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Mighty, mighty, mighty...,
This review is from: Real Life (Audio CD)
Let me be the first to reiterate that this is one of the great rock albums of all time. 'Rock' isn't actually a word that describes much of what I like, but nothing else really describes the sound of Real Life: brutal, fractured, diamond hard, from Martin Jackson's thunderous drums through to Devoto's caw of a voice. What sets it apart though, is that the sound is not an end in itself but a platform for some astounding melodies and, most importantly, a real sense of human frailty. Paranoia, anxiety and desperation are threads running through the album for sure, but if that was all this would just be a proto-Radiohead; 'The Light Shines out of Me' has a mighty defiance, however, and the fragile 'Parade' remains one of the most moving songs I've ever heard, though I'm damned if I could tell you why. Like Roxy Music's first, nothing seemed to precede Real Life, least of all the Buzzcocks, and very little seems to have climbed on its shoulders since.
Having said all that, I worry about this release. The original album was as close to perfect as you could imagine; can extra tracks do more than dilute it?