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Please don't review after one listen
on 17 October 2013
When I first listened to this album I wasn't that taken with it. It didn't have as much of an immediate impact on me as the 80s electro-pop brilliance of Stainless Style - which is one of my top 5 albums of all time. And the song that I liked the most on one listen - 'mid century modern nightmare' - seemed woefully - even cruelly - short.
But I listened again. And again. And I can't stop listening to it. I constantly hum all the tracks on an endless mind-loop. This album is utterly, utterly brilliant.
I've read quite a lot of criticism of it, much along the lines of a 'lack of singles', but to me this is a risky concept, and subject matter, and the songs flow beautifully together as a bio. Singles and stand-out tracks are not really what it is about. Besides, I personally think 'The Jaguar' and 'Hammer and Sickle' are as good as anything on Stainless.
And I was so happily surprised that, even with a left wing politician as the inspiration rather than a chin-implanted capitalist behemoth, that the eighties synth and pop feel (which I'd personally associate with Western decadence and excess) still remained in all its glory!
This is such a clean and refined album ... enough already; my main point is: If you were disappointed first time round, I really recommend sticking with it.