's "Last Of The Great Romantics" is truly a landmark album. Like
's "Wish You Were Here" (to both of which it has already been compared) "Last Of The Great Romantics" sees a beloved band at their conceptual and creative peak.
From the blazing space-rock-ballad of opening track "We're All InThis Together" to the languid moog-boogie of "The End Of The World" to the disco-metal pyrotechnics of "Wargasm" Snog
forget their own path and their own sound, bold, uncompromising and just a little bent. Recorded entirely in analogue facilities using a vast collection of vintage studio equipment with specialguests including John Justin Stewart
), Neil Boyack
), The City Of Prague Philharmonic Choir
and produced by The Calculators
, Schneider TM
) "Last Of The Great Romantics" is a lush, sincere masterpiece.
Early 2010 also marks twenty years since Snog
first entered a recording studio to put down "Corporate Slave, their first ever single and a left-field industrial/electro/agit-prop dancefloor hit way back in 1992. Don't make too much noise about it (because it makes the band feel a bit long-in-the-tooth) but do pausefor a moment to ponder the ever-changing (and to some people the just plain confusing) nature of Snog
. Never generic in any form Snog
have in various incarnations donned the costumes of electro-industrialspaghetti western-folk-country and electro-punk-funk music but the core has remained steadfast - songsthat grapple with the innate and important stuff (or at least "How Low Can Humanity Go?").
So take a few moments out from your busy day to wonder what this crazy world of ours would be like without the sometimes sneering, sometimes sentimental sounds of Snog and if the urge strikes you, go stand naked in the sunshine eating an organic mango - because that's what David Thrussell
is doing right now too.