Fragments

Generic Ratings: 1: Crap. 2: Okay. 3: Good. 4: Great

Rarely more than dreary fluff, this is only just better than crap due to the fact that I very rarely listen to it and therefore do not get a chance to bitch about it as much as others. It does have the odd nice melodic moment, I like the curling guitar in the chorus, but mostly it’s sleep inducing middle of the road junk of the lowest order. It sounds pleasant, but there are no ideas or emotions here, no inspiration, the lyrics are poor, the vocals are rarely more than a series of yawns, and the chorus is devoid of… anything really. A low point in an otherwise strong album.

Fragments: 2/Okay (Patrick Jones Vid)

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Glasnost

Generic Ratings: 1: Crap. 2: Okay. 3: Good. 4: Great

My favourite song from Lifeblood is unquestionably the warmest in terms of sound; that main riff is just so joyous that you’d expect this to be some triumphant song of rebellion, but lyrically it treads similar ground to much of the rest of the album, with admissions of defeat, of the mysterious passage of time sweeping so much away. It’s always lovely to hear the band at least sound so happy, and maybe there is hope and joy in the ’embrace with us, make your own glasnost’.

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Glasnost: 4/Great

Misheard Lyrics: How many ancients not easily understood?

Actual Lyrics: Humiliation’s not easily understood

Cardiff Afterlife

Generic Ratings: 1: Crap. 2: Okay. 3: Good. 4: Great

The oft-forgotten Lifeblood ends in fantastic form with this dedication to Richey. Unlike almost all of the album, the lyrics do not feel like something rubbed out inside thirty seconds on the condensation of a windowpane, and the coldness which is the main feature of the album becomes a cloak to wrap around oneself. Musically we have the powerful and emotional melodies that we love, and mix that with superb harmonica work and tumbling, confused harps, along with a very sudden hard stop, and it’s one of the best album closer’s the band has written.

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Cardiff Afterlife: 4/Great