STYLE: Rock RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 15904-10966 LABEL: Independent taxcd003x FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by Rachel Nixon
This is the follow up to 2003's critically acclaimed '21st Century Spin' and the second instalment from popular Midlands-based rock band, Maccabees. Fans of Ordinary Boys, Kaiser Chiefs and Ash will enjoy this album and it is very much in keeping with modern rock trends. Extremely catchy riffs evident throughout and challenging lyrics are perhaps the most prominent features of this album. And I'm in agreement with Tony Cummings in talking about the 2003 album in describing Maccabees. "a load of righteous anger..deceptively melodic tunes with lyrics taking savage swipes at a bloated feel good generation, a perverted materialistic culture and above all a church asleep at the wheel." This is definitely the trend of this album and for Christians the lyrics certainly do challenge such as "Best Laid Plans" and "Death By Entertainment". Their passionate attack on the Catholic Church, "Rome", somewhat lets down the album and veers dangerously close to fundamentalist hectoring. Some vocals have a slight "home made"' sound and songs show little variation with repetition, simple structure and the same tinny guitar sounds. Exceptions are "Soon" which is a welcome, more relaxed change with piano introduction.
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