Leatherface's posthumous (well, at the time anyway) "The Last" was a double-edged sword: the music was the strongest and most imaginative of an already brilliant career, true, but the record was never finished. What you have here is the quartet's final six studio recordings, plus two more tracks swiped from the prior "Mackem Bastards" single. Those two aren't much (a Snuff cover and a Louie Armstrong imitation), but the other six are breathtaking. "Little White God" remains stupefying: reggae-influenced, sure, but no neo-ska nonsense to speak of. "Daylight Comes" remains one of the band's finest straight-punk songs, but the truly show-stopping moment is the one that breaks the mold: "Shipyards", with nothing more than piano, bass and drums backing Frankie Stubbs' one-of-a-kind voice and insightful lyrics. Truly breathtaking.
Is "The Last" worth the import dime? Absolutely, especially in terms of quality-over-quantity. But be sure to save some of your allowance for "Horsebox", their forthcoming new LP, because it truly fufills "The Last"'s enormous promise.