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Ziezo Album Reviewed on Uber Rock website
The ever-fabulous Uber Rock website has given the U.K. Subs' final album a fantastic review.
Written by Dom Daley and published on 14 May 2016, his review concludes:
"Jamie, Jet, Alvin and Charlie I salute you, not for the endurance or perseverance but for making so many records that were better or as good as the previous one and so much better than most other bands. The UK Subs have integrity, class and a back catalogue to make anyone blush. Long may it continue, long live the UK Subs!"
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Review also archived on T&M below:
"UK Subs - 'Ziezo' (PledgeMusic)
Written by Dom Daley
Saturday, 14 May 2016 03:00
Who would have thought all those years ago it would even be possible to go from A to Z and who would have seen the UK Subs achieve that feat? I don't mind admitting I never saw it coming but, boy, over the last decade I'm so glad it has gathered momentum culminating in the masterful 'Ziezo'.
Let's face it, the current line up has been stable for quite a number of years now and the recent albums from the 'Warhead' EP have been as good as the band managed from A-E if not better. 'Work In Progress' was as good as they got on record since the first album with a super consistent track list and 'xxiv' wasn't far behind. 'Yellow Leader' fell ever so slightly short of those two but my God I don't want to get hyper critical here because if 'Ziezo' is half as good it will still be better than 90% of any other band's new album.
'Ziezo' begins with what you might refer to as a typical Subs opener, 'Polarisation' goes straight for the jugular. A familiar Jet riff over some phenomenal drumming (as usual) courtesy of Jamie Oliver's jazz hands (and feet) and the real tour de force of the last decade the Alvin Gibbs bass runs that turbo inject proceedings as they rumbles around my speakers as the perfect foil for Jet's superb guitar solo. Charlie doesn't do so badly either as the song brutalises the listener til the final chord.
'Oligarchy' is next up and whilst it's more restrained it isn't afraid to dirty itself in politics. The gang vocals are cool as is Jet's solo (again). 'Oligarchy' has itself a really neat arrangement and sounds like musical velvet. With a more tuneful chorus 'I've Got A Gun' fires off at a great pace but has one of those Subs live fist in the air moments then onto 'Evil Vs Evil' which has some great lyrics as Charlie barks out the orders to a foot stomping bruiser.
'Proto Feminist Heroine' reminds me of some Manics song written for the 'Holy Bible' album (I kid you not). Charlie rattles off famous women who were worthy of being called heroines for sure in a short sharp burst that cuts the mustard in less than two minutes.
Alvin takes the mic for 'Disclosure' and what a fine tune it is. On the first few plays it's certainly contender for the stand out track on the album as there's something about the melody and I always love hearing Charlie's harmonica playing. The song carries a super cool rhythm that builds towards a really decent chorus.
'Dope Fiend' follows 'Tokyo Rose' (from 'Work In Progress') and has a power pop riff and those gang vocals are most welcome.
The middle section of the album is certainly a diverse beast and 'I Don't Care' offers something left of centre, as well as the melody the lyrics are spot on - it's instant and about as easy listening as the Subs are gonna get. Not easy in a pop way but instant and straight forward. Next up is 'Master Race' and whilst the main body of the song is alright it's the outro that will raise a few eyebrows as the Subs go full on '70s pop tastic, folks, with some brilliant shamalamadingdong!
The next couple hurtle along nicely with 'This Machine' going at it harder than 1000 Metallica records could ever muster. There is an elephant in the room as the Subs go all roots reggae on us and, you know what, it's an amazing song. 'The City Of The Damned' is about as good as your Rancids get when they do the white boy reggae and to be fair the arrangement is excellent as they don't over do it with a whole horn ensemble they keep it real with some very nice layers of acoustic guitar. Quite Brilliant!
Bringing up the rear is the fine 'Maid Of Orleans' and to put the full stop on the whole shooting match is 'Zeitgeist' and hearing Charlie laugh at the end is a piece of magic. It might not contain as many super strong songs as some of the most recent records but having sixteen songs there is plenty of variety and styles yet always remaining true to themselves and being instantly recognisable as the UK Subs.
Reaching the finale of A-Z is something I doubt any of us ever envisaged and to finish so strongly is testament to the current line up that has offered up so many great songs. This cant be the end? That would be unfair; maybe now we can begin with numbers or colours just don't stop writing and releasing such great great records.
Jamie, Jet, Alvin and Charlie I salute you, not for the endurance or perseverance but for making so many records that were better or as good as the previous one and so much better than most other bands. The UK Subs have integrity, class and a back catalogue to make anyone blush. Long may it continue, long live the UK Subs!"