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4.0 out of 5 stars A Cheeky little number, 23 July 2003
This review is from: Lipstick Traces - A Secret History (Audio CD)
Despite being a fan for quite a few years now I have not heard many of these tracks before and I found the album quite fun. The first CD is a collection of B-sides and unreleased material (including an awful version of Spectators of suicide). the tracks are not ordered sequentially so it is quite fun seeing the contrasts of the bands 'sound' from the early days to the newer tracks. It is fairly obvious which tracks are which to anyone who has heard the bands albums.
A much better offering than the greatest hits compilation released a while back.
The second CD is a collection of cover versions done by the band (mostly live tracks) over the years and is quite an interesting insight into the band's psyche. Lots of cheesy numbers (Bright eyes, raindrops keep falling on my head etc etc) intersperesed with more serious tracks originally done by people like the clash.
I defy anyone not to smile whilst listening to 'Can't take my eyes off you' towards the end of the second cd. And as for 'Last Christmas'... well you just have to listen to it.
overal the album is good fun but jumps around all over the place like a old blokes fragmented memory. Which at times could be a little annoying.
Still I am glad to add it to my collection, is quite good for a light hearted introduction to the manic's before you scare people with things like the holy bible album.
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