I first heard of the Wildhearts as a 12 year old, when the video for 'Nothing Ever Changes' appeared on Raw Power. I loved that and saved up my pennies and ended up buying pretty much everything Wildhearts put out during the 90s. I loved those two EPs, I loved the first album. I remember when I was 15 wondering how they could write anything better than the those previous releases and was quietly worried that this album would see a change of direction, I expected something 'not as good'.
It took me a few listens, but I always kept coming back to this album. 12 years later it stands out to me as the best thing they ever did by a country mile. There's melody, there's hard rock, grit, beauty and sing alongs. Jonesing for Jones has to be one of my all time favourite songs by any band, from a collection that makes the previous efforts look small in comparison. There isn't a single weak song on this CD, just as there wasn't on anything that came before but Phuq steps it up more than a notch.