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David Shah - Vocals
Alex Potterill - Keyboards/Piano/Programming/Vocals
Rob Britton - Guitars/Keyboards/Piano/Vocals
Jon Bacon - Bass
Steve Brummell - Drums/Percussion

Written by Luxembourg

Produced by Brian O'Shaughnessy & luxembourg at Bark

Luxembourg vs Great Britain produced by Darren Allison
Engineered and mixed by Darren Allison at Miloco and Triangle N12

LE14 recorded at Marlborough Road

Violins - Audrey Morse
Cellos - Gill Walshaw
String arrangement - Audrey Morse
Saxophone - Phil Whaite
Illustrations - Kate St. Claire
Band centrefold - Stefan Walters
Mastered by Nick Robbins at Sound Mastering

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released October 23, 2006

Front reviews:

"The most striking thing...is that they seem to know about everything... Intelligent and original, Luxembourg is a small but fabulous place to be..."
CMU

"The barnstorming debut album from this neo-Brit-pop quintet... Crammed with dramatic sounding tunes which build up into anthemic singalong choruses..."
Nude

"You'll wonder how you ever survived without it. Not so much the Marmite of pop, more the olive, or possibly the avocado. Try it, you might even like it..."
Playlouder

"One of those genuine every-song-a-single albums, each track sounding like their final statement to this world... See you in the charts..."
Incendiary

"Every word and note done that evokes a precise phraseology while bursting with raw emotion. Classy, and the sort of filth we should throw at our kids..."
Planet Sound

"In a month of damp mornings and drizzly days, Luxembourg light everything up with the release of their album Front...a piece of pop magic..."
Tasty

"It's a perfectly formed record, an evolutionary magnum opus that represents five years of coffee, vague disenchantment, and thinking too hard..."
To Hell With

"Luxembourg conjure up an ur-indieness that high steps out of the whiny ghetto that constitutes the sensitive constituency of muddled youth..."
Vanguard Online

"Front is already one of the best things about 2006: knowing, tuneful, intelligent, glamorous, but above all human and honest... Now the world needs to listen..."
God Is In The TV

"I find it incomprehensible that this band are not dominating the airwaves... An album this good cannot remain unnoticed for much longer..."
CLUAS

"Crashing guitars, noisy rhythms and an aching, melancholy lyric, pained at times...rich, campy and idiosyncratic... Dark and quirky pop..."
Leeds Guide

"Confident and knowing. A whole bunch of declamatory dramas of the kitchen sink variety with plenty of humour and honest human sentiment..."
Trakmarx

"The 13 songs that make up Front are filled to the brim with life and desire and overwhelming potency... Luxembourg are stepping out of the shadows..."
PowPowPow

"After 45 minutes of this gem of an album, it’s impossible not to have been a little bit infected by their genius... They’re contagious and charming..."
Indigo Flow

"With their entrancingly delightful "pop noir" melodics, low, crooning voices and witty lyrics, it isn't hard to understand the Pulp and early Smiths comparisons..."
London Student

"The world is crying out for a new breed of pop intelligentsia to idolise – well, look no further, the Luxembourg army is recruiting... Brilliant..."
Kendallrock

"Finally an LP from that refined bunch of aesthetes. All their finest gear from the last few years here, sounding large and lively, as they should be..."
Vanity Project

"Deliciously British, devastatingly guitary... Luxembourg write unnervingly spot on lyrics that put things just how you only wish you could yourself..."
Subba-Cultcha

"An entire album of do or die performances...to hear an outfit on such creative fire is exactly what we signed up for..."
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Luxembourg are a British five-piece indie band, formed in London in 2001. Most often compared to artists like Pulp, The Smiths, Suede and Roxy Music, they have been described as "pop noir".

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Track Name: Faint Praise
who wants to be the truest friend?
i need to know, i can’t just pretend
it starts so well but it always ends...

am i not quite what you were looking for?
a little old, a little tired, a little too sincere?
or are you just not sure what you’re looking for?
well, you should know by now
you should know by now

i’ll do for now, but keep on shopping around
i’m good for a day trip, but not for the long haul
your faint praise is gonna kill me one day

am i not quite what you were looking for?
a little old, a little tired, a little too sincere?
or are you just not sure what you’re looking for?
well, you should know by now
you should know by now

so later on, when you are sleeping
and you think you’re very safe
i’ll break and enter your apartment
inventorising all your failings
because your jokes were mediocre
and the sex was just ok
and your kisses merely average
not the worst but not the best

and your art is nothing special
i’ve seen worse - i’ve seen much better
and i never liked your style
or the way you wore your hair
and now your friends, they frankly bore me
like the places where you spend your time

