on 9 February 2010
This is my top album ever (shared with Huesker Due's Songs and Storiesof the Warehouse). It is some 15 years old and sounds still as fantastic as when I first listened to it on the train to Aix en Provence (after being dumped, if anyone cares). This edition is lovely presented and is great to have again in this new edition. All dEUS albums are sensational but WCS must be the best of them all. dEUS defies all comparisons and it is clear that WCS aged well, even if compared to the equally great early output of Radiohead (well indeed only The Bends is still relevant - to me at least). looking forward to the next dEUS tour.
on 4 June 2012
Loved this album for years but only recently picked up this rather great Deluxe Edition. Along with the original album you get the super rare 'Zea EP' and a DVD jam-packed-full of quality extras. The original album is a must if you haven't got it already; a heady mix of Beefheart indebted strangness, Tom Waits' twisted-jazz, huge rock guitars and surreal lyrics! It came in the midst of 'grunge' but is far too clever/bonkers and arty for that label (although the lead single, 'Suds & Soda' did get played on MTV). The 'Zea EP' is in a similar vain and well worth your time while the DVD is great. There's a load of live performances and a documentary called 'Time Is the State of my Jeans' which has some revealing interviews with the band, the record label and some famous fans. The line-up responsible for 'Worst Case Scenario' split after making the album and while Tom Barman kept going and made an arguably more consistent slice of genius (The Ideal Crash!) there's not many bands that could make an album as unique and exciting as Deus' debut! If you're unsure just have a listen to the singles 'Suds n Soda', 'Via' and 'Hotel Lounge (Be the Death of Me)'. Absolute magic.