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Mekons – “Natural ” – [Quarterstick Records]

ArtCrimes   9/11/2007   A Library, CD

MEKONS ???Natural???

Now celebrating their 30th anniversary, the MEKONS have survived far longer than the rest of the Punk Class of ???77. This is their first studio effort in 5 years, and they followed the English tradition of ???getting their heads together in the country???. The result is some of their most melodic and textured work ever, with largely acoustic instruments and unusual percussive and vocal effects adding variety to a batch of songs that was clearly influenced by the rural settings they found themselves in: trees, birds, foxes, and darkness all appear in song titles here. Some of the songs have unison-sung group vocals in counterpoint to solo voices, or alternating lines between different singers like The Band had done on their first couple of LPs. Although these are all new songs, they could stand alongside 500 year-old highwayman ballads and old Clash singles as fine examples of English song.

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