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.....stings like a bee
on 28 June 2004
Imagine, if you will, that an listening to an album is like watching a boxing match: Most good albums show some nimble manoeuvring, jab steadily and throw 2 or 3 good hooks. There are many albums which flail helplessly before running out of steam. Even some of The Proclaimers efforts have shown moments of real class and had some great punches without consistently impressing.
On this album, however, they have obviously been training hard: The Reid brothers come somersaulting into the ring and deliver three knockout punches (Born Innocent, Should have been loved and Blood on your hands) before you can even catch your breath.
After that they settle into a solid rhythm, landing more glorious blows until you leave with your head spinning.
Edwyn Collins does a marvellous job in the corner. I disagree with a previous reviewer - I think the 'raw' production suits the songs perfectly. We want them lean and mean, not bloated.
What I cannot understand is why The Proclaimers seem to be forgotten about. They never seem to get any airplay and I cannot remember a review for either of their last two albums in the music press. When there are so many lightweight acts around it makes punch and style of The Proclaimers all the more essential.