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I don't think I've ever heard anything by them tbh, but I did see the singer in the remake of The Sweeney, alongside that other obnoxious fat cockney prick Ray Winston, I just hope he's a better singer than he is an actor. Shouldn't be hard.

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1 hour ago, Carvalho Diablo said:

I don't think I've ever heard anything by them tbh, but I did see the singer in the remake of The Sweeney, alongside that other obnoxious fat cockney prick Ray Winston, I just hope he's a better singer than he is an actor. Shouldn't be hard.

His music videos are appalling, his acting isn't a great barometer of his music. 

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Magico Magico - Lir


Traveller - Solid drum beat, trippy, laid back and relaxed style. Promising. At about a minute it kicks up a notch, and then it's back to music to get stoned by. Interesting vocals, with the use of the upward inflection. A bit repetitive, until the final minute, when the guitar solo makes an entrance.


Dog Rhythms - I really like the music, very '70s, with the keyboards in the background, but the vocals aren't really my cup of tea, sounding a bit modern - Kula Shaker, Ocean Colour Scene et al spring to mind. I get the sense they'd be great live, in a smoky (well, not these days) small venue, where the sound bounces off the walls and everyone's pissed. Outro again has the most inventive guitar work - bit wasted fading it out, let it breathe a bit.


Not to be Overlooked - Getting a hint of Donovan in some places, off with the fairy people. 


New Song - Bonus points for the title; if in doubt, go literal. More upbeat from the off, but it sticks at one speed, so doesn't seem to progress anywhere.


Some Folks Are Truly Evil - The layered vocals, and more relaxed style suit the music far more, in my opinion. The lighter touch makes this the standout track thus far, being the first that could actually be of the period they evoke, rather than a facsimile thereof.


3 Legged Guy - Raising the tempo, now this is one that could be truly great live, particularly the mid-point of the track, which finally gives the guitar solo pride of place, building around it. My one criticism is that the vocals still seem a bit too clean - a bit white boy (not racialist or nothing) straining to add some gravitas to his voice, but he hasn't smoked the 20 Bensons a day for thirty years to make it real (see also: the twat from Stereophonics). Still, good stuff.


The House of Song - I prefer the vocals going down a more melodious route. There's a hint of juxtaposition with the music that makes it an interesting few minutes, but not one that really makes an impression.


In a Day - This is more my thing, like Some Folks, there's a great match between the relaxed pace and the delivery of the singer. I think these tracks work better in this mix, which I dare say is slightly sanitising a band that could be decent live. The high end of the instruments is beautiful in my headphones.


Good Cake Bad Cake - I always associate more story-like songs like this with the early beatnik era, rather than the full blown sonic expressionism of hippydom, so the rolled back funk and exploration of a slightly simpler sound is pleasing here. Nice. Just, nice.


Two Worlds - Opening strains make me think of Golden Brown. Acoustic guitar and slightly psychedelic overtones work. 


In the Parlour - Funky guitar, but not sure I'd have chosen it as a closing track. Would've been better to fade away from Two Worlds. Still, they let the electric guitar do the talking slap bang in the middle. The hidden 40 second epilogue isn't really given time to do anything.


If I'm honest, I prefer the instrumental aspect of the album a lot, but not the vocals, which is a pity. There's some great experimentation, and things that could honestly be straight from another time, which is a hard thing to achieve, as imitation almost always betrays the time it was recorded in somehow. They're probably decent live, but the album is too sanitised in its mix to get any real gravitas across, so the lighter tracks work better. I also get the sense I might like it more if I were stoned or half cut and in a dive surrounded by women of loose morals swaying back and forth. But then, all things are better in such circumstances, aren't they?


Standout track was Some Folks Are Truly Evil, and there were some solid moments - particularly the instrumental flourishes - but as an album it didn't gel for me, so I'm scoring it as less than the sum of its parts, sorry. 5.5/10


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Review : The Defamation of Strickland Banks by Plan B


So Plan B is the singer, not the group ? Bit fucking weird.


[presses play]


Straight off the bat this record sounds great, bright strings and smooth bass bring in Loves Goes Down. White boy soul, nice voice, perhaps not the strongest but a good start.

Great production job.


The pace quickens for Writing's On The Wall. Loving the quirky bass line, drums sounding great, laid back and not at all intrusive. The vocal carries the song but it's not as strong as the opener.


Stay Too Long sounds familiar, I'm sure that the opening riff was used by Talksport some years ago.

Would prefer the backing vocals a bit louder in the mix. Hang on, a Sarf Larndan rapper sort definitely adds a bit extra. Best song yet.


I've definitely heard She Said, that vocal melody is instantly recogniseable. I'm liking the swell and decay of those strings. The Plan B lad has a nice voice but it does lack depth, more rapping about cops and witness boxes, again the strings sound lovely, waxing and waning behind the rap.

Good song, good choice as a single.


Welcome To Hell is percussive, more strings and bass and a nice chorus and middle 12. Pleasant.


That's more like it, loving the start of Hard Times. Stings and a sweet vocal are under-pinned by a groovy bass line, unfortunately the chorus loses the momentum.

"Through these hard times, it feels like no-one gives a damn, trough these hard times no-one understands". Decent song.


The strange synth / violin riff which starts The Recluse grabs my attention. The vocal not doing it for me, stuck in his room, can't be arsed, another rap breaks this up. Did he really say, "big ting"? Sigh...


Thought we were going all Suspicious Minds there for a moment, before Traded In My Cigarettes kicks in with an upbeat swing and sway. Enjoying this, one of the better songs and better vocals.


Prayin' has a great riff, but again I would like to be able to hear those backing vocals more prominently. Just a minor gripe. Another catchy vocal and dancey song. Really like this one.


"I'm in the darkest place I think I've ever been". Darkest Place comes in with strings and vocals then the rap breaks quickly. Nice bass line but I'm not altogether digging this. Sits well within the context of the album though.


"I know I've been bad, I've lied and I've cheated in the past". Free is a remarkably happy sounding track for someone who's been banged in the slammer.

A good vocal leads the way. Really good song, enjoyed this one.


He's lost his bird, but I Know A Song he can sing to win her back. Aww. Another pleasant summery ditty. The album is obviously winding down.


Last song What Ya Gonna Do is more immediate and staccato. The rapper makes himself known for the first time for a few songs. I like the cornet behind the rap. Turn the backing vocals up please.

A retrospective tune, "You can set me free or bang me up". Drop that gavel ref, a strong ending.


Wasn't sure what to make of this album, I've seen that Plan B gimp before in The Sweeney remake and that was a pure shit-pudding. Thankfully The Defamation of Strickland Banks is loads better than that abortion.

The album sounded really nice throught, it was well paced with no one standout performance.

In the context of the club and our rotation, I do think that that old dog Shooter has pulled something of a rabbit out of the hat here, nicely elevating the mood and changing things up with this soulful and at times jazzy and (paradoxically) uplifting record.

Enjoyed it. Solid.



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I enjoyed reading this review of it and it pretty much sums up the way I feel about it too. Really decent album and on the single version of Hard Times, the backing vocals were added to with none other than Elton John and Paloma Faith. So maybe he knew the backing vocals weren't good enough on the album?


Although not the single version, here is a version of the song featuring Elton and Paloma...



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