on 22 July 2006
Extremely raw, but well but together and well constructed, this is an excellent debut album.
When "...AYWKUbtTOD" was released, it was outrageous for it's time and largely ignored. It was only when the second album "Madonna" was released that started backtracking.
It's not quite an album of singles. The opening track "Richter Scale Madness" is still (in 2006) one of their finest achievements, being four minutes of utter, angry fury. I once emailed Conrad Keely asking what it was about, and he told me it was about killing all their old friends back at home when they moved to another city. It is awe inspiring. I could go on to write a full review for this one song, but I won't.
Other flickers of brilliance are "Fake Fake Eyes" and "Gargoyle Waiting". The record is difficult to listen to on first listen, and it's tracks like "Half of What" and "When We Begin to Steal" that are perhaps a bit weak, but overall an excellent album which was to hint reliably at great, great things to come.
on 2 December 2002
i *love* this album.
i should have gotten it before i got madonna, but i didn't.....
if you've heard of the art-punks trail of dead, then this is them at their finest, i think.
the album starts with 'richter scale madness', a song which was beased around a jam the guys did of a well-known hymn... and it's great
'novena without faith' is a brilliant semi-instrumental track, with soft whispered lyrics, and a climactic change in dynamics.
'fake fake eyes' is another rocker... im assuming youve heard some tod...well imagine what you know, and make it more ...rockier... 'half of what' is personally my favourite of the album.. beautiful melodies, which conrad's voice just seem to fit to... it makes me cry. 'gargoyle waiting' is another rock n roller.. again, building up to a crescendo ending. 'prince with a thousand enemies' is another blinder...starting off whispered, then comes the riff, then full-blown rock, tod style! and then a breakdown to more soft, subtle, and heartfelt lyrics, for your heart to be ripped out once more, and the loudness is then resumed to the end....
'ounce of prevention' is chaos, but beauty also.
'when we begin to steal' - slower paced, but just as amazing
if youve ever been into art rock / punk... any of those genres then get this album!!! conrad keely is god