Release Date: Nov 4, 2014
Record label: Drumming Monkey
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, International
The 16th studio album by the former singer of punk band The Adverts sees a typically fierce set of lyrics set to a bunch of poppy tracks to excellent effect: such is Smith’s paean to England’s capital, London Hum, full of Ob-La-Di basslines, sweet backing vocals – and a set of words that begin with the excitement of youth and end in a resigned claustrophobia. Festival Of Fools and the excellent Replay have the insistent punky riffery you’d expect, albeit with smooth edges, due to the tightness of the band and the songwriting skill of an expert. Elsewhere, there’s a sense of foreboding.