Despite sinking commercially upon its release back in 1996, revisits to 'After Murder Park' reveal it to be one of the great forgotten albums of the last ten years. Auteurs lynchpin Luke Haines had sunk to new depths when he came to writing this, his masterpiece; disputes with his record label, personal injury, the misery of life on the road, a growing disgust at the country he lived in. It all came to a head here in a wonderful, claustrophobic, diatribe, a kick back against the sheer averageness of modern life. As is the case with the best artists, Haines transformed his personal anger into universal themes, angry reflections on British society that remind you of Costello, Jam-era Weller, even Morrissey at his most social. It wasn't just the glorious, often deceptive melodies, the Steve Albini induced energy of the delivery that saw Haines reach these new heights - it a real sense of purpose. Of all the BritPop era bands, Haine's songwriting is unique in that he is completely focused upon the external world around him, how it disgusts and amuses him. He is perhaps the only performer of his era who could pen a song as touching, gritty and real as 'Unsolved Child Murder' and get away with it so brilliantly. 'Light Aircraft on Fire' is two minutes of schizophrenia as tuneful pop. 'Dead Sea Navigators' is a bar room rant that never loses its humanity. Ultimately, this is classic indie with guts, Bowie meets Costello, cellos and distorted guitars, lyrically the apoethosis of what middle-class life in 90's Britain is really like - a work of unrivalled greatness.