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Overrated on Amazon
on 21 April 2009
I think that most people who write reviews on Amazon either usually love an item or despise it. Others in the middle usually can't be bothered to critique an unremarkable work, simply because of indifference. Well, forgive me for being the only person to not rate this album 5 stars, but I think it would be misleading to potential listeners to leave it that way.
Now, I've been a big Levellers fan for 15 years (yawn...) have seen them gig, still regularly wear a T-shirt, eat lentils, have dreads etc. This album is pretty good at first (though not of their early standards) then dips in the middle and only recovers for the final track FLIGHT OR FLIGHT. Their single, BURN AMERICA BURN did nothing for me except to highlight the shoddy student-quality lyrics that are littered throughout the album. BEHOLD A PALE RIDER is another prime example of cringworthiness, which is a shame because the duet nature of the song could have been something really special.
One good thing about the album is that the violin is definately given more of a central role which is it's saviour. It's much better than Truth & Lies, but I would highly recommend the GREEN BLADE RISING album for what, to me anyway, felt more of a true return to form.
Also, Letters from the Underground is a very short album (36 minutes long.) I bought the Special Edition 2 Disk set which adds another 6 minutes of good acoustic tunes to the running length. The Levellers have often been disregarded in "real" crusty circles as disingenuous and this is highlighted here. For a band that harps on about injustice, greed and environmental degredation I am appauled that they have put a mere 6 minutes of track on a CD that will never biodegrade, when they could of had these tracks as part of the 1st disk. As suspected by many for too long, The Levellers have succumbed to shrewd marketing to grab a few extra quid out of the public instead of making environmental concerns their top priority. Lads, I'm dissappointed with you...