17 Songs, 1 Hour 8 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Just as its title sprawls out in an unwieldy way, so do the contents of this album meander into places no one can easily handle. Adam Ant's first album in 18 years is a double LP that speaks in a variety of voices and styles that the Ant faithful, who recall his punk roots, will surely understand. Once a polished performer who knew that style was as important as substance in the temporary world of pop music, Ant has dropped all pretenses and dared to play it hard and straight and use this album as a confessional of sorts. The vocals are raw. The backing vocals are rawer. "Cool Zombie" kicks off as a blues. "Stay in the Game" follows with a psychedelic weirdness most associated with Julian Cope. "Vince Taylor" punches with super-compressed acoustic guitars. "Punkyoungirl" allegedly serenades Kate Moss with a love song that's pure derangement. "Sausage" is a pop song in which voices poke through the mix without warning. "Shrink" discusses a man who needs medication to feel normal; considering Adam Ant's widely publicized troubles in recent years, it's likely a partial piece of autobiography.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Just as its title sprawls out in an unwieldy way, so do the contents of this album meander into places no one can easily handle. Adam Ant's first album in 18 years is a double LP that speaks in a variety of voices and styles that the Ant faithful, who recall his punk roots, will surely understand. Once a polished performer who knew that style was as important as substance in the temporary world of pop music, Ant has dropped all pretenses and dared to play it hard and straight and use this album as a confessional of sorts. The vocals are raw. The backing vocals are rawer. "Cool Zombie" kicks off as a blues. "Stay in the Game" follows with a psychedelic weirdness most associated with Julian Cope. "Vince Taylor" punches with super-compressed acoustic guitars. "Punkyoungirl" allegedly serenades Kate Moss with a love song that's pure derangement. "Sausage" is a pop song in which voices poke through the mix without warning. "Shrink" discusses a man who needs medication to feel normal; considering Adam Ant's widely publicized troubles in recent years, it's likely a partial piece of autobiography.

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