Escape - The Rifles -
Science in Violence/ The
Great Escape/ Fall to Sorrow/ Sometimes/ Toe Rag/
History/ Winter Calls/ Out in the Past/ Romeo and Julie/
The General/ For the Meantime.
London-based rock with more than a passing nod to Paul
Weller, The Jam and particular Killers. This is pretty
relentless driving rock with a distinct lack of variety
to make it more palatable. Ironically it's only in the
final song In the Meantime that we get a hint of whimsy
and that makes it a strange one to end with.
As a driving modernistic
rock album this is a decent effort but within the larger
picture it's difficult to see where The Rifles are
sufficiently different and sufficiently good enough
songwriters to raise them above a whole host of similar
acts. Even when they do drop the tempo a little as on
History it still sounds the same as what has gone
before. I have a terrible feeling that this band will
hit a brick wall sometime soon. Perhaps they sum it up
in their own words on Toe Rag when they say "same
act, same songs played again and again." Having
said that this is a decent rock song with a definite
feeling of Squeeze to the lyrics.