Growth doesn't always hurt
Grey Eagle | Philadelphia, PA United States | 06/18/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"My first experience of The Stranglers was the "Black & White" album. I've been a fan of just about ALL their albums since!
The Stranglers started out as a harsh, edgy sounding band whose style was each member playing a different riff(s) held together by Jet Black's rock-steady drumming.
In time, they began smoothing-out & becoming more lush. The vocals going from a snarl to a murmuring croon. They're still The Stranglers, mind you!
This album marks their most musically mature work(s) without becoming saccahrine or schmaltzy. It's very "Euro", but it's not pop. It's more concrete than Kraftwerk, having roots in the late punk era. A very interesting album that's easy to listen to."