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Err..NOT the best album released by Creation, actually
on 4 January 2007
I wanted to listen to this album for years, since it was rated "Best Album 1992" by the NME on the year of its release - only now (a bit late)have I had the chance - but the NME couldn't have got it more wrong. Obviously, it surfed to Grunge zeitgeist to get its kudos at the time, but the bottom line is that its really not as good as previous reviews have raved about. I'm not saying that its abysmal, just that it doesn't deserve 5 stars.
Why? Its too one-dimensional, the production does it no favours (too much treble) and Bob Moulds voice is archetypal whiny/nasal WASP american (actually, I can hear the legacy of this album in some of the more recent american alt-rock & emo stuff thats come out, so I suppose thats a tribute to it in one respect).
The plus points - there are some decent melodies on it, although they are stretched a bit thinly over the whole of the record. Where the production does the songs good is on the more jingly-jangly tracks; unfortunately, these are the tracks where the melody/hook quotient is a bit low! And there a couple of decent riffs on the album. The first and last tracks are definitely very good.
But taken as a whole, its not a 5 star album. There are a couple of obvious fillers, the production gets on yer tits over the whole length of the record (especially considering that the overall tempo and sound of the album doesn't vary too much) and I think only real aficionados of this genre of music would rate this so highly.
The more eclectic music fan would probably do well to approach with a bit more caution. As for the best album Creation ever released - get Screamadelica.