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New Model Army

May

1984

Time Out

record review

 
 
NEW MODEL ARMY

Vengeance

Big noise from a small country. New Model Army at their vigorous best demand our attention and their aggression on the tiresome nagging vestiges that constitute English society and its residual bad karma of empire.

Despite the conventional threepiece instrumentation the soundscapes are fractured and forceful. A taut and adventurous whiplash noise which, coupled with the sometimes fearsomely theatrical quality instilled into the delivery of the lyrical matter, can create a spleen tingling impact.

Only on a couple of occasions do they trip into apparent play-by-numbers punky protest, nulling the potential 'message' by the orthodoxy. Still, recorded on a budget of 27p, 'Vengeance' is nothing if not warts-and-all honesty. Probably 1984 p*l*t*cal passion at its most effective.

 

 

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