"They are one of the best live bands around at the moment"....there we go then, that's got the obvious out of the way. Soulwax are an amazing live band and the Dewaele brothers are fine DJ's, but 'Much Against Everyone's Advice' doesnt really put this across. The maverick singles are all there, 'Conversation Intercom', 'Too Many DJ's' and the title track itself, all reminders of what got you interested in Soulwax in the first place, and what led you to witness the avalanche of style and sophisticated Belgian quirkiness that is their live show. Reminders of why you spent hours trawling the internet for those bootleg remixes of Beck, Skeelo and the Prodigy that represent the fruits of the Dewaele's disc-spinning prowess. But they are not on this album, nor is the exquisite live version of Prince's 'Pop-life'. You dont get a free strip-light mic stand with every purchase and Steven Dewaele wont come round your house and play keepy-uppies like he did at V2000 last summer. So what do you get? Well have no fear, despite what you may think on your first few listens, this is not 3 singles + 8 fillers, the other tracks on the album could almost be arranged on a sliding scale between 'pure' Soulwax and 'ballad mode' Soulwax, with 'Too many DJ's' at one end and 'When logics die' at the other. "Ballads!" I hear you cry....why yes, but despite the clumsy seeming lyrics and the 'is this meant to be ironic?' factor, Much Against Everyone's Advice does reward repeat listenings, with 'Funny' and 'Saturday' really defining Soulwax's sound. So should you buy it? Go and see them live and you will have no choice, but fear not, you wont regret it, even if it is just because you have secured ownership of a piece of memorabilia connected to the best Belgian band in the world.
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