Anti Pasti should have stuck to being a cheap imitation of The Clash. They were actually quite good at that. This, their second album saw them try to become a cheap imitation of Echo and the Bunnymen. This alienated them from their fans, and led to their rapid disappearance. Truly awful.
Than their previous, take-no -prisoners debut effort, this a more mature if less exciting album. Some other bands of that era had gone the same route for their sophomore or 3-4d record, like Cockney Rejects, The Partisans and even Vice Squad, with mixed results but almost always considered sell-outs by the punk audience. This records has the same mid-tempo demolishing drumming, guitarwork and excellent Martin Roper's vocal delivery as the previous one, sounding rockier but less hardcore than their debut. Production values are somewhat inferior than the Cap. OI ! remastered reissue of their first one so if you have to have only one by all means get that one which has plenty of demos and live songs added as bonus tracks. For completist only I'd say even when I enjoyed it a lot !!!
Anti pasti at their best knocks spots of the last call,you see a band pushing the boundaries with a more melodic rock n roll punk attitude,one friday night being,b side burn in your own flames and last train to knowhere as bonus tracks makes this an essential for the collection.