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Working Men's Club

Fear Fear

Release Date: Jul 15, 2022

Genre(s): Pop/Rock

Record label: Heavenly

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Album Review: Fear Fear by Working Men's Club

Excellent, Based on 2 Critics

PopMatters - 80
Based on rating 8/10

The result was a snotty collection of dancefloor focussed pounders, odes to John Cooper Clark and a gloriously bitchy takedown of the ridiculous Andrew Neil; "You look like a c*nt, and bark like a bitch", is a simple, but oh so effective line. Last year's electrifying standalone single "X" was a strong indication of what was to come on this second album, Fear Fear. The deceptively pop driven heart remained, but languished under pounding synthesized beats and harsh synth chords which channelled early '80s Gary Numan, with pre-Dare era Human League.

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Opinion: Excellent

Working Men's Club are no strangers to a release beneath the shadows of lockdown. Their widely acclaimed, frenetic self-titled debut, released in October 2020, provided a sonic escape from the anxiety that loomed at the time. The burgeoning Yorkshire group now return with their expansive, cinematic sophomore effort 'Fear Fear'. Penning a handful of earlier album demos, and sharing with Heavenly on the very day the debut was released, prolific frontman Syd Minsky-Sergeant maintained working relationship with producer Ross Orton (Arctic Monkeys, The Fall, MIA) , commencing work on the new material from autumn 2020, on-and-off in week long chunks for the best part of a year.

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