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on 5 June 2002
The Cooper Temple Clause. What does it mean? This is a question which applies not only to the bizzare name of this Reading ensemble, but to the overall motive of a difficult but potentially brilliant record. And why does the lead singer insist on imitating Liam Gallagher, when there is no reason undermine the band's achievements? Unfortunatly these are questions left unanswered and glaring by the final, long winded track.
The album itself blasts its way through a barrage of white noise, which can at times become rather overpowering (the wonderfully touching Did You Miss Me? is ruined by a piercing squeel which all b ut destroys your eardrums and your speakers) and downright meandering (the mishmash of 555-4823 demonstartes this well). Clocking in at the hour mark, and with some tracks plundering on past the eight minute mark, this is also an album which tends to display the signs of some overindulgent production from Paul Corkett.
Yet for the albums glaring weaknesses, this is an abt debut. Tracks such as Been Training Dogs, Panzer Attack and Let's Kill Music are all satisfyingly loud yet coherant whilst Amber and Digital Observations provide a welcome break from the unending barrage of sound.
By all means buy this album. Underneath this cluttered jumble lies some kind of socio-political motive which fails to shine through in the way that a Radiohead or Primal Scream record does. Perhaps the next album will consolidate the loosly connected noise presented here and turn it into something coherant and engaging. Until then, buy the album and see for yourself