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Nothing that new
on 10 December 2013
I was rather disappointed with this even after the poor 2 EE releases, most of the tracks are repeats (or derivatives) of their poorer offerings on those 2 releases. I say this only as a long time BBT fan who has got all their back catalogue and seen the band grow and develop over many years. The peak (so far) was Underfall Yard, all release up to that point had improved and developed their soundscape, the 2 EE releases were a regression of a sort compared to the high standards they had set.
BBT seems now to be stuck in this Industrial English mid-Genesis trough and its all very easy for them. They now seem to lack a spark, adventure, progression.....
BUT, then they write a track like 'The Lovers' with the wonderful musical interlude and everything is forgiven. In fact, their imaginative instrumentals are the saving of this and both EE's, maybe we just need to accept this to compensate for the middle of the road stuff like Uncle Jack, Curator of Butterflies which are nice pleasant songs but not longer superior to their peers.