Skinlab - Disembody: The New Flesh

Skinlab so far have flattered to deceive. Their initial live showing impressed, the debut album stuck in the mind until it was over, and then the stop gap Eyesore EP, released just before Xmas didn’t really do much to help. So this, their second album, and one with a revamped line up takes on a greater importance for the band.

Things start promisingly with the opening shots of So Far From The Truth and Know Your Enemies. Uptempo affairs, but still with plenty of little twists and turns, it manages to hold the attention better than some of the mid paced material did on the debut. Scarface, which currently takes the prize as my favourite moment, has the slow build up that is used by many, but when done well, is still effective.

Towards the end, things get a little boring. That may be the songs or me having a short attention span, as there’s nothing actually wrong with tracks such as Coward and Looks Can Be Deceiving. Probably indicative of this being a good album, but not the ball crunchingly great one that maybe I wanted or needed. Ooh, I reckon a 3 1/2 Yaz’s out of 5 on the Richter scale.

So, I still have some reservations, but already I’ve listened to this more times than I did the debut.

Hopefully the interview will have come out, though I don’t know how much of it will be sensible. Next time my lovelies, next time.

Available on Century Media.