2LP | 2011 | EU | Reissue (Ici D'Ailleurs)
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Release:2011 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Rock / Indie
Forget 24 hour bingeing , raucous antisocial behaviour, even the gin-soaked balladry ofThe Band of Holy Joy or the likes of Eazy E , The Beastie Boys and Schooly D singingthe praises of their favourite brew. Matt Elliott emerges shyly from the shadows ofThird Eye Foundation alias to celebrate the drowning of sorrows rather than theexuberant pissing away of our leisure hours, Introspective and alone, breathing in thefumes of some neglected cellar, his drinking songs withdraw themselves not simplyfrom polite society but from all society. How else can one dream or contemplate whatmight have been? Opener "CF Bundy" has a woozy charm . Evenly paced and alive withthe strumming of acoustic guitars, it sets the mood for what is to come. Evoking theregrets and indiscretions of a bygone age, one grown sick and enfeebled by fantasies,"Trying to Explain" , "The Guilty Party" and "What's Wrong" would all seem to betaking place in a world teetering on the edge of some great fall or cataclysm. "WhatThe Fuck Am I doing On This Battlefield?" and "A Waste of Blood " are both momentsof rude awakering. As a coda and extended finale, the 20 minute " The maid wemessed" sees Elliott returning to the worldplay and hypervelocity breaks of his ThirdEye Foundation recordings. Overall, however, Drinking Songs remains a work to belistened to with eyes closed - it's about the only way you can keep the room fromspinning.