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Mclusky Do Dallas

McLusky Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (1 April 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Too Pure
  • ASIN: B00005UD03
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 109,044 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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If you're tired of punk rock bands scraping clean the stupid barrel to land the lowest common denominator belly-laugh, McLusky Do Dallas might be just the album you're looking for. An incendiary British rock trio that invites comparisons with everyone from Nirvana to the Fall, McLusky specialise in the short, sharp shock: songs that clock in around two minutes in length, but go some way to reinventing the very viscera of punk rock while they're at it. The opening "Lightsabre Cocksucking Blues" is a case in point: an explosion of shattered cymbals and nodule-inducing vocal ferocity that sounds something like post-hardcore merchants Shellac discovering the notion of catchy pop hooks--so perhaps it's no coincidence that Shellac frontman and legendary alternative producer Steve Albini is credited on production duties. But McLusky's strike rate here is literally jaw-dropping: raw, fearless rock songs like "To Hell with Good Intentions" and "Dethink to Survive" landing with a terrifying consistency. But perhaps the most fascinating track is "Fuck This Band", a quiet interlude on the nature of rock music, laced with no mean seam of irony: "Fuck this band / Because they swear too much / It's a obvious ploy / And irresponsible". Equal parts brains, brawn and pure righteous intent, McLusky Do Dallas sounds absolutely unstoppable. --Louis Pattison

BBC Review

In an age where Johnny Rotten not only guests on Richard and Judy, but turns up sober and doesn't swear, some would fear that the lewdness of punk is fading. Mclusky have taken it upon themselves to change all that: the forthcoming album "Mclusky Do Dallas" is the second offering from this vibrant Welsh three piece, and teems with refreshingly impertinent punk rock.

Never overunning the 3 minute mark, they have an unpolished sound, which, in the looming shadow of Nu Metal's cold technical proficiency, is most welcome.

Steve Albini produced the album, and there is a definite Pixies influence, with the fantastically pervasive clattering of Matt Harding's drums, and dark guitar chords veering out of tune.

ButMclusky often lack the Pixies' skill for dynamics. The savage screeching of lead vocalist Andy Falkous drives their ferocity but can become tedious in its relentlessness. We are rarely given the opportunity to enjoy a build up to the frenzy, and emphasis can be lost in Falkous' ceaseless larynx tearing squeals.

At best the staccato anthemic chanting of some of the choruses is reminiscent of Billy Bragg or Weller in his Jam days. Cheeky guitar riffs make for a catchy sound, whilst often hilarious lyrics stick in the mind.

The latter half of the album reveals Mclusky's capacity for writing well crafted songs. Their first single from the album, the infectious industrial "To Hell with Good Intentions" has been in the shops since 11th March. The album comes out in April, and in the meantime Mclusky are doing a nation-wide tour; I have no doubt they impress live.

We may have to wait a few years before they are the consummate recording band that they have the potential to be, but let us hope that the industry nourishes their talent to its fruition. To quote one of Falkous' lyrics "If they [Mclusky] split up you're responsible". --Jack Smith

