Great Vengeance and Furious Fire [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
Had John Singleton's remake of Shaft been released just a few years later -- say, sometime around 2007, when the Heavy first emerged with their gritty mixture of funk and soul -- then the director would've done well to make Great Vengeance and Furious Fire the movie's soundtrack. Blending horn samples and noisy percussion into some furiously beat-driven songs, the Heavy often sound like the sort of street-smart band that would've ignited a bidding war between Stax and Sire Records in the mid-'60s. They combine Isaac Hayes with Gnarls Barkley, Curtis Mayfield with Jimi Hendrix, Mike Skinner's elastic delivery with Prince's falsetto vocals. For fans of retro-urban music, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
Had John Singleton's remake of Shaft been released just a few years later -- say, sometime around 2007, when the Heavy first emerged with their gritty mixture of funk and soul -- then the director would've done well to make Great Vengeance and Furious Fire the movie's soundtrack. Blending horn samples and noisy percussion into some furiously beat-driven songs, the Heavy often sound like the sort of street-smart band that would've ignited a bidding war between Stax and Sire Records in the mid-'60s. They combine Isaac Hayes with Gnarls Barkley, Curtis Mayfield with Jimi Hendrix, Mike Skinner's elastic delivery with Prince's falsetto vocals. For fans of retro-urban music, this sounds like a dream combination -- and during the album's first half, it certainly is. "That Kind of Man" is a blistering dance track, its messy production and blaring riffs contrasted by the cool, sexy vocals of bandleader Kelvin Swaby. The frontman loses his head toward the song's conclusion, screaming a handful of "C'mon!"s and "Yeah!"s while his bandmates strut their way though clouds of distortion, cymbal crashes, horn samples, and wah wah pedals. "Colleen" packs an equal amount of sweaty bump-and-grind into three short minutes, and "Girl" finds Swaby performing a half-rapped serenade over a drum'n'bass beat, attempting to woo the title character by complimenting her jeans and offering her a variety of teas. Undeniably British and unapologetically seedy, "Girl" is a welcome display of the band's light-hearted side, especially after the noisy onslaught of the first two tracks. Unfortunately, it's also the place where the Heavy decide to leave their true strengths behind, as most of the album's latter half relies more on atmosphere than substance and melody. The exception is "Who Needs the Sunshine?," which closes the disc with somber piano chords and the audible hiss of an old vinyl record (a production technique that makes the track sound even more like a soulful R&B single from yesteryear). Great Vengeance and Furious Fire is too uneven to be great, but its handful of fantastic singles makes for an extremely promising debut.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/25/2008
  • Label: Counter Records
  • EAN: 5021392473123
  • Catalog Number: 7
  • Sales rank: 21,979

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Brukpocket's Lament (2:52)
  2. 2 Colleen (3:11)
  3. 3 Set Me Free (3:37)
  4. 4 That Kind of Man (3:41)
  5. 5 Doing Fine (4:30)
  6. 6 Dignity (2:38)
  7. 7 Our Special Place (3:37)
  8. 8 Girl (2:48)
  9. 9 In the Morning (2:51)
  10. 10 Who Needs the Sunshine? (4:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Heavy Primary Artist
Corin Dingley Drums
Peter Wilde Piano
Luke "Lukvatine" Smith Guitar
Spencer Page Bass
Chris Ellul Drums
Hannah Collins Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Corin Dingley Producer
Matt Bale Illustrations
The Heavy Composer
James D. Taylor Illustrations
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It'll get you moving

    If you'd heard about them only through their music video for That Kind of Man, you might be surprised at The Heavy's range. While I think it's their most powerful song, and shows a great deal of promise for their future, you really have to get the album to appreciate their sound fully. It's the kind of music that moves you down the street like you're on a mission, like you own the place. The album might not be as even as it could've been, but it recalls and does justice to a rich, powerful music, and I look forward to hearing more from them.

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