Saturday, February 13, 2010

In praise of What You See Is What You Get by Chumbawamba

Ah, WYSIWYG. My copy of this CD is 11 years old and well-worn, mistreated, lost and found. It ripped nicely though, and sounds better than ever. It's incredibly well-produced. It is better than Tubthumping in spots. It was a commercial failure, which was probably good for Chumbawamba as artists. It's a scathing critique from the reluctant inside of techno pop culture. "Politics doesn't exist. Automobiles screetch when they come to a halt." Noteable tracks--all of them, but check out "Ladies for Compassionate Lynching" and "Pass It Along."

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