3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 4 October 1999
Ok so this is their first offering a debut album, a five piecefrom Oxfordshire , they have the same management as Radiohead 'good move' for a start in this band there's an unsettling quality which does not allow for you to allow you pigeonhole there style and quality, they have been brave with there first album by trying some shady areas of the music archives taking sounds and turning them into swirling anthems and they seem to end with you wanting to come back for some more.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 January 2002
This is one of those records that grows and grows and grows. Beginning with the dramatic and haunting 'Is Your Soul In Your Head' and ending with the beautiful sparse 'Getting Up', this record takes you on a trip that's for sure. This record really does get inside your head, 'Porno Song' is a dark proposal yes sirree, whilst 'Up Here For Hours' is an upbeat, yet still strangely sad song. Perhaps the best bit of the album is within the outro of 'Poncenby Smythe' when suddenly Medal become Funkadelic. If you like Pink Floyd and you love DJ Shadow, then you will love this record, for Medal have managed to hybridise hip hop, samples and rock into one mutha of a stew.
on 27 June 2001
Oxford's medal have gone through many transformations but at last they have landed a debut Lp. 'Drop your weapon' is an interesting recording mainly due to the bands toying with trip hop beats, blending them with traditional indie rock conventions. Singer James Hyatt puts in a great performance throughout 'Up Here For Hours' weeps a beautiful despair, whilst the strangeley titled 'Porno song' rocks with Oasis meets Manics guitar carnage, and 'Possibility' Builds so much and so effectivley that your left feeling as though something is going topple over. Medal have no doubt produced an interestingly good, solid debut and many records off 1999 will sell more but few will be better.