Tuesday, January 30, 2007

THE STRANGLERS: Suite XVI (2006)

Among their brethren in the first graduating class of British punk, the Stranglers are one band who seem admirably uninterested in spiky-haired nostalgia. Rather than simply mining their past, the Stranglers continue to write and record fresh material in their trademark style, and 2006's Suite XVI (their 16th studio album, natch) features a full three-quarters of the lineup that recorded Rattus Norvegicus back in 1977 (even the "new guy," guitarist Baz Warne, had close to five years under his belt with the Stranglers by the time this disc hit the shops). Following the muscular-but-hooky pattern of the group's mid- to late-'80s commercial high point rather than the sinister lurch of their earliest stuff, Suite XVI is plenty lively and generates a good head of aggressive steam on most cuts, especially the bitter "Summat Outanowt" and the passionate opener "Unbroken." However, while the Stranglers are to be congratulated for keeping their muse alive and functioning, that doesn't change the fact Suite XVI sound annoyingly pro forma; while the band sounds as skillful as ever (especially Jean Jacques Burnel's thick bass and Jet Black's powerful drumming), they haven't learned a whole lot of new melodic tricks over the course of three decades, and Dave Greenfield still sounds like he wishes he was Ray Manzarek without getting any closer to reaching that goal. And the tunes feel like variations on a theme the Stranglers have been slowly wearing into the ground since the day they started; Suite XVI is the work of a band who still have the focus and wherewithal to continue what they started, but left their best ideas behind them years ago, and for all the craft on display, these guys are just going in circles as they run out of gas. by Mark Deming

Tracks:
1. Unbroken
2. Spectre of Love
3. She's Slipping Away
4. Summat Outanowt
5. Anything Can Happen
6. See Me Coming
7. Bless You
8. A Soldier's Diary
9. Barbara
10. I Hate You
11. Relentless
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4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this album. I have all the Stranglers albums with Hugh Cornell. I have to agree with you whole heartedly, The Stranglers Suite XVI is worth a listen for sure, but it sounds like they are trying to live the early days all over again.

Hugh Cornwell is doing the same kind of thing too. I have uploaded his dirty dozen live album. You are welcome to post that here:

http://rapidshare.com/files/12938249/Durtyduzenloyve.rar

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1. Duchess
2. First Bus To Babylon
3. Goodbye Toulouse
4. Picked Up By The Wind
5. Hanging Around
6. Black Hair Black Eyes Black Suit
7. Always The Sun
8. Nerves Of Steel
9. Nuclear Device
10. Putting You In The Shade
11. Walk On By
12. No More Heroes

Also his Nosfaratu solo album

1. Nosferatu
2. Losers In A Lost Land
3. White Room
4. Irate Caterpillars
5. Rhythmic Itch
6. Wired
7. Big Bug
8. Mothra
9. Wrong Way Round
10. Puppets

http://rapidshare.com/files/11468134/Corny.rar

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Both albums uploaded by me.

Nagiants40 said...

GREAT anonimous..
Thanks for the link and the comment..

Cheers

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much !!

Ozymandias said...

Hey anonymous, can you re-rip and reup Hugh's solo live please.....??

The last track - No More Heroes - is damaged