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on 9 October 2008
I bought this album the first time it came out, and I've loved it ever since. At the time, I have to admit, the image that Kev was projecting was mildly baffling. The fact remains that, through various personnel changes, his on/off relationship with the media, and his perennial need to hijack the masters of each album to hold the label to ransom, Dexy's seemed to always thrive at the point of near-disintegration. Unfortunately, his antics started to wear on the public-at-large, who only wanted more of Eileen and sadly overlooked this all-time classic. Now, I'm glad to hear 'Kevin Rowland's 13th Time' restored to its rightful place as the opener to this spellbinding set of songs, and a little baffled as to why it was ever left out in the first place. It sets the pace of the whole album, and sheds more light on 'The Occassional Flicker' which follows and which never seemed an obvious opener back in 86. Anyone who knows anything about this album will know that it famously borrows bits and bobs from just about everywhere, but Kev being a true artist and maverick completely makes them all his own. The stab-at-comedy intro to the blistering 'This Is What She's Like' becomes dear and nostalgic over time, and the closer 'The Waltz' always brings a tear to the eye, being like a clarion call-to-arms for a lost age of beauty. As for 'One Of These Things' borrowing heavily from Warren Zevon's 'Werewolves Of London,' as Kev notes anyway, the little whistled motif over the top of it improves it endlessly. This time round, also, Kev has opted to return to the original title of the album's best song, 'My National Pride.' I preferred 'Knowledge Of Beauty.' There's really no need to defend so fiercely your Irish ancestry, Kev, and I don't think you could have a more musically-Irish concept than a 'knowledge of beauty.' It could read as Christy Moore's epitaph. If you don't possess this album, buy it immediately if you care about music, it will haunt and possess you entirely.
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