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The lyrics are just plain embarrassing
on 14 September 2007
My goodness this is a disappointment.
I thought Heavyweight Champion of the World was a great single. I caught ten minutes of them at Glastonbury and was impressed. I'd even given them the benefit of the doubt over the irritating single He Said He Loved Me, putting it down to a temporary blip. So I was looking forward to this album a lot.
Then I heard it. From the first song to the last it is cringeworthy. Lyrically, it is one of the worst album's I have heard, ever, and the alright but slightly synth-heavy music can't save it. The opener 'State of Things' sets the tone, where John McClure kindly offers to tell us about the things they never taught us at school "I am the Reverend I'll tell you 'bout the state of things" which is quite a grand statement considering the subsequent lyrics are so low-brow the initial reaction is to laugh. Except, I think, but I am not entirely sure, McClure is being serious.
I mean singing about Stella and Brits abroad in Mallorca and losing money on the fruit machine, in 2007, is missing the boat by a good century. The lyrics aspire to offer insights into modern life, but they are just embarrassingly obvious and cliched observations that any moron could make.
To illustrate, let's take the song about the fruit machine, Bandits. The story here is some guy is on the fruit machine in a pub, about to win so he thinks, when his wife calls up asking him to come home, hoping he's not gambling again. Meanwhile some cheeky geezer has taken his place at the Fruit Machine and pulled the jackpot:
Back inside a frown adorns ma face
Because I see this bloke's stepped in and took me place
What takes the biscuit, really tops it off
Is when the jackpot lights up, he's took the lot
Haha lad you see what I just did?
I just dropped the bandit, only spent a quid
Oh were you playing mate?
I didn't realise-ise-ise...
I'm so skint and demoralised
There's always tomorrow mate
But you have to listen to the song to appreciate it's badness, the voices are particularly unconvincing.
Just one more quote, because the lyrics are really quite amusing, this time from State of Things, I am sure all the ladies will appreciate McClure's understanding here:
What of the woman, who stands by her fella,
Despite the bruises brought on by the Stella
To cook and to clothe and to clean and to screw
Ain't the sum total of all she can do
Right on! Yeah it's 2007 after all!
To sum up, the lyrics make it impossible for me to enjoy the album. I only listened to it once. I just could not bring myself to be preached to again about the "State of Things" by someone who calls himself the Reverend, as if he has some valuable insight to offer when I'd be better off reading The Sun. Alex Turner must be rather embarrassed and will surely distance himself from this band of jokers.