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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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This album used to be difficult to get hold of. I think there was some drama with the rights to the recordings. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Dan
It's genius this. I've had this album for years & it's still a favourite. The lyrics are hilarious and after you've had a few shandies the furniture is in peril. Read morePublished on 23 Feb. 2012 by B. Philipson
At times Mclusky sound like the World's best Pixies tribute band playing unreleased PiL songs. I can think of no higher praise.Published on 13 Feb. 2003 by Sean Jones
if you buy this because of all the pixies comparisons, then be warned. true, it takes the ferocity of certain pixies songs, ie "tame", "crackity jones", "something against you",... Read morePublished on 6 May 2002 by "email@example.com"