This is a totally underrated album by the magnificent Young Knives. Its classic edgy indie rock. The first half of the album is similar to stuff found on the excellent 'Voices of Animals and Men', with a polished feel. The album gets more interesting from Turn Tail onwards. Mummy Light the Fire, with its magnificent psychedelic feel, Flies and Current of the River totally change the feel and tempo of the album, hoisting it to 'classic' in my book. There is something slightly sinister about the Knives, especially when the House of Lords is singing, which I like, in particular and this feeling certainly increases towards the end of the album, when the music and lyrical delivery matches the darkness of the lyrics.
The Knives are also big on ironic social commentary- listen to Fit 4 U and Up All Night, especially. The lyrics are disturbing, gloomy, and totally juxtaposed with the abundently rich, hummable and melodic music. Counters is the antithesis of pop lyrically- "Sitting in the front seat/Turning on the motor/Sucking on a hosepipe"- is the chorus, but musically would sit happily on Radio One or the 'Charts'. The ultimate irony, of course, is that a band this articulate and imaginative do not grace the upper echelons of the 'charts' or mainstream music. But, I suppose, thats the point'.
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