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9/10 The Doc Customer review, 25th May 2016
This marvellous EP from perennially prolific nut job Anton Newcombe and co is a rather more sedate affair than some of their other works, but it's still brilliant just the same. Five of the six tracks are short and sweet, mostly based around out-of-tune acoustic guitars with a bit of percussion in the background, while the sixth takes this formula and stretches it out to nearly a quarter of an hour, with Anton droning on about how he's going back to Arkansas to kill his maw and paw.
This was originally released in 1999, in the middle of a nine year purple patch during which they released seven full-length albums of unbelievable quality (Take It From the Man!, Their Satanic Majesties Second Request, Thank God For Mental Illness, Give It Back, Strung Out In Heaven, Bravery Repetition and Noise and And This Is Our Music); it's infinitely more concise than the sprawling psychedelia of those other works, but no less good for it, and the beautifully melancholic flamenco-tinge that pervades really suits them. If you're a fan, you'll know all this already, but if not, their whole catalogue is well worth investigating, so for less than a tenner, why not start here?
10/10 Nathon Customer review, 12th November 2006
The BJM being the BJM...doing what they want, even if that means playing just two chords for over thirteen minutes on an acoustic guitar while singing about some farmboy killing his parents. Whether 'Arkansas Revisited' really was co-written by Charles Manson is, let's face it, doubtful. But it's evil - in a good way - nonetheless.
But the standout track is 'All Things Great And Small', which deals in that somewhat under-appreciated sub-genre that the BJM do so well - quiet, haunted songs influenced by classical guitar music. It's still got yer normal Anton Newcombe madness, naturally.
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