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4.9 out of 5 stars
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Rattus Norvegicus
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on 5 December 2017
brilliant album. this is the best of the stranglers.
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on 22 October 2017
I had forgotten just how good The Stranglers were, love this all over again
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on 17 October 2017
Happy
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on 1 November 2017
Cracking album
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on 23 August 2015
love this album
brings back memories
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VINE VOICEon 18 May 2007
Nice front cover. For supposed men's men, it's a debut appearance that comes across as somewhat, er, gay; an hilarious post-modern ironic PUNK/GLAM ROCK statement - smothered under too much blusher, lipstick and eyeliner. Ha ha...OH DEAR. But it's not finished yet. On the inside there's ANOTHER shot guaranteed to send any red-blooded male's tasteometer into freefall. Was the photographer pointing at gun at you on that day or did you just owe someone a lot of money? Flip (quickly) to the back, however, and there's no mixed messages there. Nah, just a neat study of a mean lookin' rodent against a setting sun. Now that's what I call a RATTUS NORVEGICUS.

Because it's the first album, there's nothing really to compare it to, except in hindsight, but I want to decribe how it felt when I originally swapped it (goodbye BLACK SEA by XTC!) almost thirty years ago.

The initial thing is the heavy DOORS influence on the proceedings, particularly in the keyboard department; however, DAVE GREENFIELD's is a gritter touch and perfectly in keeping with HUGH CORNWELL's snarling guitar and JEAN-JACQUES BURNEL's equally snarling bass. Solidly held together by JET BLACK's workmanlike drumming, this album wants you not so much to sing-along as to cop for each track's quota of musical phlegm. Very punk rock.

Production-wise, what the sound lacks in style is generally made up for in energy. Check out HANGING AROUND and LONDON LADY, fine examples of thrusting rock, while UGLY, on the other hand, is just that; a twisting and unpleasant little number, not easy to listen to even today. DOWN IN THE SEWER, the standout track - and the song most responsible for the above star rating - is positively epic in length by the genre's standards. Broken down into musical segments and accelerating to a breathless climax, it ends the album in a superbly sweaty flourish, deliberately foreshadowing a positional pattern evident in subsequent releases. A first listen to this one song alone had me wanting more from THE STRANGLERS and thus it succeeded in its intentions, even in spite of the dire SCHOOL MAM on the disappointing follow-up, NO MORE HEROES. Proof that, once hooked, they could be forgiven anything. Almost.

So, what you have here is an excellent debut from a band who came out of the shadows at the advent of the punk rock era. Although they never liked being called punks, to me they were never really anything else and their mysoginistic pose was just a calculated part of their public image and not to be taken seriously. Which brings me back to that front cover...

Buy this album and experience for yourself where it all started.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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on 6 March 2017
Excellent price and delivery, thank you.
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on 14 March 2006
No this wasn't The Stranglers fourth album, but their debut. Tagging it IV was their playful way of causing confusion on its release. Sexist, violent, misogynistic? Certainly - but this band delighted in being controversial and getting up the noses of the Press and the Establishment alike; it also ensured this album sold reasonably well and reached a respectable figure in the charts after its release.
The Stranglers worked hard for their success, constantly gigging up and down the country in a battered old ice-cream van, before they were eventually signed by United Artists. Rattus Norvegicus contains tracks penned during those early years. Hanging Around, (Get a) Grip (On Yourself), Princess Of The Streets and Ugly are personal favourites. This CD also contains bonus tracks not available on the original vinyl LP; gems such as Choosey Susie and a live version of Peasant In The Big Shitty.
If you don't own this classic album from that short period of punk rock, or (heaven forbid!), have never even given it a listen - you don't know what you're missing!
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on 27 April 2017
The Stranglers best album. Marvellous.
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on 20 July 2017
An outstanding album
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