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A Real Grower
on 15 March 2007
At first listen "Switzerland" lacks the immediacy of predecesors "Fire" & "Senór Smoke" and as with the latter there is no obvious crowd-pleasing crossover hit single apparent to match "Danger: High Voltage" or "Gay Bar". However, after a few spins this CD reveals it's ample charms and you'll find yourself bellowing out the wonderfully inappropriate lyrics to "I Buy The Drugs", "Night Vision" and "Infected Girls" at the top of your lungs as their tunes seep into your skull. Be warned that the relentless driving groove of "Mr. Woman" may also cause an embarassing tendency towards excessive foot-tapping and desk-drumming.
It's very much a case of business as usual for the band and if it isn't broke don't fix it, so expect the usual amalgamation of disco and FM rock music with a great pop sensibility.
The band sound tight and Dick Valentine's vocals are as ever perfect for this sort of thing. Special mention should also be made for the frankly bonkers "Pink Flamingos" which is possibly this album's "Jimmy Carter".
Well worth a purchase for the ardent fans of the six and for beginners as well.