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Keping standards high
on 6 December 2011
'Standards' is definatley one for the car and is a good basic covering of the Neath rockers career spanning from early rebel rousers such as '68 Guns' and 'Where Were You Hiding (When the Storm Broke)' to the more commercial Rain in the Summertime' and epic 'Unsafe Building'.
'Absolute Reality' is the pinnacle track here and relly kicks in mid album. This is in fact (in my view) the Alarm's best track ever encapsulating what the band was all about sitting alongside the more well known 'Spirit of 76' and 'Strength.'
The album does dip a bit with 'So This is Christmas' and a 'New South Wales' yet the Alarm manage to pull this out of the bag as the Welsh male voice choir add suitably to the bands punk origins. And of course it all naturally all leads to 'Going Out in a Blaze of Glory!'
The sooner this band is back on the road as the full Alarm then the better. My hands are held up high!