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All This Time

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Into the Open
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Searching for the Ghost
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Finding Solutions
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All This Time
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Brazen
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I Swallowed a Dragonfly
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Blue Day
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Valley of Debris
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No Pointing Arrows
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Came a Long Way
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 10   Total Length: 39:44

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04.22.11
Heartless Bastards, All This Time
2006 | Label: Fat Possum Records

Cincinnati trio discovers the power of turning down

Erika Wennerstrom lead off the Heartless Bastards 'debut by howling "I'm gonna take everything! Everything!" — and the desperation and agony in her ragged alto made that sentiment easy to believe. While other bands served up plastic-scuzz new-garage templates, the Bastards had a tangible current of urgency that made their songs feel both more dire and more dangerous, not just Nuggets-by-numbers. As good as that record was,… read more »

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So glad I found this

Solipsist

I hate to compare them to anyone, but there is a hint of Jefferson Airplane to the sound of the vocals. The overall sound grooves the album into a continuous play yet each song sounds different enough to make it truly unique avoiding that "just heard this" feeling.

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Finest Effort

Optical-Sewer

Though I don't dislike anything from Heartless Bastards, I find this disc to be their most satisfying. It will make an outstanding holiday gift.

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A crush

ChessedGvurahTiferet

I guess I have a bit of a crush on Erika Wennerstrom. And not because I have something for rockers - I don't like Chrissie Hynde personally at all. But these people play well, and the songs are good, and even if their music has palled for me somewhat, and seems a bit simplistic, this is still a good album and gave me 4-5 good listens. And this is their best I think.

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excellent......

SLUEY07

found these guys on i-tunes then checked here and there they were. Mad good. Wish I found them earlier.

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This is definitely my favorite

MrRockatansky

I remember when they came out with this album it made a big stir amongst the fans because they had fallen in love with HB through "Stairs and Elevators." I had never heard of HB until this album, and once I heard it thought it was amazing. This is the sound I think of when I think Heartless Bastards: plain old soulful. Give the other two a try too, but be warned, it seems once you like one, the others are never as good.

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It's all about Erika

web50

Love her voice / style - the rest of the band merely sufficeth (many will disagree-fair enough). Especially like tracks 1,2&8, but the whole thing is good.

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You'll fall in love with this one fastest.

Spidercake

Less Hi-amp but more substance per decibel. But it still levlels every other band around. After 5-6 songs its still good but not as perfect as Stairs & Elevators. Can't say enuf about her voice and the gutsy rock soul this music has. Almost every song they do is wide open like "smells like teen spirit" only more grounded in your soul. Virtually no one will go wrong downloading this&all their cds, this is the best rock music for years and years.

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Heartless Bastards is amazing

jcfenim

There's no other sound quite like Heartless Bastards. Erika Wennerstrom is an amazing singer/songwriter (Searching for the Ghost is my all-time favorite but Came a Long Way is a very close second). I highly recommend everything Heartless Bastards has ever recorded.

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Fun. Like a Carnival.

paultaylor_2009

Erika Wennerstrom, whether she likes it or not, is the face of Heartless Bastards and its success rests heavily on her vocal performance. This is great considering her voice is perfectly suited for the atmosphere she sings within; it is questioning, sensitive, but by no means weak. The album hits its stride with "Searching for the Ghost", a conflicted internal dialogue about relationships without being too "relationshipy". The next highlight two songs in later in "All This Time" we have Wennerstrom at her best. She is Feist-esque in her playfulness of tone, and the lyrics are sweet and catchy without being cliche. (Since you took my breath again / Oh would you share your oxygen? / So I can breathe one breath of air / Intoxicated by your stare.) In sum, a poppy, lovable album. Recommended!

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Still great after All This Time!

Zo

I downloaded this a while back and keep coming back to it. Both albums are solid. Great lyrics and a great sound, too. If you like the Heartless Bastards, check out the Cold War Kids.

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During some of the better moments of All This Time, the second album from Ohio’s the Heartless Bastards, one gets the feeling that this trio could be the Midwestern cousin of PJ Harvey — not Polly Harvey the singer and songwriter — but the bone-shattering power trio named for the bandleader on Dry and Rid of Me. While frontwoman Erika Wennerstrom doesn’t particularly sound like Polly, she conjures up a similar degree of gale-force vocal impact and plays a not-dissimilar variety of dirty, elemental electric guitar, while her rhythm section (Kevin Vaughn on drums and Mike Lamping on bass) calls up a massive Wall of Sound and energy behind her. But a few spins of All This Time makes it clear the similarity between the Heartless Bastards and PJ Harvey is a matter of similar musical philosophy rather than conscious emulation, and that Wennerstrom has a flinty, down-to-earth lyrical perspective that reflects the experiences of someone who was born and raised in Ohio (and still works a day job when not on the road). All This Time makes a powerful virtue of its muscular, no-frills production, and Brian Niesz’s engineering, which allows the individual elements to stand out while still coalescing into a unified and gloriously dangerous whole. All This Time swings with the force of a heavyweight champ, but there’s an unpretentious intelligence, compassion, and cautious hope in these ten songs, and the Heartless Bastards bring them across with an elegance that belies their muscle; they know how to say a great deal with a little, and that’s a large part of what makes this album worth hearing. – Mark Deming

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