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Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Swingin' Utters - Poorly Formed

There doesn't seem to be a week that goes past that I don't hear about a band reforming to grab at some past glories.
It always seems to be about fifty fifty if their efforts are worthwhile or not.
For every band who should have left their instruments gathering dust there's those who we welcome back with open arms.
The latter was the case when Swingin' Utters returned in 2011 with 'Here, Under Protest', and from the opening track it was very clear that they weren't looking to reform and tread water, but instead that they were back fully recharged and ready to write some fresh new chapters to their story.
Now here we are a couple of years down the road and they're back again with 'Poorly Formed' and to my ears this sounds like the best album that they have ever done.
It's the perfect example of why some bands shouldn't leave their business unfinished.
There's quite literally no slack on this. No fat that needs trimmed.
The song writing and musicianship is ripping the first coming of the Swingin' Utters a new one.
That's not to have a dig at all their early albums, but more to highlight how far they have come.
It's the most mature material that they have laid down, but at no point have the lost the humour or the fire that was always inherently a part of them.
This isn't a slap in the face for anyone who dared say that the band had had their day, but more a knock-out blow.
Kick ass from start to finish.

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