Review: Electric Folklore

This mini-LP, retailing at a mere pounds sterling3.99, sees The Alarm working their way through six of their standards- Rescue Me, Strength, Rain In The Summertime, Spirit Of ’76, Permanence In Change and Blaze Of Glory-and as live recordings go, it’s not a bad effort at all. The production is squeaky clean and captures the interaction between band and audience perfectly, particularly on Blaze Of Glory where everyone sings along with unrestrained enthusiasm. However it must be said that the Rhyl rockers are still no nearer to finding their own distinctive sound and the wisdom of releasing this set, at a time when U2’s Rattle And Hum sits comfortably in the upper reaches of the charts, must be called into question. After all, why settle for imitation when for a few pounds more you can have the real thing? For Alarmists only. (3 stars)

Publication::Publication:Q Magazine
Author::Graeme Kay