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8/10 Brian Staff review, 09 September 2010
More blooming comebacks. This is ridiculous. What have I done? Am I THAT old that i've been relegated to "Dinosaur Alley"? Well never mind because it's the "MILF & the pervy vicar roadshow" AKA the welcome return of shambling Scots legends The Vaselines. I'm even starting to get my head round the (somehow addictive) Misty's Big Adventure style sing-a-long of the title track. They're not quite as lo-fi, wonky and semi-inept anymore. I think they've learnt how to play properly & use a studio to more of its capacity. Veering from the muscular opening tune to the spindly, brooding 'The Devil Inside Me', these songs are craftily constructed for maximum "earworm" potential. Hazy guitars, sexy 'n' wistful M/F vocals, rattly drums. Coming from a period where there was possibly even more bands in thrall to the delights of Lee & Nancy ('Turning it On' is one such hearty tribute!), these guys forged a sound alongside The Pastels which has become symbolic of Scottish alternative rock. Nods to 60s garage played in a true ramshackle & endearing fashion, kinda forming an inspirational template for 100s of indie bands over the years. There's many great songs on here, mingling with some not-so-great ones (the glam referencing 'Overweight But Over You' leaves me strangely irritated & underwhelmed) and some could even stand head 'n' shoulders with their "classics" (IE anything they did before they originally broke up) Hear where Sons & Daughters stole all their ideas from & understand why Uncle Kurt C was so enamored. Don't leave it 20 years next time you lazyheads. x
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