The Shirehorses - Our Kid Eh
Our Kid Eh
is quite possibly the most hotly anticipated album of 2001. Forget the new releases from Radiohead and Travis--who needs them when you've got Radioshed and Dave Lee Travisty, just two of the many aliases of Britain's greatest pub rockers, Shirehorses. Probably better known for their day jobs as Radio One DJ Mark Radcliffe and his trusty sidekick The Boy Lard, by night they transform themselves into the popular beat combo beloved by dozens, the mighty 'Horse. With the top-selling bargain-bin album The Worst Shirehorses Album in the World...Ever!
behind them, there's no stopping them, as they take on the finest British bands around... and lose. Highlights include "Bellow"--a tenderly shouted tribute to the Boy Lard which puts Coldplay to shame--and "Fucking Around", a song that raises a smile with the taunt "you chuffing wizened chimp". Things do go a bit flat in the middle with "Pardon?" and "Quorn Medley", but they soon pick up again with "A Roll with This". In a world of po-faced serious musicians, Our Kid, Eh?
is truly refreshing and should see itself slam-dunking its way straight into the Top 10. Biddly, biddly, bong. --Helen Marquis