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This review is from: Static On The Airwaves (Audio CD)Sorry to break the run of five stars, but although this album is decent enough, with excellent production, a variety of material and plenty of prominent fiddle, the tunes often failed to take hold of me and were, in general, not terribly memorable. One exception to this is the final track - the Recruiting Sargent - which I found so different in style to what came before it ( and with a very explicit `political` message too ) that the end of the album `jarred`.
All reviews are subjective, and I must declare my personal preferance for higher energy Levellers songs, which are sadly absent from this album. That is why I so enjoyed their previous effort `Letters`, which grabbed hold of me on my first listening, and which I hold to be easily their best effort since their early `classic` albums.
This certainly is not a `bum` album,as I would hold `Truth and Lies` to be, and I can well understand why those of a different musical disposition to me might really enjoy it and award it more than three stars. However, for this reviewer it was rather bland and lacking in energy.
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Initial post: 30 Jun 2012 10:48:10 BDT
This pretty much echoes my thoughts. I much preferred the album before but then I also prefer the Levellers when they're playing at a higher, more energetic tempo.
In reply to an earlier post on 1 Jul 2012 20:31:40 BDT
When making my original post I had listened to the new album only a couple of times and so was giving a `fresh` opinion. Now, after maybe five plays I can reveal that it was a `slow burner` for me, and that if I had waited I would perhaps have awarded it four stars. However, in my opinion ( given my tastes ) it is nowhere near as good as the much more energetic and up tempo `Letters`, and I find it impossible to understand how some people can be comparing it favourably to `Levelling the Land`!
In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jul 2012 15:49:21 BDT
I heartily agree with your sentiments!
In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jul 2012 18:57:53 BDT
I was interested to read your reviews of `Green Blade Rising`, `Truth and Lies` and `Letters` on Amazon, and hope very much that you will contribute a full review of the present album too.
In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jul 2012 20:13:50 BDT
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Nigel, if I am wrong so be it...but I didnt suggest it was comparable to 'Levelling.....', I said it would be played in the same way that......however if I have misconstrued fair enough
In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jul 2012 09:34:48 BDT
Hi. Actually I wasn`t thinking of your post in particular. From memory, it just seemed that many people were hailing this album much too enthusiastically ( for my lights ),and comparing it favourably with `Levelling` in the sense of it being a very good album. For example `Barndog` calls it `brilliant` and `possibly their best album in twenty years` ( ie since 1992 ). I just do not agree with this personally, and find it impossible to understand how if `Levelling` is someone`s favourite Levs album, `Static` can be their second.
Posted on 1 Oct 2012 16:35:14 BDT
Mr. Adrian Holloway says:
Must admit that this latest offering has left me feeling rather underwhelmed; after the excellent 'Letters' I had a feeling that the follow up wouldn't nearly be as good.
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