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Finding this CD recently tucked away at the back of my cupboard is a crime I probably deserve suitable punishment for, but after dusting it off and slamming it in the CD player it's been nearly played to death over the past month or so.
12 pumping tracks, each with their own relevance and meaning, whether it's the angry rallying cry of being different in the stomping opening of "mis-fits" or the sex fuelled desire of the next track "pencil skirt". Jarvis Cocker's subject matter ranges from the everyday lives of the back street working classes to the mind numbing ignorance of the rave scene.
The two "hits" from the album "Disco 2000" and "Common People" shouldn't be overlooked as easy "made for radio" singles either. The fierce fury in the tone of "Common People" is plain for all to see; railing against the meaningless lives played out by the working class it is still an awfully powerful song and no less relevant today as it was back in the mid-90's.
Several other reviewers here have recalled the music scene at the time of the release of this album, and the media led band war between Oasis and Blur. What could be said is that this album has stood the test of time far better than the more throw away pop of Blur or the macho posturing of Oasis and still come out with a great level of pertinence and integrity. Anyone looking to expand their record collections with some memories of the Britpop era could do no better than to start with this gem of an album.