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5.0 out of 5 stars
the upminster kid's swan song, 1 Dec 2002
the only thing the causes this album to be anything less than brilliant is the sad realisation that there will never be a follow-up - most people will know that Ian Dury is gone now, this bizarrley named album is a collection of all the songs written in the time between 'Mr. Love Pants' and his death, some are so recent that Ian didn't get time to record them, long time blockhead and mate Chaz Jankel sings 'i Could Lie' while talented yet wholely annoying Robbie Williams stands in on 'You're The Why' Ian's very last lyrics.
The sticker says 'The last Studio Album of Ian DUry and the Blockheads' and it has the feel of it. The songs seem to rap up the Lord Upminster's life and songs 'Dance Little Rude Boy' continues his London Life commentary made with 'Rough Kids' and 'Blockheads' and 'Have a Word' - 'It Ain't Cool' and 'I Could Lie' seem like Ian confessions whilst vaguley remicent of highly personal album 'Laughter', 'Happy Hippy' returns the humour of 'Billericay Dickie', 'Poor Joey' and 'This is What we Find' with 'One Love' which seems apologetic of songs like 'Wake Up and Make Love With Me' and 'If I was With a Woman'
'Ballad of teh Sulphate Strangler' Ian's last tribute song finnishes up Ian's trend of tributes (this time to long time PA and psycopath Peter Rush 'the Sulphate Strangler)set with 'Sweet Gene Vincent' and 'Bill Hayley's Last Words' while 'Books and Water' is the protogee to 'Sex and Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll' and please let's not get into the blockheads suprub playing, although you can tell on teh songs recoreded after saxaphonist Davey Payne's explusion that all is not Blockheady as it should be - mind Mickey's Keys and Norman's bass are as great as Ian's Lyrics
Ian Dury and the Blockheads never lost it, despite what 'Lord Upminster' says and Ten More Turnips From The Tip just proves it beyond a doubt