Julian's umpteenth album is probably his best ever. Lyrically it's very, VERY daring and musically it's all over the place - sort of DIY folk with bits of pop/punk/metal/Krautrock chucked in for good measure.
The first CD is the more downbeat. It's got two long set pieces:- 'Hymn To Odin' and 'The Armenian Genocide'. The former takes a jaundiced look at religions emanating from the Middle East and the latter is self-explanatory! Both begin quietly and gradually, over many, many verses - (thank goodness the lyrics are printed in the CD booklet) - things reach a stupendous climax. Sandwiched in-between is the shorter 'Why Did The Chicken Cross My Mind'; the most outspoken lyrics of all are on this track which rails against some aspects of Islam.
The second CD is more upbeat overall, although the final track - 'Destroy All Religion', er is there a pattern emerging?! - is more of a drone. 'Russian Revolution Blues' has some very clever wordplay, pointing the finger at all the major powers for what happened in Cambodia re-Pol Pot. 'They Were On Hard Drugs' is actually just bonkers; Julian's rather cultured voice seemed so incongruous it made me laugh. There are also two poems but these are just printed and not voiced!
Quite an astonishing album in many ways then but it'll never trouble the charts in a million years!