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The first Hope of the States album was a very interesting CD indeed. Put next to Coldplay and Radiohead, the powerful anthemic songs proved a very pleasing antidote to commercial moodiness. However, the second album was a gamble. 'Tne Lost Riots' worked so well because the band had a window. So many groups were doing politics badly, so this was their moment. Now, that political fad is dying down, and news of a 2nd album certainly had me questioning whether there was a place for the band anymore.
Thankfully, although this album is definitely more of the same, it is more of the same but better. 'Sing it out', 'Industry' and 'The Church Choir' could easily have made the first album perfect. As before, political sentiment echoes over exceptional melodies and superb musicianship. The impact is the same, but the lasting effect is greater. You will be hooked in no time. After a gradually disappointing Coldplay LP last year, this is a welcome antidote and goes to prove that Hope of the States were deservedly revered in 2004. If you want excellent political indie, buy this album. Nothing else will suffice.