THE ADICTS - Songs Of Praise

The Adicts - Songs Of Praise

16 songs
47:30 minutes
***** ***
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Although the Adicts started out as a punk band in mid-Seventies England, they never came close to the fame that Sex Pistols and The Clash had. At least the Adicts can claim to be “the longest serving punk band with the original line-up” – more than 30 years – although lately they added a guitarist and a violinist. But don’t worry, the violin adds some nice touches without dragging the band’s sound into annoying folk punk territory.

Songs Of Praise is a re-release of their first album from 1981, and although their label offers different version, I strongly suggest you opt for the Ultimate Edition, which comes as a three disc set. One CD contains the original recording, another one has a re-recorded version by the new and expanded band. A DVD comes with some making-of material. My promo-pack is limited to the re-recorded version that shows a bunch of old men that at no moment sound their age. The production is crisp, the songs never sound dated, and maybe their more light-hearted approach was why they couldn’t contend with the angrier bands of the epoch.

The Adicts sound like a mix of Buzzcocks and Dickies, although they are never silly and therefore far from any fun punk clichés. Their droog image, taken from A Clockwork Orange movie, was at first a rebellion against the black clothes fashion trend, but over the years became something to recognise the band by. Their debut sounds like a second-generation punk album that has aged very well. Full of hits (England, Tango, Viva La Revolution, Songs Of Praise,…), it is a perfect opportunity to get familiar with a band that led a not so exposed existence in its heyday. I wouldn’t go as far as calling this one of the most essential punk albums ever, but compared to what many younger bands come up nowadays, The Adicts showed clearly on their debut that punk with catchy melodies doesn’t have to be an oxymoron.

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