Electric Soft Parade : Silent To the Dark II

Top tune, low morals...

If 'Crime And Punishment' were a single in 2002 there'd be a gaggle of record executives peering over Dostoyevsky's shoulder going, 'yeah yeah, we like the murder bit and some of the prison stuff can stay but for fuck's sake keep it to 15 pages and lose all that bloody thinking!' When 'Silent To The Dark' was released early last year it was a jaunty Teenage Fanclub by summer anthem which just happened to have seven minutes of bell ringing and train noises slapped in the middle. So - bish, bash, botch - here's the train-free, sans-bell, nil-wibble version that won't send Chris Moyles running screaming for his Brandy DAT but is the artistic equivalent of smearing lipstick on the Mona Lisa. Top tune, low morals.

Mark Beaumont

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