(so i don’t suppose you’ll miss me)
but you should know by now
you should know by now
Track Name: We Only Stayed Together For The Kids
i made a vow
and how
and you made a few

now we just row
and how!
“i do,” i said, “i do”

will the angry words fade away in time?
or will they never really leave us?

just when they seem to be forgotten
is when they make their claim
on my feeble frame
and it all comes crashing home again

you must think me very naïve, baby
it’s years since i have seen you without clothes
there were times we only stayed together for the kids
now i don’t want to do as I am told

i stuck around
for you
you stuck to me like glue

turned sandra down
for you
and now i hear that you did too

will the happy words fade away in time?
or will they never really leave us?

i put them somewhere safe, but i can’t remember where
will my body turn against me now?
will anybody notice anyhow?

we won’t starve
won’t want
it’s gentle and it’s cruel
that the money won’t run out until we do

we won’t feel pain
just rage
“i love you and i’ll stay”
and the money won’t run out until we do
Track Name: What The Housewives Don't Tell You
i’m stuck at home with a thousand housewives
they’re such a scream
at least for a while
from their tireless questioning they never cease:
how to keep your man
how to effect world peace

so why did you ask me out
when you knew you could not deliver?
we went out somewhere
then came back again
so why do you look terrified?

i don’t care if you
never make a move
just as long as you
don’t say it’s time to leave
stay around a while
i can make more tea
you can put on a record
just don’t say you’re going

cos what the housewives don’t tell you
because they don’t want to distress you
is it’s a lonely, lonely vigil that we’re keeping
and it’s all for you

now you’re sending me messages
that i can’t quite read
you write, “hope you’re well”
when you mean, “come and see me”
you write, “how are you?”
when you mean, “how i want you”
and your “see you soon”
means, “put those arms around me”

so why did you ask me out
when you knew you could not deliver?
i could wait all day in your favourite café
but the staff are almost ready to turn me away

cos what the housewives don’t tell you
because they don’t want to depress you
is it’s a lonely, lonely vigil that we’re keeping

what the housewives don’t tell you
what they never have done
and they never will do
it’s a lonely, lonely vigil that we’re keeping
and it’s all for you

you see there’s something that the housewives don’t tell you
because they really, really don’t want to distress you
but me, i’m not so concerned with protecting your feelings
i think there’s something that you ought to know
Track Name: Single
you can shove your degree from the university of life
you can stick your BSc from the hallowed hallways of the college of firth & fife
but i can’t spend another summer burning copies of my debut single in my bedroom
i can’t spend another sunday on the sofa crying as another opportunity passes me by

i wouldn’t wish my life upon anyone
so let’s abstain
i couldn’t share this life of grime
this doing time
so let’s refrain

my twenty-fifth birthday was melancholy but i wasn’t surprised because
my seventeenth birthday was melancholy but i wasn’t surprised because
my fifth birthday was… sad and lonely
oh, well don’t they start so early these days?
yes, they do!

i wouldn’t wish my life upon anyone
so let’s refrain
i couldn’t share this pantomime
this doing time
so let’s refrain

now my friends are starting families
i’ve barely started on mine
Track Name: Relief
made to perform
without a script
but you all had one
embarrassment falls out of my face
and gathers on the floor around us

please take a hint
leave me alone
you must know i can only go so far
i’m sorry
i can only reach so far

are you aching to get some relief?
here it comes
in time to start all over again
will this life always be so conspicuously lacking
from one particular angle?
(yes, but don’t feel bad)

i’ll always be a little older
you’ll always be a little younger
and please don’t give me any more of those gifts
they only make me sadder
you’ve an eye for an eye - i’ve an ear for a tune
from the midlands choral to the middle eight chorus
are you tired of walking
as if you know where you’re going?
when it’s all that you want to be home
and be loved

can i make this any clearer?
please take a hint
leave me alone

are you aching to get some relief?
here it comes
in time to start all over again
will this life always be so consistently lacking
from one particular angle?

