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Emphasising feel over instrumental virtuosity, there are times when it threatens to fall apart.Yet this very fragility is also a central part of their enduring charm. "The Sad Skinhead" flirts with ska whilst the happy-clappy square dance of "Giggy Smile" offers a folk-tinged minimalism to their blend of dilettante rock.
They stand on firmer ground during the epic groove-driven, "Krautrock", which not only spawned a generic description but whose seeds would later flourish with the likes of The Jesus And Mary Chain and Godspeed You! Black Emperor.
A bonus CD of contemporary radio sessions, previously unreleased alternate takes and explorations provide a portrait of a sprawling, chaotic but well-respected musical institution that excites and surprises to this day. --Sid Smith
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