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3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing that new, 10 Dec. 2013
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This review is from: Make Some Noise (Audio CD)
I was rather disappointed with this even after the poor 2 EE releases, most of the tracks are repeats (or derivatives) of their poorer offerings on those 2 releases. I say this only as a long time BBT fan who has got all their back catalogue and seen the band grow and develop over many years. The peak (so far) was Underfall Yard, all release up to that point had improved and developed their soundscape, the 2 EE releases were a regression of a sort compared to the high standards they had set.

BBT seems now to be stuck in this Industrial English mid-Genesis trough and its all very easy for them. They now seem to lack a spark, adventure, progression.....

BUT, then they write a track like 'The Lovers' with the wonderful musical interlude and everything is forgiven. In fact, their imaginative instrumentals are the saving of this and both EE's, maybe we just need to accept this to compensate for the middle of the road stuff like Uncle Jack, Curator of Butterflies which are nice pleasant songs but not longer superior to their peers.
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Initial post: 5 May 2015, 16:05:29 BST
Huck Flynn says:
i think you should give the band some credit Rikuc
two albums with a theme (concept) isn't the end of the world. i happen to love EE - they contain some masterpieces of prog but do tend towards more conventional prog "ballads". Make Some Noise is the least polished of their work and i don't even find it particularly tuneful or interesting but the other tracks have merit.
who knows what will come next - i'm optimistic

Posted on 27 Aug 2015, 13:22:50 BST
I agree with you Rikuc that Underfall Yard was the best BBT album so far, (actually one of my top ten all time favourite albums) and it must have been an incredibly difficult one to follow. I tend to pick tracks out of EE and skip the simple folky hedgrow ones. Will they ever better Underfall Yard? I think Wassail suggests the next one could be great !!!

Posted on 5 Sep 2015, 18:05:20 BST
Ianham says:
You are absolutely correct and as a direct result of your review no doubt the band have rethought their entire outlook. If they could, they would probably ask me to express their heartfelt thanks for your input.

As you point out they lost their spark - their mojo if you will. No-one else has been brave enough to confront their inadequacies. Having now taken multiple cold showers and thrashed themselves silly with braided birch twigs they are undoubtedly all feeling very chastised. The band now drive very much to the edge of the middle-of-the-road - no more Carpenters for them. Having got to grips with Einstürzende Neubauten and Balkan EDM, their next trip into the industrial wastelands of Northern England will be to the sound of forge hammers and drills, coupled with lyrics by Alan Bleasdale. Flugelhorns and cornets no more; the banjo will be broken.

Happily, David Longdon is getting on fine perfecting his cookie monster/death grunts and has abandoned any pretence of musical dexterity. Hopefully their new direction will attract a better class of audience much like yourself, those who are more attuned to the needs of the population. The band would have been extremely grateful that you liked one song of this album but acknowledge that this was an aberration and will not happen again. God help us is people actually like songs.

Thanks again.

Posted on 6 May 2016, 23:25:21 BST
Noel Jealous says:
@ Ianham: A masterful put-down without any crude language. I salute you.
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