Fascinating Aida really are a marvel. You'd think after 26 years in the business of writing songs, they'd be running out of material and/or steam but no, you'd be very, very, very wrong. With every album of theirs I've listened to in the last 20 or so years, I've thought "That was amazing, they can't top that" and yet every time, they somehow manage it and "Silver Jubilee" is no exception!
High points from this album for me are the raucously filthy "Dogging" sung by Dillie Keane and the absolutely heartbreaking "I Watched Two People" sung by FA's new soprano Liza Pullman, which tells the story of a woman whose husband has fallen for someone 10 years her junior. Unlike previous albums, this one contains less of the torch songs/ballads that FA fans have come to love and far more political material - which can only be a good thing! "Health and Safety" rings so true to anyone whose professional life is ruled by the HSE and the chilling end to "Lerwick Town" is probably the strongest message about climate change I've heard in a long time.
My only criticism? I only wish there were far more tracks - that's the problem with Fascinating Aida, you see - they always leave you wanting more!