- Audio CD (5 Aug 2002)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Live
- Label: Mutton Head
- ASIN: B00006BCFK
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,230 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
|1. Salt fare North Sea|
|2. Jacob's ladder|
|3. All in vain|
|4. Home with me|
|5. If it is to be it is up to me|
|6. Don't try this at home|
|7. Song for Len Shackleton|
|8. Without rhyme or reason (the killing of Harry Stanley)|
|9. Don't pass go|
|10. One way or the other|
|11. When I'm bad|
|12. Sewing up the crap|
|13. After Shelly|
What you get is proof that Chumbawamba, as well as being very literate and passionate about their politics, are great songwriters. The blending of samples of traditional folk songs with new melodies is really strong throughout, and certain tracks are really very moving. Quality pop with meaning- fantastic.
I've always liked Chumbawamba. I don't always agree with everything that they say but at least they have the guts to say it. That said, I do agree with most of it and I do find them entertaining and stimulating. The point is that you don't have to agree with them 100% of the time, I'm sure they wouldn't expect you to. As long as the issues are kept alive that is probably enough.
But whats this... the new album is slightly different. Not so in yer face after all. Well written songs delivered cleverly and tunefully, but a little more reflectively and subtely than usual.
The vocals are superb, the tunes beautifully crafted from the lilting pop melody of 'Salt Fare, North Sea' to the disjointed reggae fuelled ditty 'Song For Len Shackleton', this is the Chumbas at their very best.
The messages are as important as ever and are still there but, could it be that 'Home With Me' is about as close to a love song as Chumbawamba have been for a while.
Lets hope this wins them the new fans they richly deserve. It is a VERY VERY good lp this one. Oh, and relax, your mother still won't like them .....