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  • Summary: Check out the latest album from the British punk-rock band formed in 1977.
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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. Natural sounds like the band's familiar, idealized dust-bowl Americana sound, with a little reggae, a little marimba and thumb piano, and strong overtones of Thomas Hardy. This was a good idea: For a British band that's fundamentally anti-commercial, it’s productive to dive into brambles and think about ancient ritual.
  3. Some things get better with age: The Mekons' latest features acoustic, pub-ready stompers such as 'Give Me Wine or Money' and 'Dickie Chalkie and Nobby.'
  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. The overriding element of Natural is the band’s sense of experimentation, merging punk with semi-transcendentalist folk.

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