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      16.07.2002 07:00

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      ha ha, see that hilarious pun? anyway, black box recorder are one of luke haines' several passtimes and, in my opinion the most productive use of his time over the past few years. sarah nixey sings, and does it very well with her "im a posh englishwoman" voice. it sounds very clean and unemotional - which is the intention. i dont remember the name of the other guitarist but im sure you could find it out if you wanted to. apologies to him. their first, and best album was England Made Me which COULD be seen as a concept album on what it means to be English today. mainly focussing on childhood and development and family and lots of other things i suppose which may contradict my claim that there is a focus. but anyway, the tracks: New baby boom, swinging, child pscychology and girl singing in the wreckage particualrly stand out. excellently crafted simple tunes, great lyrics. How's this?: "life is unfair, kill yourself or get over it" of course, with sarah's emotionless beautiful dirge of a voice it works all the better. facts of life is also a good album although i feel it is less strong and characterful but anyway you can read about that in the other section. the "worst of" contains various b sides and rarities (odd for a band with just 2 albums) several of which appear on the american release of the 1st album i believe. The cover of the Jaques Brel song "seasons in the sun" is the best version i've heard because the style of the band best suits the bizarre, comic, awful depressiveness of the song and they only introduce the chorus at the end which works much better because otherwise it's far too jaunty. ok.

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