on 11 April 2000
This, without a doubt, proves that NMA are more than a band with a point to get across. Over the last two years with the loss of band members, and the fact that 2000 albam sales is good for them on relase the albam eight is taking them into the 21st C. It mixes the calm but powerful songs on "the love of hopeless causes" and the hectic pace of those on the live albams, but without losing the unique view point that this Bradford band writes about.
You weren't there is probably my favorate track and its powerful but un explained meaning allows you to decided and understand.
I can't possiably name another band which has brought its self into the new millenia, with a new sound, which pleases all there fans.
(ps sorry about the spelling i.m dyslexic!)
on 22 March 2000
This is a much leaner album - the blast of the early albums is replaced by a sharp blade of sound. Previous albums were war, this is a knife-fight. Personal issues are here: self-doubt, loss of loved ones, desire to escape "the struggle". There's also the global issues - our media spoon-feeding , road-building, the current state of rock'n'roll... No surprises there! Justin Sullivan has split from his long-time partner in the band, Rob Heaton, and enlisted 2 new musicians, Michael Dean and Dean White, to join the other 2 regulars. The new energy is very evident, but restrained, sharp, tight.
Not a singles album, but one to savour. Best track: Leeds Road 3am