VI [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
VI is the Fucking Champs' first album in five years not counting their album-length collaboration with Trans Am, 2004's Gold, under the portmanteau name the Fucking Am, and founding guitarist Josh Smith has left, leaving a retooled trio of guitarists Philip Manley and Tim Green, and drummer Tim Soete to carry on the Fucking Champs' brand of technical but not soulless, metallic but not moronic, experimental but immediately accessible, instrumental indie rock. Dropping almost all of the synthesizers that colored their albums from III through V only the relatively brief "Are You Channeling That Crystal Behind You" and the acoustic pastoral "Dolores Park" feature keyboards, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
VI is the Fucking Champs' first album in five years not counting their album-length collaboration with Trans Am, 2004's Gold, under the portmanteau name the Fucking Am, and founding guitarist Josh Smith has left, leaving a retooled trio of guitarists Philip Manley and Tim Green, and drummer Tim Soete to carry on the Fucking Champs' brand of technical but not soulless, metallic but not moronic, experimental but immediately accessible, instrumental indie rock. Dropping almost all of the synthesizers that colored their albums from III through V only the relatively brief "Are You Channeling That Crystal Behind You" and the acoustic pastoral "Dolores Park" feature keyboards, these 12 tracks are a return to heavy-riffing form. A couple of the jokey interlude tracks of yore -- one a deadpan guitar solo cover of the standard "Abide with Me" done with the self-seriousness of vintage Spinal Tap -- remain, but the meat of the album, from the crisp opener "The Loge" to the epic, 14-minute-plus closer "Column of Heads," features the Fucking Champs doing what they do best. At times, the tunes sound almost poppy, like the super-catchy main riffs that power "Earthen Sculptor" and "Spring Break," but the trio especially Soete who, as always, overplays everywhere with gleeful panache rarely stay in one place long enough to allow things to get too comfortable. Much more immediately appealing than the at times pointedly ugly and harsh V, VI proves that the Fucking Champs have been able to take what would seem like an inherently limited idea further than one might expect.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/24/2007
  • Label: Drag City
  • UPC: 781484033325
  • Catalog Number: 333

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Loge (3:25)
  2. 2 Abide with Me (0:51)
  3. 3 Spring Break (3:30)
  4. 4 Fozzy Goes to Africa (4:50)
  5. 5 Insomnia (0:48)
  6. 6 A Forgotten Chapter in the History of Ideas (6:28)
  7. 7 That Crystal Behind You? (Are You Channeling) (1:24)
  8. 8 Play on Words (4:37)
  9. 9 Champs Fanfare (0:20)
  10. 10 Earthen Sculptor (4:19)
  11. 11 Dolores Park (3:19)
  12. 12 Column of Heads (14:44)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Fucking Champs Primary Artist
Neil Hamburger Vocals
Tim Soete Synthesizer, Guitar, Drums
Jackie Perez Gratz Cello
Adria Otte Violin
Phil Manley Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Piano, Synthesizer Guitar, Guitar (9 String)
Tim Green Guitar, Vocals, Guitar (Baritone)
Technical Credits
John Golden Mastering
Thelonious Monk Composer
Dan Osborn Art Direction
Henry Francis Lyte Composer
J.J. Golden Mastering
Tim Green Mastering
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