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Edge of the World
Mekons
Edge of the World
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
 
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From the days (1986) when The Mekons were starting to investigate both country music and the mythology of rock & roll comes this glorious piece of work, loose as a goose, wicked as sin, and touched as ever by the hand of G...  more »

      
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All Artists: Mekons
Title: Edge of the World
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: Quarter Stick
Release Date: 8/20/1996
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Styles: Hardcore & Punk, Indie & Lo-Fi, New Wave & Post-Punk
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 036172004225

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From the days (1986) when The Mekons were starting to investigate both country music and the mythology of rock & roll comes this glorious piece of work, loose as a goose, wicked as sin, and touched as ever by the hand of God. They take on both the Everly Brothers and Hank Williams, and transform them into something that's definitely not what they were. So what is it? There's the real joy. When The Mekons reformed in 1994, they became a band outside of time and trend, willing and able to turn its hand to almost anything, yet still make the music sound like no one but The Mekons. So here you have the relative lushness of "Oblivion" and the tequila drunkenness of "Slightly South of the Border" rubbing shoulders with the very English "King Arthur" and "The Letter," which is, essentially, country & northern. But they're The Mekons. Whatever you expect, it'll be something quite different. The edge of the world is where they've always lived. --Chris Nickson

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A classic
Philip Christman | St. Paul, MN | 08/12/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"A fearsome cowpunk inferno that combines the ambling, drunken ambiance of country with punk's thundering energy. "Hello Cruel World" is a bitter but inspiring opener, "King Arthur" funny and sad, and "Oblivion" features the birth of that inimitable creature, Sally Timms; but it's the "Garage D'Or"/"Big Zombie" combo that puts this album over the top, compressing the album's themes of alienation and quiet anguish into "Garage"'s claustrophibic ball before blowing everything sky-high with "Zombie"'s opening chords, a thud of blazing self-destructive hatred that gives way to a manic and inspired John Langford vocal. Rarely is pop music this scary, funny or cathartic, and rarer still is a punk record so idealistic, even if the idealism is covered by a brittle humor that itself becomes part of the pathos. You need this album."
A great way to get to know a little-known band
Jennifer Barger | Falls Church, VA USA | 07/27/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I read about the Mekons recently in the New Yorker, and was intrigued by the idea of a country punk band. I've since learned that country-punk is but one of the Mekons many faces...but perhaps the best. This album sounds something like the Pogues Go to Nashville-just a fabulous, loopy, punky 1980s album that might make a Mekons fan of anyone. Oblivion, Hello Cruel World and other songs are simply classic. I'm still in the process of exploring this wacky group, but I have yet to find a disc I love as much as this one."
Unbelievable
Jennifer Barger | 10/22/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"simply one of the greatest musical entities in existence"