Really long name and record – painfully so at times
Having not released an album for 17 years, some people assumed Adam Ant’s recording career was over. After listening to this, an album that gives the middle finger to brevity, many will wish it was. Really long name and record – painfully so at times. There are flashes of the old brilliance on ‘Shrink’, but preceding number ‘Hardmenhardblokes’ is as baffling as it is weird. Ant’s famous sartorial attention to detail doesn’t extend to the music here, as experimentalism meanders into the bizarre and unlistenable. That said, it’s sort of heartening to have him back.