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Album Review

By the time In the Long Grass was released, Bob Geldof's sights were set on more important issues, like the "Do They Know It's Christmas" project and the monumental Live Aid concert that came to fruition in 1985. All of the intensity and raw ardor that he and the rest of the band established on past albums is nowhere to be found on In the Long Grass, with "Drag Me Down" peaking at a measly number 50 on the U.K. charts, the album's best effort. Geldof's material comes off like hurried-up poetry haphazardly put to music, and without the flamboyancy of Johnny Fingers' piano playing, the songs seem empty and uninspiring. "Tonight" teases with a glimmer of hope because of its lyrical appeal, but tracks such as "Up & Down" and "Hard Times" bring the band down to a level of averageness that is unfamiliar, especially when compared to the genius of A Tonic for the Troops or the eccentricities of The Fine Art of Surfacing. Although the Boomtown Rats began to show signs that they were losing their flair on the V Deep album, it is much easier to forgive the shortcomings of In the Long Grass when looking back at Geldof's Herculean attempts at curbing world hunger that soon followed.

Customer Reviews

Very Underrrated

A brilliant album, really underrated as a part of the Boomtown Rats' legacy, since it is completely overshadowed by Geldolf's Amazing chairty work. Less experimentation than some of their other work, but, lyrically, it's one of their strongest sets, esp. "Dave", and "A Hold Of Me". "Icicle" is the great lost New Wave dance song and "Up or Down" is as frantic as the band was at the time, fighting to survive. It didn't work. The album bombed after being shelved, and they were forced to change the lyrics and content of "Dave" into "Rain" by their label. Too bad. it's a great attempt at a commercial breakthrough that their record label completely screwed up. Far from the fiasco the official review sets this up as, it's a great record. One of their best. All punks have to grow up sometime. too bad they don't all do it with the grace of The Boomtown Rats.

Biography

Formed: 1975 in Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin, Ire

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s

The Boomtown Rats were an Irish rock band that scored a series of British hits between 1977 and 1980, and were led by singer Bob Geldof, who organized the Ethiopian relief efforts Band Aid and Live Aid. The Rats were formed in Dun Laoghaire, near Dublin, Ireland, in 1975 by Geldof (born Robert Frederick Zenon Geldof, October 5, 1954, Dun Laoghaire, Ireland), a former journalist; Johnnie Fingers (keyboards); Gerry Cott (guitar); Garry Roberts (guitar); Pete Briquette (bass); and Simon Crowe (drums)....
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