Strength in Numbers [Special Edition]

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
Given the four-year hiatus between Welcome to the North and Strength in Numbers, it's easy to forget that the Music first emerged in 2001 alongside groups like the Strokes, the Vines, and the Libertines. Those three latter bands grew up throughout the mid-2000s, establishing an audience and solidifying their sound over the course of several releases; the Libertines even found time to nosedive into a spectacular crash and disband permanently. The Music, on the other hand, still seem like a young band. The members are physically young, of course -- they're barely out of their mid-twenties -- but there's also a hunger to Strength in Numbers, a sense that these Leeds-born ...
See more details below
CD (Special Edition)
$15.19
BN.com price
(Save 5%)$15.99 List Price
Other sellers (CD)
  • All (4) from $11.26   
  • New (4) from $11.26   

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
Given the four-year hiatus between Welcome to the North and Strength in Numbers, it's easy to forget that the Music first emerged in 2001 alongside groups like the Strokes, the Vines, and the Libertines. Those three latter bands grew up throughout the mid-2000s, establishing an audience and solidifying their sound over the course of several releases; the Libertines even found time to nosedive into a spectacular crash and disband permanently. The Music, on the other hand, still seem like a young band. The members are physically young, of course -- they're barely out of their mid-twenties -- but there's also a hunger to Strength in Numbers, a sense that these Leeds-born lads have yet to truly prove themselves. And perhaps they do have a lot to prove, since the lengthy delay between records (during which Robin Harvey battled alcoholism and depression) did some damage to the band's momentum. Strength in Numbers is the Music's attempt to kick-start that old energy and ride it back into the U.K. mainstream. So, does it work? From a statistics standpoint, yes -- the album's title track peaked at number 38 on the U.K. singles chart (although it dropped off entirely after two weeks), while the album itself debuted at number 19. The songs also measure up, by and large, even if the bandmates take a different approach this time around. They've become more indebted to the dancefloor, and songs like "The Last One" and "The Spike" feature enough synthesizer loops and propulsive percussion to give Kasabian a run for their euros. Harvey uses his piercing upper range as a cathartic instrument, howling lines like "Drugs in the hands of a dealer, they're no cure/Drugs in the hands of a doctor, you all want more" like he's trying to banish his vices. His vocals are the band's biggest asset, and the Music shine their brightest during Numbers' loud, bombastic moments, where they sound like the younger siblings of Muse. For those willing to grant the band some leeway -- to understand that after a four-year absence, there's going to be some residual rust -- Strength in Numbers turns out to be a nice comeback, particularly during the tracks that find that sweet spot between bubbling electronics and stadium Brit-rock. [The Music also released a Special Edition of Strength in Numbers featuring additional tracks and artwork.]
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/24/2008
  • Label: Universal Uk
  • UPC: 602517733732
  • Catalog Number: 1773373
  • Sales rank: 146,457

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Strength in Numbers (3:43)
  2. 2 The Spike (4:00)
  3. 3 Drugs (5:19)
  4. 4 Idle (3:36)
  5. 5 The Left Side (3:28)
  6. 6 Fire (2:57)
  7. 7 Get Through It (2:57)
  8. 8 Vision (4:22)
  9. 9 The Last One (3:43)
  10. 10 No Weapon Sharper Than Will (3:50)
  11. 11 Cold Blooded (4:19)
  12. 12 Inconceivable Odds (4:28)
  13. 13 The Price (4:39)
  14. 14 The Rain (3:51)
Read More Show Less

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Music Primary Artist
Paul Hartnoll Synthesizer
Phil Jordan Vocals
Robert Harvey Guitar, Percussion, Vocals, Hand Clapping
Adam Nutter Synthesizer, Bass, Guitar, Harmonica, Mandolin, Piano, Strings, Vocals, Hand Clapping
Phil Jordan Drums, Hand Clapping
Stuart Coleman Bass, Percussion
Technical Credits
Steve Fitzmaurice Remixing
Paul Hartnoll Producer, beats, Sequencers
Howie Weinberg Mastering
Richard McNamara Producer
Tony Perrin Management
Robert Harvey Sequencers
Adam Nutter drum programming, Sequencers
Max Dingel Engineer
John Howard Davies Mastering
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously