War Stories

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All Music Guide - John Bush
James Lavelle's UNKLE project has offered virtually everything to its fans and the listening public -- virtually everything, except for great music. UNKLE full-lengths seem primed to make a major impact on music and culture. They're packed with high concept, dense with thematic elements ripped from the headlines (especially the war in Iraq), and this time out, include an artwork-packed booklet (featuring Massive Attack's Robert del Naja, Ben Drury, and Will Bankhead). The fact that the music has never fulfilled its expectations, despite the undeniable talents of everyone involved, points to a too-many-cooks problem. War Stories finds the group, a core duo of Lavelle and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
James Lavelle's UNKLE project has offered virtually everything to its fans and the listening public -- virtually everything, except for great music. UNKLE full-lengths seem primed to make a major impact on music and culture. They're packed with high concept, dense with thematic elements ripped from the headlines (especially the war in Iraq), and this time out, include an artwork-packed booklet (featuring Massive Attack's Robert del Naja, Ben Drury, and Will Bankhead). The fact that the music has never fulfilled its expectations, despite the undeniable talents of everyone involved, points to a too-many-cooks problem. War Stories finds the group, a core duo of Lavelle and Richard File, enlisting major production help from Chris Goss. Goss' work with Masters of Reality and Kyuss made the California/Arizona desert a haven for progressive metal, and its influence is all over this record. Fellow desert rat Josh Homme reprises his role from the last UNKLE full length, along with del Naja (as 3D), indie rockers Autolux, English neo-garage band the Duke Spirit, and finally, Ian Astbury (like Lavelle, another Englishman apparently fascinated with the American Southwest). Astbury's vocals on "Burn My Shadow" and "When Things Explode" make for a pair of highlights; they're one of the few points on War Stories when a hint of personality threatens to overwhelm the many tenebrous guitars and gloomy, plaintive vocals. Newcomer Gavin Clark also shines as a stand-in for Jeff Buckley, but amid the many features and incredible dynamism that mark every UNKLE full-length, there are no songs to grab onto and little of real essence. [Some editions also included a bonus disc with instrumentals.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/12/2007
  • Label: Surrender All
  • EAN: 5060100663593
  • Catalog Number: 0066359

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 [Untitled] (0:22)
  2. 2 Chemistry (3:22)
  3. 3 Hold My Hand (4:59)
  4. 4 Restless (5:04)
  5. 5 Keys to the Kingdom (4:45)
  6. 6 Price You Pay (6:22)
  7. 7 Burn My Shadow (4:57)
  8. 8 Mayday (3:18)
  9. 9 Persons & Machinery (6:04)
  10. 10 Twilight (5:21)
  11. 11 Morning Rage (5:15)
  12. 12 Lawless (2:36)
  13. 13 Broken (4:42)
  14. 14 When Things Explode (13:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
UNKLE Primary Artist
Ian Astbury Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Shaker
Carla Azar Drums, Glockenspiel, Vocals
Chris Goss Synthesizer, Bass, Guitar, Synthesizer Bass
Dan Higgins Guitar, Harmonium
Josh Homme Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Brian O'Connor Bass
Lucy Wilkins Banjo
Neil Davidge Vocals, Sampling
Calina de la Mare Banjo
James Lavelle Organ, Vocals, Background Vocals, Bells, Group Member
Matthew Caws Guitar
Dave Catching Guitar, Piano
Richard File Organ, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Piano, Glockenspiel, Theremin, Background Vocals, Synthesizer Strings, Group Member
James Book Bass
Brett Shaw Drums
Pablo Clements Synthesizer, Background Vocals
Eugene Goreshter Bass, Keyboards, Vocals
Liela Moss Harmonium, Vocals
Luke Ford Guitar
Ali Love Guitar
Gavin Clark Vocals
Oliver Betts Drums
Technical Credits
Ian Astbury Composer
Chris Goss Composer, Producer
Josh Homme Composer
Howie Weinberg Mastering
Neil Davidge Composer, Programming, Engineer, drum machine
Robert "3D" del Naja Composer, Paintings
James Lavelle Composer, Art Direction
Ben Drury Art Direction, Paintings
Richard File Composer, Programming, Engineer, Digital Editing, Logistics
James Book Programming, Digital Editing, Logistics
Pablo Clements Programming, Digital Editing, Logistics
Autolux Composer
The Duke Spirit Composer
Chris Allen Programming, Engineer, Digital Editing, Logistics
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