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Tell you once I love you, tell you twice to.... la la la la,
This review is from: Smoke the Roach (Audio CD)
The pop-punk/ska hybrid that is Whitmore probably released Moon Ska Europe's best CD to date.. okay well maybe except for Boxing Clever but still... every track is darkly infectious, not the happy 4 chord punk-pop that you're used to but still outdoes the majority of it's competitors, Whitmore have their own unique take on the genre. The variety doesn't stretch very far but it's not a flaw, I prefer albums that keep to the same style throughout with the odd few tracks standing out as different, like say 'Listed'. I love Robb's voice... he doesn't try to sound American and that's a big flaw in the UK ska and punkpop scenes. He has a raw emotion that's hard to put my finger on but I love it. Another thing I like are the small touches, like the cuts and scratches on 'Nine Bar Blues'.. just small things, but they're great. The last song is probably my favourite, but honestly they're all good and will have your toes'a'tappin' and your head'a'boppin'. I don't know why they included news audio from the September 11th WTC attacks, I don't know if it has nay refference to the song, if you know please email me! They were also kinda enough to include, like with most Moon Ska CD's these days a few bonus tracks, a different version of 'Listed' and an acoustic (and live?) version of 'I Am Strong'. I'm glad they broke away from Uncle Brian, although I love them (plus they're from Laverstock(!)), if 2/3 of Whitmore they hadn't have been fed up with Dan and the rest of Uncle B then they would have never released the masterclass that is 'Smoke The Roach'. Jay is such a good drummer, by the way. Go pick it up at your local (good) record store and smoke the roach (not literally, drugs are bad kids!).