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the cold hard world of beautiful london
on 26 April 2006
This is a funny record, some of it is absolutely brilliant, such as the three singles, 'Love is a Number,' 'Alsation' and 'Girls in the Back.' Elsewhere it is patchy and somewhat schizophrenic - it is produced within an inch of its life but seems to lack the clinical efficiency and attention to detail that perhaps this level of involvement would indicate.
It would be easy to bang on about the obvious DM link here, but I hear elements of Slowdive (on the opener) and Led Zep somewhere in the middle (Idiot Drugs). One thing WRM excel at is writing coke-edged indie synth dance stormers, and there are 4 here that really push the right buttoms - the aforementioned singles and closing track 'Cruella,' which has THE BEST 4 to the floor chorus anywhere ever and surely must be the song that pushes this band into the top 40.
Sometimes they get it a bit wrong, and 'Pig Heil Jam,' is, in short, a pig - which is a shame because live it rocks like a motherf**ker. I have read a number of people state that this record lacks substance, but there is a lovely warm quality to some of the song writing, even though the delivery tends towards the jingoistic - the half slurred, half yelped vocals often intimate a nice one liner here and there.
At best this album is most definitely white, as in lines, and offered stormtrooping (sorry) indie beats, 'whipcrack' guitars and Durannie DM synth washes all sunk in drug coitus with a suitably obscurantist voice. At worst this record is overproduced and lacking in courage - almost as if it was hiding behind Epworth's chair.
This band are a great band in performance and in attitude, although there is a risk of them being daubed with the vacuous brush.
Buy if you wanna dance in a dark room off your knockers or charge meaningfully down a high street at midnight. Avoid if you want to stay at home and contemplate the cogito.