Picks and Pans Review: V Deep
The Rats obviously are not accentuating the positive here. Some sample lyrics: "I'd spit in their eye"; "It isn't too far to the bitter end"; "Hear the news/It's all grief and gloom/Yes things are bad/Really bad." Sour dispositions aside, this is not an uninteresting LP, largely because the Irish quintet's singer-composer, Bob Geldof (who plays Pink in director Alan Parker's nihilistic film Pink Floyd The Wall), knows enough to vary his approaches musically even when he is trapped in a deep rut lyrically. The Rats go from the punky sounds of The Bitter End to the near-cool jazz of The Little Death without blinking, tossing in some reggae and basic rock in between. The sound is murky and tedious at times, intriguing at others. This LP won't trap many new fans for the Rats, but the faithful will most likely take the bait.
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