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on 14 May 2003
P>Don’t worry about the Diggle penned content-it’s really good as well, especially the fantastic ‘Sin City’. But it’s Shelly that delivers the true Buzzcocks edge to this impressive set of tunes from the heart with wonderful opener ‘Jerk’ sounding like nothing has changed in 20 years!
Buzzcocks trademarks are aplenty- there’s some great one string/two note guitar solos in this lot, and the production is certainly in overdrive. What’s interesting to note is the way that the Shelly/Diggle compositions now sound so similar, with the vocal delivery still that of the Buzzcocks sound. Guitars perform the trademark start stop routine with great use of lo-fi swirling effects and the familiar ahhh’s and ooohh’s are ever present.
You won’t find any thing as good as some of the classic singles fodder that used to cheer up the charts during the grim late 70’s, however as an album this really does stand up as a bit of a cracker and stands well along side the classic 3.
Guitars chime and buzz as before, and the drumming is fast & furious. At one point I am sure I can hear the sound of a telephone ringing in the background! Or is this just an acknowledgement of the wonders of the association with Telephones that the group always had?
If you’re a 40 something survivor or a new punk rock fan that wants to find out where it all started and finished? Get this now and trust that the Buzzcocks are the only punk originals to carry this off to this level without looking like embarrassing old-timers!
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