After reading several extremely poor reviews of this album I wasn't expecting anything brilliant, but I bought it anyway after enjoying their debut.
After the first listen songs like 'Barney Rubble', 'Twit Twoo' and 'Encouraging Sign' were bouncing around in my head all day long. Yes, most of the work on this album does hark back to the Madchester days of the Happy Mondays, and even further back to The Smiths in some parts.
The opening few tracks are hard to follow up because these are some of the strongest on the album. The upbeat but laid back sound of 'Barney Rubble' and the extremely catch, 'Twit Twoo' are two of the best songs, not just on this album but also two of the best of the band's career. 'Put It On The Dancefloor' is a blatant thumbs up to the Happy Mondays, but it would hold its own on any Mondays album. My other highlight is the beautifully delivered, 'Encouraging Sign' which along with 'Back Where We Started' shows the influence of the pre-Madchester legends, The Smiths. The album does lose its way a little with the last few tracks, but overall this is another triumph for The Twang, and even better than the debut.