The State of Things (album)

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The State of Things
Studio album by Reverend and The Makers
Released 17 September 2007
Recorded 2006-2007 Sheffield UK
Genre Alternative rock, electronica
Length 41:43
Label Wall of Sound
Reverend and The Makers chronology
The State of Things
A French Kiss in the Chaos
Singles from The State of Things

A French Kiss in the Chaos2009

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars link
Drowned in Sound 4/10 link
The Guardian 4/5 stars link 3/5 stars link
Uncut 3/5 stars link
NME 5/10

The State of Things is the debut album from Sheffield indie band Reverend and The Makers. The album reached number 5 in the UK Albums Chart selling just over 25,000 copies in its first week.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

The album received positive reviews, with Uncut stating "the record is a tribute to McClure's charisma and unswerving self-belief".[2] The debut single, Heavyweight Champion of the World, reached the top ten and was covered on BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge. Other songs on the album, notably He Said He Loved Me and The Machine have become fan favourites being played in their concerts to date, including the band's three night run at Wembley Stadium supporting Oasis.

The album includes seven songs that were previously released as free downloads, in a collection of demos entitled Ten Songs produced by Alan Smyth.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Jon McClure, co-writers noted.

No. Title Additional musicians Length
1. "The State of Things" (Hampton)   3:01
2. "The Machine" (Turner) Vocals - Alex Turner 3:50
3. "Heavyweight Champion of the World" (Cosesns/Smyth) Congas - Bert 'Bongo Bert' Rogers 3:25
4. "Bandits" (Rowley/Smith) Vocals - Tim Hampton and James O'Hara 2:37
5. "Open Your Window" (Cosens/Smyth) Vocals - Steve Edwards
Guitar - Alan Smyth
6. "Sex with the Ex"   4:07
7. "18-30" (Cosens)   3:15
8. "He Said He Loved Me" (Turner/Smyth) Chewing - Alan Smyth, Guitar - Alex Turner 2:54
9. "What the Milkman Saw" (Cosens/Smyth)   2:56
10. "Sundown on the Empire" (Cosens) Recorder - Tia Coakley 4:00
11. "Miss Brown" (Rowley) Vocals - Steve Edwards 3:27
12. "Armchair Detective" (Turner/Smyth) Vocals - Mike Hughes
Violin - Stephen Rocheford


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