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Less Talk More Rock
Less Talk More Rock
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ska??? WHAT????, 27 Sept. 2001
This review is from: Less Talk More Rock (Audio CD)
Um, just to clear this up... "...More rock" is not a ska punk album... i am yet to find a ska influence on any songs. I would also disagree with this person that the songs are "happy-go-lucky" - they are intelligently written, driving songs documenting serious issues that need to be adressed soon within the world which we call "ours". The band takes a stance on many issues (homophobia, sexism, racism, oppression, greed, animal farming, globalization) that challenge and stimulate the mind. Even if you don't neccessarily agree with the issues they raise, these songs are guarenteed to make you ponder your position in the world. The songs are generally short (the whole album is 26mins!!) and furious, with the exception of 'Anchorless', 'gifts' which are sung by the (then) bassist John... which have an even more melodic element. 'Nation States' and 'State Lottery' are 2 of my faves. The cover sleeve contains 6 essays written by the band the make great reading.
The bands music shows influence from bands like the DK's, is direct and powerful.
the spoken extracts are also good, like on "Public Dis-service announcement" and "State Lottery" (which contains a sample of speech from Naom Chomsky - check him out too).
Overall this is a great album by a great band... buy it and be prepared to shell out on "Todays empires tomorrows ashes" shortly afterwards!!!


3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an all round stunner, 13 Jun. 2001
This review is from: Vaya (Audio CD)
Everything about this record blows me away. Every member of this band shows that they are really pushing themselves as individuals as well as on the whole, by the way that they all play vital role's and lend themselves to the experimental sounds that are produced. The overlapping guitar sounds of Omar and Jim, drumming that always suprises you and takes the songs in directions you would never expect from Tony, great bass work from Pall that underpins the guitar work and structures the song, and stunning vocals and abstract lyrics from Cedric. This five-piece have produced a very important record in VAYA. The keyboards add another layer to the sound. To fully appreciate the sublety of the guitars, in-ear head-phones are needed. Give the lyrics a look, the style allows each listener the oppurtunity to interpret them in a personal way. "What if forensics find the answer / what if they stole my fingerprints"

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