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It’s hard to say whether Ultrasound were mocked in their day because one of them was extremely fat or that they produced music of unmitigating shite. Probably a bit of both. After several years in the wilderness not phoning each other, the looming threat of the dole queue has hastened a return and unbelievably (and rather heart warmingly) there is an audience for them.
They peddle a brand of wildly over the top progressive rock that sits somewhere between Suede, The Who and Emerson Lake and Palmer. Lead track ‘Welfare State’ is a preposterous seven-plus minute investigation into the endless possibilities of awful ‘90s Britpop production married with ‘70s prog wibbling. Singer Andrew Wood is like a builders brew Brett Anderson, spitting out post-Bowie declarations of independence and the uprising of the soft vast underbelly but has little of the ‘star’ quality.
The occasional chord change suggests Mew could have been secretly listening to them but regardless of musical ability (slight throughout), the record is marred by the production, if only Tim Smith of Cardiacs fame (warmly mentioned in the credits) was well enough to add his customary pizzazz to the proceedings it might be slightly more tolerable.
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