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5.0 out of 5 stars Make me sweat that love ache, 24 Nov 2011
This review is from: Stuffed to the Gills & Other Fishy Tales (Audio CD)
Rather like lurching into an intoxicated old friend, bleary, slightly smeared and a little raddled, but by goodness how you remembered that apalling magnetism! Some reviewer (I forget who) grinned on about how Bone Orchard were just another third-rate Birthday Party wannabe, lumped in with the likes of the Inca Babies. This missed the point somehow. To be fair, darkly comic as Harry Stafford could be, this lot seemed a far more serious proposition.

All hair and paint and chiselled aggravation, the Stuffed to the Gills ep was, and still is, an utterly faultless twenty minutes of squalling, belligerent ire: leaping off in a fine glam stomp with 'Fats Terminal'; a keening, pleading 'Knuckle the Butcher' and the frankly (on the face of it) rather ludicrous 'Budgie Woman' clattering sensually to a sickly climax; pausing to nurse its sorry hangover 'Picking Appulheads' before rising to the posturing growl of 'Mancre'; the playfully stumbling skip of 'Kickin' up the Sawdust' sweatily spinning dervish-like to a spiralling close.

Sure, the relentless, gargling growl of Chrissie McGee could have been wearisome had it not been for the perfectly metered theatricality of her delivery, carried by a beautifully sparse production, all thunderous heaving rhythms and squealing, overdriven, Link Wray guitars. Sadly, the furious glittering pace of this first ep and the next, 'Swallowing Havoc' was not (could not?) be sustained. The album, 'Jack' seemed a little tired, come-down and determined to wallow in portentiousness and unseemly pity; not to say that it didn't exhibit flashes of seedy torch-song glory. 'Princess Epilepsy' and 'Penthouse Poultry' showed some spark, a sense of fun, but somehow, the chemistry just wasn't the same.

Fluctuating hormones settle and preoccupations move on, but despite the imperfections, time has diminished little here. Within the embers the red still burns...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 22 Jun 2014
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a really fantastic album. I love the haunting vocals of the lead singer. I listen to this a lot on my long commute and as an ageing former Goth really appreciate it. There is a really good mix of musical styles but the singer has a unique & really an extraordinary talent that is much appreciated. Blessings to her & the Band.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Love the music but it sounds very treble-y, 19 April 2012
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Not sure why but it sounds a bit tinny. Still love it though! It's about time ALL the Bone Orchard was re-released digitally.
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