Muscular, jagged, and often hilarious rock music,
This review is from: Travels With Myself And Another (Audio CD)
Perhaps one of the most critically acclaimed bands no-one's heard of, and Wales' best musical export since forever, Andy Falkous and co. are on stunning form on album no. 2. Kicking off with the absolutely storming 'Arming Eritrea', the album beefs up the band's not inconsiderable attack while still adding more compositional variety into the mix, with acoustic guitars (!) even making appearance on massive album closer 'Lapsed Catholics', along with a hilarious monologue from Falkous about Rupert Murdoch, among others. On the almost poignant 'Throwing Bricks At Trains', their trademark distorted keyboards are utilized in more sophisticated ways than ever before, and album highlight 'You Need Satan More Than He Needs You' crunches and stomps its way to instant anthem status with massive drums and a shout-along chorus.
The real genius here, though, comes from Falkous' lyrics. Spitting more venom than a whole family of cobras, he takes on everyone and everything with a shedload of surreal, vicious and brilliant lines - whether railing against 'Rick' (c'mon rick, I'm not a prize!),dealing with relationship issues ('what kind of orgy leaves a sense of deeper love?'), discussing cutlery ('hidden in the mass of letters lies the awful truth, that emma's mum and dad use plastic forks) or even tackling existential questions ('it doesn't smell like a man, it doesn't talk like a man, but does it f**k like a man?'). His delivery is also perfect, full of bitterness and sarcasm in the best possible way.
Musically, the album hits like Ali on a good day, with some especially nasty distorted bass giving the album a grimy, feral sound that makes other so called 'heavy' rock seem pathetic by comparison. Moreover, the frequent use of distorted keyboards instead of guitars (which are still present however) adds texture and musical variety even when the band's attack is at its most unrelenting. 'Saviours of Rock' is a horribly cliched term, but after a few listens to this astounding album, it begins to ring dangerously true...
recommended tracks: Arming Eritrea, Throwing Bricks At Trains, Lapsed Catholics, You Need Satan More Than He Needs You