Fantastic, upbeat album,
This review is from: The Art Of Saying Nothing (Audio CD)
I saw these guys supporting Less Than Jake, and live, were much better than the headlining act - owing in part to the fact they were obviously having an absolute ball on stage. I put off buying the album for a while, I find that ska often doesn't translate as well on disc as it does live (LTJ are magnitudes better on stage).
I bought the album, and loved it. Every track has personality - there doesn't seem to be anything that could be classed as filler. I generally love on or two tracks on an album and am unmoved by the rest - but I listened to this album, in completion over and over again.
The band's sense of fun penetrates the album - from the superficial bounciness of the ska, right to the - fantastically dark at times - lyrics. There's a real stamp of Britishness too, from the London accent to the anthem-y chant of "that's what you get, mate, that's what you get for being a wanker" in Alperton.
Stars for me include 'Beast'; fast-paced and bouncy and 'In a letter', highly melodic and anthemy. Five stars for the hours I've spent singing along at the top of my lungs, bouncing on my seat, whilst driving.