It has some really good songs, simple as that
Few bands have fallen from the table of hype with the velocity of The Twang. Soon after they were on the cover of NME, knives came out for second album ‘Jewellery Quarter’, with the pseudo-liberal media eagerly pigeonholing them as hooligan/thug/lad/whatever-rockers, despite said record being mostly made up of drippy ballads. “It will be a miracle if they make it to album number three,” concluded the review in The Guardian, and yet here we are. One tune is called ‘Last Laugh’, which might be a bit optimistic, but the likes of ‘Neptune’, the single ‘We’re A Crowd’ and ‘Paradise’ – especially the latter, in fact – are just really good songs, simple as that. Are you the type to dismiss it out of hand because there’s another called ‘Beer, Wine And Sunshine’? Your call. There’s an ace cover of Factory Records heroes The Durutti Column (the long-lost genius of ‘Tomorrow’) too, if that helps.