Sunday, February 25, 2007

BUZZCOCKS : All Set (1996) @ 192 kbps

Hooking up with Neill King as producer for All Set was an amusing turn on the part of the Buzzcocks, given that King had engineered Dookie, the breakthrough album from open Buzzcocks worshippers Green Day. Apparently the group felt a little acknowledgement back was in order, even going so far as to record the album in that trio's stomping ground, Berkeley, CA. Far from trying to capture the MTV audience with a variation on "Basket Case," though, the quartet here sounds like -- the Buzzcocks, if again essentially the pop-friendlier side of the band. Opening song "Totally From the Heart" is actually one of the strongest numbers yet from the newer version of the band, with a great chorus and all-around soaring crunch. King definitely earns his pay with his producing and engineering work; things haven't sounded this crisp and clear for the band even since the late '70s. The Barber/Barker rhythm section has by now well settled in, with Barker in particular showing more individual flashes and flair than before. Shelley and Diggle throw in a couple of almost mainstream guitar solos along the way, but otherwise are as dedicated as always to the virtues of high-volume, brisk poppiness. Happily, hints of trying to breathe once again beyond the basic formula do crop up here and there. Hammond organ adds a nice extra touch here and there, as on the lower-key groove of "Hold Me Close," one of Shelley's tenderer love songs, while Diggle pulls off a rock-of-the-gods epic start for "Playing for Time." The concluding two numbers both have something to them in particular -- "Pariah" has a quirky rhythm crunch to it à la "Sixteen," while Diggle's "Back With You" starts off with an acoustic guitar and turns into a string-synth-swept declaration of love. Otherwise, it's generally effective business as usual.... by Ned Raggett, All Music Guide

Tracks:
1. Totally from the Heart
2. Without You
3. Give It to Me
4. Your Love
5. Point of No Return
6. Hold Me Close
7. Kiss 'n' Tell
8. What Am I Supposed to Do
9. Some Kinda Wonderful
10. What You Mean to Me
11. Playing For Time
12. Pariah
13. Back with You
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3 comments:

I Am The Invisible Man.............. said...

I always thought the "Totally from the heart" single was right up there with the best this band had ever done which is pretty amazing for 20 fucking years later!

Toxxy said...

Great post Nagi, HANX mate :)

Sarpullido said...

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