A horrible hack

Broccoli

Home

Year Released: 1998
Format: CD
Label: Snuffy Smile - Rugger Bugger
 
Reviewed by Ian Cavell on Jun 13, 2007
Um...yeah. What can you say about an album that completely failed to inspire me in any way? There are 10 tracks on display here and they all sound the same. I've listened to 'Home' countless times in the hope that I can get something out of this album - but I think its time to give up. Broccoli have been touted in some quarters (most notably Fracture) as being something special - but on the strength of this CD its hard to see why.

The crippling factor is the vocals which, to be frank, are awful. Sure the lyrics are passionate and heartfelt - but there are some real cringe-worthy moments on a number of the tracks. Broccoli appear to be angling for some kind of emotional punk-pop sound. I'd love to be able to say that they manage to pull it off.

The best of this album can be found on tracks such as 'Constance', which builds into a mid-paced punk-rock effort of reasonable quality and the emo meets pop-punk activity of 'Tongue Tied'. But on the down side you have 'Sleep Tight' which strives for poignancy but falls short at boredom and the dire instrumental 'Home' which has just wasted 4 minutes of my life that could have been put to better use.

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