Wednesday, 14 May 2014

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"Rattus norvegicus"
Year:  1977
Country:  UK
City:  London
Label:  United Artists
Format:  CD
Tracks:  14
Time:  50 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Post Punk






























The Stranglers are a rock music group, formed on September 11, 1974 in Guildford, Surrey, England, United Kingdom. They were originally called The Guildford Stranglers and operated from an off-licence in the town. They also based themselves in the nearby village of Chiddingfold for a while. They began as a sinister sounding, hard-edged pub rock group, but eventually branched out to explore other styles of music. The Stranglers were, beginning in 1976, tangentially associated with punk rock, due in part to their opening for The Ramones’ first British tour. The Stranglers were also associated with new wave music as well as gothic rock, but their idiosyncratic approach never fit completely within a musical genre.
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"No more heroes"
Year:  1978
Country:  UK
City:  London
Label:  United Artists
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Post Punk






























Recorded in the same 1977 like its predecessor "Rattus Norvegicus", this second STRANGLERS long album is perhaps a bit less inspired and original, but continue with its original mix of punk, goth and few psyquedelic touchs (keyboards). Is entitled "No more heroes" as a anti-war manifest and clear principles declaration.
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"The raven"
Year:  1979
Country:  UK
City:  London
Label:  United Artists
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  11
Time:  33 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:          Post Punk






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"suite XVI"
Year:  2006
Country:  UK
City:  London
Label:  EMI
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  11
Time:  35 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Punk  Rock






























Among their brethren in the first graduating class of british punk, the STRANGLERS are one band who seem admirably uninterested in spiky-haired nostalgia. Rather than simply mining their past, the Stranglers continue to write and record fresh material in their trademark style, and 2006's "Suite XVI" (their 16th studio album, natch) features a full three-quarters of the lineup that recorded Rattus Norvegicus back in 1977 (even the "new guy," guitarist Baz Warne, had close to five years under his belt with the Stranglers by the time this disc hit the shops). Following the muscular-but-hooky pattern of the group's mid- to late-'80s commercial high point rather than the sinister lurch of their earliest stuff, "Suite XVI" is plenty lively and generates a good head of aggressive steam on most cuts, especially the bitter "Summat Outanowt" and the passionate opener "Unbroken." However, while the Stranglers are to be congratulated for keeping their muse alive and functioning, that doesn't change the fact "Suite XVI" sound wondering young; while the band sounds as skillful as ever (especially Jean Jacques Burnel's thick bass and Jet Black's powerful drumming), they haven learned a whole lot of new melodic tricks over the course of three decades, and Dave Greenfield still sounds like he wishes he was Ray Manzarek. And the tunes feel like variations on a theme the Stranglers have been dynamic wearing into the ground since the day they started; "Suite XVI" is the work of a band who still have the focus and wherewithal to continue what they started, some kind of mix with classic punk rock, psychedelic rock and optimistic voices and melodies. (Mark Demming)
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