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Hello Pig

The Levellers

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Levellers Take A (Mellower) Turn

First review (so far), so I'll give it the rundown:
After the "sonic-boom" of Zeitgeist, the Levellers released a live LP and a greatest hits collection and must have been wondering what's next, 10 years into their band's career. For a band that previously had been built on mixing punk, rock and British folk into an ear-filling beautiful mix, they did just what you wouldn't expect...they took the foot off the accelerator and released their most pop/radio-friendly album ever. Less reliance on folk and fiddle, or crash and bash, it pretty much floppped. But looking back on it, it is really a fine album. Just not what we'd come to expect.
The album opens with Happy Birthday Revolution which, given the similarity of Mark Chapman's voice to John Lennon's, sounds like a total Beatles ripoff. Which isn't that bad of a thing. It's a great song.
Most the rest of the album is way-laidback for the Levellers, as I've said, although Do It Again Tomorrow is a lively hop with lyrics to make you smile, and Sold England is pretty good uptempo song.
I recommend pretty much the whole album (with the exception of The Weed That Killed Elvis - a throwaway for sure) unapologetically, just don't expect the same sound as their first 5 studio albums. There are a lot of nice tracks here. I'd give special kudos to Happy Birthday Revolution, Invisible, The Edge Of The World - a beautiful piano & fiddle based song, Do It Again Tomorrow and Walk Lightly.
Hello Pig is also, to my knowledge, the last of the Rhino UK 2007 reissues. It has three bonus tracks, Michael's Bar, Patches and Good Old-Fashioned Hope. If you like holding a physical copy, these import reissues are reasonably priced if you look around.

Biography

Formed: 1988 in Brighton, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

The Levellers formed in 1988, bringing together five Brighton, England, musicians — Mark Chadwick (vocals, guitar, banjo), Alan Miles (vocals, guitar, mandolin, harmonica), Jeremy Cunningham (bass, bouzouki), Charlie Heather (drums), and Jon Sevink (fiddle). Forging out a pseudo-hippie, slightly punky folk-rock with a Celtic flavoring, the band released two EPs on their own Hag label in 1989, which led to a contract with Musidisc. The band released their first album, A Weapon Called the Word,...
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