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BIG THING COMING - IS IT THEIR SECOND COMING??!,
This review is from: Big Thing Coming [CD 1] (Audio CD)
The Stranglers were one of the biggest selling bands to come out of Britain’s punk years. But when Hugh Cornwell acrimoniously left to go solo in 1990, The remaining Stranglers found themselves without a major deal. Both parties have since sampled life in the Spartan lower leagues with four lacklustre studio albums a piece, testing the patience of ardent fans and aficionados. If this was a school report, it might have read: ‘underachieving – could do much better, or must try harder’.
Recently scooped up by EMI, and still sans Hugh, a new guitarist and a new collection of songs sees The Stranglers return to the fold on this, their 30th anniversary. With a hint of erstwhile aggression and a touch up of the old roots, there’s obviously life in these old dogs yet. Their first single, Big Thing Coming, kicks off with a cheeky Bolanesque ‘Get It On’ groove and hushed vocals, wide-eyed and innocent before launching into the type of Europop The Stranglers forgot after 1983’s Feline album. All the old hallmarks are there; JJ Burnel’s powerful potent bass and Dave Greenfield’s swirling fairground organ explode and shift like JJ’s old Bonneville ripping up the M11. There is a ‘big thing coming’ and it could well be The Stranglers’ second coming too, if there's any justice.