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Whipping Boy

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  • 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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By A Customer on 28 Dec. 2001
Format: Audio CD
Where "Heartworm" was one of the great unexpected gems of 1995, so Whipping Boy end their all too short journey with an equally strong album.
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 ...
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One time possessors of Dublin's 'next big thing' tag, Whipping Boy's third album finally sees its release this month two years after it was recorded.
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.
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By A Customer on 10 Feb. 2001
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From the opening strains of "So much for Love" you just know that this is a great album. Each track has an identity of it's own. Best pop moments are the aforementioned first track, "Mutton" & "Who am I?". Elsewhere "Fly" grows from a quiet beginning into an epic worthy of blowing any roof off. There is no point in me telling you any more about this record. Just buy it and listen to it. If circumstances had been different people would have talked about this album in the same breath as The Stone Roes debut or "Whats the Story". Enjoy
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Whipping Boy is an amazing album. Altough its not as dark as either Submarine or Heartworm. The some of the tracks are amazingly beautiful like Fly and some recall the dark distortion of early whipping boy like no place to go. Some amazing rifs and fantastic lyrics and vocals. The greatest band Ireland has ever produced why this band never made it big I will never know.
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