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It's the dreaded post-split b-sides album...
on 29 July 2010
After 2007's underwhelming "God Is A Bullet", comes the detritus : the band split a year later in a blaze of obscurity, the tour played to a fraction of people, and the resultant live albums from the final shows slipped out quietly. Here then, is, for now, until the 25th Anniversary Tour, the leftovers. A few b-sides, some internet-only downloads, a couple of unreleased numbers, and a few half-finished ideas get polished up/down and sanctioned for release. Ultimately, it sounds exactly like the album of sup-par songs it is. The songs are overall neither good nor bad, just average, not particularly memorable. It isn't really the fitting end to The Mission tale - but a selection of offcuts and extras presented in a different frame. Once you get past the glory days of the first four or five albums, and the subsequent nostalgia industry of small-selling studio records, compilations, and the numerous concert releases, you get to this, which is the whimper of The Mission. Credit to the band for releasing their obscure material in one place and time - no-one can really criticise the band for making their back catalogue a minefield of obscure brilliant material you will never find : however, on the strength of the music alone, it's the sound of a band running out of ideas.