A horrible hack

the Wizards of Twiddly

People With Purpose

Year Released: 2011
Format: CD
Label: Burning Shed
Reviewed by Morris Breadknife on Mar 14, 2011
This promised initally to be a potentially pleasing oddity of Engish eccentricity from the silly band name and what I read about them on the internet but transpired instead to be just an oddity. A Crushingly banal by oddity standards, pretty weird but weird in an old and out of touch kind of way, laid down I would imagine by a bunch of aging scouse blokes in between bouts of booze and darts and dealing with their wives and kids. Characterless production. Gruff singing like some wrong amalgamation of Lemmy, Suggs and the dude from Carter USM over the dry funk of the bass and clean basic drums and then to break it up big cheesy flights of petrol station mariachi brass that remind me of some crap 80’s gameshow or the music to Dallas. Non catchy lyrics that seem like they may well be intended to be serious and political submerged in an all encompassing vibe of general silliness. One particularly irritating song is called “Cardboard Banjo” which seems to suit this whole release. Flimsy and pointless. That said the second half of this album could be chock full of belters for all I know - matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t get past track five. Sorry. Opinion’s a bitch.

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