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This Is Our Art

The Soup Dragons

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Album Review

Many bands would kill for a song as immediately lovable as the Soup Dragons' "Soft As Your Face" from This Is Our Art; however, while the track reveals the group's ability to craft clever, hummable pop, the rest of the LP unveils the band's lack of punch. "Soft As Your Face," with its jaunty acoustic guitars and warm harmonies, outshines almost everything else on the album. On "Kingdom Chairs," vocalist Sean Dickson tries to imitate the snarl of a '60s garage rocker; unfortunately, he isn't convincing, and the group sounds anemic, unable to unleash the raw power necessary to make the song crackle. The Soup Dragons aim for the punk-pop of the Buzzcocks on "Great Empty Space," but the lyrics fail to make an impact. The band cranks up the amps even louder on "Passion Protein," veering closely to heavy metal, and they seem as if they're trying too hard to show that they're not a wimpy new wave act. The Soup Dragons are far more effective when they're gorging themselves on bubblegum like the sweet jangle pop of "Soft As Your Face" and "Turning Stone." The Soup Dragons bite off more than they can chew on This Is Our Art; nevertheless, "Soft As Your Face" and "Turning Stone" melt in the mouth like the most delicious candy.

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Can't Take No More

Why isn't this song available anywhere???

WHAT WOULD A SAD OLD JOURNALIST KNOW

Thanks Rhino for putting up such a crap review of our first album
REALLY great way to market it
Sick of sad old know it all journalists stamping there approval over someone else's work
Use your ears not the words of someone else who hasn't the ability to write a song for themselves but feels the need to impose their taste on others .....

Spotty 19 year old!

I bought this album when it came out in 88 after earlier buying what I still think is the best record of the 80s 'Can't Take No More' on 12". Still got it and one of the few reasons to keep my record deck. Love the album - not one bad song - it makes me smile. As soon as I saw it on Itunes I had to buy it again. Its been played everyday since in my car on the way to work taking me back to my care free youth.

I Hope 'Can't take no more' becomes available soon along with the cover of the Fund Boy Three 'Our Lips are Sealed' which I think is the best version of this song ever!' I am no journo but this is brilliant stuff which the Soup Dragons never bettered.

Biography

Formed: 1986 in Glasgow, Scotland

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s

Before Scotland's Soup Dragons hit the mainstream with their reggae-infused cover of the Rolling Stones' "I'm Free," the Glasgow four-piece were poised to carry the torch first lit by the Buzzcocks and the Adverts. Formed in the mid-'80s around singer/guitarist — and eventual programmer — Sean Dickson, the band included guitarist Jim McCulloch, bassist Sushil Dade, and drummer Ross Sinclair. Their punk-pop debut, Hang-Ten!, consisted of two years worth of singles and EPs — the shorter...
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