What does it sound like?:
The second SFA album, originally released back in the summer of 1997, gets a twentieth anniversary makeover in this two cd expanded edition.
Now remastered, it comes with a generous helping of rarities, collected on the second cd, Clarity Just Confuses Me. Indeed, overall there are no less than a further thirty additional tracks supplementing the fourteen on the original album, and nineteen of them are previously unreleased, making this set a real treasure trove.
Of course the original album spawned four top forty singles, with Demons, Hermann Loves Pauline, The International Language Of Screaming and Play It Cool. Throw in classics such as Bass Tuned To D.E.A.D. and Mountain People and you’ve got a great album already. Not enough for you – then throw in the entire Ice Hockey Hair ep too, plus a couple of demos and their take on The Smiths The Boy With The Thorn In His Side. And that’s just the first disc. As mentioned, the second cd is stuffed with bonus material too. The first section has eleven B sides and rare cuts, before moving on to the second part of the cd which has a dozen demos recorded for the album at sessions in December 1996.Reissues don’t get much more complete than this one, where the archives have obviously been painstakingly scoured to round up all the relevant material in one place.
A very readable and informative booklet featuring new band interviews rounds off this excellent package very nicely indeed.
Their best album, anyone?
What does it all *mean*?
This album has flown under the radar for too long – it’s aged very well too, perhaps surprisingly so – and it’s great to hear it again.
Goes well with…
Drinking and smoking and partying.
Might suit people who like…
Psychedelic Britpop with an infusion of acid techno.