I have been a huge Mission fan for the last 25 years and have pretty much everything they ever released so it was inevitable that I buy this. I saw them rehearse early versions of this album earlier in the year and have been eagerly awaiting its release, however I am slightly disappointed.
The lyrics are pretty dire in places, I know Wayne's written a mountain of songs so it's gotta be pretty hard but then share some of the writing responsibilities. I like lyrics, they can make or break a song for me and that's what has happened here. Also Wayne really does get gruff on some of these tunes, too gruff, he's got a good voice but it can grate when he sings like he's been up for three days with nothing to drink. It sounds like he's straining.
Musically the album is fantastic, the tunes are well structured and performed and it will be pretty good live. If you know the Mission then I'd put this album with Blue. The best album they have released in the last 20 years is Aura but they've left that sound far behind.
This is a bit maudlin in places and there's plenty of references to the bible and religion, not sure if Hussey's suddenly found religion or not.
Most of the songs on here are quite long, not sure if that's a good or bad thing. Songs like Drag pick up the tempo and will probably be a live favourite, it's a bit like 1969. Just Another Pawn in your Game is a bit like Maggie May in places. The highlight for me is probably The Girl in a Furskin Rug - more like "poppy" Mission. But as the title of this review suggests I think some of the others will definitely be "growers" and get better with more listens.