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Dumbing Up (W/Dvd)
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
After being given only a limited UK release four years ago, Dumbing Up has been expanded and is finally available in the US. 2002 was also the year that Karl Wallinger's longrunning, critically lauded and commercially succ... more »
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After being given only a limited UK release four years ago, Dumbing Up has been expanded and is finally available in the US. 2002 was also the year that Karl Wallinger's longrunning, critically lauded and commercially successful World Party fell apart. With this album out and a return to touring, a new generation can be fully exposed to the resonant powers of Wallinger's songs. The first few bars of the opening "Another Thousand Years" make his love of pop smarts, and specifically The Beatles (with its shades of "Baby You're a Rich Man") readily apparent. Elsewhere, there are evident strains of the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and other pillars of well-crafted songs. What makes World Party -- essentially Karl Wallinger -- so compelling is that fact that those influences blend into a singular identity. The references are incorporated into a whole, absorbed, but not hidden. --David Greenberger
Reissue yes, with added limited edition DVD loaded with vide
D. Sloan | PORTLAND, OR USA | 05/31/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"First, this CD is great on it's own, as good as anything in the World Party catalog. It loses a bit of steam toward the end but finishes with the epic 8-1/2-minute "Always On My Mind." Wonderful.
As an "old" fan (I loved World Party back in the late 80's and early 90's), this US release of their 2000 album is welcome, because it caught my eye, whereas I had completely missed the original release. Not only that, but this includes a DVD containing over two hours' worth of material, mostly videos made for songs from all the studio albums, 1987 up through 2000. I suppose the "true" fan who kept up to date by getting this CD on import would have appreciated the DVD being sold separately, but for me, it's a 2-for-1 deal that's quite welcome.
Karl & gang have been away far too long. I'm so glad he's recovered from the aneurysm in 2001! Scary stuff. World Party is on tour this summer (2006) and hopefully we can all say "welcome back" to new songs soon!"
Old or new, borrowed or blue - great CD
Glennrock | ny | 07/01/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Whether you refer to this CD as a reissue or a new release matters not, the songs are great. If I missed it the first time around, I am glad I found it this time around. This CD is as good as any in the World Party stable. Welcome back."
Bonus DVD is essential
Artis M. Falkner | Seattle, WA USA | 08/11/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Below is the tracklisting for the videos on the DVD:
Ship Of Fools
All Come True
Put The Message In The Box
Way Down Now
Thank You World
Is It Like Today?
Give It All Away
All I Gave
It Is Time
Call Me Up
Here Comes The Future
What Does It Mean Now?
Strange Groove (Live)
Is It Too Late?"