Natural - Mekons
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  • Summary: Check out the latest album from the British punk-rock band formed in 1977.
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 18
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  1. If you don't know much about these 30-year veterans except that they're legendary, this probably isn't where to find out why. If you have any idea what I'm talking about, however, partake.
  2. Lonely harmonicas, keening fiddles, plinking kalimbas, and vaguely dubby drums twist in and out of the interwoven vocals, their melodies like ivy vines climbing a fence; the lyrics grow on you just as slowly, requiring several close listens before they start giving up their secrets.
  3. 80
    Muttering Jon Langford, golden-toned Sally Timms, and the rest of this sweaty eight-strong mob are at their red-eyed best here. [Sep 2007, p.134]
  4. Natural, the latest in the group's long line of records, is, per Tweedy's dictum, truly post-apocalyptic folk, music for when the lights go out and hope burns only dimly. It's the Mekons unlikely "unplugged" bid.
  5. Natural is their prettiest album; in spots it's almost pastoral.
  6. [The band] is at its most subdued and simmering here, with relatively little of the anthemic moxie it's normally so good at. Unfortunately, this means a lot of the songs blur together, even up close.
  7. It's a roots record alright, with a few crumbs of hope amidst the looming sense of armageddon.

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  1. JH.
    Sep 22, 2007
    Poetry life art money death hope despair.