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1.0 out of 5 stars Laboured and Lost, 12 Nov 2007
This review is from: Labour Of Love (Audio CD)
A tatty, strangled old moggy of an album.

It will become apparent that I am not a fan of UB40. I hastened to dismiss them after the atrocious 'King' and the even worse 'One in Ten', but in terms of abject dreadfulness, this is on another level entirely.
Oh so working class! Oh so socialist! Oh what a load of old cobblers.
And oh, what a scandalous assortment of shabby, flabby, crabby reggae covers presented to the world with no energy, no warmth and no strength of emotion.

Sometimes, when you're reviewing music from the past, the time elapsed tempers your original hostility - but my initial anger towards 'LoL' (ha ha, that's cheered me up.) has unremittingly increased as the years have gone by.
My resolve to detest this abomination into all eternity seems to have strengthened not diminished.

Apart from the glaring lack of ANYTHING, LoL is so safe, so secure, so CONSERVATIVE in it's cowardly insularity; so distant from any spirit or fire these songs may once have had.
They definitely corrupt the originals; this torrential pounding of even the best songs will eventually depreciate them. They are, as now, not-what-they-were.

What we have here is the unpleasant drone of economics. UB40 (and that name is still disgusting after all this time), tired of being (or at least they pretended they were being), right on and principled, decided to bin all their proletariat ideals in exchange for the capitalist millions that are to be effortlessly gained by throwing this appeasement sub-sewage at the ignorant masses. Don't even need to break sweat.

They're not on their own. Stewart, DeBurgh, Diamond and co, are all mining the same seam, but, importantly, you don't get the stench of hypocrisy from them.
They never proclaimed they were gonna change the world, happy just to plunder it's culture til it retches.

And the music? God it's bad ~ I honestly can't think of much that's worse from any period. Scratchy background clicking, toy-town brass and the singing is keyless and whiny. I know things could be better in Brum, but are they really THIS grim? Bad times indeed.

In it's way I suppose, it does make some sort of statement about the condition of the culture which bore it; but even there, it must fail as a dynamic. The focus behind it - it's drive - seriously flounders amid the irksome snail-pacing and the insulting quasi-dialectal free-loading.
In other words: 'LoL' can't even be defended as any kind of abstract, in any forum, on any level.

But crucified, it (deservedly) shall be. Come worship at the altar of the latter day 'aints' (sorry); be party to the doom of a naive ideal.
It worries me sick that there are people out there in the world, with jobs, with children, with LIVES, that like this stuff; who will accept and consume, without question, something that is clearly, unapologetically insufficient.

1983 vomited out some awful albums: 'Let's Dance,' 'Southern Death Cult,' 'Inarticulate Speech of the Heart,' 'Rant and Rave with the Stray Cats,' a monstrosity by King Kurt called 'Ooh Wallah Wallah'(!) but 'LoL' beats them all into a cocked hat.

I recommend this cd only to masochistically curious people, who are wondering what it'd be like to actually sit down and listen to something so closely approaching the worst music ever recorded.
But please, pretty please with bells on, don't make me do it ever again.
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Showing 1-10 of 15 posts in this discussion
Initial post: 29 Nov 2007 18:00:23 GMT
Reg Man says:
If your not a UB40 fan why comment on CD? Of course you won't like it. Idiot.

Posted on 17 Dec 2008 15:18:23 GMT
Yeh i agree what an idiot!!!

Posted on 8 Jan 2009 19:39:30 GMT
Big Ron says:
So did you buy it then?

Posted on 30 Jan 2009 07:40:16 GMT
very strange this review. if ya don't like the heat why hang in the kitchen. Its a great album. the end.

Posted on 15 Mar 2009 09:34:01 GMT
Last edited by the author on 15 Mar 2009 09:35:23 GMT
Whilst I wouldn't go as far as hating the album to the extent the reviewer seemingly does - he may have a small point hidden in amongst the bile spilt. Over the past year, I have been buying all the old albums I had loved as a teenager. UB40 are included, Signing Off, Present Arms, UB44, Geoffrey Morgan (sp!) and Baggariddim - I have never once felt compelled to add once again LoL to my collection - perhaps because I have never really been a fan of early reggae/Ska, let alone covers of the tracks.
However, I always thought the album tracks were well produced and had a loving purity to them (It would have been so easy to `over produce' some of the tracks).

Posted on 25 Dec 2009 22:25:08 GMT
rebelinblue says:
your a bitter type arnt you,so working class i bet your not top draw your self old boy

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jan 2010 18:16:18 GMT
Once again the nail has been hit right on the head. Mr Ess has got a point on this review, why do people out there think one should only review and get excited about things you like? This said band of merry men UB40 name taken from a benefit form how nice..if you like a nasal whine backed by a pretend reggae group then buy this bland bubble gum ( Hi Paul)

In reply to an earlier post on 3 May 2010 22:02:01 BDT
Paul Ess. says:
Bless you, Doc. I missed your comment first time around, it is now officially two voices in the darkness !

Posted on 18 Sep 2011 14:37:23 BDT
Jackie O says:
Some people really do love the sound of there own thoughts. LoL maybe bland and boring to some but to others it brings back many happy memories. It's not always the quality of the music that counts and certainly is not a reason to trash peoples entire way of life because they enjoy to listen to UB40. This person obviously needs to get out, have a real conversation or two with real people and stop talking to the voices that happily live inside his head. At the end of the day we are happily listening to UB40 whilst this ,lets say, person has got the attention he craves so everybody's HAPPY!

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Oct 2011 20:50:07 BDT
Paul Ess. says:
'outraged.' !
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