The State Of Things

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  • Summary: Jon McClure leads the British band's debut album.
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  1. The most pleasing element of the album is those earlier demos floating around the internet, have for once been well produced. Songs such as Bandits now have an added edge with more strength, depth and substance to the original foundations.
  2. Things may go awry on He Said He Loved Me, where comedy Essex girls cheep-cheep the grating refrain, but as an updated take on the Specials' equal disgust and infatuation with urban life, it's impressive.
  3. Q Magazine
    60
    The State Of Things confirms RATM will be following the Arctic Monkeys down the MI and onto the nation's radios for sometime yet. [Nov 2007, p.145]
  4. 60
    Ultimately, the record is a tribute to McClure's charisma and unswerving self-belief.
  5. Re-hashing a similar formula throughout 12 tracks makes for sour and rarely enjoyable listening.
  6. The State Of Things will no doubt be a big hit. But if anyone ever takes the time to give it a good proper listen they will find that it’s a wafer thin album of posturing and poor word play.
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  1. WhitneyS.
    Jan 18, 2008
    10
    This band completely has what it would take to go straight to the top. If England doesn't want to make them super stars, send them here This band completely has what it would take to go straight to the top. If England doesn't want to make them super stars, send them here to New York! :) I plan to request this from every radio station I can! Collapse
  2. JJH.
    Oct 24, 2007
    7
    Very decent album of a very entertaining live band. SOngs that'll make you dance and give a look on today's society...though you Very decent album of a very entertaining live band. SOngs that'll make you dance and give a look on today's society...though you could ignore that if you just want to hear some nice tunes. None of the songs are as good as the band's first dingle, Heavyweight Champion of the World, but don't let that stop you from picking up this album. Worth the listen, it'll make you tap your foot! Expand