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on 17 September 2010
I worked with the band including the recording of these tracks, taken from the God is a Bullet (GIAB) session, so maybe my review will be seen as biased. That being said, Dum Dum Bullet completes the tracks that were part of the 2006-7 era of The Mission just before they went on indefinite hiatus. Without this inclusion the picture would not have been complete.

If you've never bought a Mission album in your life (perhaps you heard a track or two on the radio from their other material - or not) this might not be the obvious place to start - the album is a collection of B-sides and also-rans from God is a Bullet - perhaps buying that album (and this) would help provide an up-to-date of where the Mission's most recent non-live work stands.

If you do own at least one Mission album but don't own God is a Bullet, I would suggest the same recommendation - not to increase record sales for the band, but without the two, the comprehension of this picture and purchase of this album might be harder to attain.

If you're familiar with their work including God is a Bullet, chances are you'd buy this album anyway, but I'll run down the tracks for completeness.

** 1. It Dont Matter Anymore - A worthy inclusion, albeit also a b-side; bluesy guitars and hard rock drums provide along with a pounding bass provide a backdrop for Wayne to belt out a great vocal
** 2. Refugee - Heavy guitar intro leads into a song that fast paces along - great line "Let fate conspire her design - and come and put your hand in mine"
** 3. Room 22 - A fantastic trippy melodic song that gained rapid popularity amongst mission fans when released on this album. Some said "It should have been a single"; I agree.
4. Chelsea Blue - Written about Chelsea Blue :) Scathing lyrics with melodic undertones have also had this a Mission fan fave.
** 5. Acoustic Blush - Blush should have been the first single IMHO, that would have brought the band back into mainstream. This track brings a minimal but powerful version to the table - Just Wayne and a guitar... sometimes that's all you need
** 6. Thine - Wayne's range on this is astounding. It's almost Cure-esque in musical content but the vocals definately put the Mission stamp on it
** 7. So Many Things - A very youthful and poppy Mission (as seen in Blush [GIAB] and Happy [AurA]) - If they'd released this under a pseudoname it would have probably got airplay
8. Still Deep Waters - Instrumental version of the opening track from GIAB
9. Katayas Lullaby - Demo version of what became "In Denial" from the album AurA. Demonstrates its' demo roots but isn't going to put you off listening to it - the quality of audio is still excellent
10. Aquarius and Gemini (acapella) - Stripped down version of the track of the same name from GIAB. Really lets you hear Julian Regan's vocals
11. The Earth You Walk Upon - Another Cure'esque track.
** 12. Stranger In a Foreign Land - Heavily Led Zep influenced, this track's contents are very close to the demo, which shows you what quality of demos were floating around. A personal fave at that time and still stands strong and true
13. Blush Remodel - Blush (from GIAB) deconstructed with an almost NIN edge added with Wayne's intimate vocals
** 14. Dumb (Dambusters Remix) - A great remix of the track from GIAB. More guitars, more layers of tracks to whet the appetite

** Personally recommended/faves

If you're not convinced yet, buy "God's Own Medicine", "Children", "Carved in Sand" or "First Chapter" - I can guarantee any of those will bring you back for more and realise why bands like Radiohead were influenced by The Mission.

God Bless The Mission - Keep the Faith.
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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.
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on 2 July 2015
I delayed getting mine as I wasn't expecting too much. I was wrong. A very pleasing set of songs and a digipak sleeve extremely nicely printed. Get your copy. Today.
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on 25 January 2013
If you like The Mission,then you'll love this album.Every track is great & it's a great price.Buy this & turn it up.''KEEPING THE FAITH''
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on 30 July 2010
I am not sure now why I bought this, probably because God is a Bullet has grown on me over the last 3 years, and I was pleasnatly surprised. The new releases are as good as those on the GIAB album and the reworked versions are often better than the original, at least in showing the songs at a different tempo/style. The 2nd reworking of blush is Excellent. For Mission fans who like to see a different aspect this is well worth buying. For new fans, make sure you buy Carved in Sand and the other classic albums before this.
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on 21 October 2015
another good Mission album to add to the collection.
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on 22 October 2014
Classic Mission
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on 31 January 2013
lost in post but they r sending me another copy polite by email and no quams or blame i look forward for cd
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