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....There were some blokes who could terrace chant,
This review is from: Once Upon A Time In The West [Uk Version] (Audio CD)
Second album syndrome comes to the buyer as well. Can you really be bothered to spend the money and deal with the disappointment later? In this case don't worry. Here's a decent second album. Much criticism has come about for Hard-Fi being Hard-Fi.
"Suburban Knights" is instant but its appeal doesn't last for long. The terrace chant backing vocals are a bit unappealing after a while. Where the album starts to take shape is on "I Shall Overcome" which sounds like an electro-Joe Strummer. "Tonight" is Hard-Fi by numbers. Wanting to get out of the suburbs. Fair enough but we've been here too many times before for it to be individual and interesting unless you've got a new take on it
The peaks here are strangely enough the softer tracks. When Hard-Fi or more specifically Richard Archer shows his vulnerability, his songwriting strengths come to the fore.
"Help Me Please" is startling and moving. "The King" whilst lyrically starts off tripping over its own cliches, is an excellent song which takes shape very well and closes the album with a touch of class. The falsetto's on this track, although brief, take it to a different place altogether.
The other track to mention is "We Need Love" which sounds like a bar-room Specials. Promising if the band can experiment in a way as convicing as this.
A decent second album. Not the classic that the band could probably produce if they broke the formula a little more. But worth getting hold of as a getting-ready-to-go-out-on-a-friday soundtrack.
A band worth watching however, if they chose to up their game.