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5.0 out of 5 stars Revelation! now....., 16 April 2008
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The thing I like about Captain Sensible albums is the fact that 'sensible' is the last thing they are.
They are mad in a good sense; not 'wacky' or 'goofy' but genuinely crackers on a level (I think) with Beefheart and Zappa - though musically they share very little with either of the album-addicted duo.

His influences are obviously Hendrix and crazy trippin' bands like ? and the Mysterians and the Electric Prunes, but the music he launches at us is sort of unique in an underground, compulsive-after-two-listens style..
He plays spectacular rock guitar in a LOUD fashion, he's got vast banks of power-synth, and he's usually got a rumbustious bass and drums which drive his exquisitely melodic, spirited songs to their rich and raging conclusions.

He's a bit political at times, and he's covering a lot of ground on 'Revolution Now'. He has fierce but funny downers on the like's of meat-eating, racism, fur, religion and especially war.
He's a committed soul is our Captain, but he's NEVER boring; the trademark red beret at a tilt, and a drunken swagger hide the plain and un-arguable fact that here is somebody highly amusing - but properly worth a listen. Talk about hiding your light under a bushell, Sensible is off most people's radar (This is because most people are FAR TOO SERIOUS about music, and tend to avoid genuine eccentrics, however talented they may be). This is very foolish indeed.

For reasons lost to me, yer average music fan is reluctant to try him out. They see The Damned, and it's "OMG it's a punky, shun him quick," but I fancy him to have the last laugh (I'm so naïve and misguided, I believe talent will out eventually. No job with Simon Cowell for me, I'm afraid...).

Take 'Revolution Now' (and he's even having us on with the title), he has a Hank Marvin-style instrumental, samples the Stranglers and the Teardrop Explodes, totally rips off Pete Townshend and even delves into the murky world of prog with the closing, 15 minute 'Coward of Treason Cove'. A stupendous finale, split into 3 or 4 (I can hardly bring myself to say it!) suites, each pleasingly on the money.

He tosses out many threads then cleverly draws them all together at the end - not a concept album but the majority of songs are connected. Many are interspersed with bleeping radio extracts and bizarre interviews with the public: "Our abattoir's awlroight, yeah our country's awlroight!" etc.
'Sensible' doesn't cover it in all honesty, though one song is credited to 'Captain Stupid'.
Everyone's a critic.

In an earlier review I suggested the only way to approach Sensible was seriously and that he's better than Springsteen. I stand by both statements but by 'seriously' I mean he's fun(ny) but NOT ridiculous. Humour is a serious business and his playfulness is tempered by barbs of outrage and indignation. He cares, so what?

So, satirical, steely and loonie; all ciggie butts and gone-off milk; Tower Hamlets and toilet cleaning; baked beans and Vosene.. 'Revolution Now' isn't a rebel without a cause, it's a misfit with a mission, a subversive without a bacon buttie.
Not a (real) threat....!?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SENSIBLE'S SERGEANT PEPPER, 7 April 2011
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Revolution Now was released to almost complete indifference from the music press. However, the album as a whole is a masterpiece. It is loaded with highly original songs which make strong political statements. Sound bites lifted from the radio bookend many of the tracks, complementing the songs and holding the album together as a cohesive creation. 'Coward of Treason Cove' echos the Damned's 'Curtain Call' and is absolutely superb. A genuinely great album from a talented and oft underrated musician and song writer. No clowning around here - just a series of strong political and social statements, delivered in a thoughtful and intelligent manner.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars probally my favourite album ever!, 17 Mar. 2013
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An album for any mood to make you feel good and inspired.

So many cracking tunes, such as missing the boat (great pop hit that never was), toys take over, riot on eastbourne pier, lib 2/3(why does this make me think of enter the dragon??), revolution now, i get so excited(try not to be put in a good mood when this is playing!), kamikaze millionaire, exploding heads and saving the best til very last, the last five minutes of coward of treason cove is probaly the grooviest song ever (perfect for an austin powers girl dance routine in my head ha).

wish lyrics was with the flimsy booklet but the tunes stand as his finest!
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5.0 out of 5 stars 'Better With Every Listen', 16 Mar. 2015
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Amazingly, it has taken me until 2015 to catch up with this classic album from the Captain. Better with every listen, it is chock full of memorable tunes, challenging, emotive, thought provoking and political lyrics and surely would have been a massive seller had it come a few years earlier when the Captain's star was shining bright.

Tracks like the opener, 'Missing The Boat', the title track and 'Toys Take Over' all sound as if they might have been written around the time of the Captain's association with producer, Tony Mansfield. As a HUGE Mansfield fan I can't help wishing that it had indeed been the great man at the controls production wise but fair play to our hero he does his best... The album has rather a 'top end' sound to it in general actually production wise and though great care obviously went into creating this work its obvious that the budget for such an impressive/ambitious project was limited.

Still, with AWESOME songs like the poignant (and never more relevant) 'The Kamikaze Millionaire', the horridly catchy, 'A Riot On Eastbourne Pier' and passionate, relentless 'Wake Up (Your'e Only Dreaming) - which really rams home his political views - it would be unfair to give this album anything less than the full five stars.

Likewise, I'm not wildly keen on the epic, 'The Coward of Treason's Cove' (on any other album I would probably take off a star and label it meandering, over-long and a tad self indulgent) but I'm not sure I have quite mastered/got the message behind it so far so am prepared to give the Captain the benefit of the doubt. How punchy, chart-friendly songs like the single, 'I Get So Excited' and 'Green Light' (criminally overlooked as a single release) did not grab a major labels ear is anyone's guess but the fact they did not and this great album slipped through the net for most is about par for the course in the music business.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Go Live!, 20 Dec. 2013
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Well, first of all I'm a big Damned fan, and therefore have a soft spot for Sensible, who over the years has provided some great material for the band.

I've dipped in and out of his solo stuff and generally enjoy it. This album is no different and I bought it primarily for 'The Kamikaze Millionaire' and 'Exploding Heads & Teapots' both of which showcase Sensible at his best, whilst 'A Riot on Eastbourne Pier' has a bit more edge.

I'd not heard 'The Coward of Treason's Cove' before and it's a bit of an epic, (Pete Townsend without the pretence?), and as noted by others does appear to 'reference' The Teardrop Explodes.

Would have been 5 stars but suffers from that '80s-light production. I think some of this material would benefit from a revisit in the studio.

Try 'Live at the Milky Way' which has the added bonus of Sensible's unique approach to audience engagement!
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