What does it sound like?:
Originally released in 1999, this album is now getting the almost obligatory 20th anniversary makeover, being reissued as a two cd set with twenty previously unheard tracks. Recorded at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios, this was the first time the band had self produced, and the result is a kaleidoscopic variety of material as they found their way round the mixing desk. It’s one of those albums with a hidden track before the opening song, and there’s also another lurking after the last song just for good measure. It’s an upbeat, positive, playful sounding record with the band revelling in their new found freedom – check out Northern Lites and Do or Die for example. The original album is augmented by half a dozen B sides of variable interest, while the second cd is the treasure trove for hardcore fans with a a generous mixture of demos from the previous year, together with a handful of early mixes. Overall, it’s something of a curate’s egg of an album. a curious but joyous listening experience which attempts, not always successfully, to cover a lot of bases.
What does it all *mean*?
A heady mixture of throwaway pop tunes and experimentation, as the band played around with the expensive gadgetry suddenly on offer in a big studio.
Goes well with…
A perfect antidote for a cold dark autumn night.
1 Nov 2019
Might suit people who like…
SFA, all things Welsh.