Half Man Half Biscuit
This Leaden Pall


4.5
superb

Review

by former sputnik's home post-punk maester USER (124 Reviews)
December 25th, 2017 | 21 replies


Release Date: 1993 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Cocky fucker!

It’s safe to say that there is no band quite like Half Man Half Biscuit. Their natural energy and skin-cutting wit has made them pretty much legendary in the field of snarky around-Post-Punk. It’d be foolish to try and sort out the best among the pile of greatness that is their entire discography, but one cannot doubt that This Leaden Pall is among the most consistent, fun and off-the-hook adventures the band ever took. And sure, they may be playing into their strengths, but they do it so freely and naturally that the end results are pretty much always incredible.

Shaking the typical idea of Post-Punk off of their shoulders a long time before this album’s release, the band may have stumbled upon the utter absolution here. With its song writing, the album is reminiscent of Country, but the instrumentation seems more like a snarky Punk. Yet aesthetically it is Post-Punk through and through. It’s like an iPhone. All of its parts are from different genres/companies, the influences/structural ideas come from all sides around it, but not one person has any doubt that it is indeed Post-Punk, that constantly renewing itself, yet staying so truthfully same old product.

Half Man Half Biscuit are no strangers to the mean and cynical. But it is always meant in good fun, so no snarky, snappy, witty remarks on here should be taken at face value. Sure, they might not be at their meanest here, in fact, this might be their kindest record yet, but it still has its moments of zingin’ it to the folks all’round. And with a collection of such moments I shall leave you:

“13 Eurogoths floating in the Dead Sea”

“Five k? Five k? They can’t even play their instruments”

“She’s got a green belt in astrology
And I’ve got a black belt
In NoCanDo”

“My rejoinder was “Die,
You off-beat cabaret type.”



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Papa Universe
December 25th 2017


22505 Comments


Uni's review roll 40/50
This might be the most meaningless bullshit I’ve ever written on this site, but review a day is a review a day. Merry Christmas, biscuits, and let the negs flow.

butcherboy
December 25th 2017


9464 Comments


Oooooooh yea.. more biscuit reviews!! band is ever-unappreciated..

Papa Universe
December 25th 2017


22505 Comments


13 albums, 4 EPs and 2 compilations and only three of those things have a review.

butcherboy
December 25th 2017


9464 Comments


a fucking travesty!!

Papa Universe
December 25th 2017


22505 Comments


IX on HMHB?

butcherboy
December 25th 2017


9464 Comments


maybe X.. IX will be scratch acid, I reckon

Papa Universe
December 25th 2017


22505 Comments


oooohh.. juicy



(acid juicy)

DarkTyler
December 25th 2017


322 Comments


pos'd

bgillesp
December 25th 2017


7132 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Another pos bud. I promise I'll get around to this band (and a few others from your series) soon.

BlackwaterPork
December 25th 2017


4390 Comments


Fucking ten more mate go fucking break that fucking one review a day rule I don’t give a shit you’ve got so far you can do this

Papa Universe
December 25th 2017


22505 Comments


I've got something big brewing, just you wait.
Also, how big a dick move is it to post 8 reviews in one day?

Papa Universe
December 25th 2017


22505 Comments


wait, what the hell? it was 24. of december in the usa still when i posted this review. how is it suddenly in the 12/25 section?

BlackwaterPork
December 25th 2017


4390 Comments


Do 8 reviews in a day... please

zakalwe
December 25th 2017


30247 Comments


Improv Workshop Mimeshow Gobshite

STOP SHOUTING!
December 28th 2017


777 Comments


Maybe I should get this album. Would you say it's their best?

Papa Universe
December 28th 2017


22505 Comments


I personally would, but that's hard to say. It's pretty much a tie between this, Achtung Bono, Cammell Laird Social Club and Back in the DHSS.

STOP SHOUTING!
December 28th 2017


777 Comments


Cammell Laird? Fuck I haven't got that one either. The bastards keep on making albums!

Papa Universe
December 28th 2017


22505 Comments


Here's a guide if you need one:

https://www.sputnikmusic.com/list.php?listid=177267

STOP SHOUTING!
December 28th 2017


777 Comments


Nice list. I was wondering why you didn't like trouble over bridgewater.

So if you're still looking for more reviews, how about richard dawson? Though your rating is incorrect just saying.

Papa Universe
December 28th 2017


22505 Comments


I might, but I'm afraid that I'll get neg'ed to death if I do a Dawkins review. Just cause it'll be bitter and negative.



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