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no hope, I'm afraid
on 27 May 2013
In 1982, after acquiring the small but unsurpassed array of UK Decay records, I was there at 'A night for celebration' - their farewell gig. And since then, across 31 years, though my music taste has deepened and diversified, I've found it still fair to say that their repertoire has stayed unsurpassed - until now. Whatever possessed UK Decay to start up again, it sure wasn't inspiration. Musically, there are one or two traces of the old magic, and a couple of half-decent songs, 'This city is a cage' and 'Revolutionary love song'. However, some truly embarrassing workouts counterbalance this - 'Woman with a black heart' and 'Drink'. In general, the songs are generic, uninspired rock. Abbo sings nowhere near as distinctively as he used to, and if these are his lyrics and it took him 3 decades to devise them - boo!
Feb. 2014 postscript:
After all the rhapsodising reviews, I must be missing something, right? Wrong. I've just listened to this again, willing myself to love it. But... I was right to begin with. It's so BORING. What the hell is the point of 'All the faces in History'? In fact, what's the point of most of it? Occasionally, there is a little swirl from Spon of a delicious guitar dynamic, but mostly it's plodding, pounding, dullness. The only song that might make it onto a record from the classic era is 'Rev. love song', and the operative word here is 'might'.