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The Grinch is Back,
This review is from: Off My Rocker At The Art School Bop (Audio CD)
More nauseous despatches from the trenches of modern Britain in another superb album from Haines. Off My Rocker...is sonically cleaner and, ostensibly at least, more upbeat than Haines's typical fare but the lyrical concerns fester as viciously as ever: the decline of the English sensibility, the mad carnival of post-war Britain, the malignant triumphs of the misfits and the morlocks. A typical example of the mix is Leeds United, in which the Yorkshire Ripper watches football from the terraces, dreaming of murders that are as much his weekly treat as visits to the pub and World of Sport are for the men around him, all set to a mock-glam rock that's by turns exultant and sinister. Doomed boxer Freddie Mills, Jimmy Saville, Jonathan King, the "middle-age rampage" of heritage rock - all swim into view in this elegantly punchy, musically sumptuous album that, like everything Haines produces, lingers long in the mind like a worrying letter from overseas.