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Yest another impossible comeback for Shaun Ryder..
on 25 June 2007
And yes, this IS a great comeback, even though you might not realize it the first couple of times you listen to the CD. This is not easy-listenable party music like "Pills, Bills.." or "It's great when you're straight.." It's much closer to the type of songs you find on Bummed - the classic 1988 Happy Mondays CD. No catchy choruses here, no female backing singers, (almost) no rappers, no groovy sample loops.
It's all just up to Ryder here - his "bummed old geezer" vocals and twisted lyrics about - well, the same old stuff basically that goes on in his life: sex, drugs, clubbing, and yes: even the weather. And of course he's backed by the Mondays, who plays like it's 1990 again. It's a great group, and Ryder is a truly great vocalist with a unique personality in his voice. Once it sets in on the first track, you know you've been missing it.
Howie B has done a great job producing this - and of course an unstable band like Ryder & co. needs a good producer (when you're doing drugs everything sounds great even when it isn't - remember "Yes please", anyone ?)
My favorite tracks here are Jellybean, Deviant, Rats with wings, and Weather. Only two tracks I really can't stand: Anti-warhol, and In the blood, where the Mondays try to sound 2007-trendy. Let's face it boys - that's just not going to happen.
A great job, nonetheless. Can't wait to see them live during the summer.