It's been eight years since their "last" album. Now here's the follow-up and it's their best album in a long time.
The band is hungrier than ever, full of energy and Olga spits his words out with fury he hasn't done since the "Toy Dolls EP" and "Teenager in Love/I've Got Asthma" in 1981. The album starts with Olga trying to come up with a song on his guitar, when carol singers interrupts him. He doesn't like it one bit, it's hilarious. Other than that, the focus is mostly on the songs. That's not to say that there are no sketches on the album, but you shouldn't expect "Dig That Groove Baby", "A Far Out Disc" or "Absurd-Ditties". It's got more talk/sketches than "Our Last Album?" though.
After the little rascals are gone, "Credit Crunch Christmas" and "Molly Was Immoral" blast off the record with break-necking speed, muscular riffs and - as always - their trademark hilarious lyrics, just as you'd expect.
Something quite new is that each band member gets a bit more space than usual. Tommy Goober's bass introduces "Decca's Drinking Dilemma"; The Amazing Mr. Duncan plays fiddle on some songs and even has lead vocals on "Don't Drive Yer Car Up Draycott Avenue", one of the album's many highlights. But the real highlight is the three acoustic solo performances with Olga at the end of the record, which proves that you don't need electric guitars to rock.
"The Album After the Last One" is just as good as you could possibly hope for. If you're a fan, don't hesitate purchasing it.
HIGHLIGHTS: "Olgamental Intro", "Credit Crunch Christmas", "Molly Was Immoral", "Don't Drive Yer Car Up Draycott Avenue", "Kevin's Cotton Wool Kids", all the acoustic tracks.