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Elevator
     

Elevator

4.5 7
by Hot Hot Heat
 
This Canadian combo don't have the sort of dark edge that's helped sonically similar peers like the Killers and Franz Ferdinand slice through the chaff of punk, pop, and punk-pop, but they've got enough hooks and melodic savvy to sneak their way into listeners' hearts nonetheless. HHH have more in common with

Overview

This Canadian combo don't have the sort of dark edge that's helped sonically similar peers like the Killers and Franz Ferdinand slice through the chaff of punk, pop, and punk-pop, but they've got enough hooks and melodic savvy to sneak their way into listeners' hearts nonetheless. HHH have more in common with (early) Elvis Costello and Joe Jackson than the moodier aspects of first-wave new wave, and thanks to frontman Steve Bays's clever writing and yelping delivery, they're every bit as infectious as those forebears. On this, their first official major-label release, the quartet hightail it through 14 songs in under 40 minutes, alternately tossing off quirky rhythms (as on the manic, keyboard-driven "Running Out of Time") and puppy-dog-excitable guitar lines (most prominent on the harried "You Owe Me an I.O.U.") with equal ease. Bays spends most of his time airing romantic neuroses -- not that there's anything wrong with that -- but also finds a way to wax topical from time to time, most effectively on the slowly building "Soldier in a Box." The band don't linger too long in the land of political posturing, though, and with any luck -- a factor they haven't disregarded, considering the fact that they skip the unlucky 13 in numbering the disc's track listing -- Hot Hot Heat will be elevating moods for some time to come.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Hot Hot Heat's breakout album was a model of economy, packing a huge amount of ideas and energy into a svelte ten-song track listing. Elevator, Hot Hot Heat's Sire Records debut, is also pretty speedy, burning through 15 tracks in just under 38 minutes. Tracks like "Goodnight Goodnight" and "Jingle Jangle" are nearly as wiry and witty as the band's debut, and there are flashes of Hot Hot Heat's breathless pop brilliance: the panicky opener "Running Out of Time" and pouty single "You Owe Me an IOU" are just as hooky and smart as Hot Hot Heat's previous bests. With its choppy verses and sunny choruses, "Island of the Honest Man" opens up the band's sound and is one of the few tracks (along with "Elevator" itself) that makes good use of the album's expansive production. Elevator kicks further into gear on its second half, where a string of moody almost-ballads like "Middle of Nowhere," "Dirty Mouth," "Soldier in a Box," and the title track add edge and focus.
Rolling Stone - Christian Hoard
1/2 Contains some of the finest pure pop-rock songs of the year so far.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/05/2005
Label:
Sire / London/Rhino
UPC:
0093624898825
catalogNumber:
48988

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hot Hot Heat   Primary Artist
D. Sardy   Guitar,Percussion
Steve Bays   Organ,Piano,Vocals,Group Member
Dante DeCaro   Guitar,Drums,Group Member
Paul Hawley   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Dustin Hawthorne   Bass,Bass Guitar,Group Member
Luke Paquin   Guitar

Technical Credits

John Hobbs   Artwork
Dave Sardy   Audio Production
Stephen Walker   Artwork,Art Direction
D. Sardy   Producer
Greg Gordon   Engineer
Phil Knott   Artwork
Hot Hot Heat   Composer

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Elevator 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this cd is awesome! buy it. do you hear me? buy it! all the songs are great and there a decent length so your not waiting for more or wishing for less. i recomend their make up the breakdown cd also.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD was very enjoyable. I think Steve Bays is a very talented man. I hope to hear a lot from them in the future. This CD is never boring and could be played over and over and only become more loved.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of those albums that is just fun to listen to. Hot Hot Heat just has that special charm that makes you want to jump up and dance, with the air-guitar and everything. So here's what you have to do: Go to your local music store, purchase this album, and be ready to have some fun. If you don't like even one of the songs on this album, then you probrably don't even know what it means to "Rock out."
Guest More than 1 year ago
OH this band is the best music of 2005 i love there vocals two thumbs up
Guest More than 1 year ago
Elevator is Hot Hot Heat's most recently released album. Although it is good, their older material is indeed better--partially due to the fact that Dante was in the process of leaving the band at the time. In my opinion, the best tracks are Running Out Of Time, Goodnight Goodnight, Island of the Honest Man, Middle of Nowhere, and Shame on You.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm your pretty average music fan, but when you constantly listen to the rock alternative station everday with bands like Greenday, Incubus, Jimmy Eat World, etc... it's nice to hear something new once in a while. (Not saying those aren't good bands because they are.) But Hot Hot Heat's Elevator is just so much fun to listen to and it really has something different to offer. All the songs have great beats and lyrics that my words don't give it justice. I can't remember the last time I've been so happy with a CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is AWESOME! IT has great songs and i can listen to the whole cd without getting bored because all the songs are good, not just the singles they came out with from their album. LOVE IT!