This Is Alphabeat

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All Music Guide - Steve "Spaz" Schnee
Alphabeat are about as close to a perfect pop band as you'll ever find. Hailing from Denmark but then transplanted to London, this sextet is a rare breed, indeed. The members successfully combine the pure pop of ABBA, the sassy sounds of the B-52's without the kitsch, and the disco stomp of Scissor Sisters without the camp, yet come out sounding unique. This, in itself, is enough to keep the average listener entertained, but the melodies are what keeps you coming back for more. The girl/boy vocals recall some of twee pop's finest moments but Alphabeat's robust sound is worlds away from their lo-fi contemporaries. Listening to this unpretentious, joyful debut album ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve "Spaz" Schnee
Alphabeat are about as close to a perfect pop band as you'll ever find. Hailing from Denmark but then transplanted to London, this sextet is a rare breed, indeed. The members successfully combine the pure pop of ABBA, the sassy sounds of the B-52's without the kitsch, and the disco stomp of Scissor Sisters without the camp, yet come out sounding unique. This, in itself, is enough to keep the average listener entertained, but the melodies are what keeps you coming back for more. The girl/boy vocals recall some of twee pop's finest moments but Alphabeat's robust sound is worlds away from their lo-fi contemporaries. Listening to this unpretentious, joyful debut album is like having your favorite birthday party, winning the lottery, and going to Disneyland all at the same time. From the disco-influenced opener "Fantastic Six," Alphabeat reach out and grab your attention with hooks, "whoo-whoos," playful rapping, and even more hooks. Then, with "Fascination," they switch gears with a soul-influenced pop treat that is so melodic and irresistible that it'll bring you to tears of joy. "10, 000 Nights" ups the "op" ante even more. "Boyfriend" dips back into the disco/R&B vibe and offers up a fine slab of modern soul soaked with a glorious melody. And, luckily, the album serves up even more great moments: "What Is Happening," "Rubber Boots," "Nothing But My Baby," and more. Even their enthusiastic take on John Lydon and co.'s "Public Image" is classy classic pop. While the first half of the album is more eclectic, the second half is just as groovy although less varied. Unlike bands like the Maccabees, the Kooks,and the Wombats, the album holds up all the way through, never repeating the same formula song after song. Alphabeat could very much be the saviors of pop music but we'll have to see what their next album sounds like before we place the crowns on their heads.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/24/2008
  • Label: Emi Europe Generic
  • EAN: 5099952039324
  • Catalog Number: 520393
  • Sales rank: 317,280

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Fantastic Six (3:38)
  2. 2 Fascination (3:03)
  3. 3 10,000 Nights (4:26)
  4. 4 Boyfriend (3:15)
  5. 5 What Is Happening (3:58)
  6. 6 Go-Go (3:06)
  7. 7 Touch Me Touching You (4:04)
  8. 8 Rubber Boots (5:01)
  9. 9 Public Image (2:49)
  10. 10 Nothing But My Baby (5:49)
  11. 11 [CD-Rom Track] (3:45)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alphabeat Primary Artist
Duchess Nell Catchpole Violin
Alison Dodds Violin
Christopher Allan Cello
Rachel Robson Viola
Anders SG Vocals, Group Member
Technical Credits
Keith Levene Composer
Pete Hofmann Engineer
Jah Wobble Composer
John Lydon Composer
Mike Spencer Producer
Alphabeat Composer
John C.F. Davis Mastering
Finn Eiles Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fun Listen

    Buy this record! It is infectious pop that stays stuck in your head for days (but in a good way!). I basically have not stopped listening to this CD since I bought it and the music just makes you happy. They are very popular in Europe, and the CD hasn't officially been released in the US yet, but this record is worth paying the extra money for the import. My favorite songs are "10,000 Nights" and "Fascination."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Alphabeat = Danish excellence

    I loved this album because its very pop and relatively 80's, but still modern with a twist. It always makes me feel better. Stine &amp amp Anders SG's voices blend well together and the music is super catchy.

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