- Audio CD (17 Sept. 2007)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Wall of Sound
- ASIN: B000UC80XM
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- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
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The State Of Things CD
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Reverend And The Makers - State Of Things - Cd
Jon McClure has grafted and toiled to be in the position he's in today. A self-confessed 'perfectionist', McClure has shaped Reverend & The Makers in his own specific vision crafting what he claims to be music which transcends the usual genre barriers in an industry which loves definition.
With high profile close friends, such as the Artic Monkeys and Radio 1's Jo Whiley, this debut is highly anticipated. Constant radio play of their first single, 'Heavyweight Champion Of The World', has just managed to up the hype. With its flawless production, funky bass and Northern styling, it subtly fills the gap between indie respectability and pop sensitivity.
But the album fails to fluctuate from this one level. Sure, on the surface The Makers don't sound like other Sheffield bands but if you listen carefully McClure waxes lyrical in strangely familiar patterns. His local narratives and accent put to this. 'The State Of Things' talks about the disillusionment of growing up in a society disillusioned and 'He Said He Loved Me' gives reference to single teenage mothers in council estates, all masqueraded by an ever-present jovial bass-line with optimistic tonalities.
'Sex With The Ex' sends the tempo down a tad with sweeping synth melodies plus a jingly guitar and 'Sundown On The Empire' even strays into reggae, comprisable to a solo Ian Brown post-Stone Roses at a stretch.
However, this album is all about the punchy bass. Without it, it wouldn't exist. 'Miss Brown, Armchair Detective' and '18-30' all possess this constant formula which is, sad to say, ultimately disappointing. Perfectionist he may be but diverse McClure isn't. To be heavyweights Reverend & The Makers need to preach a different sermon. --David McGuire
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Top Customer Reviews
What I like about the album the most is that the songs depict real life situations even though in a lot of cases they do not highlight the positives. Songs like 'Bandits' (about irresponsible Men and gambling) are so true to life it almost hurts. Sadly, I have known quite a few 'blokes' like the one in the song but their desperation to win money to pay the bills with also says a lot about the way society works ( or doesn't as the point may be!) today.
While the album contains some 'biting' satire it never comes across as 'smug' or 'sarcastic' just brutally honest and that is rather refreshing for me in the modern age. There are a few 'borrowed riffs' ( spot the intro to Toni Basil's 'Mickey' when you get this!) and the lead vocals are sung with a distinctly 'Northern' accent, which might not suit everyone, but if you can accept a 'good working class voice' then this is every bit the equal of Pulp's 'Different Class' set and a dead-cert classic for fans of John Cooper-Clarke.
There is a link between the two bands of course. The Reverend John McClure has previously been in two other bands, the first named Judan Suki along with Alex Turner. The Second - 1984 is referred to in the famous Monkeys lyrics "dancing to electro-pop like a robot from 1984" and "I bet you look good on the dance floor". Alex Turner even plays and co-writes "The Machine" and provides guitar on "Sex With The Ex" Thankfully that's all they have in common .RATM are a far more playful , engaging and esoteric experience. There are elements of ska, pop, punk and even electonica in the 12 songs here. Funky fluid bass lines vie with steely glowering keyboards and razor wire guitars and blimey there is even a violin on the sky scrapingly melodious "Armchair Detective".
There are some great songs sung with a slight sneer but never in an over affected manner that can rapidly becomes as irritating as a blue bottle in a light fitting. "Heavyweight Champion Of the World" is anthemic but don't let that put you off and it s by no means the only track on The State Of Things that could qualify in the anthem stakes. The title track like..... well any song on the album is centred around some societal or everyday event but has a towering epic quality that belies its kitchen sink origins.Read more ›
An album not to be missed, a true Indie/alternative classic including the popular songs Open Your Window and HeavyWeight Champion of The World.
Buy this album!
In the words of The Guardian's review of the album 'Jon McClure is the self-aggrandising, Sheffield-bred Reverend, and with his backing group, the Makers, he works through the same poetry of beers, blokes and birds as the Arctic Monkeys (Alex Turner even contributes vocals to the chorus of The Machine). Yet McClure has also tapped into the Steeel City's hard-edged electro heritage, filling the album with the kind of gritty electric pulses that make the swaggering Heavyweight Champion Of The World, The State Of Things and the laid-back strut of Sundown On The Empire so vital. Things may go awry on He Said He Loved Me, where comedy Essex girls cheep-cheep the grating refrain, but as an updated take on the Specials' equal disgust and infatuation with urban life, it's impressive' 4/5 Leonie Cooper.
It's an album that demands your attention and one you should hear so you can form your own opinion - there'll always be detractors but in most cases I reckon people will rate this album highly.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Quick delivery and a great album all songs are good heard them at Bearded Theory festival and i have bought the back cataloguePublished 11 months ago by Mr. Jason R. Lowden
Hadn't heard of these before I went to see the Courteeners and I have to say live they where by far the better band, full of energy. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Col Mitchell