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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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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.
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.

1/2 Contains some of the finest pure pop-rock songs of the year so far.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/5/2005
  • Label: Sire / London/Rhino
  • UPC: 093624898825
  • Catalog Number: 48988

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Introduction (0:17)
  2. 2 Running Out of Time (2:45)
  3. 3 Goodnight Goodnight (2:10)
  4. 4 Ladies and Gentleman (2:55)
  5. 5 You Owe Me an Iou (3:04)
  6. 6 No Jokes - Fact (0:39)
  7. 7 Jingle Jangle (3:55)
  8. 8 Pickin' It Up (2:34)
  9. 9 Island of the Honest Man (3:02)
  10. 10 Middle of Nowhere (4:01)
  11. 11 Dirty Mouth (2:44)
  12. 12 Soldier in a Box (3:05)
  13. 13 [Untitled Track] (0:04)
  14. 14 Shame on You (2:45)
  15. 15 Elevator (3:47)
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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, Guitar, Percussion, Drums, Group Member
Dustin Hawthorne Bass, Bass Guitar, Group Member
Luke Paquin Guitar
Technical Credits
John Hobbs Artwork
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Elevator

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A must have for anyone who enjoys rocking out

    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."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    triple h

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A must for the rock-pop lover!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An absolutely awesome CD

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Album

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    jace with best tast in music

    OH this band is the best music of 2005 i love there vocals two thumbs up

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