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Stranglers - The Gospel According to the Meninblack (1988) Retail CD
With punk having burnt itself out and musical climate changes rapidly conspiring against them, The Stranglers in 1981--to the bewilderment of both hardcore fans and the record buying public--elected to follow up the icy synthesis of their classic, groundbreaking 1979 album The Raven with a supercilious Erik Van Daniken-esque concept album inspired by the Old Testament, cosmology and extra-terrestrial visitations. That the album was conceived and recorded in the most despairing of personal circumstances (Hugh Cornwell's two-month prison stretch for heroin possession and the subsequent incarcerationmore… of the whole band in France following the Nice University riot) only added to its prevalent aura of fatalistic despondency. That said, The Smashing Pumpkins have subsequently made a mint out of dirge-like, punky prog-rock and it's now fascinating to hear just how much Meninblack, a career stumbling block at the time, has matured with age. The poppy "Two Sunspots", the quirky, time-signature chop-changing of "Hallow To Our Men" (an alien version of The Lords Prayer) and the traditional concert-opener/Keith Floyd cookery programme theme-tune "Waltzinblack" sound as sturdy as ever. --Kevin Maidment
|2||Just Like Nothing On Earth|
|4||Waiting For The Meninblack|
|5||Turn The Centuries Turn|
|10||Hallow To Our Men|
- Stranglers - The Gospel According to the Meninblack (1988) Retail CD
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