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This review is from: Live at Bestival 2012 (Audio CD)
A product of the music of the 80s(and jolly proud of that I am too)30 miles separated the two bands of that decade but while old big mouth's gravelbox and flowery lyrics continues to enchant after all these years, it was always balanced beautifully against Pete,Will and Les's playing.Barney was never so lucky and his complimentary if weak voice always seemed to be submerged by the majesty of NO's music.
However all good things come to those that wait and Mr Sumner has,like a good wine,improved with age and Live At Bestival is a good showcase for that improved vocal.The 13 tracks here are a decent bunch with mixed results. Here to Stay,Bizarre and True Faith(except for the stunning long fade)I can live without.The reworked 586 is good as are the staples but the poetic Elegia is a disappointingly truncated affair.
However Regret is excellent,the propulsive Isolation is fantastic and best of all Krafty which is utterly sublime a fusion of all that is wonderful about this band.Hard to picture Hooky not standing there off to the side with his bass down by his ankles but you can't have everything.
Nothing can ever touch the majesty of Lowlife but as live cd's go ,Live at Bestival is a good showcase of No's enduring contribution to British music.