This is the best new album i have heard in a long time by anyone, let alone the Stranglers.
I have all 17 Stranglers albums and have taken a keen interest in every lineup of the band, this line up of original members Jet Black, Jean Jaqcues Burnel, Dave Greenfield and new boy (of 12 years!) Baz Warne is coming into its own now and i can really sense it starting to boil into something huge and something that will be remembered in years to come.
This album is easily the best since Hugh Cornwell left in 1990, and after listening to this album many times with an open mind and open ears i can say it is definitly up there with their best ever from the 'classic period' (The Raven, La Folie etc) the songwriting is stunning and it is obvious lots of work and thought have gone into it, Another Camden Afternoon, Freedom Is Insane, Giants, Lowlands, Mercury Rising and Time Was Once On My Side are all instant Stranglers classics that sit alongside the old hits with ease, Adios, the tango, is also a track i like very much but is not your typical Stranglers track.
Everything you want to hear on a Stranglers record is here, JJs LOUD, flatulent bass, locked in tight-as-hell with Jets drums, Daves swirling keyboards and Bazs at times quirky sounding guitar and vocals which are better than they have ever been.
Great song writing, great production, great sounds, i honestly cannot praise it enough. If you have ignored the Stranglers for whatever reason do yourself a massive favour and buy this album, seriously.
If this lineup makes a few more albums then i think there is a big chance it could be remembered just as well as the Cornwell era of the band.
Thank you Stranglers for this work of art! and see you on tour!