- Audio CD (13 Nov. 2000)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Low
- ASIN: B0000504CE
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 492,762 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Like its' predecessor, "Whipping Boy" drips with sorrow, regret, humour and frustrated anger yet manages to avoid the irritating 'angst-lite' whining of the likes of Stereophonics, Travis and the other also-rans. Yet the music is incomparable with those lame benchmarks of "fashion". Both "Heart Worm" and "Whipping Boy" show a music and lyrical accomplishment that most other bands can only aspire too. From McKee's wonderful vocals, both spoken-word and crooned, through a rolling rhythm section and a spine-tingling partnership of both gentle and wailing guitars, all wrapped around aching strings and emotive harmonies, Whipping Boy have created two of the finest albums of recent years. One can but hope this talented bunch will resurface soon in some form with more great music to warm and chill the heart ...
The raw dark sexual tension that was prevalent on its predecessor - the excellent 'Heartworm' - takes a minor role here compared to a new found pop sensibility spread on a wider musical canvas. The sheer power of the band remains undiminished.
They still present their work in an honest unflinching manner that is in unison with greatness.
'So much for love' is resigned and sad, 'Bad books' and 'Fly' show that McKee can still express love/obsession in a fine manner and the musicians know how to score it. 'Pat the almighty' is perhaps the ultimate conclusion of Whipping Boy's own verse-chorus-verse format, with a killing hook of "the kid's a f**king star / he should be wearing gold monee". 'That was then and this is now' is tongue in cheek along the lines of Heartworm's 'When we were young'. 'Puppets' and 'Mutton' take a swipe at the pretension the band have always fought against. 'One to call my own' is probably McKee's finest vocal performance to date. Technically his voice is flat but he expresses every word, to its full emotional potential.
And on the point there is some superb lyricism on the album - "but you wont find gays and lesbians in the emporium of seeds / only perfect boys and girls for suburban garden dreams" on 'Who am I' (an airing of the band's (righteous) views on artificial insemination). And then from 'No place to go' - "woke up this morning from the middle of a dream / and all I could remember was MTV screens / every time you're feeling fine you know it's a lie / every time your feeling fine you know its closing time". I could quote the whole album.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We toured with Whipping Boy in the 90's and I thought they were very boringPublished on 16 Dec. 2008 by Fingerbar Fiddleston
Whipping Boy reached cult status in their home country Ireland with the brilliant "Heart worm" their follow up to impossible to get "submarine. Read morePublished on 12 April 2001
I was scared this was not ever going to be released, let alone US Domestic..and who knows if it ever will...American readers may just want to go ahead and buy the import. Read morePublished on 6 Dec. 2000 by Craig Boone