|At the end of the nostalgia, you’re introduced to the ‘after’ section (though perhaps after receiving a little more through the idea of an album being split up for the two sides of a cassette tape…). I don’t think that the band picked up many fans after basically having been introduced on Baz Lurhman’s Romeo and Juliet to the kiddy teen crowd, and then releasing an much darker album, although it went down fairly well with the original fans. ‘Yeah’ didn’t go down too well with the general public either, but from the looks of this album it looks as if they’ve learnt their lessons well. ‘Singalong Son’ is a lovely, almost dub-styled tune and is probably the focus of the second half, weighing in as it does at a less-than hefty 3 and a half minutes – but still being nearly the longest track – and the first half has some gems in ‘Little by Little’, ‘Piss on You’ and ‘Skin’. But its not too surprising that they appear to be favouring the earlier style for the singles. |
Many of the best tracks are ridiculously short here, dripping with their trademark catchiness – the band haven’t tried to pad them out with minute long keyboard noise solos, a la Yeah, which is an mind-bogglingly good thing. This isn’t all power chords and harmonies though – they’ve learnt from their experiences, and while the bleeps and squeaks are present, they’re just a little further from the front than before. It just seems a little bit of a shame that whilst they’ve honed their production style a fair amount, there aren’t enough strong songs to push this boat out further.