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Not what you might be expecting...
on 28 February 2009
If you think you know Killing Joke and you haven't heard anything from this album yet, you may be in for a surprise. The material on this album is far and away the most commercial of their stuff. Now that's no bad thing and I rather like it.
All that said, the headline, Adorations, is a beautiful song and as such is the least expected of the lot. None of the harshness or anger of the earlier or later stuff and Jaz sounds like he's found a new talent as a pop singer! Love it - it justifies the entire album and it sounds good live too (Nowhere Back but Forward Go). Sanity follows on in much the same vein, albeit a slightly lesser accomplishment. Chessboards sounds much more Jokeish but still in the poppy style and Love of The Masses could have come straight off the disco floor.
There's something about Southern Sky, Victory and Wintergardens that I can't put my finger on - is it Duran Duran that I'm hearing? Aha? Depeche Mode? or at least something very similar and very familiar from that era. Infuriating! but it seems to run through the other tracks in the album and it almost shocked me when I heard it first. It's very hard to reconcile the "traditional" image of Jaz, Geordie & Raven with the music on this album. It has to be said though that Big Paul looks like he was born to play this sort of stuff!
If you're more familiar with their harder output, try it before you buy it.
"As pain and joy and sorrow mingle. Patterns we're finding, our faces raised in adorations"