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TH E BEST ALARM ALBUM EVER
on 22 April 2004
It's been thirteen years since the last Alarm album, but well worth thewait.
This is an album in two parts. The first half for the newer fans (or thevery old fans from the Declaration / The Chant Has Just Began period). Thesecond half for the fans who prefer the quieter stuff, such as from theChange period.
COMING HOME: Great rocker, although not exactly lyrically challenging. Agood starting track.
CLOSE: This is the closest to sounding like Bono that Mike Peters has evergot. This is the mildest track on the first half of the CD and reminds mea little of With Or Without You by U2.
45 RPM: A hit single, although I would say the weakest (although noisiest)track on the first half of the album. Not to the high standard of theother tracks on the album, but I guess it served its purpose by reachingthe Top 30 in the singles chart. This is the only "punk" sounding track onthe album, so if you are buying the album after hearing this one song youmight be in for a surprise.
DRUNK AND DISORDERLY: Starts as a quiet acoustic track, but after about40-50 seconds explodes into life with lots of electric guitars. Both partsare good, although I prefer the noisier electric guitar main part of thesong, which is one of the most rockin tracks on the album. This trackreminds me a little of Steve's (drummer) Roaring Boys with Stiff LittleFingers. Excellent.
FEDERAL MOTOR VOTER: Reminds me of INXS. Good track, but seems weakcompared to some of the other great tracks on the first half of thealbum.
TRAFFICKING: Sounds a little "Nu Metal". Not very long, but when theguitars get going this track really rocks. Only "metal" track on thealbum, and very good.
NEW HOME NEW LIFE: The first of the milder second-half tracks. This istruly hypnotic and a brilliant track. This track really sucks you in andyou can concentrate on nothing else. Amazing.
THE ROCK AND ROLL: Dispite a title suggesting a rocker, this is thequietest track on the album. Acoustic from start to end, although theseconf half of the song is a little louder than the first. Good song, butvery "Change" period in sound and will probably not appeal to 45 RPM fans.You even get a little harmonica on this one - back to 1983! Along thelines of American Pie me thinks.
THE UNEXPLAINED: Another mainly acoustic track, but absolutely brilliant.Mike's vocals really come to the forefront on this track, which I feelsounds like it could be from the Manic Street Preacher's during theirmilder period.
RIGHT BACK WHERE I STARTED FROM: Brilliant track. Brilliant guitars.Probably the rockiest track on the second half of the CD. Good lyricstoo.
TRUE LIFE: Another track that sounds to me like Bono and U2. Verybeautiful with mild electric guitars and drums throughout. This definatelyreminds me of a particular U2 song, but the title escapes me.
IN THE POPPYFIELDS: Another song that reminds me of the more melodic ManicStreet Preachers material. Another brilliantly crafted song with softguitars and great vocals. A great ending to a truly amazing album.
This is a no-brainer. This is the Alarm's best album by miles. JUST GO ANDBUY IT NOW.