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An uncommon stumble
on 8 August 2006
I love the Bluetones. I should make that clear. Expecting to Fly is, in my opinion the best album of the so-called "britpop" era.
However, I'm simply stunned by the glowing reviews for Science and Nature on here. Don't get me wrong, it's not a terrible album and far better than most of the pedestrian rubbish that's being put out under the banner of "alternative."
But compared to their other 3 albums it's awful.
"Expecting to Fly" was a work of pop-genius and "Return to the Last Chance Saloon" is often (and wrongly) criticised. With the exception of "Sky WIll Fall" every song on 'Saloon is a triumph.
Sleazy Bed Track stands out, but 4 Day Weekend, If and Down to the Reservoir showcase all facets of the Bluetones sound.
The 4th album, Luxembourg demonstrates the 'Tones returning to their pared-down rock and roll best as anyone who's seen them in a small venue will know, that's the very definition of electric.
But Science and Nature? A vaguely plodding, slightly whiny album, choc full of fillers. I mean really, if "Keep the Home Fires Burning" is the best song on the album, it doesn't say much for the rest.
Anyone who wants to get into the Bluetones, should very definitely stay clear of this album.