll Probably the most energetic album I've heard in the last 5 years. It takes a few listens to fully appreciate, but after that you'll be hooked.… Expand
ancagApr 3, 2006best debut album in recent memory, way better than artic monkeys.
TrekDFeb 27, 2007Awesome, addictive & catchy. One of the best albums of 06.
DarrenMar 18, 2006Very listenable. Not earth-shattering, but they show great range and fantastic promise for the future.
ElizabethPMar 21, 2006I am appalled by the low reviews! There are no bad songs although there are a few average ones. I don't see how anyone cannot love this I am appalled by the low reviews! There are no bad songs although there are a few average ones. I don't see how anyone cannot love this album. I haven't heard such stellar hooks in a long time. Hands down "Tied Up Too Tight" is the best song on the album. "Tied Up Too Tight" sounds like something the Arcade Fire would sing, but with more of a darker edge. I HIGHLY recommend this album!… Expand
andrewtMar 25, 2006A good album,just too much like the Bloc Party, or if you were to buy Hard Fi first, the Bloc Party would be too much like Hard Fi. You A good album,just too much like the Bloc Party, or if you were to buy Hard Fi first, the Bloc Party would be too much like Hard Fi. You should only buy one of the two... "We need the next "big different band"".… Expand
ChrisMar 18, 2006Truly awful. This is rife with cliché, overblown bombast and trite "eclecticism". On top of that, some of the worst lyrics I have Truly awful. This is rife with cliché, overblown bombast and trite "eclecticism". On top of that, some of the worst lyrics I have heard recently - "Can you feel it? Rocking the city, Ah yeah, straight out of nowhere-ness, Like a fist, can't resist you" - I mean come on, nowhereness!… Expand
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|Live at the Whisky a Go Go: The Complete Recordings - Otis Redding|
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|The 1966 Live Recordings [Box Set] - Bob Dylan|
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|We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service - A Tribe Called Quest|
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|The Order of Time - Valerie June|
|A Seat at the Table - Solange|
|Fuzzy Logic [20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition] - Super Furry Animals|
|50 Song Memoir - Magnetic Fields|
|American Band - Drive-By Truckers|
|Obituary - Obituary|
|Black America Again - Common|
|Run the Jewels 3 - Run the Jewels|
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