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No Sighing Strains of Violins
Stratford Mercenaries
No Sighing Strains of Violins
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
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All Artists: Stratford Mercenaries
Title: No Sighing Strains of Violins
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Label: Southern Records
Original Release Date: 7/14/1998
Re-Release Date: 7/28/1998
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Style: Hardcore & Punk
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 718751855823

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Tim H. (TurnItUpTim)
Reviewed on 8/31/2009...
This album features Steve Ignorant, the lead singer from Crass (whom broke up in 1984). If you are expecting "gutter-punk", think again... This album came out 14 years later, and it's actually more like evolving. Should an artist sound the same throughout their career, or should they progress?

Well, if you are a thoughtful individual, and you enjoy anti-establishment lyrics and music that isn't status quo, than you will really dig this mini-album. There is only 6 songs, but they are very good. On "Won't Get Me", Steve Ignorant pledges:
You won't get me in your slaughterhouse/Won't hang me on your hook/
I won't be just another number to stick in your book.


Or on "Stratford Blues" where Steve proclaims:

I'm pacifist but I won't be abused for wanting life where compassion rules/
Turn the cheek and you get cut and they say "I love you", then they rip out your guts.


This a a GREAT e.p. If you can track it down, it is well worth your effort. Contrary to popular belief, the "production" is by far amazing, and WAY better sound quality than recordings by Crass (whom I also love). By the way, did punk rock or indie music ever pride itself on that anyways? Hasn't it always been contents over appearance? Or craftsmanship over chops? Well, some people are missing out, cause this albums got all of the above. Happy listening!
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