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Kick up the....
on 29 September 2003
Following up 'See Through This and Leave' was always going to be a difficult task. In some respects I do think that this is a 'play it safe' album. They havn't really progressed musically at all but they have worked on what they know they are good at. This is STTAL revised. The album begins with 'The Same Mistakes' which contains a good build up and a catchy melody. Next comes 'Promises, Promises' a heavy number which contains virtually no samples or electronica. You can really hear the difference, it's certainly a more stripped down track in comparison to the Coopers other rocky songs ('Been Training Dogs' and 'Film Maker.') 'New Toys' is another lush build up track which leads onto the epic sounding 'Talking To A Brick Wall'. 'Into My Arms' is a slow track which droans beautifully until the samples attack the end. 'Blind Pilots' was obviously written with the intention of it being released as a single. It's a good song, however, it's also somehow predictable. 'AIM' has an annoyingly catchy chorus and rocks out towards the end with a chunky guitar riff. 'Music Box' is another build up song, at 3 minutes 44 seconds the guitar kicks in with a ferocious riff which gradually fades with the vocals. 'In Your Prime' is unnoticable and the album finishes with 'Written Apology'. A useful end track, similar in some respects to 'Murder Song', but not nearly as powerful.
In summary, although I do think this album is decent, I also find it quite predictable, there also seems to be a bit of filler in here too, which is evident considering the album is only 10 tracks long. It dosn't quite have the passion, energy or diversity of the first LP and this is a shame. TCTC should have released the greatest album in the history of greatest albums and be on top of the world by now. Unfortunately, they havn't and they arn't.