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Amanda Woodward

Amanda Woodward: Picture Disc 10 inchPicture Disc 10 inch (2000)
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Reviewer Rating: 4


Contributed by: AnchorsAnchors
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What has France done for you, lately? That's always been the first thing I've asked myself when I got out of bed, and I've simply just never been able to answer that question. Well, I no longer have to ask myself that very same question in the morning, as a fine lady by the name of Amanda Woodward h.


What has France done for you, lately? That's always been the first thing I've asked myself when I got out of bed, and I've simply just never been able to answer that question. Well, I no longer have to ask myself that very same question in the morning, as a fine lady by the name of Amanda Woodward has done so for me. This is no ordinary lady, however; this is chaotic hardcore sent stateside by way of France. All the songs may be in their native tongue, but the type of rock this band brings is something any American can fully understand.

Like it or not, French men are often associated with being on the more effeminate side of things, but Amanda Woodward do not slow down long enough to offer a single example of such wimpery, as they blaze through 8 tracks in just under 25 minutes. This is a band that has a terrific home amongst their contemporaries on the Level Plane roster, channeling the defunct City Of Caterpillar in both style and substance. No, these songs are not long, epic passages; they're short, passionate bursts of energy that convey the band's political message in radical form. Post-rock instrumental passages, chaotic screaming, thundering guitars, and it's tied together with a social and political message all their own.

Days have gone when we could see the usurpers settle their bloody works on our glorious expectation ruins. Many years too late, dressing our wounds, enduring the wearing and tearing of our confiscated bodies, only our eyes are left for window shopping and cry for that commercial modern convenience. But this disposed luxury is at the cost of all the broken hands that made it.
Those lyrics, courtesy of "On Les Aura Bien Plombé Les Yé" perfectly represent what the messages of this album are all about. Maybe it's just me being a close-minded American, but who knew such unrest with social and political issues existed in France? Amanda Woodward are obviously not casting a blind eye on such issues, and they're tackling them with ferocity and style. "Sans-Vie" rages on a course full of unsure structure, careening through various chord progressions and vocal explosions with all the intensity one could ever ask for. "Trop De Gens Qu'on Mal A Mon C" showcases the other side of the band's personality, offering more low, brooding instrumental passages with sporadic bits of screaming; this is where that City Of Caterpillar influence definitely shines through. That's not to say the band doesn't have their own identity, as I find the more I listen to this album, the more distinct it actually becomes from the pack.

Everything works for Amanda Woodward on this album, probably even better than the band themselves could have expected. The guitar tones are just right, melodic and discordant just the same, the vocals only get better, and more intense as the album progresses, and their political message, albeit in French, does not go without notice. A powerful message put forth in an even more powerful manner, this is definitely a band too look out for.

 

 
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some1 (August 24, 2005)

Dante - it's Agent 51 and they do have a pirate song

Archangel (August 23, 2005)

"Mariner's Revenge Song" by the Decemberists may qualify as a pirate song.

SkolarX (August 22, 2005)

there is a band from detroit called blackbird suite that plays pirate rock, they sound like against me but the songs are about pirates. at least thats what someone told me, i booked them with pitch black a few months ago and was running around the whole time not paying attention to any of the bands really

http://www.myspace.com/blackbirdsuite

Anonymous (August 22, 2005)

sailor rock is also good man, thanks.

stevejonestherealbones (August 22, 2005)

the fury of the aquabats has one of the best pirate songs written

the sultans have some pirateish songs

throw rag is kinda sailorish rock sometimes

Beehive & The Barracudas also sometimes give me a sailor rockish feel too...

same with a few flogging molly and mad caddie songs

i dont know, i guess alot of that isnt really songs about pirates or anything but i always get a sailor rock vibe from them

- jones the bones

Dante3000 (August 22, 2005)

The new Skulls album had priate songs on it. Some other band like Agent 45 (?) had a pirate song. And this band called Fintrol has killer ass songs that sound piratey, but I can't tell because it's not in english
Dante

Anonymous (August 22, 2005)

i need a band that does pirate songs. anyideas?

Anchors (August 21, 2005)

Then buy Le Decadance La Decadence. It's their most recent, it comes on CD, and it's as good, if not better than this.

Dante3000 (August 21, 2005)

It's cool. They sound like a good band. I'd buy it but I never play picture disks. I'm nerd like that.
-Dante

Anchors (August 21, 2005)

Yeah they're just a band. My bad, I can see how it's misleading.

ElVaquero (August 21, 2005)

http://remembermyname.free.fr/Amanda Woodward 05.jpg

There are at least two dudes in this picture.

Dante3000 (August 21, 2005)

So I'm slow, is this an actual Person or a band?
In the begining it says:
as a fine lady by the name of Amanda Woodward has done so for me. This is no ordinary lady, however; this is chaotic hardcore sent stateside by way of France.
But then it says:
French men are often associated with being on the more effeminate side of things, but Amanda Woodward do not slow down long enough to offer a single example of such wimpery, as they blaze through 8 tracks in just under 25 minutes. This is a band that has a terrific home amongst their contemporaries on the Level Plane roster

Maybe I'm the only one confused. Is it like how Jethro Tull and Lynard Skynard are actually bands and not people? But if so the "lady" comment in the begining should have been omitted or made clearer, several people on here are retarded after all.
-Dante

stevejonestherealbones (August 21, 2005)

"blazing through 8 songs in just under 25 minutes? uh.. that's still an average of over 3 minutes a song.. does that count as blazing?"

anchors only listens to mars volta and coheed and cambria

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

Anonymous (August 21, 2005)

blazing through 8 songs in just under 25 minutes? uh.. that's still an average of over 3 minutes a song.. does that count as blazing?

moos (August 21, 2005)

horrible review.

ElVaquero (August 21, 2005)

is this the prequel to la decadence de la decadence?

this band fucking rules.

stevejonestherealbones (August 21, 2005)

who the fuck are these homos on saturday night live right now? probably some french sallys

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

- yes, again

Anonymous (August 21, 2005)

Opstand were really fucking good, so is Coche Bomba.

Anonymous (August 21, 2005)

France has stood up against a foolhardy, wasteful, terror-spawning war... lately. But no, enjoy your freedom fries!

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