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The Redemption of Zounds [VINYL]
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Vinyl LP pressing. 2011 album from the British Anarcho-Punk band. A notorious recluse, songwriter and lead singer Steve Lake has reunited Zounds only intermittently since the band's early '80s heyday, despite receiving numerous requests to record and tour. The ten songs he has written for the Redemption of Zounds retain all the hallmarks of the classic template: incisive lyrics, sharp guitars, satirical overtones, emotional terror and great, memorable tunes. It sounds totally at home in a modern world that Lake claims 'is as bewildering, absurd, tragic and joyful as it ever was."
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So I'd been hoping that 'Redemption...' would offer something exciting and meaningful. I'm really not sure it does. I've rated it **** out of respect for the band, but I think that's a little generous. There are some good tracks here and some perceptive observations but frankly some of the lyrics are more worthy of an angst ridden schoolboy than a middle-aged 'man of the world' ('What makes a man today?/What makes him say the things he says?'; 'Why do people have to hurt each other/act mean and ugly and nasty to each other'). In addition, much of the delivery is slow-paced and, dare I say it 'whiny'.
I can see why people are rating this, but my point is that bands like Zounds used to make people sit up and listen. This is listenable and entertaining enough but that's it. I don't know, maybe that makes it even MORE 'punk'. Me, I'd rather listen to TV Smith, an artist who still has something important to say and who says it with vibrancy and energy.