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Whereas the first was full of in your face tracks that the band had penned over the previous 6/7 years, this album is carefully thought out, very well produced and is every inch as good as the first but in a more relaxed way. The main stream press tend not to like the twang - prob because they're not graduate middle class tits that sing in a style that sounds like Stephen Fry wrote the lyrics. I've seen a few reviews online that don't do this album any justice at all. How it's possible to be a credible music journalist and ignore the brilliant arrangements, amazing guitaring from Stu Hartland, not to mention the drumming and bass lines is beyond me! This album is full of great tunes - yes, the 'storylines' or whatever the songs are about are just everyday things, but thats what makes good music - take an everday occurance and turn it into a beautifully delivered piece of music. I think anyone that felt or was influenced by the press not to like the twang should take a listen to this album and judge it on it's merits - they're will be a lot of humble pie going around and a lot of pride being swallowed cos there's no denying that this is a really great album. Unless your a London based journo who's scared of anyone that doesn't have a degree or an NW1 postcode that is.
After the first listen songs like 'Barney Rubble', 'Twit Twoo' and 'Encouraging Sign' were bouncing around in my head all day long. Yes, most of the work on this album does hark back to the Madchester days of the Happy Mondays, and even further back to The Smiths in some parts.
The opening few tracks are hard to follow up because these are some of the strongest on the album. The upbeat but laid back sound of 'Barney Rubble' and the extremely catch, 'Twit Twoo' are two of the best songs, not just on this album but also two of the best of the band's career. 'Put It On The Dancefloor' is a blatant thumbs up to the Happy Mondays, but it would hold its own on any Mondays album. My other highlight is the beautifully delivered, 'Encouraging Sign' which along with 'Back Where We Started' shows the influence of the pre-Madchester legends, The Smiths. The album does lose its way a little with the last few tracks, but overall this is another triumph for The Twang, and even better than the debut.
The Twang are a brilliant band and are even better live. With the jangly guitar and Phil's brummie accent, this is a must buy. Don't listen to the NME because they are clueless as all 'smug little cock-end journalists' are so listen to me and all the other Twang fans. Buy this album!
This album seems more joined as the tracks go but that rawness is still there. An underated band but I can't recommend them enough. Even the kids like it when I play this album and you know how fickle kids can be. The extra disc on the deluxe edition is worth a play every now and then too.
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I bough this album for my Dad after we both like the first one. I had heard that it was slated by the press so I wasnt expecting a lot from it. Read morePublished on 22 Jan. 2010 by Mr. P. D. Horner
the band have matured slightly since their album which was mearly a compelation of their best songs. This album is more grown up. Read morePublished on 10 Sept. 2009 by Mr. J. Turner
First album was pretty good, so of course you expect the second to be at least just as good....but unfortunately The Twang seems like they gave up on tunes and originality on this... Read morePublished on 8 Sept. 2009 by AJ
This is a great! second album, you get a feel of how far the band have come,more polished but retaining a rough edgeness that we all love.Keep it up lads"Published on 1 Sept. 2009 by Mr. Roger W. B. Gros