(maybe, i don’t know)
Track Name: Taking Cover
seal up your windows
sandbag your doors
cancel your non-essential engagements

there’s a commotion
in the superstore
and the sale of tinned goods is rising while…

i’m falling under
i’m taking cover
i’m becoming a burden upon my friends

surely somebody
from somewhere
is coming to get me now

but if you are
my slender arms
and my recalcitrant charms
could do you no harm at all
we’ll bend in the wind then spring back up

vigilance is needed
alert but not alarmed
i keep my head to the ground where the air is clear

for the very first time
and the very last time
i’m tuning in to my local radio show

i check myself for damage
but there’s nothing to see
all the damage is on the screen

surely somebody
from somewhere
is coming to get me now

but if you are
my slender arms
and my recalcitrant charms
could do you no harm at all
i’ll bend in the wind
i’ll bend in the wind then spring back up
Track Name: Sick Of DIY
you’ll find me in the pictures
in mid-afternoon
but that which starts out sweet becomes bitter
and the time comes to go home

i’m going off this day job
come to think of it, that’s nothing new
so many things i started (i know, i know)
but left unfinished
now i’m diminished
a little more by each and every one

i’m sick of DIY
i’m all wrong, but you are alright
it’s not enough, just friday to sunday
i want you here from tuesday to monday
it’s not enough, just friday to sunday
i want you here from tuesday to monday

i’m still doing the things
you gave up years ago
but being born pre-madonna (i know, i know)
it’s not flattering
i took a battering
at the back
of the top
of the number 31

i’ve seldom been mistaken
for being good with my hands
so it’s all so convenient
that you have your own wrench
and i know not to mention
things that clearly i don’t understand
Track Name: Making Progress
it goes like this...
(something like this)
there are moments of joy
they're interspersed
with something else that i call
constantly searching for escape

please don't - please don't try to stop things
from progressing
don't you ever try to stop things
from progressing

but i need things to slow down

it's getting fast
so very fast - but not fast enough
it takes progressively more energy
to yield the same small reward

i'm running fast
i'm standing still
i think i'm making progress

but i need things to slow down
Track Name: Mishandled
you think you've found my stockpiles
leave my arsenal alone
someone once said dark forces are at work
round here

if you're in trouble, get a double
just make sure that they're not better looking
than you are

and don't come back to me eventually
when suddenly you get found out
as you will

first you give me a thrill
then you make me feel ill
i might be all yours right now
but not for long

you want to send me and my twenty-seven million cousins home
but i was born on a roundabout in st17
know what i mean?

the talent spotters are at work round here
if you have got it, they will spot it

yeah right

and they'll do all they can
to make sure that you get the platform
you deserve

you want to see me and my thirty-seven million lovers dead
but you settle for mishandling me in se3 instead

it's hard to be committed
when you fall for someone new each day
it's hard to be concerted
when you fall for something new each day

and if you take it, then you know it
they won't be letting you go
so take your time and get it right now
take your time and get it right now
Track Name: Luxembourg vs Great Britain
this is a better, but a slightly smaller place to be
your seaside shoreline slipping slowly into the sea
your demographic is a little top-heavy
when you’re old we’ll let you starve
if you don’t let us be here
you’ve been thriving on drivel and insinuation
now it’s time to shut your mouth and take a little dictation
you’d better hope your shorthand is up to speed
we’re giving you your third degree

SEX!
DRINK!
CONSOLATIONS!
i’ve given them all up to be with you
LOVE!
HOPE!
REMUNERATION!
i’ve given them all up for you

you think you’re very special but you’re all the same
a pathetic apathetic pissing life away
while slaving all these hours to pay for finery
and for fresh air, bottled water and binary
but it’s not about the money
it’s the hegemony that depresses the hell out of me

we’ve been very patient
we’ve been patronised
something tells me that this stage is behind us
we’re standing right here, do you think you can find us?
we’ve made your life easy
we’ve stayed by your side
something tells me that the moment’s upon us
we’re screaming in your face and you still can’t hear us

a little translation is a dangerous thing
tell the underdog it’s threatened and it fights to win
while lapping up piety and indignation
now it’s time to drop the act and tell me your frustrations
the slightest confrontation’s undesirable
keep consequences at arm’s length to keep them palatable
but i’m here to bring those consequences home to you
come on, tell me that you want me to

i’ve given up
everything for you
so don’t say you don’t want me now
i’ve given up
everything for you
so don’t say you don’t want me
i’ll just stay here till you do
Track Name: Down A Sunny Street
i walk down a sunny street
and i’m struck by the memory
of a childhood shame
another childhood shame

i’m drenched in relief
that the heatwave’s ending
i couldn’t keep pretending
to be enjoying myself

you think i’m a throwback
but the noughties look good
to a sixties soundtrack
you should try it some time

i am like a hammer
you can see where i have come from
but you are like an apple
i can’t see where you end or begin

i return home late
and turn on the lights
the room just about remembers
to compose itself

i wake to find i’ve disappeared
i wake to find i’ve disappeared
to be replaced by a sad young man
to be replaced by a sad young man
i wake to find i’ve disappeared