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|1. Love My Name|
|3. Everything Falls Into Place|
|4. Human Again|
|5. Running From A Standing Start|
|6. Sister Frideswide|
|7. Vision In Rags|
|8. Go To Ground|
|9. Silver Tongue|
|10. Storm Clouds|
Not that this is one of those tiresome indie-band-goes-electro-pop situations – this lot are far too canny for a tired and desperate move like that. But they have resurrected a fine, and criminally under-used, career trajectory from the history of rock music: they are the band that starts off weird and good and gets poppier, and better, from album to album.
Cases in point come thick and fast. Woman is a seedy affair blessed with heavenly female voices and stout, parping brass. Everything Falls Into Place, a first-listen favourite, stomps in like a cowboy in silver platform boots with a glorious opening line – "The cheque... Has bounced... Again" – before resolving into a tumbledown chorus worthy of XTC in their pomp.
We’re on relatively familiar ground with the oppressive OCD pop of first single Love My Name, but even that aims as much for the shaking ass as the engorged bile ducts. And Visions in Rags takes an infectious Vampire Weekend township beat and adds Beach Boys harmonies and a calypso chorus. It’s a hugely joyful thing.
Not that it’s all giddy fun: Storm Clouds, a scary coda to the perky Silver Tongue, revisits that elemental despair that made Current of the River such unsettling listening on the band’s last album, 2008’s Superabundance. The difference is that this time it’s not the last song on the album – the honour here goes to the strident, bullishly uplifting Glasshouse.
So, having bettered their own game, and established themselves (again) as a cut above their peers, does this mean a bright and shiny future for our tweedy heroes? They surely deserve the acclaim more than some, as they point out in Human Again – that rare thing: a Wombats-y song which does not make the listener acutely aware of the brevity of human existence – "weeds are for hoeing." Let’s hope these weeds get the hoes they deserve.
superb band- Superb Album ! its just as good as the previous 2 :D - been playing this on my ipod on repeat for ages! Read morePublished on 13 Jun. 2011 by Mr. M. RALPH
Was addicted to Superabundance for months , so eagerly awaited the delivery of ornaments, gave it a good few listens hoping to hear something I'd missed the first few times but,... Read morePublished on 14 May 2011 by Mr. R. J. Preston
A departure from previous outings, but it really seems to work for them. A little more mature and even slightly sensual, but keeps a subtle sense of twee fun, one of the best... Read morePublished on 10 May 2011 by Amazon Customer
Young Knives were one of my favourite bands, I loved Superabundance, but this album sees the band going in a 'bold new direction' and it's such a shame for those of us who thought... Read morePublished on 20 April 2011 by Industrialnorth