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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LISTEN TO IT ON A BUS,....CAR ,BOAT, PLANE,HOVERCRAFT..., 5 Aug. 2005
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JAP (MAINE / USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Bus Driver's Prayer and Other Stories [2CD Deluxe Edition] (Audio CD)
BY THE TIME BUS DRIVERS PRAYER CAME OUT IN THE 90'S THERE WAS DEFINATELY NOT A MARKET FOR ANY GOOD MUSIC SO IT GOT OVER LOOKED.
I WOULD GO AS FAR TO SAY THAT THIS ALBUM IS EQUAL TO NEW BOOTS AND PANTIES AND THUS WOULD BE RATED ONE OF HIS BEST CDS.
IT IS PURE CLASSIC IAN WITH HIS LYRICS AT HIS BEST, VERY CLEVER AND NO BELOW PAR MOMENTS AS IAN COULD SOMETIMES STOOP TO.
IT REMINDS ME OF IAN CROSSED WITH RANDY NUMAN AND LEONARD COHEN, AND HIS OBSERVATIONS AND WITT ARE AT HIS MOST CLEVOR
IS IT WORTH SELLING YOUR OLD COPY FOR THE BONUS TRACKS - ABSOLUTELY.OUT OF ALL THE IAN REISSUES THIS ONE WARRENTS THE BONUS TRACKS THE MOST.I WAS SCEPTICLE KNOWING THE USUALL QUALITY OF B SIDES AND BONUS TRACKS. IN THIS CASE THEY SURPASS
THE ORIGINAL CD, THERE BETTER THAN BUS DRIVERS PRAYER.
A VERY INTELLEGENT , MELLOW , GROWN UP IAN, REALLY ENJOYABLE TO HEAR IAN IN A DIFFERENT FORM AND IT IS PROBABLY A LITTLE BIT TONGUE IN CHEAK .
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost at the terminus, 4 July 2008
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D. J. H. Thorn "davethorn13" (Hull, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Bus Driver's Prayer and Other Stories [2CD Deluxe Edition] (Audio CD)
'The Bus Driver's Prayer' is, like all of Ian Dury's albums, quite distinct from anything else out there. Musically, it follows the usual approach, frothing with funk and touches of jazz. Played against his early material, it sounds a little sluggish. Like all artists, time blunts energy. Lyrically, there are still surprises and Dury remains more imaginative than most of his contemporaries, but it would be self-deluding to suggest his inspiration is as fertile as on earlier material. There are the usual carefully-inserted expletives and references to bodily functions, while food hygiene is a new topic. But Dury also uses more cliches than is comfortable, something he never used to do. 'Fly In The Ointment' seems to feature this as a conscious ploy, but cliches can be found on other tracks too.

This album then is well worth buying if you like Dury's work in general, but it doesn't come close to his 1970s output.
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