This is the follow-up to Make Pigs Smoke, which got rave reviews from (I'm sure) pretty much everyone who heard it. This one will certainly achieve the same, if not better reviews! The album touches on all sorts, from media hypocrisy, prejudice and discrimination, right through to songs about Clint Eastwood. Seriously. You won't get this from any other band out there.
It's not for people who like music to take its time. It's almost like it's giving your whole head a massive punch, but in a good way. If this punch to your face and ears makes you question what's happening around you it's got to be embraced and acted upon. The way I see it, if music is loud and fast, it's like a mental kick up the arse to make people get away from their TV screens take more action. It's more of what's needed!
It's hard to pick highlights because I love different tracks on this album for different reasons! The ones that jumped out at me were Ready, Steady, Bastard, An Aggressive Lecture, Beer for Breakfast (for obvious reasons-although "not everyday or you'll die") and Look at Me, I'm a Fucking Tiger (even if it's just for the title alone). Is This Cool lulls you into a false sense of security because...you think it's a slow song...but then...AAAARGH it's as fast as all the other ones! Fuck the Sea sounds like it could be on Make Pigs Smoke, which the other tracks on this album don't. 15 Million Merits is also a stand out track about Big Brother culture of society.
I've listened to this album repeatedly while putting this review together. Like I said earlier, the tracks don't really sound like they belong on the earlier album but they're definite progression from it. I'm really looking forward to seeing these tracks performed live. It's fast as fuck and they're playing in a way that a lot of other bands seem afraid to do these days. Each time I listen to it, it makes me want to drink as fast as possible and break things. Which can only be a good thing.
Am I right? I think so.