Thursday, July 3, 2014

The Levellers - Levellers (1993)

The Levellers are, as far as I can think of, the only folk punk band that I remotely enjoy. They have more in common with Bruce Springsteen -- arena-ready, Spector-esque sound, big hooks, nuanced songwriting and emotionally charged politics -- than with Mutiny, Mischief Brew, or any of those other good-intentioned crusties that I can't fucking stand listening to.

Having had about fifteen years to mull it over, I'm pretty sure that Levellers is my all-time favorite album of theirs, but Levelling the Land might just take the crown. I can't make up my mind! Life can be so challenging, but what's important is that we never let obstacles such as these overcome us.

Track listing:
1. Warning
2. 100 Years of Solitude
3. The Likes of You and I
4. Is This Art?
5. Dirty Davey
6. This Garden
7. Broken Circles
8. Julie
9. The Players
10. Belaruse
11. The Lowlands of Holland (bonus)
12. English Civil War (bonus)
13. Subvert (bonus)
14. Belaruse Return (bonus)

They took me to the hospital
And pulled aside the sheet
They said, "Look at that pulsating
Just listen to the beat"
They showed me the incision
Then took away the heart
And isn't nature wonderful
But is this art?

1 comment:

  1. I only have leveling the land, which as you know is amazing for 90s. I think this band and dambuilders were on heavy rotation in my tape deck then. Excited to hear this.