BANG TANGO - From The Hip
SCORE - 58%
This is another album I have had trouble warming to. Basically I haven’t got a lot of patience for albums that don’t sound as sonically good as they should these days and the new Bang Tango is perhaps the roughest release of the band’s career.
I absolutely adore Dancing On Coals, that album was a truly original piece of work in a time where there were a lot of carbon copy bands making waves.
Of course this is a completely different line-up than back in the heyday. The guys at times capture the spirit of the original band on occasion, while at other times they move towards a rougher punkish delivery.
I think the thing here is that I’m just not sold on the songs. The opening rocker It’s All Ok works pretty well as does the mid-album Mother Mary and Get Used To It, but elsewhere, such as One More Spin, Go Go Go and the very rough Carry Me Up don’t work for me at all.
And at a mere 31 minutes playing time, there is no room for fillers at all.