euanmcgregor | Edinburgh | 06/23/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Short lived and long forgotten, Northside are perhaps the ugly ducklings of the Madchester scene. However, that's not a fair reflection of their abilities, for Northside are worth far more than the sum total of their output. With just one album and a handful of singles released before they and Factory Records expired, Northside have left a legacy that deserves to endure in the memory of those who know of their work and an introduction is long overdue for those who don't. Chicken Rythms is an album without lows, a rarity that consits only of good tunes. And when they're good, they're blistering. From the albums opening track, Take 5, through Shall We Take A Trip & Wishful Thinking, to the soaring finale that is My Rising Star, conveying a swagering confidence, Northside defy you not to be caught up in the hypnotic jingle jangle of their melodies. And as a listener you find yourself hooked on their brilliance long before the album is done. The Happy Mondays and New Order may be the celebrated poster boys of the Factory legend, and rightly so, but it's be wrong that Northside remain in the shadows. Twelve years on from it's original release, Chicken Rythms is as glorious as it's ever been and with the passage of time adding perspective, has earned the mantle of "classic". Dust it down or seek it out and give Northside the credit they deserve. Make them an integral part of your collection and you'll be rewarded for doing so."
Paul Kendall | Los Angeles | 12/30/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Ah the sweetness of another fabulous Ian Broudie/Cenzo Townsend production.
It's easy to overlook second tier Manchester under the hoopla of The Stone Roses and The Charlatans. Along with groups like The Wendys and The Dylans, Northside made dynamite music. Unfortunately for them, they lacked the pretty face appeal of some other bands.
Listening to "Take 5" brings back great memories. An absolute scorcher of a song with great guitar works and outstanding drumming. "Funky Monkey" is another tune that nails it. the bass rising and falling. Other great tracks include the LSD based "Shall We Take a Trip" and the very popular (well at the time) "My Rising Star".
If you don't mind going back a few years, investigating good music like this is well worth it."