Label: Dojo Limited - DOJO CD 243 • Format: CD Album, Reissue • Country: UK • Genre: Rock • Style: Punk
Reviewer Rating. The danger with bands reforming and recording again can be that their new material will be seen in a negative light as it doesn't measure up to Van Jou - Various - Radio 100% NL Presenteert Heerlijk Genieten Deel 2 albums.
This is also the band's first album with former bass player of the Jam, Bruce Foxton. My main problem with about half of the album is that it lacks the fire and passion from previous work; some songs are rough at best and others are middle of the road.
The songs that do have a bit of fire and absorbing lyrical content are excellent -- "Each Dollar a Bullet," "Beirut Moon," "Die and Burn" and "No Surrender" are all in this category. The above listed songs will have you reaching for the repeat button -- angry passionate punk songs, basically what SLF does best. The other half of the album has songs that are generic lyrically and musically, such as "Stand Up and Shout" and "The Game of Life. The album was reissued in with new liner notes and a couple of bonus tracks -- a remix of "The Cosh" and Each Dollar A Bullet - Stiff Little Fingers - Flags & Emblems interview with Jake Burns.
The interview is an informative listen and covers how the reformation occurred, touring and the controversy about the song "Beirut Moon. I guess you could cut them some slack having it been nine years between albums. Though I can't find out how long they spent writing this, it would have been nice to see the results if they had taken more time. Regardless, I would strongly suggest at least checking out the songs that I've praised in the review.
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