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite Simply Fantastic! 21 Feb 2006
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Format:Audio CD
I only recently discovered this gem of an album, I'm devastated to find the band split up last year. I have since purchased their other 2 albums, their debut 'My Pain And Sadness Is More Sad And Painful Than Yours' is also very good although not on a par with this album, follow up 'The Difference Between Me And You Is That I'm Not On Fire' is not nearly on a par, much darker and less immediate tunes.
This album has a nice line in punky thrashes with catchy guitar hooks (reminiscent of Nirvana), frantic cracked vocals (the only similarity to Pixies as far as I'm concerned) and great lyrics. Stand out tracks for me are -Collagen Rock, What We've Learned, To Hell With Good Intentions, Alan Is A Cowboy Killer and Gareth Brown Says, which features the best opening lines ever of 'All of your friends are c**ts, your mother is a ball point pen thief'...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Surfer Rosa in a blender 30 April 2002
Format:Audio CD
I have to say that this has easily beaten off extremely good competition to be album of the year already ...and we're only in May. It can't be stressed just how good this album is - equal parts loud and frightening, but also has the best lyrics i've ever heard outside The Smiths; ie a whole song apparently dedicated to Danny Baker ("Cartoon monkeys got you hard/It must have been the hair/Though Jive Bunny stole your creative fire/You really didn't care") and the hilarious 'To Hell With Good Intentions' ("...We take more drugs than a touring funk band/And we're all going straight to hell").
Produced by Steve Albini, as was the Pixies' debut Surfer Rosa, this album sounds just as frightening sonically speaking - the drums seem to be in the same room when you play this record and every track bar 'F*ck This Band' has it's bass distorted. It really has everything; speed rock thrills, songs about doing drugs and having sex in a burning barn (!) and a real sense of tongue-in-cheek humour running all the way through it like a stick of Blackpool rock. In a way, bands like this (ie the Pixies) cannot be lampooned because EVERYONE who hears them likes them. A true classic. 10/10.
Standout tracks - 'Dethink To Survive', 'To Hell With Good Intentions', 'Alan Is A Cowboy Killer', 'Gareth Brown Says', 'Whoyouknow'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Relatives Matter When Your Legs Don't Work 21 Feb 2006
Format:Audio CD
I agree with all of the majority of the reviews on here, most notably the one which asks 'what did we listen to before Mclusky?' And this is true, I remember seeing them for the first time in Cooper's Field in 2004 and I was amazed, suddenly nothing mattered apart from Mclusky and the tuneful noise they created....but it wasn't just noise, there was a pop sensibility buried deep in there somewhere for all the talk of hate and anger.
'Mclusky Do Dallas' then, is the snarling love-child of Big Black and The Pixies....a 36-minute noise-punk slab that doesn't give a damn about the consequenses. It starts with possibly one of the catchiest songs of the last 5 years 'Lightsabre C*cksucing Blues' with the derranged cries of 'Are You Coming?' echoing over the most frantic playing since 1977. The album hurdles on, pausing briefly for an introspective 'F**k This Band', which, despite the title is one of the nicest songs Mclusky ever wrote, along with 'Flysmoke' of their 1st album.
Just when you think that they're being too nice, 'To Hell With Good Intentions' kicks off, and it feels so right! To put it simply, you NEED this YOUR life!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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no, seriously, what DID we listen to before we bought this album? it's strange - I had to hear "to hell with good intentions" about 3 times at offbeat([...]) before I thought 'hang on, that's possibly the best song ever....'. then I got the album, and now the donnas, million dead, hot hot heat and a load of other stuff are all gathering dust on my kitchen table.
buy this album, you'll love it.....violently.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tremendous stuff 29 April 2002
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An absolutely fantastic record. Sounds a bit like the Pixies, a bit like Pavement, a bit like Bogshed (!) but, above all else, like McLusky.
Loud guitars, jerky rhythms, hilarious lyrics,
recorded by Steve Albini. What else could you ask for?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mean and Lean 16 April 2002
Their first album remains one of the 3 great rock albums of the past half a decade, original, exciting, in-yer-face and off the wall.
The second album picks up the torch well. It could have gone either way. We are treated to a focused blast of early Husker Du sound stabbing F*** You and Pixies riffage.
Lean and mean, they are at their most focused on this record, everything sounds tight, together and as it should be. The excursions aren't as original as earlier work, but the visceral thrill remains.
There in the problem lies. To my mind, the ramshackle, ad hoc bits and bobs soundscape of the first album is what kept it edgy and spot on the mark. This album sounds too clean and too together, without the raggedy arsed charm of My Pain.
Still heads and shoulders above 99.9% of the music out there that purports to be both 'punky' and 'alternative' (they are ironic apostrophes), this is ultimately satisfying, but kinda familiar too.
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