Division Of Laura Lee - Black City (Cover Artwork)

Division Of Laura Lee

Division Of Laura Lee: Black CityBlack City (2002)
Burning Heart

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Coming from the over the pond, a current hot spot for innovative indie rock, we have Division Of Laura Lee. This is the first I have heard from this band and I must say that I am thoroughly impressed. Where should I start? This band has a dark, intelligent, innovative sound similar to that of T.
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Coming from the over the pond, a current hot spot for innovative indie rock, we have Division Of Laura Lee. This is the first I have heard from this band and I must say that I am thoroughly impressed.

Where should I start? This band has a dark, intelligent, innovative sound similar to that of T(I)NC or Fugazi, but very much their own style. You can call it experimental, but this is defintiely a relevant and groundbreaking sound that is here to stay. The first single on the album, "Need To Get Some", is almost waltzy and carries classic rock 'n roll hooks, along with the singer's intense vocals. It all adds up to a sonically mesmerizing experiance, a breath a fresh air from today's 3 million emo clones a day and mainstream influenced pop punk. Kind of reminds me a little of the Rolling Stones and a bit of the Stooges. It can blast from being relatively soft to a sonic explosion of talent and energy. The band has a very dark side as well, as demonstrated in my personal favorite, the title track "Black City", which basically aprehends the idiocy and irony of our present day society- such as work, etc. etc. Another excellent track is "We've Been Planning This For Years", the most aggressive track on the album- very fast and driving.

Overall, this is an excellent album and one of this years best. I see big things happening for these guys. I think that they could expand even more on their sound with their next record. Us here in the states won't have the pleasure to "own" this album until late this summer, but I suggest you download some songs and see for yourself. The sound may not be for everyone, but surely is masterful.


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Sliced-T (December 4, 2010)

I still love this album. I recently found a brand new vinyl copy of this album for $10. It looked like it was just forgotten in the back room for the last decade. A shame this band never really caught on.

Cannsaw (December 29, 2006)

I like.

blackhipster666 (March 8, 2006)

Great Record-First Record is Good also

Best Song: Pretty Electric (no.11)

Piebalding (November 19, 2004)

The best swedish rock band around. Fuck the Hives. This album is a little better than Das Not Compute.

Anonymous (February 5, 2004)

i think i was looking up random bands on the internet one day and i came across division of laura lee, so i downloaded some songs, then bought the album and yeah i think they are awesome.

the end.

Anonymous (April 2, 2003)

Anonymous (September 8, 2002)

They are certainly breathing breathe back into a long lost and desperately sought after niche of punk. Original, moving, inovative and warming. Could have been in Detroit with us in the late 80's when Fugazi knocked down the doors at the ole church. Give us more.

Anonymous (August 21, 2002)

this is rock. how it should be. much better than all those pizza bands like link in park etc.

AnaMorph0sIs (August 15, 2002)

Seen these guys twice this summer, they're as great live as in studio. Black City is a fabulous album. And yeah, it does somehow sound like some sort of mix between TINC, The Stooges and Fugazi.

Spot on, great album.

Anonymous (June 8, 2002)

I known this band for years, doing gigs with them i Gothenburg and i just have to tell you. They are the best fucking live act in Sweden right now. The album i great and if thier playing in your hometown, and you miss it, you might as well cut your own throut.

Anonymous (June 3, 2002)

Can anyone plz post the track list for this album.thx!

Anonymous (June 1, 2002)

Hail to the Division ! Really one of the most powerful albums this year. You can't compare this band with others, they have their own ass-kicking style...

Rock on.

Anonymous (May 27, 2002)

the record is so great. I bought it on import from Europe last week. immortal passion...

Anonymous (May 24, 2002)

What can I say it´s the best of the best

Anonymous (May 23, 2002)

This album is one of the best albums I've heard in ages! I saw them in berlin a couple of months ago. One of the most raving rock bands I've seen live. wow!

Anonymous (May 23, 2002)

I saw these guys with t(I)nc in paris last october. They were good, not my favorite type of music but definitely talented and they proclaimed themselves the new saviors of Burning Heart. I would defintely tell everyone to take a listen you may be pleasantly surprised.

Anonymous (May 21, 2002)

ummmmmmmmmm saw their video, they suck.

wyzo (May 21, 2002)

your a condescending paternal little curmudgeon.

Anonymous (May 21, 2002)

are tehy experimental and ground breaking or do they sound like fugazi, international noise, and the stooges? make up your mind son.

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