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Gleaming indie noisepop at its best
on 15 January 2001
The Reid brothers enjoyed a mini-renaissance with this album in 1991, and their accompanying tour with Dinosaur Jnr, My Bloody Valentine and Blur. It contains two of their best singles in the top ten howl of outrage that was 'Reverence' (banned from Top of the Pops for the line 'I wanna die just like Jesus Christ' and the chorus, simply 'I wanna die'), and the perfect popnoise bomb 'Far Gone and Out' (a particular favourite of my friend Geg). Other highlights are the tender 'Almost Gold', the spiralling 'Rollercoater' and the closing, elegaic 'Sundown'. The production is impressive throughout, adding a slick industial sheen to the group's customary guitar pyrotechnics, and if the album is let down by anything it's the fact that some of the songs are less inspired than others. A great album nonetheless and well worth a listen.