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on 18 March 2002
I was very disappointed with this album. I was looking forward to getting some new material from Billy (after not being too impressed with or interested in the Mermaid Avenue stuff). This is not the Billy of old! Where's the sense of melody? Billy has written some remarkably melodic songs in past years, but they are largely absent here.
Lyrically, no complaints (although some songs are a little obscure). The most annoying aspect of this album is the choice of musical style with many of these songs. Use of ska, calypso, fake-sitar sounds, Ian-Dury-Boots-n-panties style generally don't work and often clash with the lyrical content. I think this album would have been better if it had been just Bill and his guitar.
Disappointed big-time! If you're reading this Billy, concentrate on your abundant skills next time mate: forget about 'World Music', get out your guitar and simply write the brilliant songs that you're capable of, and forget about the Blokes (which is a crap name for a band, BTW!)